Saturday, December 29, 2007

08 Presidential Candidates Views on Technology

Yeap, the first place on the web that decided to put all the links it could find on how our 2008 Presidential Candidates feel about technology. I searched the internet back and forth playing with keywords and I think these websites do the best job of covering the '08 Presidential Candidates on technology issues.

But don't take my word for it, check it out for your self.

TechCrunch: Amazing resource if you really want answers. To me, these guys are the official stop to figuring out were candidates stand on tech issues. Plus they've added a hands on extra. Go to their website and vote and geeks everywhere can see what candidate is the most "tech freindly" from each party.

Geek the Vote '08: Popular Mechanics Science and Technology Guide to the Election. Lots of useful articles and cool linkable chart that really narrows down the competion.

Rock the IT Vote: IT Consultings article on the presidential candidates stance on some hot topics like wiretapping and internet sales tax.

Fort Hard Knocks: What's your candidates fave technology? Rudy Giulianni actually said a cd player... ??? I guess that's why he's the president considered least concerned about technology. Come on Rudy, where's your iPod?

These issues are close to my heart, I spent five years working for a non-profit developing solutions for at-risk and low-income youth and families and trying to figure out how to not leave them behind when it comes to technology.

Democratic Presidential Candidates Discuss Digital Divide: Andy Carvin interviews presidential candidates on hot topics focusing on the digital divide.

Binary America: Split in Two by A Digital Divide: Washington Post article on some serious issues facing America today and what our candidates are doing about them. Includes video and some cool widgets. Like This? Love This? Let me know!

Easy Color Palette Generator

Tip: Generate colors based on a picture quick and easy
Try It: Color Pallette Generator at
If you design websites, blogs, or anything that makes you wish you had paid attention during Color Theory 101 class, then this cool application is for you. At you can upload any picture and automatically get colors, in hex format, that work with your image. I use it all the time when I'm on the go. Just upload a picture to your flickr account, copy the image link and paste it into the generator. Click Color Pallette-ify (cute name huh?) and voila! Color combanitions in dull and vibrant that match your picture.

I found the best uses for this cool generator is to upload my background image from a web design project and use the color combos to get my heading colors. Like This? Love This? Let me know!

Flip Video Ultra Camcorders by Pure Digital

Gadget Review Rank: 5 Starlets
Cost: $149.99
Where to buy: The Flip Video Store
Description: First off, awesome company, affordable camcorder, and a wow design. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. But what I love most about Pure Digital is that incorporated into their mission and vision is the goal to develop simple and price worthy imaging products for the world. Who could argue with that? This is defenitely a TechStarlet wishlist item. Oh yeah, and it comes in some amazing colors.


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Friday, December 28, 2007

Create A Horizontal CSS Menu

Project: Invervted Shift Down Menu
Knowledge: HTML and CSS
Website: Dynamic Drive CSS Library
Rating: 5 stars
Details: Dynamic Drive's CSS Library has done it again. I absolutely LOVE their inverted shift down menu. It's easy to use and even easier to tweek. This menu creates these neat little tabs and the active tab is slightly longer than the other tabs.
Difficulty: I'm going to give this tutorial an intermediate level of difficulty because although a few tweaks will give you what you need, a knowledge of HTML basics, especially unordered lists and hyperlinking, and CSS is needed to get it to look exactly like you want it to.

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Bell's Bad Patent

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You are not going to believe this but our historical buddy, Alexander Bell, the telephone guy...well let's just say his secret is no longer safe. According to journalist Seth Shulman's new book, Mr. Bell got a sneaky peek at Elisha Gray's patent for the telephone. Throw in some corrupt lawyers and some concrete evidence by Mr. Shulman and you got a must read! All I can say is shame on you Mr. Bell. Like This? Love This? Let me know!

The Technology Starlet

Welcome to The Technology Starlet, a blog that does the unthinkable by mixing tech geeks with fashionistas and trend setters.

Why this blog? Why now? Well, I am a woman in technology and far from a geek in the traditional sense. After five years at a non-profit technology center as Vice President of Training and IT Development, I've learned a few things regarding women and technology and have alwas wanted to start a blog. My motto? You can play with the boys and put your makeup on at the same time... and why not???

So, this blog is about tech news, beauty, fashion, style, design, and entertainment all mixed up with some serious tech tips, tutorials and topics.

Hey, we invented multitasking...right?

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