How to Pre-Populate Twitter Status Updates Via Links

In General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Social Media, Social Networking, Tweets, Twitter by Michael Sheehan17 Comments

We all know that getting information out via Twitter is helpful to your brand or company, but what if you want to have your website or blog readers do it for you? Or perhaps you want to get a standard message out or include a keyword or two through the use of hashtags (#). NOTE: As of May 2011, this method no longer works! Please read my NEW post on the new way here.

Help @HighTechDad Become the Next Living in HD Insider!

In Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Tech News, Twitter by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

On a whim a few weeks ago, I entered into a contest that sounded really cool. All that I had to do was record a video about why I would be the perfect Living in HD Insider and submit it. There were quite a few entries at the end of the submission period. A week later, I found out that I was one of the 10 finalists! First, please take 30 seconds and vote for me! Then come back and read the rest of this post. In the video, you were supposed to answer the following questions in any format …

eBooks, Digital Readers and the Future of Printed Writing

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan7 Comments

I am honestly not sure that all books should be electronic. I’m a gadget guy but some part of me feels that if we make everything digital that one day someone will accidentally kick out the plug and EVERYTHING will be gone. I do see the convenience and the immediacy that an eBook provides. It’s similar to the evolution of music as well. When I grew up, the LP or record album was king. I had contests with my friends to see who could fill more wine boxes with albums. We tried to research and purchase the best turntable for …

A “Wall Plug” To Go – HyperMac External Battery Juices up your MacBooks

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

Batteries don’t last long enough. While the technology is getting better, and they can pack more juice into smaller spaces, unfortunately, for most people like me, this is just still long enough. Macs are no different than PCs. Both run on batteries that use similar technology. Recently, with the MacBook Pro Unibody designs and MacBook Air, while Apple did increase the capacity of the battery, thus extending the battery life, they also made a design choice making the battery very difficult to replace (it is doable, mind you). What this means is that the average user probably won’t be replacing …

Music of the World Packed into a Small Device – the MYINE Ira Internet Radio

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

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Livio Radio which streams Internet music but also has the built-in functionality of Pandora. I was sad to see it go at the end of the review, but I was lucky to get my hands on another music streaming device (this time sans-Pandora) called the Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio, made by Myine. Ira actually stands for “Internet Radio Appliance” which does live up to its name. With the Ira, it’s a BYOSS type of environment (Bring Your Own Stereo & Speakers). Essentially the Ira is a wifi enabled device …

Beyond the “100 Faces of Fall” with the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX1 & A330 DSLR Cameras

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan15 Comments

So I’m now pretty deep into this Sony “DigiDads” program (see the Sony Electronics Community site for more details). My kids are already used to watching the big BRAVIA in my oldest daughter’s room, I have been using the HD Camcorder for a few of my recent product reviews as well as filming some of my middle daughter’s gymnastics meets, and I use the Sony VAIO pretty regularly to watch TV via my SlingBox HD (the HD screen just looks fantastic!). It’s too bad that my family and I are getting so attached to this great Sony gear, because I …