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I have been an iPhone user since the first iPhone came out. Until a few months ago. I made the leap over to Android and picked up a Nexus 5. I tried to use Android a few years ago, was pretty miserable with it, and quickly ran back to cuddle with my longtime buddy – Apple.

Over the last 10+ years my cell phones get heavy use for work related things and I’m accustomed to using my phone and not carrying around a laptop or a tablet. It’s convenient. Since I made the switch to Android this go-round, my work life has been much easier. Much. My e-mail client Nine is my new best friend, Google docs is my savior, and other apps I use for work along withvthese two are just simple and work flawlessly together. Android has come a long way over the years and I’m loving it.

So what’s the dilemma?

I keep up with tech. I’m a gadget girl. I stalk technology 24/7/365. I dream technology. Okay..maybe I don’t go that far. Maybe. I sold my iPad (that I’ve also used continuously since the beginning, upgrading to the latest and greatest year after year), and purchased a Nexus 7. Love it. I use an Apple laptop for work. I use Android for personal everything.
I love both, but I feel like I get so much more with Android. Then here comes the iPhone 6 and now I find myself struggling. Being a techi-gadget-geek-girl, an Apple and Android lover, what is a girl to do? #firstworldproblems (yes, I did it.)

Now let me say that I am _not_ the techie who has to show off all my latest and greatest gadgets. I’m not the “ooooh…look at me! Look at the new coolness I have!” I research and buy my gadgets wisely based off of what will work best for me then keep them to myself and enjoy them. I mean, there have been times that I’ve researched for over a year and end up purchasing something that’s a little dated – and that’s okay because the latest model wasn’t a good choice.

I’m keeping up with all the rumors and speculations of what’s to come with the iPhone 6 and I’m drooling. I’m seeing the pictures of its beauty. I’m glancing over at my not-so-fancy/kind-of-plain Nexus 5 and understanding that while it’s not sleek, nor fancy, it’s done everything I’ve wanted it to do, easily. But I’m a gadget girl! I want to play with everything new and cool! Everything! What if the iPhone 6 with the new iOS 8 can do everything that I need it to do with ease and grace?

I’m pretty sure I won’t go out and buy an iPhone 6 when it’s released. I’ll watch it. Read the reviews from real world users. And wear a bib…

I would love to hear others opinions on both Android and iOS, what you primarily use it for (work or personal), and why you’ve chosen it. You may offer reasoning that I haven’t thought of (for either) that will help make decisions easier in the future.


More and more big companies are finally figuring it out – what got them where they are today.

Rather than focusing on a new product, the 2009 “Sponsors of Tomorrow” ad campaign celebrates what makes Intel different culture, personality, heroes — and ways Intel has helped change the world for over 40 years.

I picked up a new Flip Video and I’m quite impressed with the quality it produces. It’s the perfect size to toss in my purse and whip out whenever I want to catch something on the fly. I’ve been looking around at video sharing sites and while YouTube seems to be the best place to share videos – it lowered the quality of my video and that’s something I want to avoid.

My first attempt at sharing videos was on Flickr since A) I have a pro account and B) I’m constantly updating it with photos. Unfortunately, even the pro account on Flickr has a 90 second video limit. I uploaded the videos there anyway and just left a link to the full video on the web site I ended up going with to share the full video(s) – I’m happy with the results. Vimeo allows you to upload your videos without losing quality.

If any of you have other suggestions for video sharing sites, please comment and let me know. I’m still looking.

In my world today it’s hard to take notice of everything that’s taking place around me and I often miss quite a bit news or the little things that someone says or does. My world is fast-paced, always on the move, and there just isn’t enough hours in my days to do everything that I’d like to. Sound familiar? I’m sure that I speak for just about every woman who is a mother, a grandmother, a working mother, wife, significant other out there.

Just a few moments ago, the women in PEER 1  received an e-mail from the Vice-President of Human Resources, Tricia Hollyer. I had to re-read her e-mail a few times – not because I didn’t understand it the first time, but to really appreciate what she said to each of us women. Our company is dominantly male and well, let’s face it, tech today is a male-dominated industry.

I’d like to forward on her e-mail and celebrate all women in technology today. Hats off to you all for paving your way in this industry!

From:     Tricia Hollyer
Subject:     Ada Lovelace Day – Celebrating women in technology
Date:     March 24, 2009 10:53:45 AM CDT

Tuesday, March 24th is a day to celebrate the wonderful women in technology, of which you are one!

Check out these links for more information:

Send a message, post a tweet, blog about a woman you know who rocks in tech!

Everyone on this email counts to me, so here’s to all of us for making our way in a male-dominated industry and making PEER 1 a better place to work. I hope I’ve managed to get everyone woman at PEER 1, but if I’ve missed someone, please let me know and/or forward this on.

I realize we don’t all work in technical roles, but we are all a part of what makes PEER 1 successful. If you want to know more about the tech side of what we do, ask Elleni – Lead DC Tech in Atlanta, or Jennifer – Developer in San Antonio, or Jackie – Technical Account Manager in Atlanta, or Marisa – IT Administrator in San Antonio, or any one of the smart women who work for us.

And here’s to our Recruiting Team’s goal for 2009 – at least one woman in every team at PEER 1. There are too few of us at PEER 1, but we’re working on fixing that.

Well done, ladies. We rock! I count myself lucky to work with an amazing group of women like you.

Tricia Hollyer
Vice-President, Human Resources

I admire women in tech period. Today, I admire and thank Tricia for acknowledging the women in our company today. Thank you Tricia!

Robert Scoble and Charnell Pugsley at the Blellow Tweetup

Robert Scoble and Charnell Lucich at the Blellow Tweetup

Kevin and I attended a Tweetup this evening in beautiful downtown San Antonio that was hosted by Blellow along with Rackspace and their newest addition, Robert Scoble.  The turnout was great and I was able to connect with some of my old co-workers from my Rackspace days as well as make some new friends, which was awesome.  I was happy to finally put faces to names of my friends that I talk with on Twitter all the time such as @joeruiz and @rackerhacker. The margarita’s were strong, the food was great, and the atmosphere was just full of energy.

While wandering around playing paparazzi, I got to meet and chat with Robert Scoble (@scobleizer on Twitter) and I must say – he is a super-great guy! He asked me to follow him to the margarita machine while we chatted and we ended our conversation on the front porch of the Blellow HQ. In that short time span, I learned a lot and I took away some valuable information – what I consider guidance, that I hope to use in my role as both a woman in tech and a contributor to the Internet. Thanks Robert!

For those not familiar with Blellow – Blellow is a productivity microblog. Their goal is to encourage open collaboration and the sharing of knowledge.  They have a very cool concept going on and I encourage you all to go give them a look, join their network, and enjoy sharing!

I’ve posted some pictures from the Tweetup on Flickr here.

If you’re not on Twitter, get there. When you do, be sure to follow me and say hello – @charnelllucich!

This commercial cracked me up the first time I watched it on television. Every time I hear it, I stop what I’m doing to go into the living room and watch it. I love it!

Marketing today is difficult. The public needs to be entertained and if you don’t have something to keep people entertained, they get bored…quickly. Commercials, videos, and much of marketing today has become comical and eye-pleasing and it works. It gets people talking. Like the T-Mobile commercial below. I can’t count how many times I’ve asked people if they’ve seen it. It’s funny. It’s generating viral buzz. Again, it works.

T-Mobile has done a great job with this one.

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