Poly Weekly 244: Media Whoring at Sex 2.0

Media Whoring panel from Sex 2.0

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Introduction and host chat
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Announcements

  • Three Wise Women event is Dossie Easton, Deborah Anapol and Serena Anderlini-d’Onofrio on July 3, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. in San Rafael, CA
  • PolyCamp 2010 is August 26-29 Millersylvania state park with classes for people new to poly and discussion groups for those of us who have been around awhile, artistic workshops/classes, spiritual workshops, tribal interests (drumming and belly dancing), music and dancing, and more!
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  • Shine, a Burlesque Musical is in Seattle, July 8-18 at the Theater off Jackson. Not only is this a sex-positive musical, it is a poly-positive musical. From some of the promo materials: “Count on the Wet Spots to twist the old love triangle story arc into some beautiful new poly-friendly configurations. Sort of like a macrame wall hanging. Made of sex!” Follow them on Twitter and join the Facebook page.

Panel: Media Whoring at Sex 2.0
The Media Whoring panel from Sex 2.0 last month in Seattle. In this panel, Cunning Minx, Danielle Sipple, Jasen Bartlett, maymay, Reid Mihalko and Veronica Monet discuss media strategies. Topics ranged from TV, radio, and print, to social networking and online media, to Twitter, to YouTube, to monitoring your presence online, to anything else that pops up! It was a lively discussion with this wide variety of media professionals.

View the panel video here.

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Wrap-up
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Our intro and outro music is courtesy of Pacemaker Jane, “Good Suspicions.”

Geek hardware and software tips from J, our Geek Blogger!

Hi! J here, poly geek blogger. From the feedback that was given on the PW site, our first entry is on mobile technology and how to use it to communicate with your sweeties.

iPhone
With all the continuing coverage of the iPhone I think I will talk about that briefly. I’m going to start by saying something that you’ll rarely hear me say, wait. It’s painful for a neophile to say, that dreaded “w” word. I think that folks should hold off on the iPhone. Unless you simply must have one, give it another generation before getting. I personally use a Windows Mobile based device, but I get to play with the iPhone at work. What I can say is the display is pretty slick and the multi-touch technology is pretty great, Google Maps rock, but overall the device is a little rough around the edges. Also with as tightly locked down as Apple has the device, it makes it challenging to get third party applications for it. Sure you can get the apps through Safari, but you’re working with the AT&T EDGE network (more on that below), so it’s not a fast experience. Give it another generation of iPhone and I think we’re going to see a pretty solid performer here.

So that mini-rant out of the way here comes a bit of boring explanation of the different mobile technologies out there. This is mainly useful for folks that are getting ready to upgrade their devices or plans or even switch carriers.

GSM: Global standard for mobile phones
CDMA: Predominantly used in North America, however there are some other countries that use it as well as EVDO for connectivity. Most carriers though are starting to migrate to the high speed versions of GSM.

BlackBerry
I’m sure everyone has heard of “Crackberries” before. These devices are based on the JAVA operating system and feature great email capabilities and boast very high security. Until recently these devices weren’t the preferred devices for multimedia, music/photos/video.

Palm
User friendly. That is the best way to describe the Palm OS devices. These guys have been around for forever. Palm OS devices are pretty intuitive and great for people who are looking to do it all, email/photos/music/video.

Windows Mobile
These devices take a similar user experience to Windows PCs and put it in the palm of your hand. There are many 3rd party applications to add on these to be able to take your favorite movies and music on the go. You’re able to get the web almost like when you’re at home with different browsers for the devices.

Symbian OS
When you’re playing with a Nokia phone, you’re using one version of the Symbian OS. This is hugely popular and there are many options for getting new uses out of the phone. They tend to be more phone like and less PDA like than the devices listed above.

Types of Messages

SMS: Short Message Service. These are the text messages that are just text, no pictures or video. Pretty inexpensive per message as usually a carrier will offer unlimited domestic messages

MMS/Picture Messages:
Multimedia Messaging Service. These messages can contain picture, video, audio, and text. They typically cost slightly more than sending a SMS.

How do we use them to be naughty and/or romantic?
OK, enough of the dry technical stuff. What kind of fun can people have with these? Well, there are the obvious uses, sending text messages while you’re at work to your loved ones. Maybe you’re in the mood to do something that might make a SO blush, take a picture of something pretty naughty and send it to them. A friend told me a story of when she was sent a special picture of a very special “package” and a co-worker happened to see, who promptly commented on her being very lucky. Plus the randomness typically is appreciated–I mean who doesn’t love it when they know they’re being thought of? I hear that these mobiles even can be used to talk to someone! Who knew? The lucky folks across the pond in Europe get to do video conferencing, which could lead to some fun.

