A Mouse for the Rest of Us – Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Review by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

I have big hands and big feet, you know what that means, right? You guessed it, big shoes and computer mice that just feel too small when you use them. That is, until I tried a Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000. At almost twice the height of regular mice, the 6000 truly makes those of us with large hands much happier. This is another product that I’m recommending for Father’s Day. (Over the next month, I will be reviewing some product that I feel are important gadget considerations for Father’s Day gifts. You can see other recommendations by viewing …

Phishing Scam Alert: “Information from Comerica Bank customer service team”

In General, Security by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

I just got the following email with the subject line: “Information from Comerica Bank customer service team [message id: 0715063392]” from “Comerica Bank” which, for me, was obviously a phishing scam. I wanted to quickly document what I found to alert others. While the English of this email message is not as bad as other phishing scams that I have seen, it does raise some red flags. However, it is also without any type of formatting (typically, banks have an email template). Also, banks normally don’t send out this type of information email. The email header shows that the sender …

“Don’t Forget Your Day Job”

In General, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Note: I wrote this article for AddictedToSocialMedia.com (A2SM), an online blog that talks about how to get the most out of Social Media as a whole. A2SM has a series of luminaries writing for them and sharing insight on how to best use Social Media and how they use it. I was honored to be asked to contribute to their success. The original post appears here. I recently crafted my company’s Social Media Guidelines (and had some fun in the process) and was thinking back to one line of advice in that article: “Don’t Forget Your Day Job.” For some …

3 Unique Features in the Belkin Laptop Cooling Hub

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

How often do you come across a product that actually has 3 completely distinct and unique features built into it? And does all three quite well? When I started playing around with the Belkin Laptop Cooling Hub, I was actually pretty surprised by the features that it had. For starters, it is designed to help drop the temperatures of laptops. Secondly, it has a built in 4 port USB hub. Lastly, it has legs that extend to make it your laptop environment much more ergonomically correct. The Belkin Laptop Cooling Hub is another one of those great devices for Dad …

Throw Away Your Remotes and Get Just One: The Universal Remote Control R50

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I have got an exercise for you. Go around your house and gather up all of the remote controls. I came up with about 15-20. I think that my family would fall apart without their remotes, so it is pretty bad for us to lose one. Also, we seem to have remotes for things that we no longer own. I mean, who uses a VCR anymore anyway? And how many of you have lost remotes? Did you check under those sofa pillows? Well, you might not need to worry about too many or missing remotes any more. Just pick up …

HighTechDad – “I Am A Geek!” & Proud Of It!

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Social Networking, Software, Twitter by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

My friend, Brian Solis, pointed me to the “Society for Geek Advancement” today, something which rings true to many of my thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Being a “geek” now is much different than when I was younger. Years ago, having a “geek” badge was something that was almost shameful, and people were ostracized because of it. Now, all of us “geeks” wear this badge not as a scarlet letter, but as a symbol of forward thinking, living in the now and help shape the future in the process. The Society for Geek Advancement is about the need for people to …

Crafting Your Company’s Social Media Policy

In General, Humor, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael Sheehan63 Comments

A few weeks ago, I offered to help our Human Resources department create a “Social Media Policy” for my company. While my company didn’t want to impose draconian restrictions on Social Media, HR felt that some rules did have to be created for the good of both the employer and employee. Our head of HR and I spent some time reviewing some other policies as well as discussing the types of things that we wanted to include and how we wanted to present it. We decided that it was important to have guidelines that were clear, yet we didn’t want …

Mother’s Day Gifts Made Easy with Adobe Elements 7 Suite

In General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan7 Comments

If you are reading this blog post now, it means you are a procrastinator or are reading this after Mother’s Day. Since I’m writing this just a few days before Mother’s Day, I’m the procrastinator. But no worries, what I’m going to write about here is an easy way to make a memorable gift for Mom using Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and Photoshop Premiere Elements 7. Product details can be found here. Let’s face it, while your mom or wife may really appreciate getting a gift certificate to the spa or a shopping spree or something like that, hand-made presents …