My 40th birthday presents and how I became an Apple user.

This is the year that I became an Apple user. What?! Who could have guessed it? I have been an Android user since the beginning. What happened?

Old age? Haha maybe.
Let me explain.

I was forced into using an iPhone 7 the past August cause my pre-previous phone, a Nexus 6P (an amazing phone) after 2 years had issues with it’s battery, so then I ended up with a borrowed Samsung S7 (also great phone) but it started to get laggy after a while. So, I got my boyfriend’s old iPhone 7. Funny thing. The iPhone 7 up to this day has not been laggy, not once. And it’s almost as old and as used as the S7.

In any case, it took me a while to get used to a new operating system and I was very angry at first. I was cursing like “wtf iphone, y u so stupid” and stuff like that. But once I have gotten used to it, that was it. I’m now sold to it.

It’s so comfortable to use and it’s true, it works flaulesly. 

I have to be honest though, it’s not the first time I have been using an Apple product. I own a 2011 Mac mini and I loved it. 

 

But just to be clear, I love technology from whatever direction it comes. I have an amazing Samsung tablet and a killer Asus laptop so I’m not an Apple-only user.

Ok, enough with the background story.

This year I turned 40

I say this year cause my birthday is in January.

And my boyfriend got me an Apple Watch!! Series 4! What??

The thing is that the moment I saw the package I knew instantly what it was. 

He knew I wanted it and I have watched reviews and unboxing videos on Youtube so I was familiar with the shape of the box. I mean duh 🙂 it’s obvious.

Specifically I have watched this unboxing from Jenna’s Youtube channel: 

and I can honestly tell you that I had the exact same reaction as her, when I took out the phone and I saw that it was inside a pouch!

I mean it’s the details that count. And this is a very well executed detail.

Pairing it with my iPhone 7 was a breeze. I mean I didn’t have to do anything, just click on my phone, press ok and BOOM! Paired! Smoother tech experience ever.

I told my other Spacecookie, Vaso, that she needs one of these asap!

The present to myself

And then it was my turn to buy me something cool.

I couldn’t resist any more. It has been bugging me for a while. It was been inside my head for a long time. I wanted a phone with a bigger screen and I decided I will buy me the new iPhone XR. And so I did! :O Honestly, I did not see that coming.

Bonus present! Boyfriend went to Japan for a business trip and got me – amongts others – this awesome Hello Kitty mobile phone case.

I mean it’s a real Hello Kitty case from a Hello Kitty store in Japan!

He got me more stuff which you can see on my vlog here:

So I’m updated to the max with my new gadgets and I love them so much.

I have to say, I love the XR’s big screen. It’s so comfortable to watch and do stuff, it’s a great blogging/vlogging/photography tool so I’m so happy with this purchase.

Needless to say, Vaso, the other spacecookie, can’t believe her ears and eyes with me. She has been an Apple/Mac user since forever and she knew I’m a hard core Android user and cannot grasp how I made the change, lol!

But just so that you know, this post was written on my laptop cause it’s faster to type and write stuff 😀 obviously, but some edits were made from my phone.

Well, happy birthday to me and if today is your birthday, well Happy Birthday to you as well!

Thanks for reading and see you next time 🙂

Local youth club LAN event by Wernamo331

As a gamer myself I was honoured to be invited to this LAN (ok to be fair it was an open-for-everyone-event. The reason why I feel honoured is because the guy organizing the whole thing liked my video that I posted on Instagram and asked me to come and shoot some videos of the LAN. Hell yeah I will come and film at your gaming event. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

So here are some of the videos I shot. I’m still learning but I hope you liked it.

Shot in: iPhone 7/1080p-60fps.
Gimbal: Osmo mobile 2

Facebook page of the organizing club: https://www.facebook.com/331Wernamo/

4+1 Xmas tech and geeky gifts on a budget (10-15€ plus one for more) – 2018 edition

I like getting and giving presents. It’s fun. 

What I don’t like is the race, or better yet the stress, of giving an expensive present. Will the other person think I’m cheap if I don’t give something expensive?

Well if they do, they don’t belong in my circle of friends and family.

It’s the thought that counts and of course, we can still give nice, fun and useful presents while on a budget.

Since this is is a tech/geek oriented site I will present to you my suggestions for Xmas gifts for tech/geeky people for 2018 (or for any year for that matter, some of them are classic gadgets).

