September 3, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
GovGirl chats with special guest Corey Dalton on how to prepare for an emergency that could bring down a government website. This episode includes advice for government webmasters on hosting, servers, mirrored sites, and the cloud.
This isn't an exhaustive look at the issue, but it's a start. Please comment below and share some of your ideas, challenges or questions related to preparing your web environment for an emergency situation.
September 1, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
GovGirl gets a new look (the videos, not the person. Well, my hair IS a little lighter), and talks about the issues surrounding the discussion of governments selling ad space on government websites. What do YOU think? Please comment below!
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August 12, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
Sounds like a Harry Potter spell, but the trend is to 'Searchify' government websites. Sites like NYC.gov (beta designs), Utah.gov, Calgary.ca (currently in beta), Texas.gov and Energy.gov (in a way) all focus on search in a bold way. In this video, I discuss why.
July 26, 2011 By News Staff
We're always on the look out for people in government who are coming up with innovative ways to share ideas and information. Kristy Fifelski is one such person. Kristy is the Web services manager for Reno, Nev., and runs a website called GovGirl.com. As GovGirl, Kristy explores a variety of topics related to technology in government. In this video, Kristy reviews Utah.gov's new website.
July 5, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
What's your favorite conference laptop? Is the iPad sufficient? I've had trouble finding the perfect laptop solution for government conferences and training activities, as an attendee or speaker. Finding something tiny and portable was easy enough, but like Tim the Toolman Taylor, I just needed more power! I saw an article on Wired.com for the HP Pavilion dm1 a while back, and I finally decided to take the plunge. My review shows that it just might be the perfect blend of portability and power. I'm calling it a "lapbook" because it's a great cross between the slimness of a netbook and the strength of a laptop.
Note: I upgraded my HP a bit. For instance, two gigs RAM is standard; mine is four. I forgot to mention that a six cell battery comes standard, but don't expect it to last 9.5 hours like HP says. Maybe if it's sitting dormant. Mine gives me up to 5 hours, depending on what I'm doing.
Customize your own HP Pavilion dm1 on HP's website.
Kristy is known as "GovGirl" in the government technology industry. She is a former city government web manager who has a passion for social media, technology and the lighter side of government life.
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