My Favorite Things

Another installment of Crystal’s Favorite Things, and this time they don’t all exist in a computer:

IT Installs and Nightmares – my favorite IT group on Facebook, always good for a relatable laugh or cringe if you’ve ever been in an IT support role.  My favorites are the spaghetti wire messes that lazy techs leave in datacenters.
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/itinstallnightmares/

Poshmark – my favorite way to make extra cash online.  I’ve added a widget to the sidebar of my page so you can access my ‘closet’ anytime.  I have a boutique of clothing that is new with tags and I also sell gently used clothing that I’ve stopped wearing or grown/shrunk out of.  An IT girl got me hooked, I know I’ve gotten a couple of other IT girls hooked, and this site just keeps surprising me by selling my stuff consistently.  I grew up in a town of yardsales and had many of them before Posh…I get 200% more net from Posh with less than half of the work.  You simply cannot sell high-end items from your yard.
http://www.poshmark.com – use code CRYSTALITE3 to get $5 off your first order!

The Happy Planner – my favorite old-school planner with all the bells and whistles.  I just recently converted back to a physical notebook-style planner because my highly organized friend gifted one to me that was so beautiful…every page, tab, cover and insert are carefully designed and you can buy dozens of custom sticker books that are just the right size for the spaces in this book.  Using it I’ve found that I enjoy scrolling through my year and seeing the events unfold on paper and planning what adventures are to come.  I highly recommend giving it a try, they only cost $30 and there are dozens of styles to choose from!
 https://www.thehappyplanner.com – mine’s the blue one with stars all over it 🙂

Print Friendly & PDF – my favorite Chrome Plugin that lets you hover over any section of a document you’re printing and delete portions of it like ads, irrelevant headers/footers, extra URLs that you don’t need on a print-out of a recipe for example, and especially graphics you don’t want to waste ink on.

Facebook Market – favorite place to sell my used Apple products.  Every time I’ve listed a phone or watch on Facebook’s Market I end up with zero scams and a totally real person on the other end who uses their real full name and knows I could message all their friends through the public items on their page if they do anything shady on the deal.  It’s light years beyond the experience I’ve had on CL, Ebay or other lesser sites.  Thumbs up for Facebook doing something useful.

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Author: Crystal Marks

Crystal Marks is an Enterprise Systems Manager in DFW. She holds VCP6-DCV and MCSA certifications and regularly attends tech conferences in the United States. In 15 years as a woman in IT she has worked to break down barriers and enabled women to enter technical fields through mentoring, volunteering IT skills to non-profits, speaking at conferences, networking with Fortune 500 companies, leading women’s groups, and continuing her passion for learning and teaching. Companies that she has worked for include Dell, Abn Amro, Stream International, Transplace, and Heartland Payment Systems. Her current position is at an entertainment powerhouse that is family-operated and sets the bar for giving back, volunteering, and engaging their fans and community. Look for Crystal on your agenda at VeeamOn, VMWorld, Microsoft Ignite, and HP Discover meetings throughout the year. Crystal is a graduate of The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at the University of North Texas. TAMS is a unique residential program for high school-aged Texas students who are high achievers in mathematics and science. She continued her education at the University of North Texas while working as an Astronomy teacher before jumping into her IT career.

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