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Browser Roundup

Have you noticed that most of the browsers out there have either just released new versions or are close to it? I compiled some helpful info together about all of them.

Let’s start with this humorous post: “If browsers were celebrities.”

Article: Browser Feature War: IE9 RC1 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Chrome 9

Article: Sexist Marketing And Bugs In Firefox 4 And IE9


Internet Explorer 9 enhanced with Bing & MSN. Download here.

Screenshot Tour of ie9 from

Top 7 New Features on ie9 from

Article: Immediate IE9 Success Unlikely: A Tragedy Of Statistics


Final Version of Firefox 4 Coming March 22

If everything goes according to plan, the final version of Firefox 4 should be released March 22, according to a message posted on Firefox’s official forum.

Download Firefox 4 RC here.


Google makes such frequent updates to Google Chrome that hardly anyone hears about them anymore. As such, when Google decides to make a splash with a new version, it usually means something important. The most recent update to Chrome received media attention for at least three reasons: Google has reached the 9.0 release versions, several key features have been added, and the timing for the release of the new version is actually credited to the Reddit community. – Rob Young | @RobDYoungWrites

Download Chrome 9 Beta here.


Opera 11 came out in December of 2010.

Popular features of Opera 11.’s Review


Please feel free to add any of your personal thoughts about this artice (things I missed) or personal thoughts about any of these browsers and your reviews in the comments. I only hit on some of the top browsers in this post – obviously there are more browsers out there – I was mostly touching on the ones that have recently launched new versions or will be soon.

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Characterizing Myself

By Kristen Abell

So, when I went about creating these blog prompts, I’m pretty sure I thought most of these would be fun to write about – or at least kind-of easy – for me, at least. I mean, I spend a lot of time in self-reflection/analysis, so coming up with a character with whom I identify shouldn’t be that hard, right? Uh…can I claim Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Lara Croft? You know, except for the whole vampires exist and being independently wealthy things. No? Darn.

Seriously, though, I have a number of fictional characters with whom I identify – in movies, books, and TV. I’ve had a number of friends see the movie Erin Brokovich and say they felt like they’d just watched me on screen for two hours…except dangit, I just remembered that she’s not fictional. This is screwing my whole blog post. Let me try again.

Because I can never pick just one, here is a whole slew of characters with whom I identify – and why:

Elizabeth Bennett (from Pride and Prejudice)- for her wit, intelligence, and love of Mr. Darcy. And because she’s the bomb-diggity of female literary characters…duh.

Monica Gellar (from “Friends”) – for her absolute OCD-ness.

Edna Pontellier (from The Awakening) – for being sure there was always something more for me out there when I was younger than being just what other people thought I should be.

Hermione Granger (from Harry Potter) – because I am indeed a complete know-it-all; and, as I pointed out to Sean the other day, similar to Hermione, I might be the only one in my grade school who read the book about the saint after whom our school was named.

Laura Brown (from The Hours) – for her urgent need for peace and a place to read, as well as her slightly off-balance mental state.

Louise Sawyer (from Thelma and Louise) – for her tendency to turn pain into strength.

Jo March (from Little Women) – for her individuality and desire to write.

Robin Scherbatsky (from “How I Met Your Mother”) – for her career drive and occasionally more masculine tendencies.

The Great One (from The Pain and the Great One) – because this book typifies my relationship with my younger sister growing up.

With what fictional character(s) do you identify?

Characterizing Myself

Blog Prompt Monday

By Kristen Abell

Hello and welcome to the SA Women Talk Tech Blog Prompt Monday! Some of you are more than likely enjoying yourselves at NASPA, but hopefully all of you can find some time to do a little blogging this week!

Here is today’s prompt:

With what fictional character – from a book or elsewhere – do you most identify? Why?

I’ll be posting my response here later today – this should be a fun one, so enjoy! Remember to use the #sawomenblog hashtag and post a link in our comments so we can share the love!

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Is this Job Too Tight? Searching for Fit

by Melissa Johnson

We’re smack in the middle of placement season for #sagrads and other professionals looking for new opportunities across the country. The Placement Exchange is going on now through the weekend as a lead in to NASPA. C3 will take place in a couple of weeks at ACPA. I wish I had advice for all of the candidates going through placement, but having never experienced it myself (as a candidate or employer), I fear my words would lack a bit of credibility.

