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Bringing Tech to the Toilet is NOT What You Think – Clean Sense DIB-1500R Bidet Review

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

When you think about technology in the bathroom, you probably imagine taking your smartphone or tablet along for when you “do your business.” In fact, in my home, I affectionately (or spitefully) have re-named the toilet the “iPhone throne.” In my family, all of us are guilty of spending extended time catching up on digital things when we sit on the pot. Yeah, I know, probably this is TMI (too much information) but I would guess this is fairly commonplace. But, I would like to (carefully) talk about another toilet technology, specifically around a “high-tech” bidet toilet seat which I recently installed. This review is about the Clean Sense DIB-1500R which is a reasonably priced contraption that gets a dirty job done.

Nobody likes talking “potty talk”…literally. Sure, as a parent, I have gone through the fun that is potty training. Those years are long past, thank goodness. And now we just do our thing and move on. And, sorry, this review may have a lot of TMI’s throughout. I will try to keep it clean…literally!

Clean Sense DIB-1500R Bidet Review - Installed

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Review: Pioneer AVH-4100NEX Retrofits Old Vehicles with New Tech like Apple CarPlay

In Android, Apple, Audio, Auto, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, Review, Technology, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I recently had a reader ask me about how to get old cars upgraded to be able to use smart car technology like Apple’s CarPlay. It turns out, this was something that I had always wondered about given that I spend a lot of time commuting and honestly love being surrounded by tech. I have seen that more and more new autos are being outfitted with CarPlay capabilities. Apple’s website touts over 100 models to choose from, but, alas, buying a vehicle just to get CarPlay seems a bit crazy to me. But, as I learned, there are alternative ways to retrofit and upgrade your vehicle to use CarPlay, its costs a fraction of what a new car would set you back, and it has other great general “lower tech” car stereo features. I discovered the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX dual-DIN, in-dash receiver.

Pioneer AVH-4100NEX Review - Apple CarPlay

A quick word of warning, this is a pretty lengthy review (which is pretty typical for any article you find on this site). But there is a lot to talk about with the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX. Also, throughout this article, you will find some videos which walk through some of the technology and features being discussed. Instead of producing one long video, I decided to do things a bit differently. But I digress.

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How to Promote Yourself & Raise Visibility: Stay Focused & Tell a Story (Part 2)

In Content Strategy, General, How To, Opinion by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I tend to really be wordy when I write. I don’t view this always a good thing. Writing takes time and the more words you use, the longer it takes to get anything done. A few years ago, content marketing initiatives were focussed on the production of many, many short-form articles (e.g., 300 words) in order to boost SEO via keyword density and linking. I’m happy to say that long-form content is starting to regain relevancy once again via thought-leadership. But here I go again…not being succinct. Part 1 of this article discussed discovering your personal unique value proposition (UVP) and learning how to promote it socially. Part 2 (this article) focuses more around that exact word – focus – and then how to become your own story-teller.

To quickly remind readers of where we were, I had received a series of questions from a reader, Ed, who is currently looking for his next job success. During his search, recruiters recommended he become more active in social media among other things, in order to build his own name-brand awareness. And he wanted some ideas on the best way to do this.

While, as I mentioned, I’m not an HR professional in any way, I completely understand where Ed is coming from, especially since as of recent, I too am looking for my next opportunity and success.Read More

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How to Promote Yourself & Raise Visibility: Be Unique & Show Passion (Part 1)

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I received an interesting question from one of my readers, Ed, recently which is both timely as well as a hot topic for any professional. It had to do with how to raise one’s visibility within social media or even thought-leadership in order to position oneself a bit more “above the fold” when searching for one’s next success or opportunity. This is an important topic, especially when trying to stand out to recruiters and hiring managers. While I’m not an expert, in fact, I’m currently looking for my next opportunity as well, the subject got me thinking on some advice for Ed, others and even rhetorically for me. So I thought I would share my ideas.

Ed writes:

“I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction. I am a tech professional (also a fellow tech-Dad) who has very recently become less than employed. I’m told by recruiters that I really need to be much more active within social media – and not just re-posting articles. So, to get a little name recognition, I’d like to post an article or two somewhere (more on the irreverent tech side than super serious stuff) and was wondering if you had any ideas for me? I’m not looking to make a living doing this (I’m afraid I’d have a hard time coming up with that much material!), but I could use a little name-brand awareness bump.”

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The BEST Product I Have Ever Reviewed is…Nothing!

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Humor, Review by Michael Sheehan7 Comments

This product review is about Nothing. I was lucky enough to receive the prototype today of Nothing, the next version in the Nada product line. I must say that parent company Niente has really done an amazing job distilling the product features from mere thoughts on the paper to the spacey splendor of this release.

I was incredibly thrilled unboxing Nothing. While I was a bit apprehensive as I was doing it, Nothing was in the box, carefully and elegantly presented. It was simply amazing. The designers must have spent countless hours crafting the packaging for Nothing as well as creating Nothing.

Review of Nothing

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An Open Letter to Parents Picking Up Kids from School

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Dear Parents of Children at ______SCHOOL NAME______,

I think it is wonderful that you have elected to pick your child(ren) from school. For the past few weeks, I have had the luxury of doing the same. After a hard day at school, what could be better than having the parent-limo ready and waiting to whisk children off to after-school activities or home to do homework.

But recently, I have become a bit alarmed by the behavior of some of the parents picking up kids.

While I’m definitely NOT a perfect driver, nor always courteous or patient, I have realized by watching others and pointing out actions to my own kids that we all might not be presenting good role models to our children who will hopefully become nurturing parents and responsible drivers eventually.

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How to Bulk or Selectively Delete Music from your iOS Device Easily

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

One of the problems with iPhones or iPads is that they seem to run out of space just a bit too quickly. And if you are an owner of a smaller sized iPhone or iPad (16GB is barely big enough in my opinion – a fact that my kids remind me EVERY DAY), you need to be selective on what stuff you store and what you delete. It turns out, one big consumer of space on an iPhone or iPad is music. But we can’t live without it, right? Well, if you really need to quickly clear out space on your iPhone or iPad, here’s how you can delete music in bulk.

HTD Bulk Delete Music from iOS - Title graphic

For starters, and this is not a sales pitch in any way, you may want to subscribe to some sort of streaming music service like Pandora, Spotify or Apple Music if you have a device with not too much storage. That way, if you really want to have music, you can stream it. Just remember, streaming consumes data, whether it’s wireless or via WiFi. If on wireless, watch those cellular bills!

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