Elizabeth Daugherty

I am a homemaker-writer transplanted to Indiana from Seattle by way of my software engineer husband. Being married to someone in the software industry is like being married to someone in the military. You go where the job sends you. I am immersed in the techie world where I am learning to speak what I call "Geekinese" in order to survive being "a Timex watch in a digital age". Although I scoff at having to use three remote controls to turn on one television, honestly, I have the coolest internet set-up in the neighborhood and secretly covet the latest cool gadget. I would never admit that to my husband.

What Is This World Coming To?

Farmville and YoVille are coming to a 7-11 near you.   For those of you who play Facebook Application Games such as Farmville, My Farm, FarmTown, YoVille and etc ( and you KNOW who you are), 7-11 has just made your addiction harder to break.    Introducing “Specially Marked Packages”!!   You know these things…in days of old, …

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APC Back-UPS Pro 1000 Uninterrupted Power Supply Review

Buy  one. That’s the review.  Just buy this UPS.  This device will save your computer’s butt.  I know from personal experience. On Monday morning, May 10 about 4 am, another typical Indiana spring storm blew through my small Mayberry-esque town.  A dead branch from my neighbor’s 200 year old white oak sheared off and hit …

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Barbie Goes Geek Follow Up

If you remember, a few months back, I broke the  “big tech” story on The Gadgeteer with Mattel’s new offering of Software Engineer Barbie.  She had all the nerdly accouterments and stylish outfit to boot.  Mattel’s intention (?!) was to “empower” young girls and motivate them towards exciting careers in computer technology.  However, I will …

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Mission Workshop Vandal Backpack Review

There are backpacks and then there are BACKPACKS.  I love backpacks, always have.  I’m the ultimate Bag Lady in that I just love all kinds of bags.  I’m not “fashionista” in that I carry around a Coach bag with all the Cs all over it or a Louis Vuitton with the tapestry logo.  No. Seriously, …

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Plugable Technologies’ USB 2.0 UGA Multi Display Adapter Review

While real estate investments around the country are tanking, take heart that in the technical world, it’s never been a better time to buy.   Remember the old days before multi-line telephones?  The Big Boss had to have eight black rotary dial phones on his just to take multiple calls.   And you used to have to …

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Fellowes MS-450 Ci Micro Cut Paper Shredder Review

There are thousands of reasons why people today should have a home shredder.  Identity theft tops the list for most people.  It’s on the rise and criminals come up with all kinds of new ways to steal the financial identity of someone else and bleed them dry.  For years, criminals have pilfered through the trash …

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The be.ez Levertigo Notebook Bag Review

Ok.  Anyone who has read the Gadgeteer knows that I love laptop bags.  I have no idea why…some people collect stamps… I collect laptop bags.   I have two sizes of computers… my large Dell and my 10.2 inch Acer Aspire One Netbook.    I’m a writer so I lug my laptops around with me everywhere and …

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Well La Dee Dah!

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I’ve seen fashion designers get their fingers into every kind of pie imaginable: clothes,  handbags, shoes, fragrances, even automobiles (Coach, Eddie Bauer).  But now, designers are putting their stamp or rather their label on the tech world.  Pierre Cardin has partnered with China’s Shenzhen Vogue Industries to brand a touchscreen device.  On the outside, the …

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SLAPPA Laptop Sleeves Review

With everything that is out there on the market for laptop protection, you almost can’t beat SLAPPA laptop sleeves.   I’m a serious laptop bag/laptop sleeve person.  It’s not that I can’t get enough protection for my devices, I just dig sleeves and bags.  The protection from scratches, bumps, chips, dirt and spilled things doesn’t hurt …

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Averatec 10″ Netbook; How Thin is Thin?

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The Averatec N1200 is the latest and (touted as) thinnest netbook out there. It’s thin but it’s not the lightest.  At 2.2lbs, it matches the weight of Acer’s Aspire netbook.  But it is thin.  I measures at less than 1 inch thick and you can get up to six hours of battery life using the …

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“Aunt Flo’s” Next Visit? There’s an App for That

Wouldn’t It Be Nice? To start with, I’m not a big cell phone fan.  In fact, I have a reproduction of a turn of the century candlestick phone…you  know.. the kind where you hold the earpiece to your ear but speak into a mouthpiece mounted on a slender structure? It works just fine for me.  …

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Geek Going Green

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It’s no secret that everyone is looking for new ways to save power for whatever reason; either because you want to be “greener” or you want to lower your power bills from the “vampire suck” of plugged in but turned off electronics.  For $40.00, TV TrickleSaver shuts off the flow of power to your gaming …

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Keen Cornell II Laptop Messenger Bag Review

Whether being environmentally conscious  is the “thing” to do these days or whether they really mean it,  Keen Inc., appears to really mean it.  Making the right choices in the materials they use in their lifestyle apparel products is the hallmark of the Keen mission statement.  As a recycler in a disposable society, I can …

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