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New job, Lollipops, and Construction!

Hey gang! I know, long time no post, but I actually have reasons, several of them and everything is pretty good in the realm of Gina! So let’s get started, huh?

Hey Mr. Bossman, I’m leaving this here job

It’s official. After months of looking (many, many months), I have finally scored a new job and a pretty good one too. Not only am I getting paid more, but most importantly, I’m doing something I enjoy. I’m writing; in fact, that’s the job title – copywriter/blogger, but I’m also being given the opportunity to try new things, which is also a bonus. Read the rest of this entry

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In A Galaxy…Near You…Came a Phone!

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Okay, first – I’m sorry. I am, really. You know how real life gets me and I have to do that and then come back here, but more on that later. Important, awesome news, which actually does relate to that series I started back in December. So, if you’ll remember, I was doing a list of some of the best gifts you should consider when thinking about your freelancer. Well, as of this post, let’s just consider this the start of our phone and app section, yes? Read the rest of this entry

Best Gifts for Freelancers, pt 2

I know, I know. This was originally supposed to be about the types of gifts to get your freelancers for Christmas, but due to a Comedy of Errors in which I had no Internet service until after the holiday, this is now gonna be a list for gifts for the new year, kay? Good news is, if you hurry, you’ll catch them on sale thanks to the after holiday sales.

So in my last post, I talked about things to look for when it came to getting a brand, spanking new computer for your freelancer. In this post, I’m gonna talk about tablets or what I call, ‘tabtops’ (copyright pending to me); tablets are all the rage right now and will continue to be as long as people have a use to be mobile. I fully admit that I’ve been gunning for a tablet for years now, but with new ones coming out on the market, the decision to find the right one has been daunting. Read the rest of this entry

Smartphones & Business

A few weeks ago, I had been counting down the days until I could get my hands on the new Galaxy Nexus from Google. A friend of mine has the previous version and while I didn’t like the fact that there was no physical keyboard, I was hard pressed to find any of the newer phones having one.

English: Google Nexus S - Samsung Android Phone

English: Google Nexus S – Samsung Android Phone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So when my phone upgrade came, I earmarked my money for the Galaxy Nexus and I have to say that I am quite happy with it. It’s no surprise of course that I’m absolutely in love with Google and all things Google; I wasn’t intending to be a Google fan girl, but I have to say that I have been using a ton of their products for years and have just recently completely switched over. Read the rest of this entry

Cloud Test – My Move from SkyDrive to Google Drive

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This weekend’s post was going to be about Facebook‘s complete ignorance of what their users want, but instead I find myself at a little before 4am trying to get the files I uploaded to SkyDrive so I can update my website. So I decided – why not tell the beginning ‘lancers out there what’re some good cloud storage options?

You’ll find many comparisons in regards to Microsoft’s SkyDrive platform and that of the new Google Drive, which replaced Docs. Here’s one freelancer’s story of using both and why, after this morning, I’m making the complete switch.

The Beginning

Back in Tucson when I was the office manager for the computer company, SkyDrive was still Folder Sync, but a great way to keep folders synced across multiple computers. This was especially great when the office moved towards more remote work, which meant I worked from home. Being a writer and using more than two computers (desktop, laptop, and remote work PC), being able to keep my files with me was great.

So what changed? Well, I moved. As in, out of state. Twice. The first move wasn’t too bad, as I just had my desktop, but when I moved from Denver to Virginia, that’s where things got tricky.

Here are just a few reasons why I made the complete switch –

Easier Access

There is of course an alternative reason for me to be up at three in the morning, but as long as I was up, I decided to update the site, which I should have done yesterday. I have a lot of my writings within SkyDrive and since the new user interface, I haven’t been able to find anything from the web access site.

The problem is that SkyDrive defaults to the folder listing and of course, only shows documents, spreadsheets, or photos. It does not show any HTML, which of course is what some of writings are in (as they were taken from the now defunct My Fav Shows site). The easiest time I have is when I am able to actively go into folders, like say from my PC. This of course works when I have…my PC.

Does not work when trying to utilize the website.

Ergo, I spend fifteen, twenty minutes looking for the sync folders page, just so I can see the folders and listings that don’t show on the default page.

Why Google Drive is Better

Simple. I can find what I want, when I want. All the folders I’ve decided to sync show up as such, in both the desktop version, web version, and Android version (another reason why I’m making the jump; SkyDrive is not offered for Android phones).

Did I mention I also get offline access?

Integration

Obviously both of these cloud storage areas are integrated into their perspective platforms, however Google does it better. When I had a Windows smartphone, I could really only view some of the files I had on SkyDrive and that was if I opened a browser within the phone and went there. Again, only documents would show, meaning I couldn’t see if that zip file I synced had showed up or not.

Why Google is Better

Google pretty much integrates with all of their services. I could access a document in Gmail or G+ if I truly wanted; then there’s the mobile app. Again, as a writer, I’m prone to want to re-read things on the go or just read over something again. I can do that with Drive, not with SkyDrive.

Next up – the professional spectrum and how that works.

What? No Internet?

So yesterday I got the keys to my new apartment here in Denver. I looked around at the small space and thought, “this is where I’m going to live now.” I checked for holes and any cracks, took pictures and a video to commemorate this occasion. And in my inspection of my apartment I notice a very real and potential problem.

No cable outlet.

As in, no cable outlet for cable or internet.

As in…no internet.

Now, as a newly minted and out of work freelance writer, this is one of those glaring oversights that I readily admit I should have looked at before plopping down the money to ensure that I had a place to live in my new city. Luckily, the absence of the cable outlet can be fixed.

For a price, I’m sure.

This is of course where the worry comes in. Utilities and internet come in on Monday, however if the guy isn’t readily able to run cable, who knows how long I’ll be without the internet. Oh dear God. Now, this would not be such a bad thing as I have a newly minted Android mobile phone.

Readers, let me allude to  the story of my departure from Tucson. In the nicest way possible, there was an “issue” with my daily wages from work. The money that I had set aside for “Denver” needed to be shuffled around to make sure that I could pay the bills in Tucson. Long story short, my financial plan for moving steadily began to crumble. Personally, I blame many people, but mostly Tucson for trying to keep me there.

None the less, I was unprepared to take care of business once I arrived. So, while I was able to pay the first month’s rent, I am now left with the horrible realization that I don’t have access to the thing that I need to work. Now, never fear, freelancing newbies! You may think that without the internet at home that you might as well say goodbye to your aspirations.

No!

The upside to moving to Denver is the fact that I have several different avenues in which I can use the internet and thus, be able to work. There are libraries, friends with laptops, and even the building where my friends live in have a business center. So work wise, I’m actually okay.

Then there’s home. I will admit that the last two years of working at home has really made me wish for an office, just so that I can remember that home is the safe house from the evil corporation. You know, like Tatooine was for Luke before the droids dropped in and had the Empire follow them. Hey, did you guys hear that Star Wars is coming to blu-ray!? OMG, why don’t I have a blu-ray player!?

Oh yeah. I’m poor.

Moving on, I now have a bit more opportunities on where I can work without being stuck at home. In fact, a friend of mine just quit his job and will be entering the freelancing world himself. Let’s see how this works out then.