Search Google via your mobile device, even if you don’t have the ability to surf the web! Send a SMS to GOOGL (466453) with the message being your query and you’ll get back the same as if you had searched via the website. Visit http://sms.google.com/ for more info and examples on the different services.

Another great service from Google is GrandCentral. This service gives you a single phone number to give out to people. When they call the number it will track you down via your mobile, your work number, or your home number. The great thing about this service is you get to setup special rules for particular times or callers. This means your SO is able to get in touch easily. Here’s a nifty trick. For T-Mobile (MyFave) or AllTel (my circle) customers, if you’re wanting to get incoming calls for free, set your GrandCentral number to be the one that displays as the calls are routed to your mobile, set your GrandCentral number as one of your free ones. Then all the calls from GrandCentral are free! In another article I’ll explain how to setup your own VOIP system for your home phone, as part of it you’ll have a dial in number that will allow you to call out for free as well.

Have a Windows Mobile device? Use Firefox on your PC? Visit http://www.mozilla.org/projects/minimo/ to download the PDA Phone version of the browser. Folks that are using the Smartphone version of the OS, T-Mobile Dash/Motorola Q/Samsung BlackJack, it’s a bit rough of an experience.

Speaking of alternate browsers on the devices, Opera makes a pretty slick mobile browser. The downside to it is that this is a paid piece of software. I played with the beta version and I was pretty happy with it.

I see many people using the Windows Mobile devices and Macs. One product that will sync the two is The Missing Sync. I have not personally used this, however it supports up to the latest handhelds via support for Windows Mobile 6.

Linux support for syncing to Windows Mobile devices is fairly slim. One that is compatible with Windows Mobile 2003 as well as Windows Mobile 5, is SynCE. Be sure to check the compatibility lists to see if your device is supported.

Ok folks, I know this was a bit sporadic but I wasn’t sure exactly what people were looking for. Time for some more feedback. What I’d like you guys to do is tell me what you liked about this and what you didn’t like. I’ll see if Minx can get a poll going and we’ll go from there. Thanks!

Geek Girls, unite!

This unconference is put on by Sue Mernit, a very cool chick I met at BlogHer this year. If you’re a geeky gal, you should DEFINITELY consider coming (and spotting me air fare so that I can come!):

She’s Geeky
A Women’s Tech (un)conference
October 22-23 in Mountain View, CA.
This event is designed to bring together women from a range of technology-focused disciplines who self identify as geeky. Our goal is to support skill exchange and learning between women working in diverse fields and to create a space for networking and talking about issues faced by women in technology.

New blog author: J, our Poly Tech Geek

Hi! I’m J, and I’ve been editing PW for some time now, but I wanted to help out a bit more. I think I sound ridiculous on the podcast, thus I do the editing. ;) So I asked Minx if she would mind me doing a poly geek segment for the website, with maybe the occasional tie in on the podcast. She said it was a great idea.

So a bit about myself. I consider myself a neophile. And no, that doesn’t involve corpses. What that means is that I feel a compulsion to have the latest and greatest gadgets. I know; I know–boys and their toys. So I have been trying to figure out how to share some of my findings. Much to my chagrin, patient as my wife is with me, she doesn’t share mylust for technology. So here I am, out on the web, hoping to share what I’ve found along the way.

I’ve been working with Windows-based PCs for years, doing general support, system building, networking, etc. I’m starting to get into Linux more, with my present job and some projects at home. Mac, I can say, I haven’t had much recent experience with. In the following articles I am going to keep a vendor/service provider/OS neutral point of view. Enough of the rambling though.

So that’s me and where I’m coming from. I’m curious to know what everyone would be interested in these articles. What do you guys want to know about? If there are areas that I don’t have any experience in, I will find out about it and write the article from the “as I’m doing it” point of view.

Now I don’t want to start a flame war or the never-ending Mac vs. PC thread, but I definitely want to know what people use in the following categories, so I know what to cover:

  1. Computer OS
  2. PDA/Phones, ie Palm OS, Windows OS, something else
  3. Phone provider, ie Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile/AT&T/Etc.

And I am going to try to keep the following format:

  • Poly application
  • Everyday usage
  • Geek factor
    • What do you think?

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