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18 Year Old Launches Speedy Consumer Drone Company: Teal Drones

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Interview, Tech News, Technology, Video by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

A little while ago, I received an email from someone named “George” inviting me out to an exclusive preview in Park City, UT of what he called “the fastest out-of-the-box drone in the world.” I was intrigued as I’m a relative newbie when it comes to drones (although I have one). But drones are a HOT consumer product, especially for families, so I wanted to find out more. As it turns out, there was more to the story than just a super-fast quadcopter. How about the fact that “George” (full name is George Matus) is only 18 years old – yeah, he just graduated from high school – and has built a drone company, Teal Drones, based on what he wanted a drone to be.

HighTechDad Teal Drones - a few of the Teal Drone configurations

In mid-July, the Teal Drones team flew me out to Utah in order to get an exclusive weekend preview of a few Teal drone prototypes. Among those invited were some YouTubers who really know drones and RC vehicles: Ryan Becker of Flyin’ Ryan RC, Dustin Dunnill, and Jay Eakman of the JRESHOW. These guys are true drone geeks who know the drone ecosystem and who are pretty darn good drone pilots (as well as have pretty solid YouTube channels). Me, well, I’m just a dad who likes looking at how gadgets fit into the family. Drones fit that mold pretty well I guess and part of the reason why I was invited. Regardless, we were all really excited to learn more about the Teal drone. Oh, and that guy in the middle of the picture below is George.

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Kids Like Minecraft? Do They Want To Learn To Code? Try Connected Camps

In Family, General, Parenting, Software, Sponsored by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

If you have a child between the ages of 8 and 15, chances are you have heard about the game Minecraft. And of those that have heard about it, there is a good chance they have played it. Minecraft is a virtual world game, played on a computer or other device, that is about “placing blocks and going on adventures.” Those who play the game, love it. Did you know there is a virtual camp that your Minecraft-addicted kids can attend that not only can help develop campers’ Minecraft skills but also teaches varying levels of in-game coding to kids? It’s Connected Camps “Online Summer of Minecraft” camps which run from June 27 – August 12, 2016. (This is a sponsored post, by the way, and I have a discount code later on in this article so read on to learn more!)

Connected Camps “Online Summer of Minecraft" - attend online

Parents often face a struggle of what to do with their children during the summer. Camps and other organized activities are a great way for kids to spend time with their peers, away from their moms and dads, and doing something they hopefully truly enjoy. I remember going to a week-long, overnight camp where I was exposed to archery, fishing, canoeing, riflery, horseback riding and other activities. These are memories that last and skills that can be learned and grown.Read More

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MALWARE WARNING: EMAILDOMAIN plus “_contract.doc” has a Malicious Word Macro – Analysis & Details

In General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Safety, Security, Software, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

My email gets bombarded by viruses, phishing scams, hoaxes and malware on almost a daily basis. A majority of the time, my anti-virus software catches and quarantines them and most of these malicious files are Windows related (but Mac viruses are on the rise too). But in this particular case, I received an “innocent” looking email which had “Re: contract” as the subject. It was, luckily, put into my Gmail spam folder but since I frequently have contracts with various companies, I thought perhaps it was legit. Long story short, it wasn’t. It contained a malicious Word macro appropriately named “hightechdad.com_contract.doc”. I didn’t get infected though. I decided to investigate and analyze it instead. And, I wanted to pass on a warning to others.

Malicious Word macro warning - watch out!

There were several things that raised my concern about this:

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How To Fix MacOS Sierra Beta Blank Screen & Crash After Sleep [Update #3]

In Apple, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Software by Michael Sheehan31 Comments

I’m always trying to be on the bleeding edge of technology and whenever a beta is available for iOS or MacOS, I love to dive right into it so that I can have a head start on potentially helping others navigate features, functions or issues once the software is released to the public. While I cannot comment on features or functionality of these betas, I do feel that if I find something that help make the experience better for those testing, I want to document it. I have been running MacOS Sierra (10.12 beta 2) for a few days and have been encountering odd freezing and some kernel panics when my MacBook Pro Retina 15” goes to sleep and then tries to wake up.

Note: This article will be/has been updated with more information.

How to Fix MacOS Sierra not waking from sleep

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Tips for Cooking With Your Kids

In Family, General, How To, Parenting, Sponsored by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Don’t you ever wish you could have a personal chef? Well, you actually may already have one in your home—you just don’t know it yet. Your children are little chefs in the making. In fact, my two older daughters have separately started teaching themselves (with some help from my wife and I) to prepare meals and bake. With some initial encouragement and assistance from us, and LOTS of inspiration from social media sites like Instagram, they are learning the “tools of the trade” and becoming a bit more independent in the process while now cooking up a storm.

HTD Kid Cooking Tips - a TippyToeGirl salad

However, and understandably, many parents don’t see their children in as chefs or bakers or sous-chefs, especially when it comes to doing chores or tasks around the house. Sometimes it feels easier to do the task yourself than enlist the help of your children. However, parents are potentially missing out on ways to teach children about healthy eating habits and developing a life-long skill.Read More

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A Backyard Conversation: Cord-Cutting Couldn’t Be Easier with Sling TV – #TakeBackTV

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Review, Software, Sponsored, Tech News, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Just the other night, I was at an end-of-school neighborhood party. The family hosting the party had a big screen TV, but no cable or satellite service. They consumed shows and movies without cords, purely through the downloading of media on a streaming box. This was one of the few families I encountered that did not have some sort of traditional TV service. Given that I had been testing out Sling TV, this was a perfect opportunity for me to talk about the Sling TV experience.

“This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Sling TV blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.”

While talking with my neighbor, I learned that one of his biggest complaints about cable TV was that they were just too darn expensive, and pricey subscriptions came with channels that my neighbor just didn’t use. He preferred purchasing or renting shows or movies, either physically, digitally or via download.

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Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill is a 1 Button Press to Perfectly Grilled Sausages

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Sponsored by Michael Sheehan

Still scratching your head about a good Father’s Day gift? Or perhaps you are looking for that perfect gift for the person who has everything. Or maybe you like the smell of cooking sausages just as much as the smell of bacon frying in a pan. Or maybe you, as a busy parent or individual, just want a super convenient way to cook sausages. Well, I have the product to solve those use cases. It’s the Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill! (Oh, and at the end of this article is a promo code that will get you $20 off this grill!)

HighTechDad Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill - grill closed

Normally on my site I talk about technology and how it works in the family environment. I write about how to fix strange technical issues with software, computers, hardware and other things. So, it was simply amazing to me to know the “super complicated” directions to using the Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill. I’m kidding of course. Using this grill couldn’t be easier. And I have lots of photos below to prove it. But basically you put some Johnsonville sausages into the form-fitting grill, press the on button, and wait about 15 minutes. Then you eat them. Wow, talk about easy!

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