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Natasha, Art Girl Geek

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Traci Toguchi was in Las Vegas during this past week, covering the Consumer and Electronics Show for us. While attending an after-party hosted by Robert Scoble, Traci ran into Natasha Wescoat, who happens to be a friend of mine! Natasha is an Art Geek in the true sense. Not only is she an amazing artist… she’s also a true techie Geek! What more could you ask for? I have to give props to our friend Daynah for the camera work during this video… using an awesome Vado 3 that Creative sent to Traci for this purpose.

Natasha loves attending conferences, especially CES. She is obsessed with gadgets in general. She was also chosen to be a Ford Fiesta Agent. This involves spending 6 months behind the wheel of their own Fiesta, lifestreaming their experiences, and completing monthly missions to show you what the Fiesta is all about.

At one point, she created a unique – and amazing!! – art print of my dogs, Wicket and Pixie. The print was auctioned off, and the proceeds were given to a local animal shelter. That was an amazing experience for me, and we had a lot of fun trying to get the dogs to cooperate! I’m not sure the pups will ever lose the ego boost they gained from being turned into something that will be appreciated forever.

Natasha states that she is always inspired by whatever place she happens to find herself in. She manages to find something beautiful everywhere she looks. Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if everyone could do that?

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Social Media Users No Longer Expect Privacy

During his speech on the final day of CES, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has stated that users no longer have an expectation of privacy. Mark said that privacy is no longer the “social norm”, and that we are seeing drastic changes in people’s attitudes towards that privacy. Privacy issues online have always been of great concern to most people, but that no longer seems to be the case. Says Zuckerberg:

People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.

This raises a lot of interesting questions, especially in my line of work. We have quite a large community. Granted, we don’t have as many users as does Facebook or Twitter, but I like to think we’re a large group! Reading through our various sites, I can’t help but notice how right Mark is. People aren’t hiding things as much as they used to. They aren’t as careful as they might have been even last year.

Are people more comfortable with revealing information about themselves online? Or, as I fear, are too many people simply unaware of what can happen when they reveal too much? Identity theft isn’t the only concern… marketers can be quite aggressive once they find information about you online. Where should you draw the line when posting things in a place such as Geeks, or on Lockergnome?

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What is Qik?

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Traci Toguchi was kind enough to cover CES for us over the past several days. She attended sessions, parties, and product release events. During this interview, Traci is talking with Rishi Mallik, Senior Manager of Business Development for Qik. Rishi was excited to talk to us about the new Qik-in-Touch desktop application. Thanks so much to Daynah for working the Vado 3 that Creative provided to Traci for this conference.

Stay in touch with the people you are following on Qik. Watch their videos instantly on your desktop the moment they go live! Sign in using your Qik username, and see what your friends are doing. Likewise, as soon as you Qik a video of your own, it will show up on your friends’ desktops automagically!

Qik now supports over 140 different phones, including the Blackberry! Be sure to check out the website to see if Qik will work with your phone!

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Who is iJustine?

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Traci was in Las Vegas last week to cover the CES conference for us. While there, she was able to catch up with none other than iJustine while attending Robert Scoble’s Blogger Party. Justine was, as always, fun and insightful. It ws the first time that Traci and Justine had met in person, which was apparently icing on the cake for Traci! Thanks so much to Daynah for working the Vado 3 that Creative provided to Traci for this conference.

Justine feels that this year, CES was ramped up quite a lot from what it was last year, and was having a great time. When she attends conferences, she doesn’t normally have an agenda of any kind. She just prefers to keep her options open, meet people she’s only ever talked to online, and reconnect with old friends!

Traci was asked to find out what Justine’s favorite snack is. When you guessed the answer, were you even close? I know I wasn’t!

Thanks again, Traci, for handling things so well for us during the conference!

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Gadgets and Goodies Abound at CES 2010

Traci Toguchi is on-scene at CES 2010, capturing moments for us to use in our community. If you’ve never been to CES, it can be very overwhelming. There are a lot of product launches, press releases and announcements coming at you from every direction. There are parties and after-parties. There are demonstrations, keynotes and sessions to attend. It’s nearly impossible to know if you’re missing something.

