MacWorld 2011 – Sort of a Yawner with a Few Moments of Wakefulness

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I have been going to the MacWorld Expo for many years now and I’m really sad to see it losing much of its excitement. When Apple was there, showcasing new products and innovations, there was a vibrancy and energy. Ever since Apple pulled out of the Expo, I feel that it has been going downhill. Apple provided the weight to drive the show, and there were many large vendors who helped as well. With Apple nowhere to be seen, having moved most of their large announcements to their Developer Conference and press events, MacWorld 2011 to me seemed to be …

10 Strategies for Finding Quality Time to Produce Content

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Part of my personal and professional job is creating content. Content for blogs, presentations, papers, emails, tweets, you name it. Contrary to popular belief, content can not just be created in a few seconds. It has to be born, nurtured, developed, rethought, rewritten, finalized and published. It’s an iterative process. And very personal. I wrote an article a while ago about how I write a blog post. The process hasn’t changed, but my time to do it has. I now seem to have more to do and less time to do it. I know that I’m not alone here. Finding …

From the Tablet Clutter and Chaos Comes “The 10 Tablet Commandments”

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Apple has tablet competition…and lots of it. The iPad has been reigning supreme for over a year and only now are some possible contenders starting to pop up. The next iPad model is due in April, or so the rumors are saying. By all intents and purposes, Apple is well ahead in the tablet race having come to market early on with a precise, full featured and elegant piece of engineering. But as I saw at CES 2011, new tablets are coming, and lots of them at that. Many manufacturers are going to come after Apple to try to topple …

Congrats Sony, You Have a Winner with the NEX-5 Digital Camera

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Sony, Video by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

At CES 2011, I was introduced to a fantastic digital camera made by Sony. It’s the NEX-5 and while it is not exactly a Digital SLR camera (I did mistakenly call it that in my video below), it is perhaps the smallest digital camera that has a detachable and interchangeable lens. I have used a few small digital cameras in my time, but nothing to the level of the NEX-5. It’s feature packed, is a 14.2 megapixel camera that also films 1080/60i HD video. But it isn’t just the multi-function and the small form factor that made me really like …

Two Celebrations of Life on the Same Day – Birthday & Memorial

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Today is an interesting day for me. For starters, it is my 43rd  birthday. But it is also a somber and reflective day as it was a memorial service and celebration of life for a neighbor of mine that passed away much too early in her life at 41. So my thoughts are mixed and introspective today. I woke up this morning with lots of expectations. I was waiting for my wife to give me a kiss with a birthday wish on her lips (which I got). And I was waiting for my 3 daughters to come running in to …

How To Automatically Set Up your Mac’s Work Environment Based on WiFi Location Detection – AirPort Location

In Apple, Application, General, Linux, Microsoft, Mobile, Open Source, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

There is a lot of great free software out there that provides tremendous value. Smart programmers always want to showcase their talents and I love the fact that there is a never ending stream of interesting applications coming from the developer community. I won’t even start to mention some of the free Mac apps that I use that help me day to day, there are too many to mention. However, I discovered this great little golden nugget yesterday for those people who have a Mac laptop and who frequently bring it to different locations. These could be students or business …

Install Video Monitoring for Home or Business in an Hour? You Can Do It Yourself with the Logitech Alert System

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Safety, Security, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We are all paranoid, right? Well, most of us are. We worry about what is going on in the places where we are not. That could be your office when it’s the weekend or your home when you are traveling or there is a baby sitter watching your kids. Or maybe you want to keep an eye on your pool or make sure that your cars are parked safely in your driveway. Obviously you can’t be at two places at once…or can you? Nowadays, you actually can have a sense of security no mater where you are. Over the past …

Backup Strategy: The ioSafe SoloPRO External Hard Drive is Waterproof, Fireproof & (Almost) Bulletproof!

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

When was the last time that you backed up your data? Today? Yesterday? Last week? A month ago? EVER?! And where did you save your backup? To another drive? To CDs? To an external drive? To the cloud via an online backup service? The reason I’m asking these questions is because most people don’t make backups, and if they do, they “sort of” do them. I must admit, I’m not very good at it. I periodically, perhaps once a week, make a clone of my computer’s hard drive. But then I leave it sitting next to the computer. My wife …

A Couple Intel Innovations that Caught My Eye at CES 2011

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There was a lot to see at CES 2011, so much so that next year I’m considering having an Intel processor installed in my brain just to try to analyze all of the information I consumed at the expo. Honestly, with all of the recent innovations coming from Intel recently, I wouldn’t be surprised that somewhere deep within their Labs division (which I particularly love, by the way) their isn’t an initiative already underway that does just that. All that I can talk about is what I read about or have seen personally. And that is exactly the subject of …

Ford Truly Deserves to be at CES: Ford Sync AppLink & 2012 Ford Focus EV Pave the Way!

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For many, many years, I never thought much of Ford . I had been unimpressed with their cars (with a few exceptions like the Mustang) and especially with their styling and technology. In the 80’s and 90’s, to me, Ford was “just another American car” which said a lot. All of the technology, style and innovation had been coming from overseas (Japan and Europe). My position on this over the past year has literally flipped a complete U-turn. Last year, I got to test drive the 2010 Ford Flex and experience the Ford Sync by Microsoft for the first time. …

No Longer a “CES virgin” – Thoughts After 2 Days at CES 2011: Tablets, TVs & Other Tech

In Audio, Auto, Cellular, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Review, Sony, Tablet, Video by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

In many ways, 2 days at CES 2011 (International Consumer Electronics Show) is not enough time to really absorb the show. I was only able to essentially pay only a few vendors any quality time, others were quick, short visits, and others were just walk throughs getting from one place to another. On the other hand, 2 days is completely exhausting. I found myself really enjoying returning to the peace and quiet of my hotel room and not be part of the human pinball game as I fought for position to view a tiny electronic gadget. But this was my …

CES 2011 Bound & A Quick iPad Keyboard Case Review – Sena Keyboard Folio

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, Mobile, Review, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Finally in the air and at 10,000 feet, thus all of the gadgets are coming out and on. Yes, the plane is packed with all types heading to CES 2011 to hear what revolutionary new device will be teasing us or making us think what a stupid idea it is. Honestly, last year’s big thing was 3D TV which, in my opinion turned out to be a real yawner, I mean who really wants to wear a dorky pair of glasses and sit in a certain way on their couch, needless to say, upgrade their TV to something that supports …