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iPhone software Version 2.0

Jul 11, 2008 Author: admin | Filed under: Electronics, iPhone, software

Like most good geeks I downloaded and installed the iPhone 2.0 software yesterday and then downloaded EVERY SINGLE FREE APP AVAILABLE (and one paid app). Special thanks to TechCrunch for being on top of things and posting all downloads and links early. The app store is awesome. So far I’m pretty happy with most apps, especially the AIM, Twitterific, and the Faceobook app.



PhoneSaber! That was the first app I showed Ben. I’ve played with this app far too much. I can’t help it. I chased the cat around this morning and it was an epic battle that ended with him fleeing with his tail between his legs. HA!

Okay, I’ll stop now.


Facebook Mini-Feed

The Facebook app is CRAZY fantastic and the developers should be very proud. It’s like a contact list on steroids. From now on instead of asking for a phone number to put into my phone I’m just gonna say “Add me on Facebook!” I’ve never really gotten fully into the Facebook craze even though I have a lot of friends that use it. Having to log in EVERY TIME I visit and the cluttered feeling have kept me away. Now that this is available, I expect that I’ll be much more active in that community… because, you know, what I really need is ANOTHER online community to become addicted to.

One thing I’d really love to see is a way to push info from Facebook to our contact lists, that would be the ultimate in coolness. GET ON THAT DEVELOPERS! kthxbye.


Twitterific is SO VERY PRETTY. I felt kind of bad for ditching Hahlo so quickly (for about 2.4 seconds) then The Pretty won me over. Twitterific is so easy to read and very well laid out for @replies and the integrated Safari browser with the option to also open in the browser for bookmarking was GENIUS. They really captured what twitter users want, I’d say better than even twitter does.

Now, if WordPress can just get it’s app out, I’ll be the happiest little blogger geek. From what I’ve seen though it will be awesome too. Easy to post, integrate pictures from the iPhone gallery on the fly, etc. It, combined with Typepad’s already available app, will take mobile blogging to the next level. It will be cool to see people doing more real time blogging of events.

122/365 - Drinking up the 2.0

I won’t be getting a 3G anytime soon because we close on the house today and we can’t really afford to be spending the money on new toys but a little part of me is happy that I got the App Store 24 hours before the 3G users. And my phone will always have the pretty metal back that I’ll flash around like a badge of geeky honor. 😉



Dell Refurbished Inspiron 1520 Notebook

Jun 29, 2008 Author: admin | Filed under: Electronics, Games, Laptop, MMORPG
Dell Refurbished Inspiron 1520 Notebook

I bought this laptop November of 2007. I hit refresh on the refurbished Dell website about 562,226,529,526 times and there was ONE laptop that met all the requirements I had. As soon as it popped up I called Ben and tried to act like my brain was not in the process of exploding RIGHT THEN AND THERE because OH MY GOD I WANT THIS LAPTOP and he ordered it for me right away. *swoon*

First things first! Lets get the specifications out there:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache)
  • 160 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
  • 15.4 inch WSXGA+ Notebook Screen with TrueLife (1680 x 1050)
  • 8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
  • 9 Cell Primary Battery
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
  • 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 677MHz (2 DIMMs)
  • Intel 4965 802.11a/g/n Dual-Band Mini Card

I seriously love this laptop. So far there hasn’t been a single program I’ve thrown at it that it hasn’t been able to handle. Graphic intensive games like World of Warcraft, Sims2 and City of Heroes play with no problem at all. PhotpshopCS3 loads quickly and even with 3-5 rather large RAW images open at the same time, there are little to no hangups. The only program I’ve run into that causes a bit of lag has been DxO Optics Pro but that is a REALLY memory and processing intensive program.

I wasn’t too sure about the glossy screen at first but for game play and photo manipulation, it’s absolutely perfect and even in outside sunny environments it’s brightness has been enough to allowe me to browse and watch movies.

Of course, this decreases battery life but I opted for the larger 9-cell battery for that reason. I sat at an America’s Tire for THREE HOURS while they worked on my car and played games with Cassidy and surfed the internet at full brightness before I started to get low. The batter does stick out a bit in the back but I’ve not had a problem getting it to fit into a standard 14 inch bag or backpack.