I had an interesting search process coming out of grad school, and one particular campus interview stands out. I’ve blogged about this experience before, but I’ve since taken down my old blog site (and replaced it with this one). Here are the highlights:

Picture it. North Carolina. Fall 2000. I was 22, full of energy and enthusiasm, getting ready to graduate in December, and ready to take the Student Affairs world by storm. Enter a student activities director position at a small, private institution…

It sounded like the perfect fit on paper. This person would work directly under the Dean of Students, coordinate activities and advise student groups, all things I could do. I knew the campus well since it was the location of my high school’s band camp. My grandfather was an alum. Home was less than an hour away. Sounds great, right?

Phone Interview: I had no warning it was coming. In fact, I was driving around town when the call came, so I pulled into a shopping center parking lot. The “interview” questions had very little to do with my job qualifications. Instead, the Dean of Students asked a lot of personal questions about my future plans with my boyfriend and my religious background. He even tried to justify asking what we would all consider “illegal” interview questions, saying that as a religiously-affiliated institution, it was crucial to hire staff that fit with their values. I answered what I was willing to answer, and the interview ended. I was certainly a little shaken by the intrusive questions, but I needed a job, and I still thought there was potential with this one.

Campus Interview: I arrived early and walked up to the Dean’s office. I could hear multiple voices coming out of a nearby office – they were talking about me! They were trying to figure out why I would ever want to live / work there – in a gossipy, not a professional, manner. Still, I waited for my interview.

The Dean arrived and took me on a tour of the student center. Apparently it had been recently built, and he wanted his new student activities director to “decorate the place” for him. Um, excuse me?

I met with the Career Center director – the most professional person I met on campus that day. She was concerned that the Dean might “catch” me and my boyfriend living together. The Dean was funny about that stuff, she said, and thought we might want to live a little farther away from campus. Seriously?

And then, to top it all off: the Dean was reviewing my resume in our final meeting. “So I’m looking here, and it says you did some diversity training?”

“Yes, that was part of the orientation leader training I coordinated last summer.”

“Well, that may be fine for your big city school, but I see that as a red flag here. We don’t want that diversity stuff at our school. A red. flag.”

I didn’t apologize for my background, nor did I act like I was going to change my values for this institution. I didn’t get the job.

I have never had another interview experience quite like this one, but it certainly left a mark, and I hope those job searching can learn from it.

Some job fit tips:

–        Listen to what your interviewers are saying – and not saying.

–        Talk to as many people as you can about the office / campus.

–        Google potential employers and the department (including a search in the school and local newspapers, employee newsletters, and other documents that probably are online).

–        Search for the employer’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc.

–        Ask lots of questions – both about the position, as well as living in the local community.

–        Do not tolerate interview questions that make you uncomfortable. You don’t have to answer them.

–        Even in this economy – do not blindly take the first job that’s offered to you just because you may feel desperate for a job. Take a few days, even a week, to do some soul-searching about the position and fit

–        Do not compromise your values and beliefs. They have served you well, and they will continue to do so, with or without this job.

We’ll all be supporting you on your quest to find the right fit. Good luck!

Is this Job Too Tight? Searching for Fit

Better Together: Social Media and Conferences

By Brenda Bethman

Our Everybody is Beautiful Week kicked off yesterday with a keynote by Susan Bordo on Anne Boleyn. It’s was a great event, but put me behind. Thus you get my response to Monday’s blog prompt today. Our prompt for this week was:

How has technology/social media changed your conference experiences?

For me, social media have changed my conference experiences in two major ways:

First, social media have helped me stay connected with people I only see once a year at the National Women’s Studies Association conference. Previously, we would spend the first day or so catching up and reconnecting. Now that we “see” each other on Facebook and/or Twitter all year, there is less need for catching up and I’ve found that my f2f interactions with my friends at NWSA are richer and deeper thanks to the virtual connections we maintain when we don’t see each other. It’s also a useful way to connect with fellow panelists before the conference, especially when working on social media sessions.

