Just Say No!

By Kristen Abell

A recent study reported that “59% of employed Americans check their email during holidays.” Upon reading this, I was…surprisingly not surprised, but a bit saddened. Sure, I’m glad that people love their work sooooo much that they just have to check their email (because I think we can agree that some of us do love our work, but 59%of us? hmmmm), and gee, isn’t it great that mobile technology has made it so much easier for us to check it, but really? You can’t put it away for a few days? Wait, hang on, I just got a text…

Seriously, though, I have noticed that I have become ridiculously dependent on my phone or computer or iPad or whatever technology is nearby. On the way home in the car, I pick up my phone no less than ten times – not to text (of course), and only at stoplights, but just to check in with Facebook or Twitter or email or whatever. And even if I hit a stoplight seconds after checking everything that I could possibly check, my hand still strays over to automatically pick up my phone. Yikes!

Yesterday, CNN’s Netiquette column urges us to avoid our work email over the holidays, and I’m going to do the same (or over the break, really – not just the holidays). Let’s be honest, no one expects you to reply, and if they do, maybe you should be looking for a different job. Aren’t we constantly talking about how our students need to learn not to expect an instant turnaround? Maybe we need to train ourselves and our employers/employees on that, as well.

So step away, enjoy some time with friends and family if you so choose, or a good book, or even some just-for-fun blogs. But with this being said, this blogger is putting this blog to bed until the new year. Look for us again in 2011!

Just Say No!

Linkage Love

By Kristen Abell

It’s time for our weekly Linkage Love post, and boy do I have some good ones for y’all today (and a lot of them). I might have gone a little crazy. Just sayin’.

There’s a new website for teens that looks like a super cool new way for budding writers to share their work and get feedback. Oh, if only they had had something like this when I was growing up – so jealous!

Anyone preparing to job hunt this spring? MyFootpath has a post about resolutions for job-seekers – this is also generally an awesome blog to send your students who are preparing to search to read.

Also on the job-seeking front, if you’re spiffying up that resume, here are some words to avoid.

Okay, technically this post is from last week, but I thought it was worth re-posting, as Kevin Guidry makes some extremely important and valid points about student affairs and technology.

Here are some really sweet uses of the new Facebook profile layout. This would require far more time or creativity than I’m capable of (especially at the end of the semester), but it does look like fun.

At the risk of offending, well, pretty much everyone, I just had to post this one. It’s the re-telling of the nativity story through technology. Because, well, it’s awesome.

Mama Ph.D. talks about how social media has created a community to support her through her grading woes.

Extremely cool visualization of the world’s Facebook relationships.

Interesting visualization of Facebook graphic (sorry, but I had to include it – it was too funny not to).

Aaaand that’s all folks! Look for a return to Linkage Love after the new year!

Linkage Love

Holiday Gift Guide

By Brenda Bethman

For those of you who are still searching for the perfect gift for that techie gal (or guy) in your life, we are pleased to present the first Student Affairs Women Talk Tech Holiday Gift Guide.

Stephanie recommends Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac because “it finally has Outlook!”

The Ladybug SD Card Reader comes recommended by Daria for its cuteness and price.

Amber says the $10 she spent on the Portable Cooling Station was the best money she ever spent on a tech item.

From Colleen come two stocking stuffers for the tech items we already have: a lighted Kindle cover and privacy screen covers for the iPhone.

Speaking of iPhones, all I (Brenda) want for Christmas is a pair of iPhone-friendly gloves so that I can use my phone and keep my fingers warm at the same time.

Kristen sent in a list of items that just might be on her wish list as well:

Keyboard case for the iPad owner, specifically this one (you can find others on Amazon for around the same price or a little more inexpensive, although not by much). A keyboard can turn an iPad into a blogging machine.

iTunes gift card for the iPod/iPhone/iPad owner – Anyone with one of these devices can quickly blow $10 – $50 bucks on music, movies, or applications. It’s hard to go wrong with one of these.

Bluetooth speaker. Every time an iPod/iPhone owner buys a speaker, it ends completely useless once the iPod/iPhone is upgraded. With a Bluetooth speaker system, one can upgrade my iPhone/iPod without having to buy a new speaker each time. Kristen is hopeful that she will find one of these under the tree (hint, hint).

MacBook Air for the gift giver with money to burn. Kristen says: “of course I had to put this on here – it’s just so darn PRETTY. Oh, and functional, of course.”

USB watch for the uber-geek in your life that tends to lose USB drives… (Although we have to complain a bit, can they not come up with a woman’s watch/USB drive? Is it really that hard to believe that there are girl-geeks out there?)

Holiday Gift Guide

Linkage Love

By Brenda Bethman

Sorry this is a bit late! We are all up to our ears in grading, #reverb10, and other end-of-semester/year projects here at SA Women Talk Tech. But better late than never. Here are your links:

Having a difficult time keeping up with the WikiLeaks story? (I know I am). Check out ReadWriteWeb’s Comprehensive WikiLeaks Timeline.