With the 160GB hard drive, DVD read/writer and built in wireless it’s been everything I wanted and MORE. As a matter of fact, it’s been so awesome, that we bought Ben one in black. His and hers. 😉

The best part was that because I got a refurbished laptop, I save over $600 when compared to the same machine built on Dell’s main website. Several people have been surprised to learn that its a refurb because there’s not a scratch or mark on it anywhere. It looks like a brand new unit.

So if you are in the market for a new laptop (or monitor, or desktop, or printer for that matter) anytime soon, I HIGHLY recommend checking out the refurbished Dell website before you make your final purchase.




Jun 24, 2008 Author: admin | Filed under: Grooming, Pets
furminator (by antigone78)

Many people have different opinions on when Summer starts. For some, it’s when you have to break out the shorts and tank tops. For some it’s when you have to put away the knee high socks for the year. For many, many kids all across the country it’s the last day of school.

For me? It’s when I start noticing softball size clumps of hair in every corner and crevice of the house. Every. Single. Crevice.

Fighting the fur is something that I’ve been doing for, well, for the 29 years I’ve been alive because that’s how long I’ve been in love with my kitties. When we had carpet in the house I used to think that hardwood floors would be SO MUCH BETTER for cats. Now that we have hard wood floors, I realize that the cat fur is just more noticeable now! There isn’t any mat and thread to hide it. It sits there in front of the TV, staring at you, mocking you. You get up to clean it and before you can sit back down there are three more clumps, each one bigger than the last.

NOT THIS YEAR THOUGH! I was reading Dooce awhile back and she linked to a fabulous devise called The Furminator. I don’t know what makes this brush so damn awesome and I can’t explain to you at all how it works, but I can tell you that’s it’s the BEST DAMN FUR BRUSH EVER. On the website it says that is grabs the undercoat which is what makes it so effective since it the undercoat that cats shed in the warmer months.

110/365 - Sexy, right? (by antigone78)

In one five minute session I can pull more hair off the cats then I would in days and days and hours and hours of brushing with any of the hundreds of brushes I’ve owned before. Seriously, that picture there was the result of about 6 minutes of brushing and that was before I really had the hang of using it. Now that I’ve taken the time to watch the video on the website, I’m much more efficient and get loads more hair each time I use it.

It’s absolutely amazing to me how much fur there is hiding in that undercoat. It’s endless. It’s enough to knit my entire extended family scarves for the winter. The nice thing is that as long as I brush them each once a week, the fur that moocks me from all the little crevices of the house has been greatly reduced. When they start showing back up again, I grab the brush and attack each one of them and they go away again.

If you have a cat, and it has fur, then this brush is something you simply MUST own. Go get one, NOW. They’re a bit more expensive then the standard brush but after one use you’ll gladly have paid twice the amount.



Adagio Looseleaf Tea

May 2, 2008 Author: admin | Filed under: Delicious, Tea
Adagio teas. (by antigone78)

Awhile ago, Caitlin started a thread over on Lavish about how people drink their tea and me, being kind of a n00b to the tea scene was like, uhh… In a glass?!

Oh how little I knew back then (like two weeks ago). But seriously, that was before I discovered Adagio and my life at this point could end and I’d be completely content because dude, I have drank the Elixir of Everlasting Happiness and it is lemon grass looseleaf tea.

After I received my order I vowed to try at least one new tea a day and this was REALLY EASY because I found myself making at least three glasses a day. Each flavor was like a whole new fabulous discover. Each very different but VERY VERY good. So far the herbal tea’s have been my favorite. The peppermint makes me really unproductive at work because I keep sticking my nose above my mug to breathe in it’s wonderfulness.

I very big part of this process and getting the teas to steep as perfectly as they do is the IngenuiTEA steeper but that’s a product that deserves it’s own review because I could go on and on about JUST the steeper. I might eventually end up doing a review on the individual tea types but for now I just had to get the secret out there.

