The Portable HD Video Recorder Smackdown: Flip UltraHD vs Kodak Zi8

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan103 Comments

I came across a realization a few weeks ago. When doing a product review, it helps to supplement the writing with video. The problem was, I didn’t have a good way to capture high-quality video with any of the older devices I have. I had tried with a built-in iSight as well as an external one, an older Sony camcorder recording directly to DV video in iMovie and a few webcams and digital cameras as well. But none of those were producing quality videos, especially not in High Definition. So I embarked on a bit of a challenge, to get …

The AT&T HomeManager Consolidates your Family’s Telephony & Internet Information in one Device

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

There is a niche out there between the techno-savvy and technophobes. It’s a market where the members see the value in technology and gadgets but might not adopt it quickly or readily. They may have a computer or laptop but only use it periodically to pay bills, check news or weather or do email. If they have kids, their kids are probably much more into tech than they are. So how do you sell technology to this niche? Not very easily. The problem is, they would probably like to spend their money and time elsewhere than with a gadget. The …

How To Make iPhoto or Picasa Recognize your Camera Again

In Apple, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, Software by Michael Sheehan20 Comments

Recently, I tried to download some photos from a small, older and somewhat, war-scarred point & shoot digital cameral (HP Photosmart M632) which I carry around in my backpack wherever I go. I had taken some photos and video at a tradeshow and wanted to work on a blog post for it. Unfortunately, when I plugged in my camera, absolutely nothing happened. The camera thought that it was connected, in fact, it did launch iPhoto (as that is what I have iPhoto configured to do) but iPhoto simply did not see it. I tried launching Picasa and it wouldn’t see …

Storytelling in the Digital Age

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

Every family has a story teller. It’s the person who can captivate an audience as they lead them down a path of words, memories and emotions. We do have to admit, some people are much better at doing this than others. I, for one, have an absolutely horrible memory. The only stories I tell are ones that I really know well and that have been told time and time again. For me, it was always about the details and many times, I would get so wrapped up in trying to remember them that the magic of the story was lost. …

Cut the Cords to your iPhone with Altec Lansing’s BackBeat 903 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

In Cellular, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Review by Michael Sheehan19 Comments

I must say, I had been waiting for the iPhone to support A2DP for a while. When it finally rolled out, I was excited but I didn’t have a set of headphones with which to test it. I just hadn’t made the plunge to buy a set. The promise of having stereo audio from my iPhone, all via a Bluetooth connection was stupendous. I was simply tired of untangling my traditional headphones each and every time I took them out of my pocket. And, the ability to just have no cords whatsoever, was great. The folks at Altec Lansing‘s PR …

How to Set Up an Inexpensive Outdoor Home Theater

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To by Michael Sheehan9 Comments

Everybody has some sort of a main viewing room or area of the house where there is a larger TV and comfortable seating where families and friends gather to watch movies, TV shows or play video games. The big screen TV has become a digital fireplace of sorts or a congregation point in the house. With hectic schedules governing our lives, we often struggle to find a family grounding area within homes. My family is no different and to that end, we regularly schedule movie nights where we can all just hang out together, huddling around the big screen. But …

IOGEAR KVM via USB: Troubles At First, Great in the End

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

About half a year ago, a PR firm sent me out what I thought would be a very good device to have in my tool chest. This was a device designed to facilitate connecting, viewing and sharing data and desktops between Windows PC all via a USB connection. The device, the IOGEAR “USB Laptop KVM Switch with File Transfer,” (Product #GCS661U) looks like a long USB cable with a small dongle in the middle. You simply plug it in between two Windows machines and the magic happens after that, or so I expected. IOGEAR, as the name implies (I/O=Input/Output), has …