View Post Makes a Social & Digital Safety Contract for Families and Gets the Discussion Going

In Family, General, Parenting, Safety, Social Media, Social Networking, Sponsored by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

A few months ago, my youngest daughter who is 12 started begging my wife and I to get on SnapChat (now Snap) because all of her friends were on it. Big sigh. We had already been through this two times before with her older sisters but it seemed like every year the age when this was requested was younger and younger. The “you have to be 13 to join” excuse didn’t work. All of her friends were under 13. We had preached our usual “social media can be dangerous when you are young” but it fell on deaf ears and a mound of rebuttals. After several weeks, she was truly wearing us down (shhh, don’t tell her). So my wife decided that if our daughter were to get Snap, she would have to write a contract which would need to have a list of CONSEQUENCES if we caught her “violating the rules.” And she would have to sign it. Queue the link/click bait…you won’t believe what happened next! (Haha)

Well, she wrote out the contract and all of her own, decided-upon consequences. She signed it. But then after just an hour after the ink dried, she rescinded her own contract, claiming it was too harsh and she would rather wait. Chalk up a minor victory to my wife here!

There are several reasons why I tell this story. For one, I try to write about kids, parenting and social media a lot. I have a living classroom (or laboratory) for all of this stuff. I’m no expert on any of this (my wife is far more attuned to all aspects of parenting and social media than I am). But I do try to boil down things that work (at least for us) and share it. My primary advice is always – have a conversation WITH your kids, don’t just dictate AT them. And while I have written some negative and positive content about social media and kids, this is the Wild West folks. The rules are still being invented! I’ve even written some Social Media Policies for Families.

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A Journey from Terra Firma to the Clouds and Beyond

In Cloud, General, Opinion, Technology by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

Back in late-2007 I started a journey. I was brought into a company which rented out bare metal servers. Racking and stacking was their bread and butter, charging for space in a data center, leasing hardware and managing physical infrastructure. Hired as a Technology Evangelist, I wasn’t employed to spread the gospel of the tangible world, but rather to educate about something new, something called “cloud computing” – perhaps you have heard of it? And just a year earlier, a company that sold books and other products launched a series of services which would revolutionize computing, storage and infrastructure. Yes, that would be Amazon.

Clouds of all types


Cloud, back then, was new. It was a peek into what now is a staple, dare I say, a commodity. Infrastructure on demand that was scalable and billed by usage was something unheard of. Sure, virtualization technologies existed but frequently those instances were contained within private data centers or on people’s personal computers. Companies large and small began to pay attention. There was a lot of hype, fear, uncertainty, distrust – the things fairly typical to anything “new.” Concerns over stability and security, which are still concerns even today, frequently overshadowed the potential of this new IT change agent. IT executives struggled to not only understand this movement but also how to control it. Armed with just a credit card, developers had the ability to spin up infrastructure ad hoc. As I said, it was revolutionary.

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The Results are In! Free CEB Skills Assessment for IT Professionals

In General, Sponsored, Technology by Michael Sheehan

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Capella University.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a sponsored article about Capella University and a free CEB Skills Assessment being offered to test one’s soft skill proficiency. It is geared toward helping IT professionals better understand themselves, their soft skills and identifying areas where they may benefit from additional training. It is not designed to make IT professionals more technology proficient but rather to help them identify skills to make them more well-rounded individuals. Understanding what makes a person “tick” and working on further developing strengths and identifying areas of improvement makes IT professionals more marketable and has the potential to boost career paths. As part two of this sponsored series, I take a look at the actual CEB Skills Assessment itself.

The CEB assessment currently being offered for free for a limited time, focuses on three areas: Working Collaboratively, Adapting to Change, and the third assessing how one Balances Analysis with Judgment.

