The Story Behind Ms.Techie

I wrote my first article on technology  in Fashionese Daily website, a part of Female Daily Network,  the place where I had been given the chance to write and explore myself (thank you!!!) . My first review was on Samsung Galaxy Note, it was a hands on. I remember how exciting it was and I couldn’t let go of it. To have a new gadget on my hand, to experience it first hand before anyone else, was something for me and to gain trust from tech brands, to review their products, means a lot to me 🙂

So, why do I decided to be Ms.Techie?

We all know that women who works in IT companies are called “IT-Chick” but it was a term that’s already widely use. I want something different. Some people told me that I am “techie“, well other than “geek” which for me sounds more intimidating. Techie wasn’t even a term that I was familiar with, but when I looked it up on dictionary; techie apparently means “a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology“. I am not very knowledgeable nor resourceful, but I do love technology and I am the kind of person who is enthusiastically wanting to learn about it. I even enrolled myself into several online courses so that I can understand a little bit better. I mean, I am a nobody in tech industry and to understand about  mobile technology, computer, processor etc, I have to learn from the very basic and just keep on learning… and it will never stop, I can’t never stop learning really. It’s a long quest and as you can see, technology is not something that will ever gonna stop. So most probably, the day I stop learning is the day I die!

Anyways, yes it is weird even for me, to stand out and “market” myself as Ms.Techie. First, I thought it will be nice to differentiate myself from others, in social media. So I started using hashtag (#MsTechie) on my technology related pictures on Instagram and Twitter. But then, I decided to acknowledge myself and although it is hard to gain this kind of confidence, I start seeing myself as Ms.Techie. Most of people maybe would think, “who are you to say you’re techie?“. Well, I decided not to care much about what people thinks. The day I decided to have my own personal branding as Ms.Techie, was the day I finally appreciated myself. It was a long rough journey for me to finally able to gain a slight confident in tech world and the good thing is, most of people I met who works in IT or are tech editors or journalists, do believe in me. They willingly teach me a lot of things, they patiently answers my dumb “basic” questions, they never see me as an annoying little princess, they inspires me.

Besides, when what I wrote gets me to a place where I have never been before, shouldn’t it be considered as acknowledgement? I am not a hardcore technical reviewer (one day, I will be though!), but I do feel the same excitement and thrill whenever I get a new device to review as any other tech reviewer will. I still have so much to learn, but you know what, I am Ms.Techie, I believe I can do because this is what I love to do and what I do best..I hope you’re with me!!  🙂

as Ms.Techie

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Project Ophelia, Redefining Mobility?

*”Yay!! First post on my own website now, I should celebrate!” ended up going back to bed, browsing*

One of the best things that can only occur on weekend is being able to just lay lazy on my bed, with two laptops, browsing stuff over the internet and catching up with news I missed last week. I looked up news everyday through Twitter. I clicked on almost every single link from news site I followed on Twitter. I read everything, it’s almost overwhelming. I guess this is why some people prefer to follow celebrities on Twitter, rather than following bunch of news channel. To be honest, all these news channel (which is mostly technology news ) accounts I followed, made me overwhelmed at times. I can’t just read about newly released gadget without having the urge to go to Mr.Google, search for spec-sheet, then go to several websites compiling all the reviews about it. My brain doesn’t work that way  😀

I read about Project Ophelia months ago. I remember, I dreamed about it before! When I was a kid, I dreamed about having computer that could fit inside our pocket. I used to watch my Dad carry around his heavy laptop and thought “hmm…Dad’s pc should be small enough so he could carry it everywhere he goes” My Dad worked in various IT companies, he worked at AT&T, Motorola, Ericsson, Siemens, Alcatel etc. Now you know where my techie side came from!  Yes, now its the era of Ultrabook. Intel’s way of defining mobility. I enjoy my first generation Ultrabook, it’s lightweight and reliable enough to carry all my workload. Mine didn’t have SSD yet, but most of second generation Ultrabook nowadays has it and by the launch of third generation Ultrabook, with Haswell architecture inside, I believe people would be easily convinced to switch to Ultrabook, unless they still need to strengthen their biceps with 2,5kg laptop, a free weight-lift exercise :p

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Dell’s Project Ophelia seems to be “something big” to me. All you need to do is find a screen (TV or monitor works)  with HDMI port and plug this tiny thing, voila! every document, presentation etc that you need to access, is right in front of you!! Project Ophelia can connect to the web as well, so it’s totally like  having a virtual office, anywhere you go. Well, I know it’s based on Android, although I still can’t see Android operation system being used as a business OS yet, unlike Windows, but it’s still a cool idea nevertheless. Inside this device is Rockchip RK3066 (1.6 GHz Dual- Core Cortex-A9) and 1GB of RAM. Its been said that Rockchip RK30066 performance is similar to Samsung Exynos 4 Dual-Core chip, so it seems pretty good. Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity are also available alongside MicroSD card slot for additional storage. OS? well it probably runs on Jelly Bean, but still unsure because it hasn’t been released to market yet. Beta testing, they says.

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Tiny USB-style PC, just like one of those things you will have if you are a spy! Wait, that’s the problem right there. You know how easy it is to lose USB right?? I had lost like a dozen of USBs in the past year, I don’t even want to know what’s in it or I will be freaking out my entire life. On the other hand, business people would be more concerned on “what if this get stolen?”. Fortunately, security is something all manufacturer would worry about. Security, is something I am very concerned about too. In this era of Big Data, the term “sharing” is somehow seems dangerous, especially knowing that Project Ophelia device is based on cloud storage and I don’t believe in cloud storage security, yet. Turns out, Dell uses Wyse Cloud Client Manager software to securely access and share, this would be essential for business enterprise, because they will be able to manage permissions or access to Project Ophelia devices, based on role, department or location. Mr.IT Guy would be in charge of all Project Ophelia devices so when you lost your device,  all you need to do is tell him to delete all data inside your device, remotely. Security wise, it seems secure enough.

I would say, “yes” to this device. I like the idea a lot. Although, I must say that Project Ophelia isn’t revolutionary enough to replace PC, but it’s a step forward toward redefining the term “mobile computing”. Should have replaced Android with Windows so it could run business suite like Microsoft Office, natively. But,  all in all, I like it and for $100, might worth a try 😉