I hope you like them and let me know if you have any other cool ideas to add to the list.

Note: I’m not affiliated with any of those bellow, I just like these products and I want to share them with you to give you ideas and inspiration. Besides the Spacecookies one. This one is from our e-shop but you don’t have to buy it if you don’t like it 🙂

Mobile phone case. A funky, geeky pattern will make for a great present and you don’t have to spend more than 10-15€/$/£ or whatever your currency is. I like gothic stuff Deus Ex the game and of course our brand Spacecookies, that’s why I picked the following designs but feel free to select the geeky/nerdy design that will suit your friends best.

Power bank. A very practical and appreciated gadget. They come in various prices but there are plenty of them in the 10-15$/€/£ range.

Power bank from Amazon

A geeky coffee mug. Do you have a friend or family member who is a Harry Potter/ Game of thrones/ “insert game of choice” fan? Then get them a coffee mug with their favourite character printed.

Ear buds. You can find a great selection of ear buds for 15-20€/$£ on Amazon. I can’t choose a picture because there are so many so feel free to follow the above link and choose whatever you like best 🙂 

Let’s go over the budget for that special someone

If you are willing to spend a bit more for that special friend or family member I couldn’t recommend more getting them a  Chromecast. If you know that this person doesn’t own a smart TV but would like to have such features in their existing TV then getting them this little gadget will be a very appreciated gift. Chromecast lets you cast everything from your smart phone or tablet to your TV, thus altering it into a smart TV! What kind of geek wouldn’t want that kind of gift and since the 3rd generation is out then the timing is perfect. The prices for Chromecast start from around 40-50 £/$/€ depending your local currency and market.

What would be your ideal geeky/techy present to Receive these holidays?

The struggle of going to the gym and a Ted motivational talk

The pattern is the following:

Yes Yes I’ve got this! I will go to the gym! Yeah girl power!

I need a friend though cause I’m too lazy/shy to go by myself (the excuses begin).

friend: Yes Yes me too that’s a great idea let’s go together! Yay more girl power!

You are so pumped and you go together to the gym and the first three weeks is like honeymoon! gym

Then suddenly something comes up.

“My kid is sick”.

“I have to go to x place that I have forgotten it was today, sorry we go tomorrow to the gym”

“I*m too tired”

“It’s raining outside” (not a real excuse).

and you know the rest.

The most it can last is 3 months.

Then the magic is gone. Then you stop going to the gym all in all.

I know it, you know it, we all know it, it takes self motivation and discipline to get your butt out of that door (my butt as well).

Having small kids is a valid excuse to be honest and don’t buy that shit the Instagram moms are telling you. Not because they are doing something wrong but you don’t know what’s behind the cameras.

I have a small kid he is three and the struggle is real. But I believe there is always time to do something good for your body.

Can you do twice a week? Perfect, then do it. That’s what I say to myself. Realistically speaking, I can find 2 times a week to exercise.

Don’t get lazy (lol yeah look at the mirror smart ass) but I’m writing these lines in order to motivate myself as well.

We got this! let’s leave the sofa and hit the gym! Or just go and take a walk. It’s the best thing for your body and it helps to clear the mind. No need for expensive training clothes. Put something comfy and go for a 30 mins walk. You will feel better. It’s something I have started doing with a colleague, on our lunch break, it was her suggestion and it’s great. It helps clear my thoughts and it gives me energy.
But if my arguments are not persuasive enough, then maybe science can persuade you.

Watch this great TED talk about the Brain Changing Benefits of Exercise, by Wendy Suzuki.

 

 

Must have items on a plane

It’s not that I’m a frequent flyer but I live in a country different than my home country so I travel a few times a year to visit friends and family. The flight from Sweden, well actually Denmark, to Athens is approximately 3 hours. It’s not too short not too long either but in any case I want to have a few items with me to make the whole trip easier.

So I will get right to it.

Gadgets. One category for all. There is no way I’m going to fly without my phone, my tablet and my earbuds. I suppose no one flies without their phone nowadays. Even in flight mode it’s still very useful as you can listen to music, watch things downloaded from Netflix, download a few podcast, or read an e-book. Or even play a game that doesn’t require for an internet connection. Like Deus Ex Go which I have it installed in my tablet.

