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

In Apple, Case, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software, Tablet, Tech News, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

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

In General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion by Michael Sheehan9 Comments

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 Sheehan1 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 Sheehan4 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

In Family, General, Opinion by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

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 Sheehan2 Comments

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 Sheehan3 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 …