Traci is doing a fantastic job for us so far, despite this being her first time at CES. She was able to interview the CTO of Light Blue Optics to talk about their hot new product, the Light Touch. Everywhere you look online, you’re going to find even more news from the conference. There are videos galore to sift through, as well as news items to read.

If you’re following the action, what do you feel is the most important announcement thus far? What gadgets are you most excited about? I’m interested in comparing everyone’s answers to my own thoughts.

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Touch the Future with Light Blue Optics

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Traci is in Las Vegas this week, attending CES 2010. She was kind enough to agree to be our stand-in this year, and capture some of the best moments of the conference. Traci is using a Vado 3 to record during CES, courtesy of the folks at Creative. Here, Traci is talking to Dr. Adrian Cable, the CTO of Light Blue Optics.

Light Blue Optics announced the release of their new Light Touch: a 10-inch touchscreen projector which is based on lasers. The Light Touch boasts WVGA resolution, thanks to its laser-based pico production engine and infrared touch-sensing system.

The Light Touch turns any flat surface into an auto-focused and image-adjusted 10-inch touchscreen! Light Touch runs Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 and includes WiFi and Bluetooth radios. It features 2 GB of on-board storage (with microSD slot for up to 32GB more), and a battery capable of about 2 hours’ worth of runtime.

That’s right – turn any flat surface – such as a wall or table – into a touchable and interactive device! With the photo table application, you can easily display and move photos around. Scroll them around for a slide show if you wish. With the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, you can quickly connect to the Internet and integrate your favorite social networking sites.

Sadly, the Light Touch isn’t available quite yet. It’s up to you as to how soon it will be released! Keep an eye on Light Blue Optics over the next few days to find out more exciting news.

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Have You Met Your Online Friends in Person?

I meet up with many people on a regular basis, thanks to things like Tweetups and conferences. Not everyone is so lucky, though. Often, deep and lasting friendships are formed online, but the people involved never have a chance to meet face-to-face. Many people maintain that it’s easier to make a strong connection with someone online, since you don’t have the fears and anxieties associated with how you look, or how you come across in person. Also, people tend to be more open about themselves when they are behind a computer screen, instead of hiding who they really are – and what they really think.

Have you ever met any of your online friends? How did it go? Was the friendship and connection as strong in person as it was while you were on the Internet? I’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts on this. I know that we have community members who met online, and later ended up engaged or married. I’m interested in seeing how many real friendships have sprung up, as well!

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Press Manipulation and Blog Wars

Via Gizmodo, on why society is doomed:

We get suckered in to covering CES like it’s the second coming every year; we brought something like 14 people this time around. For what? So we can cover stuff we normally would pass on in hopes that we can get it up three minutes before Engadget. Companies cocktease us and make us go and do pointless liveblogs of their boring press conferences only to announce minor upgrades of the same garbage they released last year. This is worth 14 round-trip airline tickets and a dozen hotel rooms for a week?

Dude. I didn’t go to CES this year for a reason – what’s the point? To see a bigger screen TV? Another iPod accessory? More digital photo frames? For an airplane ticket, take taxis around town, stay in an overpriced hotel room, wait in long lines for everything, get headaches from all the smoke and dry air in Vegas, etc.?

I stayed at home and made money instead of spending it.

This isn’t sour grapes – I could have gone to CES if I wanted to go. But seriously, with every other tech blogger going there and covering the event… there was ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR ME TO GO. One blogger is just as good as another blogger is just as good as another blogger if they’re all covering the same thing. Tech bloggers are a commodity – they’re all publishing to the same people.

“I have a blog that gets thousands of hits every month” may sound impressive to someone else, but not to me.

When press agencies contacted me before CES, I told ’em I was sitting this one out – knowing full well that they’d never send me something to review, anyway. And even when review units are sent to my doorstep, I turn around and give a lot of ’em away to the community… including full-blown computers.

Covering events is important, but I’d much rather cover events that few others in my community are covering.