So, so far we have:

  1. Smartphone
  2. Tablet (either devices loaded with music, podcasts, e-books or games)
  3. Earbuds, or headphones. I prefer earbuds cause they don’t take much space 

Books. Obviously if you are not a digital person you can always have the old times classic book. The advantage with a book is that you don’t risk being out of battery 😛

Socks. If you think your feet will suffer from the flight, as in your feet are going to swell, then there are special compression socks that you can buy and wear – preferably an hour before flight – which will help you stay comfy. If you have sensitive feet, get them. I have and I get them. Sometimes I forget them and even though my feet don’t swell, I do feel extra tired or that short of numb pain.

Travel size toiletries. Well I always have some short of wet wipes with me as I have a 3 year old also so you never know what kind of liquids will be spilled on him or ejected from him. I have some women’s necessities (tampons, intimate wipes) and also hand sanitizer. Anything in that direction is good to have as airports and airplanes are full of germs so if you are on a flight that they serve food, if it’s not easy to go wash your hands just use a sanitizing wipe or something in that direction.

Deodorant. Yes I always carry on actually whether I’m traveling or not. You never know when you might need it and it’s not nice (for whatever reason) to smell bad.

Big scarf. Especially in the colder months of the year. It’s very cozy to wear one and it can be handy if you start to feeling cold up in the air. Just take it and wrap it around you and enjoy the flight

Simple makeup kit. A foundation in powder form and some mascara for me are great to freshen up and get rid of the extra shine on my face. Then I as an absolute must-have I would say it’s my lip balm. My lips can get rather dry especially while on air so having a lip balm is great. I have one with a district colour so it works also as lip-gloss.

Power bank. I always keep my things fully charged before a flight but you never know so I always have my power bank with me for cases of emergency. What that emergency might be? Give the tablet to my son to watch cartoons while on flight if this is the only thing that can calm him down. So what if it’s getting out of battery? Panic! But not any more since I have my power bank.

Note: If you ever go on a flight with your toddler kid just be prepared for the worse xD

Sunglasses. Definitely! You know even if it’s in the middle of winter with the most cloudy sky, the plain will go over the clouds so if it’s a day-time flight then you will be needing those sunglasses so don’t forget them.

 

Bonus for mums of small kids or babies:
Diapers: 4 should be enough during such a trip even in the rare case of a diarrhea.

This is pretty much my list for must have in flight items that don’t take much space and can be fit in any bag. I hope you liked it and I hope it can help you when you are planning your next trip.

What are your favourite/must have in flight items?

 

 

My super fast make up routine ideal for busy moms

Every morning it’s the same thing. Get up, make a coffee (we have a Nespresso machine so that’s the only thing that happens fast in this household), get dressed, put on some makeup so that you won’t look like zombie, get the toddler dressed, which is like trying to put clothes on to an octopus, leave the house and go to kindergarten, then work.

It’s not like I want a big production makeup. I just don’t want to look like a dead person. Therefore I have been working on figuring out a fastest make up routine formula that can be done under 3 minutes “ toddlers time” which means under 20 seconds maybe?

I came down to the following procedure which If you are mom or if you are a very busy person then you might find the following useful 🙂

Oh, and the following products can be whatever brand you want. From drugstore products to high end brands, that’s up to you.

  • Face cream. Whatever you have, just put some daily hydrating cream. Your skin will thank you.
  • Foundation either liquid or in powder form. Whatever YOU find more convenient to apply. I use this one with a brush and it does the trick.

    Korres foundation
    Korres foundation
  • Eye shadow in nude colours. The good thing with nude colours is that if you are not as good in applying the eye shadow it doesn’t matter, cause since it’s all natural shades then any mistakes (as if I care or better as if I know if I make mistakes or not) don’t show as much. Yes, that’s my pro tip xD
  • Mascara. Well this one is a must!
  • Lip balm or your favourite lip stick/gloss. It doesn’t take much to apply and it can elevate the whole thing.
  • You are done!
  • Optional. You can apply a quick blush layer. Done!

It won’t take you more than 5 mins and you will look put together and chic.

And to be fair I should give credit to my friends O and R who are makeup gurus and who have helped me with their expertise and tips on products (urban decay 🖤)

Hope you found the above useful. If you have quick makeup tips let me know in the comments!

The 40+ plus geek generation and how to spot them.

Technically I’m not 40 yet, I will turn 40 in 3-4 months but oh well. I have friends in their late 30s or 40s so I suppose 40 is a nice middle number.