In feminist WikiLeaks news, Kate Harding looks at the smearing of Julien Assange’s rape accuser, while Jessica Valenti explains why it would be a good idea for Naomi Wolf to pay attention to the internet.

Beth Kanter explains why Apple’s refusal to allow in-app donations to nonprofits has her on the hunt for an Android phone.

Over at ProfHacker, Amy Cavender walks us through how to use Calibre to convert ebooks into the right format for your device.

In other ebook news, Google launched their eBookstore this past week. ProfHacker, Mashable, and Dale Askey all have reviews.

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#Reverb10 or Rediscovering the Joys of Blogging

By Brenda Bethman

In last week’s “Linkage Love” post, I mentioned the #reverb10 challenge, an annual event designed to “reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.” You sign up to receive daily prompts in your email and pledge to blog about the prompts throughout the month of December. We are up to day six now, and I have to say that I am enjoying this more than I thought I would. For me (and I imagine for many of you), taking time to reflect tends to get crowded out by the details of what needs to be done to keep daily life running. In many ways, December is the natural time to do something like this, but for those of us who work in higher education, December can be extremely hectic. This year, however, thanks to #reverb10, I am starting my days thinking and writing about the daily prompt. While it’s a bit difficult to carve out the time, I’ve committed to making it the first thing I do in the morning (knowing that if I leave it until after work, it will never get done). Sitting in my study on these dark, cold December mornings, drinking coffee while reflecting has turned out to be a perfect way to start my days — and so far has the effect of helping me start my day in a calmer mood, thus making the rest of the day better as well. I am hopeful that a month of this will be long enough to turn it into a lifelong daily habit.

Another great benefit to participating is that I’ve discovered (and been discovered) a number of bloggers whose work I didn’t know. Simply follow the #reverb10 hashtag on Twitter to see what people are posting and tweeting. It’s an amazing group of people and the amount of content being generated through this project is mind-blowing. Three of us here at SA Women Talk Tech (Colleen Riggle, Kristen Abell, and I)  are participating in #reverb10. Check out our blogs if you’d like to follow along (and please, feel free to encourage us!). And it’s not too late to join — if you sign up, let us know so we can follow your posts.

#Reverb10 or Rediscovering the Joys of Blogging


By Colleen Riggle

Have you seen Jumo?  It’s a new facebook-like networking site focused on “connecting individuals to organizations who want to change the world”.  While I’m still getting my bearing on the site, what I like about it are the following:

1.  It connects with your Facebook login (bonus!) and updates your facebook page with

2.  It allows you to customize your project or issue, such as women’s rights, health, or education.

3.  It gives exposure to many groups that are totally new to me!

4.   It pulls in news-feed information and gives snipits about what’s happening on a daily basis.  For someone who struggles to keep her Google Reader tame the micro news helps!

5.  Just as with Facebook and Twitter it will suggest organizations to follow based on your interests.

6.  You can also add charitable organizations.

7.  It gives a “talk” feature to be a part of the conversations surrounding a wide range of projects which connects with Facebook and Twitter.

It worth checking out if you haven’t already.  It’s still in Beta so I imagine change and enhancement will continue.


Linkage Love

By Brenda Bethman

As you may have noticed, we here at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech have succumbed to end-of-semester madness and have been light on the postings. We will try to pick back up soon. In the meantime, we promise to always get to Wednesday’s Linkage Love posts, even if the rest of the week is light. So with no further ado, here are this week’s links:

It seems that everyone is talking about email this week. On the I, Cringely blog, Bob Cringely writes about “The Decline and Fall of E-Mail.” Many of his commenters point out that for folks who work in “regular” jobs, email is definitely not in decline. Eric Stoller agrees with those commenters in his love letter to email over at Inside Higher Ed.

If you’re a blogger, check out the #reverb10 challenge, an annual event designed to “reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.” You sign up to receive daily prompts in your email and pledge to blog about the prompts throughout the month of December. I posted my first entry today over on my personal blog and am looking forward to the challenge of blogging daily. If you do sign up, please leave a link to your blog in the comments so we can follow your entries.

Speaking of bloggers, Kikolani published a list of 125 Fearless Female Bloggers. Go check it out and add some new favorites to your Google Reader.

The Boston Globe had a great piece this week on Information Overload, 15th-Century Style, while HASTAC published a good response to the New York Times’ latest entry in the “kids today” genre. (Truly, I am so over those articles. I’ve been teaching for 15 years now and every year, my colleagues and I complain about our students’ lack of attention. And I’m pretty sure my teachers complained about my lack of attention. Can we please stop blaming Facebook?).

Over the break, I spent a lot of time playing around with new tools. One that holds great promise for anyone who produces written content (so bloggers, teachers, writers, etc.) is Scrivener. Long a cult favorite among Mac users, there’s now a Windows beta version as well. I also stumbled across a great post on using Scrivener to organize classes — even if you don’t teach, the tips are useful for organizing other kinds of content. While I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, it looks very promising.

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