Fun Finds | Phone Apps

I have always been a proponent of keeping things “stock.”  Car stereos, my hair color, and until now: the apps on my phone.

In the last month or so, while perusing CNN – Tech, I’ve come across a few articles with suggestions about fun apps to try. Of course, being a total cheapskate, I ignored any apps that were paid (what if I don’t like it? or get bored with it? just money flushed!). In my general filtering process I’ve come across two that tickled my fancy: Sunrise and Mailbox.

Mailbox is an app that allows you to clean up your inbox (only offered with gmail). Now this sounds simple enough but it is kind of amazing how many emails can accumulate.

So here’s the deal, the goal of Mailbox is to get to “inbox zero daily,” which basically means that all your messages have a place. Whether they’ve been archived (different than deleted), or sorted into easy-to-understand categorizes to reference later, the ultimate success is being able to see the daily photo they post for people who’ve successfully cleared their inbox.

Fun Finds: Mailbox App | meganeilers.wordpress.com

Personally, I never really understood the purpose of “all mail” vs. “inbox” in Gmail. Now, it makes far more sense: the inbox is just for the stuff you are getting right now or may need right now. Everything else doesn’t need to sit there taking up screen/mental space, just put it into the archives for safe keeping…. DUH! (can you say: major lightbulb moment?!)

The only downside to Mailbox: it’s in Beta so…. just like the early days of gmail, you’ve gotta wait your turn. When you download the app and register for the service you get to see a lovely countdown of where you’re at in the lineup and how many poor unlucky souls are behind you.

Mailbox App Beta Test | meganeilers.wordpress.com(this was where I was at February 11th — I got it on March 1st)

So that’s Mailbox. All kinds of fun swiping and cleanliness for your email. Now, onto an app I just downloaded today…. Sunrise.

Sunrise is a calendar app, once again designed to work with Google calendars, Facebook calendars, and LinkedIn. So far what I like about it is the fact that you get benefit of multiple views of your calendar at one glance or with simple swiping motions. Plus, I really love the coloration.

I was successfully able to set up a true Gmail account calendar and a Google Apps-based calendar (in case you were concerned about not using the standard google interface).

Fun Finds: Sunrise App | meganeilers.wordpress.com

(this is what it Sunrise looks like)

I’m definitely going to try and get used to Sunrise (there are fun icons that appear, but I’m not sure what they all mean), but so far I’m digging the interface.

Let me know what kind of fun finds you’ve stumbled across lately in the comments section!

Fun Finds | Pathbrite

Do you wish you could showcase all your awesomeness somewhere on the web without having to design your own website?

Of course you do!

Okay, sorry to start off sounding like an advertisement, my brain isn’t in full writing mode yet (only 1 cup of coffee down). Late last night, while perusing Facebook, an article from Mashable caught my attention.  Specifically it was this article.

Now, I am not a graphic designer / artist / video guru, so I always assumed portfolios in the traditional sense were not really necessary for someone with my skill set / career goals.  But then I read this article about Pathbrite. And wow, were my socks knocked off.

Basically you can categorize your important life experiences/skills into a visually pleasing portfolio that is quite intuitive to use.  I’ve begun mine, however there is probably a lot to learn about how to best utilize this for job search / online presence. Always a lesson waiting to be had….

Anyway, I couldn’t make mine small enough to capture a great screen shot and still include everything, so don’t mind the less than wonderful shot here, but definitely go check my page out to see how easy it is to interact with.  You can simply select the categories on the top to see which of the images is relevant to that section.  They are color-coordinated, so it is super easy.

Either click here to visit my portfolio or click the image below.

As you can see I’ve chosen 4 categories: Travel, Social Media, Work Experience, and Life.  They are obviously not the most inventive of category names, but as this is supposed to be utilized by anyone who comes across it on the web, I wanted it to be logical.  Social media, for instance, simply allows a “reader” to see images of my Pinterest page, my Klout page, Twitter, and my blog — where you are right now :)

Travel has pictures from my study abroad last summer (my new computer doesn’t have pictures on it yet, so I had to utilize their Facebook importer — which, to be honest, needs a little help).  Work experience brings up my resume (PDF, downloadable) and the logos of the companies where I have worked. Lastly, Life showcases my graduation from University of San Diego. Again, a lack of photos and an eagerness to get the portfolio set up resulted in a “rough draft” if you will of my Pathbrite page.

