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AppleStore and the Genius Bar

Since I am a PC girl at heart, and haven’t had any issues with my iphone or ipad until recently I haven’t thought about the lack of Apple presence here in Sweden. When I was in the US this summer i visited Apple stores both in New York and in San Francisco and realized what a brilliant concept Apple has create.

Besides a geeky curiousity to visit “the Apple place of worship” which I titled it in an instagram picture from the New York store, I also had a reason for booking an appointment with their Genius Bar.

My ipad which accompanied me on this trip, decided to throw a hissy fit and refused to charge (15% in 24 hours) and rebooted itself every other minute. Much annoyed I went to see the Genius Bar, where a guy in a blue shirt took my iPad and did some tests on it. Hardware failure was the verdict and they would exchange my iPad for a new one of the same model. Unfortunately this would take a couple of days to order in and I was just about to return home to Sweden.

Here in Sweden I realized that there were no Apple Stores I could go to. Having bad experiences from shipping tech stuff for repairs I did not have any high hopes of using my iPad in any forseeable future. Much to my surprise the Apple support process was very quick and easy. I went online, created a ticket, Apple sent me instructions and prepaid shipping package through UPS.

Off went my iPad to the Netherlands and two days later I had a replacement ipad in my hand. The only trouble I had with the shipping was with UPS as it was a challenge to have them make deliveries at a time and place where it suited me ( I had to enlist my dear mother to baby-sit in my appartment and wait for the UPS guy to come buy).

Anyways, If my iPad just could have decided to postpone its tantrum a couple of weeks I could have visited the first Apple Store in Sweden which will open this weekend in Stockholm.

Well, the important thing is that I have a new working iPad. Perhaps I should book  a workshop session at the new store and have a reason to visit it.

The Apple Store in New York

The Apple Store in New York

The Apple Store in New York is open 24/7 and was filled with people everytime I passed it

Young men and women in blue t-shirts everywhere, ready to serve you with a smile.

 

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InDesign course – to learn is to grow!

I am a huge fan of Adobe’s products. Whether it is Première, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator or any other program, I love to get creative and loose track of time as I immerse myself in whatever project has caught my interest at the moment.

With my new e-magazine “TechWoman Magazine” I have the opportunity to get acquainted with yet another Adobe software – InDesign. It differs somewhat in the terminology and structure from what I am used to and as I want to be able to make the most out of the program I have enrolled in a four week nightcourse in InDesign 5.5.

Last night was my first lesson and I already got a few handy tips I can use in the October issue of the magazine.

 

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US shopping spree- part 1

During my three week businesstrip to the US this summer, I found ample time to stroll through stores in New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco. Being a Tech Girl it is not hard to envision the general theme of my shopping results both for myself and some members of my family.

At the Computer History Museum I collected a “premium geek kit” for my older brother as a birthday present. How about a plug-and-play video-game with classics such as Space Invaders, Bubble Bubble and Packman, complete with an old-school joystick? Since I am aiming for the best-sister-in-the-world-award I thew in a couple of nice T-shirts, a Space Invaders card-deck and a geeky CPU card-game. (I’ll show my own shopping in another blogpost).

For my niece (4y) and nephew (3y) who both love the Angry Birds Game I found this cute set of PJ’s and dress. I especially like the female bird on the right! I think I will win the best-aunt-in-the-world award as well with these!

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Geek Poetry

A the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California I came across this cool magnetic poetry kit for the ultimate Geek. It had to of course come back home with me. Now I only have to bring out my inner poet and get to work!

 

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Planning for TechGirl’s Advent Calendar

It is still August and the memories of this summer’s vacation are still fresh in my mind. However, time has a tendency to fly by and in only three short months we start the countdown to Christmas.

The last couple of years I have made a typical Swedish Advent Calendar  on my blogs by giving holiday gift tips every day until Christmas. Since it has received such good results I want to bring it back this season as well.

This year, I am thinking of changing the concept a little. Upgrade it to an Advent Calendar 2.0 so to speak. I have a few ideas I am still considering so nothing is set yet. I do know that I need to start working on this project during September so I can have all the material ready by December 1st.

What would you like to see in a TechGirl Advent Calendar?

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The Mobile Movemevent

Last week I wrote a post about how the use of smartphones are changing the we develope websites. I found this video from 2011 which gives an interesting view on just how much we have come to depend on these ever-present gadgets.

I am pretty certain that the numbers shown in the video have increased during 2012.

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The HP Garage – the birthplace of Silicon Valley

The HP Garage where Silicon Valley was born

The Plaque outside the HP Garage tells the story behind HP

I got a question from a friend the other day if I visited the HP Garage when I was in Palo Alto. Of course I did! As soon as I had checked in at my hotel in downtown Palo Alto I geared up with my camera and a map to do some mandatory geeky sightseeing.

It was actually only a short 10-15 minute walk before I was standing where it all began. As you can see in the picture they have raised a plaque that gives the background for the importance of this building. It reads:

BIRTHPLACE OF ‘SILICON VALLEY’

This garage is the birthplace of the worlds first high-technology region “Silicon Valley”. The idea for such a region originated with Dr. Frederick, a Stanford University professor who encouraged his students to start up their own electronics companies in the area instead of joining established firms in the east. The first two students to follow his advice  were William R. Hewlett and David Packard, who in 1983 began developing their first product, an audio oscillator, in this garage.

California registered historical landmark No. 976

Plaque placed by the state department of parks and recreation in cooperation with Hewlett-Packard Company, May 1989.”

The house is a private residence so as a tourist you need to respect the privacy of the attendants. I didn’t see anyone in the house so I thought it would be OK to hang around and take some pictures, and yes I actually got to check in at the HP Garage on Facebook. I think I deserve some extra geekpoints for that!

Since HP is in a way a founder of Silicon Valley I hope to be able to interview them for an article for TechWoman Magazine. The plan was to visit them during my visit to Palo Alto but unfortunately I came in the middle of vacation season so this was hard to accomplish during the limited time I was there. I am however in contact with the local office in Sweden and hope something can be arranged from here instead.

 

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