NETGEAR ReadyNAS Review – Enterprise Network Attached Storage for the Home

I was dreading writing this review actually. And it wasn’t because the product is bad, quite the opposite actually. The product is actually quite good. It’s the number of features and configuration options that were making me drag my feet in doing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed as I had a couple of directions I could follow - one would be a complete geek-out on everything that the Netgear ReadyNAS can do (and it’s a lot) or I could try to over-simplify the product and my explanation and… [more]

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Has the Magic Kingdom lost its Magic?

My family and I headed down to Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was to reward my kids for a successful year at school and a way for all of us as a family to do something together before we splintered off in different directions during the summer and even the coming years. So, I figured it would be good to write one of those “Tips" or "Did You Know…" or "How To..” or “Disneyland Secrets” articles about visiting the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland. But as my kids and I started doing research prior… [more]

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15 Things Families Can Like about the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali

I decided to take a slightly different approach to this automotive review. For a week (which included a road trip down to LA to Disneyland), my family and I experienced the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. We compiled our thoughts and came up with a list of about 15 features of the Yukon that we particularly enjoyed. For our trip, we wanted a larger vehicle (for passenger comfort) as well as something that would safely protect us on our long drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back. With 6+ hours each… [more]

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A Quick Neighborhood Adventure Video – “Helping Echo” #EarthToEcho

I remember when I was a kid, we used to go outside and have adventures. Sometimes these adventures were simple, but many times they had complex plots and ran well into the night. We were not tethered to our homes in any way other than how far our parents’ voices could carry. Often, we simply gave a time when we would come home and that was it. Nowadays, kids seem to have become a bit lazy and frequently distracted by the electronics around them. But that is reality, smartphones, gadgets and gizmos… [more]

A Quick Neighborhood Adventure Video – “Helping Echo” #EarthToEcho A Quick Neighborhood Adventure Video - "Helping Echo" #EarthToEcho

Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead Vacuum – Review & Dog Does Unboxing Video

I was going to be very cliché and have the title of this review of the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead cordless vacuum be…”this vacuum sucks” or “yet another sucky vacuum from Dyson” but I figured that has probably been overplayed and over used. And anyway, we all know that Dyson vacuums are known for the vacuum power, even as the dirt collection canister fills up…the “sucking power” still remains strong. But what happens when you couple that Dyson power with battery power? Is… [more]

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I was dreading writing this review actually. And it wasn’t because the product is bad, quite the opposite actually. The product is actually quite good. It’s the number of features and configuration options that were making me drag my feet in doing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed as I had a couple of directions I could follow – one would be a complete geek-out on everything that the Netgear ReadyNAS can do (and it’s a lot) or I could try to over-simplify the product and my explanation and not give the product justice. I think, in order to be fair, I’m going to do a little of both.

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NAS stands for Network Attached Storage which means that you have a hard drive attached to a network. Most people are familiar with USB hard drives which plug into your computer and show up as attached storage on the device that it is connected to. With a NAS, you plug the hard drive into an Ethernet connection and, after some configurations, it appears on your network, available to other devices on the same network.

NAS has lots of advantages. Instead of being single device oriented like a USB-connected hard drive (e.g., whatever computer it is plugged into), a NAS, once attached to the network, makes its storage available to any other devices connected to that same network. So if you get a large NAS, you can potentially use it as storage or back up for multiple devices.

Let me start by saying that the ReadyNAS initially feels like something that is simply plug-and-play storage. In many ways it is. You are guided through a wizard that helps with the initial setup. This is easy enough.

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My family and I headed down to Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was to reward my kids for a successful year at school and a way for all of us as a family to do something together before we splintered off in different directions during the summer and even the coming years. So, I figured it would be good to write one of those “Tips” or “Did You Know…” or “How To..” or “Disneyland Secrets” articles about visiting the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland. But as my kids and I started doing research prior to our trip, we realized that there weren’t any secrets left, or at least none that hadn’t been covered a million times over. That got me thinking about something else…if there are no secrets or surprises, could the Magic Kingdom still be magical for everyone?

