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.
June 1, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
The Utah.gov website re-launched today with a dramatic new look and new features. What do you think of their bold new focus on 'Search'? They say that's what most visitors did on their old site, so they took it to the extreme in this rendition.
Another interesting element - location based tools. Find services and even jobs near you, or browse other cities. Check out my video for more insights and some feedback to the team.
Please comment below and share YOUR thoughts about the new Utah.gov. (p.s. This video was apparently brought to you by my favorite key words, "pretty cool".)
Alex Howard on GovFresh.com: Utah.gov 2.0: personalized, search-centric design, real-time content
Luke Fretwell on GovFresh: Bing Bing: Re-designed Utah.gov goes live
Andrew Krzmarzick on GovLoop: Top 5 Features of New Utah.gov
May 16, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
I chatted with a few people on the streets on Cincinnati, Ohio, a couple of days ago about their thoughts on the Digital Divide. Whether or not they knew the term, it still affected them in some way.
I learned a lot creating this video (like if I'm holding the camera I need to make sure heads aren't cut off, and the ambient noise in public places is very loud). My first 'man on the street' interviews! But keep watching videos here on GovGirl.com - they can only get better :-)
April 28, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
There are some people who still don't have regular access to computers and the internet. This is the first part of a GovGirl video series exploring the concept, and its challenges for government.
Please comment with your thoughts on why the digital divide sucks and ideas for addressing it. Some communities are meeting this challenge in creative ways. Is the Federal broadband initiative a step in the right direction?
Using my family as an example, I put together this hi-tech infographic to explain the problem with the digital divide. Watch the video for a detailed description.
Don't forget to comment below!
March 18, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
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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