Secondly, I’ve been able, thanks to Twitter hash tags, to participate in the back channel of both conferences I’m attending and others that I wouldn’t be able to attend. At NWSA and the MLA there were active back channels on Twitter which enhanced my participation in the conference. And the #sachat community has several active back channels, giving me insight into conferences I would not attend. I am especially looking forward to the SXSW tweets this week! [Quick note: I’m sorry not to include links for these hash tags. Twitter is being ornery and returning my searches for the tags as having no tweets. I’ll add them in later].

In regard to technology, the hardware itself has also changed my conference experience. I use my iPhone to live tweet, Facebook message or text folks about dinner plans, and to stay connected to home (as needed — sometimes it’s nice to just get away). Apps such as Yelp and OpenTable also help me find places to eat that I might otherwise have missed, and the Maps app has prevented me from getting too lost. My iPad also travels with me and I use it to tweet, Facebook, take notes, and for reading/entertainment on the plane and in the hotel. It’s saving my book as I now carry fewer books in my bag.

How about you? In what ways have your conference experiences changed thanks to technology and social media?

Better Together: Social Media and Conferences

Blog Prompt Monday

By Brenda Bethman

Welcome to “Blog Prompt Monday”! Here’s today’s prompt:

How has technology/social media changed your conference experiences?

We hope you’ll join us in blogging about these prompts with us. I will be posting my response here later today. If you write a response on your blog, please include it in the comments below and tag it on Twitter with the #sawomenblog hashtag – we look forward to reading your posts!


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Mobile Applications for NASPA 2011

By Stephanie Wintling

Since I can not attend the NASPA conference in my beloved city of Philadelphia this year, I have dedicated this post to mobile apps you can utilize before and during the conference.

Here are links to applications to help you with travel to the wonderful city of Philadelphia:

Flight Track is a universal app where you can input your flight itinerary and get updates on your flight, as well as gate location. This app works on multiple mobile phones, too!

Here are all the links to the airline carriers individual apps: American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Southwest

Also for you iPhone users Gate Guru is an awesome app to help you locate food and shopping options for those long layovers.

When you arrive you can use these apps to help with navigating the Philadelphia transit system: iTransit, Transitmap for iPhone, SEPTA map

And when you are not in the center of the city it will be helpful to have this Taxi Magic app to book a taxi.

For people who find Google Maps or their current map on their iPhone not adequate there is a Smart Map app for Philadelphia.

Now you have settled in to Philadelphia I recommend using Yelp or Urbanspoon to find places of interest or places to eat. I love the spin feature on Urbanspoon and the fact you can set a budget amount for the restaurant you want to find.

Let’s not forget the all important NASPA application for the conference!

There’s your application love for the conference, but I cannot end my post there without giving you some tips and points of interest in Philadelphia.

Historic Philadelphia is amazing, but you have to know how to get a ticket to tour Independence Hall (Liberty Bell is a walk through that requires no ticket but a wait in line). Right across from the Liberty Bell is the Independence Visitor Center at 1 N Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1518. They open at 8:30am every day and when they open you simply go to the ticket counter and request a tour time. You will then receive a tour ticket for Independence Hall. It is completely free, but tickets are first come, first serve. Why do I love Independence Hall?? The tour guides are phenomenal AND when your tour is done when you exit out of the back of hall take a sharp right and you can catch a quick free tour of the first House of Representatives and the Senate upstairs, I enjoyed that little house of congress more than any other historic sight in Philadelphia.

The other thing Philly is known for is FOOD, more specifically Philly cheese steaks. I don’t eat meat so I can’t give you an informed opinion but there are 2 locations right next to each other that compete to be best in town: Geno’s at 1219 South 9th st. & Pat’s at 1237 East Passyunk Avenue. One of my favorite eclectic restaurants is Jones on 700 Chestnut St, it has a checklist for make your own salads and their brunch menu is amazing.

The only sad part about Philadelphia is the sporting complexes are outside the main city on the other side of the interstate. Nonetheless if you want to take a taxi out their Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park are right across the street from each other and both fairly new and beautiful places (OK I may be biased because I’m a Phillies and Eagles fan).

Don’t forget to check the weather because no two days are ever the same in Philly.

Add your comments about Philly or helpful mobile travel apps!




Mobile Applications for NASPA 2011