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As people get older, they move from the innocence and excitement of being a kid to the jaded, cautiousness of being an adult. Not everyone, mind you. It’s a choice that you make. But adults and kids look at Disneyland with different lenses. For kids, breaking through to the imaginative and magical memories of Disney content they have seen elsewhere is easy. But to get through the layers of “reality” built up over time in adults is much more difficult. For example, I simply thought about how darn expensive the whole trip would be. And it wasn’t until I was immersed in the Magic Kingdom experience did that layer melt away.

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I think for little kids who are enchanted by princesses or other Disney and Pixar characters, there is lots magic to be found. In my mind, these are the easy targets, the ones where a simple smile by a costumed princess can be the highlight of the trip. Sort of a funny anecdote here, about a week or so after our trip to Disneyland, we were sharing a bench and table outside of our local Home Depot. Across from us was a family with 3 cute, young boys, the oldest being about 6 years old. Our conversation, for some reason, turned to how we were both at Disneyland at the same time the week prior. One of the boys kept saying “Mickey Mouse is real! I saw him!” It’s not just the princesses that make an impact.

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I decided to take a slightly different approach to this automotive review. For a week (which included a road trip down to LA to Disneyland), my family and I experienced the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. We compiled our thoughts and came up with a list of about 15 features of the Yukon that we particularly enjoyed. For our trip, we wanted a larger vehicle (for passenger comfort) as well as something that would safely protect us on our long drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back. With 6+ hours each way, we really got to test out many of the features. Here is a highlight of the top features we discovered.

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The following features are not in any type of order but do represent items that we felt should be highlighted. There were some things we did not test, like the towing capabilities or the 4-wheel drive – it’s a bit hard to test those on an interstate highway.

A Video Walkthrough of the Top 15+ Features

Written below are the features that my family and I enjoyed. However, if you want to sit back and watch a 10 minute video which shows many of these features in action, the video (also available on YouTube) is below:

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I remember when I was a kid, we used to go outside and have adventures. Sometimes these adventures were simple, but many times they had complex plots and ran well into the night. We were not tethered to our homes in any way other than how far our parents’ voices could carry. Often, we simply gave a time when we would come home and that was it. Nowadays, kids seem to have become a bit lazy and frequently distracted by the electronics around them. But that is reality, smartphones, gadgets and gizmos are now part of our lives and sometimes we need to incorporate them in our play and our adventures.

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Sometimes, these gadgets can actually inspire creativity. A video camera can actually make child game play become more adventuresome. A computer can help do research prior to embarking on a quest. Or a smartphone can keep them in touch, much the way we used to use walkie talkies.

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I must admit, I’m not the world’s greatest in terms of getting my kids up and outside playing. So, when I was asked to put together an “adventure” video to help showcase a movie coming out called “Earth to Echo” (which opens July 2, 2014), I had some flashbacks to when I was a kid.

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Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead Vacuum – Review & Dog Does Unboxing Video

June 8, 2014
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I was going to be very cliché and have the title of this review of the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead cordless vacuum be…”this vacuum sucks” or “yet another sucky vacuum from Dyson” but I figured that has probably been overplayed and over used. And anyway, we all know that Dyson vacuums are known for […]

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Evolving & Revolving the iPad’s Usefulness – iGear iPad Flip Turn Case Review

June 5, 2014
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We all know how useful Apple’s iPad Air is. It’s great at work, in the home and on the go. So is it possible to extend the iPad’s utilitarian and multi-use functionality? Of course. One way is to get a case that builds in additional functions. Last year, I talked about iGear’s Flip Turn Case […]

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CDW is NOT a Warehouse, It’s a Services Company & Review of HP Elite Display e231

June 2, 2014
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A few weeks ago, I was invited on a “red carpet” tour of CDW  The funny thing is, I have always thought of CDW as a catalog and warehouse company. It turns out, my idea was a bit off. Sure, they do have online and print “catalogues” but that was so 90’s. They are transforming […]

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Less “Stranger Danger” – Kik Messenger Updates App Over Privacy Concerns

May 20, 2014
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Back in mid-2012, I wrote an article about the “dangerous” combination of Kik Messenger and Instagram. The article turned out to be quite popular (and controversial) in a few ways. Parents didn’t know about Kik nor how the “Kik me at” functionality was working with Instagram. Over 2 years later, Kik Messenger has taken a […]

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