UPDATE: this post was seen by the wonderful people of Pathbrite and they featured my portfolio and blog on their site! check it out at: http://www.pathbrite.com/2012/08/21/portfolio-spotlight-megan-eilers/

 

So now that this is by far one of the longest postings I’ve done in a while, I’ve got one bit of exciting news to share before signing off.

I GOT A JOB!!!!!

At long last (in my mind — I only graduated at the end of May, so I’m ahead of the curve), I am employed. And let me just say, it feels damn good. I will be an associate at Valerie Frederickson & Company, a HR services firm in Silicon Valley. Yay Me!!!

Alright, apologies for the lengthy post. Hope everyone has a great week, and be sure to comment below about Pathbrite. Let me know if you’ve used it, how you like my portfolio, and if you think digital portfolios will bring an end to the hard copy resume in the future?!

aboutdotme

aboutdotme

Hi All,

Not quite sure how big an impact this will have on anybody’s lives, but I just discovered about.me and created an account. Now I have yet another way to connect on the web. This is getting out of control, but of course, I LOVE IT!

http://about.me/meganeilers

Hope everyone is having a good weekend and a Happy Easter or Passover! :)

11 Questions

Rebekah from Head Over Heels tagged me to participate in the “11 things” post that has been going around. I don’t normally do things like this on my blog, but I figured there is a first time for everything! So here it goes…
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo.
3. Post 11 random things about yourself.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them.
“Rhummie” & “Frenchie” in Austin, Texas.
11 random things about me.
1. I hate Jello more than anything.
2. I have 3 sisters, 5 nieces (and #6 is on the way), and only 1 nephew.  Clearly males don’t run in my family.
3. I’ve moved something like 12 times in my 22 years. I stopped counting a while ago.
4. I think a good pair of shoes can cheer up any day.
5. I love almost every kind of music.
6. I have seen EVERY episode of Friends (most of them 10+ times)
7. I love to read, but school consumes my free time.
8. Graduation seems too close, but at the same time, too far away.
9. I love all things Paris.
10. Going to midnight premiers of movies is one of my favorite things to do.
11. “10 Things I Hate About You: will forever be my favorite movie.
rebekah’s 11 questions
1. What is your all-time favorite movie?
“10 Things I Hate About You”
2. What is your biggest pet peeve?
it’s tied: people chewing/drinking/etc.. loudly & people touching their feet
3. Who is your role model?
my dad. he has always been driven and smart. now he has caner. his strength is undeniable.
4. What do you want to do when you grow up?
work for a company that amazes the world. preferably Apple.
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
who’s not my celeb crush? I love Channing Tatum, Shia LeBeouf, Ryan Gosling, etc..
6. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
In dream world: Paris. In reality: wherever my family is.
7. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’d like to be taller.
8. Who is your best friend?
All of my friends are my best friends. They know who they are.
9.  Who is your favorite artist/band?
Adele.
10. In your opinion what is the best books turned movie?
Probably “The Notebook”
11. Do you ever think about deleting Facebook?
 Never. I love all things technology, and social media is simply amazing.
my 11 questions:
1. What’s your favorite website?
2. If you could meet anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be?
3. What’s your favorite accessory?
4. Twitter or Facebook?
5. Spotify or iTunes?
6. Coffee or Tea?
7. What is your ideal style of house?
8. Which do you think is worse, being dirty or being messy?
9. Who influences you the most?
10. What is your favorite type of weather?
11.  PC or Mac?
I tag:

Top 5 of 2011

2011 has been a great year for meganeilers.wordpress.com and it is all because of you!

yes, YOU.

the mass amount of visitors who check my blog out each day are the real reason I love blogging. so while reviewing my awesome report from wordpress about just how successful the site was this year, I decided I’d show all of you which posts were the most visited.  clearly, my obsession of the week posts were popular!

In case you haven’t read these posts yet, I provided links to the top 5 posts of 2011 :)

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New Toy | iPhone 4S

Hey everyone!
I’m writing a blog post from my new favorite toy…. The iPhone 4S! I just got it yesterday and let me tell you, I am in love.

photo taken with iphone 4s and edited with instagram

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Visionary. Genius. Artist. Steve Jobs.

Today the world lost one of my biggest inspirations: Steve Jobs. The ex-CEO of Apple (a favorite company of mine) passed away today, and I can honestly say that the world took it hard.

Whether you own an iPod, iPhone, iPad, Macbook, or any other Apple product, you are a part of the biggest, most successful companies in the technology business. The drive to create products that were better, faster, and more beautiful was largely due to Steve’s dedication to the company.

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