Oh how the times have changed. But anyway. On with how to spot a 40+ year old geek list:

  • We are the ones that grew up in the 80s and 90s when the internet didn’t exist in the form that is today and we know how life was before smartphones.
  • We were the Nintendo Gameboy users (even though we were boys and girls that were using it).  Now we see kids with Gameboy  back packs and we get a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
  • We wear geeky t-shirts that only people our age and fellow geeks know what the mean. And  still not all of our similar age friends know about them. We are a tribe of our own and when we spot someone with a Valve or a Blizzard t-shirt we know we have found a potential friend.
  • We like Mario-like music. Blip blip.
  • We love the film Pirates of the Silicone Valley.
  • We wear gaming clothes and we love it.
  • Us girls, buy necklaces, armbands and earrings with gaming themes.
  • You boys buy back packs and t-shirts and armbands with gaming themes.
  • We tend to like electronic music.
  • Many of us are parents and we share the same enthusiasm as our kids for the next upcoming game. It might not be the same game but we understand each other.
  • Also, many of us that are parents can’t wait until our kids are old enough to introduce them to the gaming world.
  • There so many more things I could write about it but not everything applies to everyone so I will stop here 🙂

If you are a fellow 30 or 40+ geek you are welcome to join our tribe 🙂

 

 

Game of thrones and whisky lovers event in Athens aka Johnny.. sorry White Walker

Johnny Walker is a fan of Game of Thrones as it seems.

The company announced a limited version called White Walker as reference to the famous walkers behind The Wall. You know, Game of Thrones, that show with Jon Snow who knows nothing.

If you happen to find yourself in Athens in October don’t miss out on this event hosted by The Likker and The Tasters Club. I’m happy to promote these two websites as they are made by my friends who host whisky tasting events throughout the year in various venues in Athens. So if you are there and you like whisky you should definitely try and go in one of their events.

Blogging like it’s 2000. A day in the life of spaceMorgy

On this article I’m going to go personal and write like I used to when I was using livejournal back in early 2000. Ha! That was not my intention when I started writing this post right here but now I got curious if that blog I had back then still exists *embarrassing* *searching*…

Nope, the blog name is there but the entries are all gone. Well it’s been more than 10 years since I last blogged there so I’m not surprised.

Anyway, my point is that this post is going to be a simple “what I have done today” post like we used to do back when the www was only beginning  to take over our lives.

I woke up at around 6:30am which is a fantastic *sarcasm* time. You see I have a toddler who is an early riser so my mornings usually start at anytime between 6 and 7 am.

Made myself a coffee and then a second and stayed in bed with my little one, he on my tablet watching cartoon, me on my computer blogging and just browsing.

After a while we got up to have some breakfast. It was yogurt for both of us. Then it was just a slow paced morning. The kid hanging out with the dad, me sorthing out the laundry, the dad doing some dishes, the kiddo playing and when the both of them went out to the store for some small groceries I just continued with household chores.

At the same time though I was listening/watching to some Youtube Ted talks. I enjoy more listening to some motivational, or marketing related or something in that direction talks. My favourite youtuber in the marking area is Gary Vee. That guy is amazing.

Then the boys came back, I had a shower, we had lunch and after that it was nap time. I co sleep with the kid which is so cozy and I will miss it, even though for the moment I don’t enjoy waking up with a tiny foot in my face. We kind of overslept for an afternoon nap, so let’s see how bedtime will be affected. Well it’s Saturday so he can stay up for little longer.

Now we are up, I had already another coffee and I’m blogging this fantastic piece of content 😀

Ideally I would like to shoot a Leia video. You probably don’t know what I mean but I have a small Youtube channel were I do geeky stuff so currently I’m making small reviews/showcasing videos of our 80’s Kenner Star Wars figures. If you are into these things, you can see one of my videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8zyPnw62F4&t=14s (but you don’t have to)

Now I’m getting hungry it’s time to eat something. Let’s see if I eat something in the healthy or the unhealthy spectrum.

What do you usually eat on Saturdays as a favourite snack?

 

 

What’s inside my bag – my 12 tech must-have items I can’t live without

People around me call me the geek, the nerd, the hacker. I’m no hacker by no means but in their eyes I’m the tech savvy friend that they call whenever they have a tech-related question and I love it. And so I try and answer to their questions as good as possible, as long as I know the answer 🙂

And being a geek means that I have certain tech items, gadgets that I pretty much carry with me at all times even if I don’t use them on a daily basis. However I like the feeling of knowing that they are in my bag. So let’s open it and see what’s inside.

