Cast of Dads: Podcast #10 – “Kids Online & How To Do It Right”

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

In this tenth episode of the Cast of Dads podcast we discussed a very important topic that all parents should seriously be considering, that of educating your children about the various social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. This is particularly personal to me as my oldest daughter (a “tweenager” – pre-teen) is starting to ask more about various social networking sites, AND, has pointed out that many of her 5th grade friends are already on Facebook. This is even despite the fact that Facebook and other social networking sites state that users MUST be 13 years old or older …

How Can Such a Small Speaker Boom so HUGE? Reviewing the iLive IT319B 3.1 Speaker

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When I first hooked up the iLive IT319B 3.1 Channel Home Music System, plugged in my iPod and turned up the volume a bit, I was literally floored at how LOUD it was! Event at 1/3 volume (does it go up to 11?) it was shaking the room with thunderous bass and crisp and clean highs. Turning it up a bit more to almost painful volumes produced barely any distortion (that I could measure with my untrained ear), yet still had more power ready to throw out into the environment. Instantly, my kitchen table (where I do many video product …

Cell Phones, Tweens, Texting & Conversations – Child & Family Cellular Safety Thoughts

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Parenting, Review, Safety, Social Networking, Video by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

If you are a parent of a tween (a pre-teenager), you have probably hit the stage of your child wanting a cell phone. My wife and I broke down (or were gradually worn down) about a year ago with our oldest and she got hers when she was about 10. She wasn’t (and still isn’t) allowed to take it to school and only carries it with her when she goes to her after school activities (although she looks for any excuse possible to carry it!). It’s one of those “coming of age” things. My view of cell phones and children …

The Neat Company Gets Your Receipt Pile Under Control & Digitally Organized – MacWorld Expo Interview

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I must admit, I am WAY behind on writing about The Neat Company, NeatCo, for short. I received some of their products last year to do an “extended” review of sorts. The idea was that I would integrate their NeatDesk (Mac & PC) and NeatReceipts (Mac & PC) products into my lifestyle. Unfortunately, I think I was a bit overly ambitious and perhaps a bit frightened about having to scan in ALL of my receipts and bills that are currently piled in a box on the floor. But all excuses aside, I made sure that I scheduled an appointment at …

HyperMac Dazzles with Vibrant Colored Battery Assortment to Charge iPods, iPhones, iPads & other Devices

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Review by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

A few months ago, I did a review of a HyperMac battery for charging and powering MacBooks, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. I found it to be an extremely useful device to give you an extra hour or so of “away from the plug” time. So, I figured that I would drop by the HyperMac booth at the MacWorld Expo to see what new items they had. Well, they had a great booth spot, right at the entrance of the exhibit hall and their display was lit up with colors and crowded with people! New HyperMac Lines The colors come …

Charge Your Gadgets Even When the Power is Out with the Scosche solBAT II Solar Charger

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, Review by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I spent a few hours at the MacWorld Expo 2010 and I saw a lot of innovative and cool products. But many of those devices were really only the “nice to have” kind. However, one device in particular stood out in my mind as something that every household should have: the Scosche solBAT II which is a solar powered backup battery and charger. I must admit, I did see some other solar powered chargers at the show, but most of those were iPhone cases. It seems that Scosche decided to keep things simple by not tying their charger to a …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #9 – “Valentine’s Day” (Massacre?)

In Family, General, Humor, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

So it is pretty obvious to me that I’m not the only guy who struggles during the romantic times of Valentine’s Day. For Episode #9 of Cast of Dads, we decided that it would be appropriate to record our podcast on Valentine’s Day itself. Well, it proved to be an interesting podcast filled with awkward silences, proving the fact that when you get a bunch of dads together to talk about things romantic, it becomes a bit challenging at times, hence the awkward silences as we moved out of our “comfort zones”. We are (obviously) much more at home discussing …

Hands-on Video: Parrot’s AR.drone – iPhone Controlled Quadrocopter Compliments their Vision

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

MacWorld Expo 2010 kicked off yesterday but even before the Expo exhibit hall opened, I was having fun with a gadget that got a lot of hype at CES 2010 – the Parrot AR.drone, an iPhone-controlled, Augmented Reality “quadrocopter”. While not actually a part of MacWorld, the Parrot team was just down the street from the Expo giving hands-on previews of the AR.drone and a variety of their other products. I was lucky enough to get actual piloting experience of the AR.drone. I was also given some time with some of the other Parrot products including the Zikmu (speakers) and …