You can pick up the steeper and a starter set of teas (GET THE HERBAL! TRUST M!) for $20 and both times I’ve ordered I received my tea a day later! If you decide to try it out, drop me an an email and I’ll forward you a $5 coupon making your initial purchase of the steeper and the tea only $15. Now you have no reason NOT to try it.



City of Heroes

Apr 28, 2008 Author: admin | Filed under: Games, MMORPG
CoH (by antigone78)

So I figured that my first real review should be something that I’ve been spending time on lately and City of Heroes (CoH) made perfect sense. I actually just got back into CoH about two months ago. I can only really handle one MMORPG at a time and since I was playing World of Warcraft (WoW) with Ben, CoH was put on the back burner for awhile.

Like all MMORPG’s you get the fantastic sense of community, the drive to take yourself further in the game, a great time playing a fun game and the satisfactions for getting to the next level. Unlike some other MMORPG’s what you don’t get is horribly complex game play. When playing WoW, you get power after power piled onto you pretty quickly and keeping track of what they all do, the order to use them, the combination that works best and be REALLY daunting. But in CoH, you get ONE new power every two level ups so you have more time to use them and how best to incorporate them into your already developed game play.

The thing that immediately sold me on CoH was the futuristic or more modern day genre. I love me some trolls and warlocks but getting to battle common day gangs and stop mad scientists from producing the next big biological weapon is a lot of fun and keeps me much more entertained. Modern modes of travel are great too. Getting to ride a tram and not having to wait for a bird to fly you to the other end of the Earth is nice. Although, I used to like to use Griffon rides in WoW for things like bathroom and drink breaks or getting to explore new areas from above. You don’t reallu get that in CoH till you can fly yourself at a higher lever. Still, flight = awesome. Especially now that you get wings! Which leads me to my next topic:

costume (by antigone78)

Probably the one thing that really sets the ease of use apart from games like WoW, is the costume in CoH. In WoW you have to purchase clothes to up you mana, defense, to hit, crit etc. You outfit will literally make or break your character. It is the polar opposite in CoH where your costume is just that, a costume. And outfit. A way to look pretty. You get one default costume and you earn more by doing missions and as you level up. I generally have seriously outlandish “hero” costume, and another for my “alter ego”. You don’t have to constantly fight over dropped items and travel to distant lands and spend all your dough in the auction house to be able to run one certain instance.

The things I listed are just the most common, simple examples. If you are looking into an entry level MMORPG and want something that’s not going to suck up ALL your spare time, I highly recommend giving City of Heroes a shot. And when you get in, look me up! I’m on Virtue Server playing as one of the following:

Antigone – Level 34 Science Defender
Antig0ne – Level 13 Science Defender
Aflux – Level 8 Science Blaster
a-flux – Level 6 Science Defender
Fluxer – Level 11 Science Tanker
a.flux – Level 14 Science Controller
fluxe – Level 11 Science Scrapper
sylaa – Level 8 Technology Blaster

PS – I like science because I know where all the enhancement stores are! 😉




Apr 27, 2008 Author: admin | Filed under: Site News

Hello all, and welcome to Sylaa.net. I’ve wanted to have a blog to review products I love, or don’t love, for quite some time now and decided that now was THE TIME. Between my horrible impulse control when shopping and relentless need to tell everybody my opinion, I think that I’ll have plenty of reviews up in no time. Everything from toothbrushes and nail polish to makeup and hair products to motherboards and MMORPG’s.

Opinions on all the things you love and possibly some you’ve never even heard of. If you are a girl, a geek, a girly girl or both, I think that you’ll find something you love here. And, you’ll also be welcome to express YOUR opinion. Whether you agree or not, I want to hear what YOU have to say too.

The first review is on the way soon!

Hello! Welcome to GirlInTheCity.net! My name is Anna and I am NOT the internet. I have a fabulous husband, a silly daughter, two cats and 14 personalities. I'm a loud mouthed, outspoken, opinionated pain in the ass but I swear I make up for it by being cute and cuddly. I like pie. I'm on pretty much every single social network out there so rather than go on and on about myself, go joing them, add me, and join the circus in my head. I promise I won't bite too hard and if nothing else, I'm fun to laugh at when you're feeling down.

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