Here it is, my 12 must have tech items list:

1.My smartphone. I’m surprised to this day that occasionally, but it’s like really rare, I meet people that don’t own a smartphones. You would think it’s an urban legend, but these people exist 🙂 and they are lovely people. However I personally wouldn’t feel well if I don’t have my phone with me. It has happened that I have arrived to work only to realize that I have forgotten it home.

Iphone

Of course I drive back to get it. I can’t be without it. Mostly because I need the telephone function, obviously. It’s not that I need to check my social media constantly. But what if kindergarten calls me? Or if I miss another important call? No, I can’t live like that. My smartphone, which currently is an iPhone 7, must be with me at all times.

2.My tablet. I have a Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1. I have it most of the times with me, especially if I’m traveling. It’s nice to have it when I’m on the plane cause I use google books and kindle, so I have something to read when I’m up in the air. It’s not something I have with me everyday but rather often.

3.Power bank. Need I say more? These things are very useful since they come with all different cables for phones like Mini-usb, usb-C and lightning for iPhones. However I have yet to manage make mine charge my iPhone. I get an error that it’s not a device it can recognize. However charging my tablet works excellent. Maybe I should invest in a better power bank/cable combo.

Power bank

4.Phone case. Yup. I can’t stand the thought of destroying my phone so I always buy myself a case. I tend to avoid the “wallet style” cause they tend to leave the corners uncovered. Well that’s what happened with my previous phone, my Nexus 6p that’s why I got a Spigen rugged armor case after a while.

Now that I have an iPhone 7 I purchased a pink (what!?) silicone case and I just love it.

5.Same applies for my tablet. I have 3 different protection items for this. One wallet like case which also works as a stand, a silicon case and a sleeve which I use when I have the silicone case only on it.

Tablet cases

6.iPhone lightning to 3.5mm jack adaptor. I’m a new iPhone user so I have my nice Sennheiser ear plugs which do not work as they are with my iPhone since this 3.5mm jack doesn’t exist any more. Therefore I need this kind of adaptor.

Ps. However what I find annoying with the iPhone is that you can’t charge and listen to music at the same time.

Sennheiser earplugs

Lightning adaptor

7.Charger. Yup, always, for obvious reasons 🙂

8.My smart watch. I currently own a Moto 360 which is great and I love it. I was more happy before when I had an Android phone because the communication between the devices was better. Not that it’s not now, however it was a bit of a less seamless procedure as I had to do a complete reset on the watch to set it up with the iPhone. It went well after all and it all works good now but I have noticed that the battery dies faster. It might have to do with the face of the watch that I’m using right now so I’ going to try a different one to see what happens.

Moto 360

Well as with most technology items, after 2 years it’s not uncommon for the battery to lose it’s capacity. If I use itonly as a watch which means that I put it on flight mode then the battery can last for 1-2 or even 3 days.

9.My selfie-stick. Haha I don’t take selfies all the time but I don’t know when I might need to shoot a video. I don’t do it that much when I’m outside the house however it has happened to me that I wished I had it -when I didn’t- so now it’s always with me. Otherwise the shooting opportunity is gone. Ok it’s not gone but maybe not as I would have imagined it. Bottom line, you never know when you will need your selfiestick so just take it with you.

Selfie stick

10.My mobile phone holder for the tripod. And with that I mean this.

Tripod mobile holder

 

I have this mini tripod which is for my webcam but I use it a lot with my iPhone for shooting my Youtube videos so I got this mobile holder that helps me mount the phone on it. It’s cheap and it’s great.

11.My tripod. I have a big tripod as well which I use when I want to change shooting angle. I don’t use it that much to be honest and if I were to use it it means I’m working on something specific and so I don’t need to have it with me at all times. It can stay home.

12.My messenger or back pack bag. I mean I need to put all those things somewhere right? I don’t have a dedicated gadget bag but I have these cool bags, my messenger bag and my back pack.

Bags

The back pack is better cause it can fit more items but the messenger bag is great as well. And it has a skull and skulls are kind of my thing:)

So there they are my must have items that I can’t live without. Hope you enjoyed my list and I’m looking forward to seeing yours 🙂