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My Views on Blogging, Influencers & Brands – Interview with Imperial Leisure

In Content Strategy, General, Interview, Opinion, Social Media by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

From time to time I’m asked to voice my “expert”opinion on a variety of topics ranging from parenting to technology to digital marketing to writing. I put “expert” in quotations because I must acknowledge the fact that I am by far NOT an expert in any of those topics. I have, however, had lots of experience with each and formed my own opinions along the way. And, given the fact I have been writing about them for many, many years, I guess a few people have read my thoughts and ideas and taken notice. Recently I was contacted by Imperial Leisure, a creative communications, viral marketing, digital advertising and social media agency located in London wondering if I could share my insights into a few topics, specifically brands, blogging, influencers, technology and more.

Imperial Leisure interviews Michael Sheehan on blogging, influencers, brands and more - blog

Of course, I was honored, flattered and happy to share my thoughts! The interview was originally published on the Imperial Leisure blog, but I have also included the questions and answers here for convenience. If you have questions or comments on any of my answers, feel free to leave them on this article but I encourage you to do so on their original interview as well.Read More

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How To Set the Default Email Client on MacOS Sierra & El Capitan

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, Microsoft by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

I recently started a new job and one of the perks was that I could choose between having a Mac or PC laptop. While I consider myself to be ambidextrous when it comes to Mac versus PC, I definitely prefer using a Mac whenever I can. All was great on day one of my new job. My Mac came fully configured – even with the latest versions of Microsoft Office which included Outlook (version 15.x) which were to be used in a business environment. I was definitely a happy camper. That is, until I clicked on an email link and all of a sudden Apple Mail launched. Unlike setting your default browser on a Mac, setting the default email client is a bit less intuitive. BUT, it can be done! Here’s how.

How to set the default email client in MacOS Sierra & El Capitan - title

Unlike with browsers which typically and periodically prompt you when you launch them to set them as the default browser, setting the default email client on a Mac is a bit of a different process. It’s a bit less intuitive, but the process I map out below does work for MacOS Sierra and El Capitan. It’s important to follow all of the steps or it might not stick (as I found through experience).

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Review: 2016 Samsung Clothes Dryer – Super-Sized, Several Settings & Stupendous (Model: DV50K7500GV)

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Technology, Video by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Do you like doing laundry? In the past, I didn’t. But now I do. And there are a few reasons why I don’t view it as much of a chore as before. For the past few months, I have been testing out the 2016 Samsung Clothes Dryer (Model: DV50K7500GV) which is their relatively new, top-of-the-line model. In my family, we produce a LOT of dirty laundry. We do multiple loads every week and the process pretty much takes up part of our day. But there are some features of this 2016 Samsung Clothes Dryer that make this task just a little bit easier and less of a chore. While I can’t just press a button and “flash dry” things in second (maybe some day), I can easily make a setting and then walk away and later be notified when our clothes are crisp and freshly dry.

2016 Samsung Clothes Dryer (Model: DV50K7500GV) Review - Control Panel

This 2016 Samsung Clothes Dryer is the matched pair of the 2016 Samsung Clothes Washer – model: WF50K7500AV (you can see my review of that here). And just like the other clothes washer review, I crafted a video review (also available directly on YouTube) highlighting many of the features of this stellar clothes dryer.Read More

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Review: 2016 Samsung Clothes Washer – Massive, Many Settings & Marvelous! (Model: WF50K7500AV)

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Technology, Video by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

For the past several months, I have had the pleasure of washing clothes with the new 2016 Samsung Clothes Washer (Model WF50K7500AV). Wait…PLEASURE?!! How can washing clothes be a “pleasure?” It’s a chore. It’s something that has to be done weekly in my home. AND in my home, we even have a “pink” load and many, many delicate loads (I have 3 teenage girls). The funny thing is, the dark load is mainly my stuff. Anyway, I have now done a ton of loads, tried out a variety of settings and can now speak with some voice of authority on this top-of-the-line Samsung clothes washer.

2016 Samsung Clothes Washer (Model WF50K7500AV) Review - front panel

Before I dive into some of the details in writing, I wanted to share my video review of this Samsung clothes washer. Much of the information in the video is also mentioned below so do read on for additional insights, but if you just want an overview of some of the features and functions I really liked, see the video below (also directly on YouTube):

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