Angry Birds Always Makes Me Happy & I Can Make You Happy with an Angry Birds Rio GIVEAWAY

In Apple, Cellular, General, Giveaway, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

If you haven’t heard of the Angry Birds mobile game by Rovio, then you probably don’t have kids, don’t have a cell phone, or simply don’t really care about gaming in general. But if you have, then you know how addictive it is to play and how successful it has been as a multi-platform game. It is currently the #1 paid mobile gaming app pretty much across the world. Recently, even NPR ran a story about the latest iteration in the Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Rio. And, I’m giving away 2 – $15 iTunes App Gift Store Cards to …

A Great iPhone 5 Rumors Infographic & My Thoughts On It and What Apple Will Really Do

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I absolutely LOVE infographics! I almost view them as a form of art (coupled with some marketing spin). And, I love the iPhone (being pretty much an Apple “fan boy”), ok, well, I love technology in general, obviously. The folks over at NowhereElse.fr (a French technology blog) put together a really GREAT infographic that rounds up all of the iPhone 5 rumors that are floating around out there. With obvious things like having an A5 Processor to really wild options like a Physical Keyboard, the NowhereElse guys have it all included in the infographic. So, I figured I would go …

Two Beers, a Coffee, and 3/5’s of the Cast of Dads at SXSW – Video Podcast

In Audio, Cast of Dads, Event, General, Giveaway, Humor, Opinion, PodCast, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it out Austin, TX…some day, I do hope to partake in the madness that is South-by-SouthWest (SXSW). Heck, I only this year made it to CES for the first time! But 2/5ths of the Cast of Dads, C.C. Chapman and Jeff Sass, did make it out to SXSW, and joined Brad Powell right in Brad’s Texas “backyard.” Also, we will be launching our first ever Cast of Dads giveaway, sponsored by Intel. Be sure to listen to upcoming podcasts to learn how you could win a Dell Inspiron Duo! Note: we are always looking for sponsors! …

Is Your Life Fragmented? Mine Is! But My Hard Drive ISN’T with the new Diskeeper 2011

In Application, General, Microsoft, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Just yesterday I was thinking how nice it would be to be able to split myself into multiple fragments, each part commissioned to do something else. One would go to work, one would help get my kids to school, one would catch up on all of the “honey do” items around the house, one would spend time with my wife and one would probably just sleep. Now THAT would be efficient. However, when it comes to your computer, fragmenting your work files or other data is actually quite INefficient. When you get a new Windows computer, is pretty clean (unless …

Epson’s Top of the Line WorkForce 840 All-in-One Inkjet Printer – Value & Performance in One Package

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

About 4 months ago, I did a review of the Epson WorkForce 635 which I was quite impressed with, and before that, I had a some experience with the WorkForce 610 which I believed to be a nice entry-level inkjet printer for families or a small business. I really like the WorkForce 635 and am (still) pretty amazed by the speed at which it can crank out printed pages. Well, the Epson WorkForce 840 is the polished older brother to the Epson WorkForce 635. If you think of the 610 being the high-schooler, the 635 is the college grad and …

How To Resolve Error 29 on the iPhone 3GS: Update Error Caused by Battery Replacement – CONFIRMED

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, iPhone, Mobile by Michael Sheehan12 Comments

This past weekend, I tried to upgrade my old iPhone 3GS to the latest version of iOS (version 4.3). Unfortunately during the upgrade process, I ran into a “little” issue, that of the fact that my iPhone 3GS got stuck in a recovery loop and kept failing during the upgrade/update process with an Error Code 29. I documented the issue and all of the actions that I attempted to do to correct the issue in this blog post: “WARNING: Do NOT Upgrade Your iPhone 3GS to a Newer iOS if you have Replaced Your Battery! Error 29 Issues Caused by …

IMPORTANT: Enable SSL on your Social Media Accounts NOW! – Twitter and Facebook

In Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

As hacking into people’s accounts has become a “clear and present danger“, it’s important to note TWO quick and easy configuration settings that you can now enable within both Facebook and now Twitter that can make your Social Media account just a bit more secure. While it won’t protect you from other types of hack attacks, phishing or other social media scams, it will protect the traffic between your browser and two of the most popular social media sites on the Internet. I’m talking about SSL encryption. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. You can read more about it on …

WARNING: Do NOT Upgrade Your iPhone 3GS to a Newer iOS if you have Replaced Your Battery! Error 29 Issues Caused by Battery

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, Mobile by Michael Sheehan13 Comments

With all of the hype that the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and iOS 4.3 currently going on, you might have missed this news. I (and others) have encountered a rather bad issue (Error 29) when trying to upgrade an iPhone 3GS’s iOS to a later version. It seem that is related to previous versions of iOS as well and is NOT just limited to iOS 4.3. There is definitely an issue with iPhone 3GS’s that have had their original battery replaced by a 3rd party or done by yourself. Here is what happened to me. This weekend, I tried to …

Woah! “Tiger Blood, Puke & Other Body Fluids” – Cast of Dads Podcast #40

In Apple, Application, Audio, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Giveaway, iPad, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Hope that our Cast of Dads podcast title grabbed you! Yeah, being a dad, we get to experience all types of fluids coming from our kids. That is just the facts of life…and you really get used to it. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not, but it is a reality. In Episode 40 (yep, the big 4-0) called “Tiger Blood, Puke & Other Body Fluids“, we dive into all sorts of wonderful daddy parenting topics and slam on a dad who is, in my opinion, just NOT being a good role model. Also, we will …

The MicroVision SHOWWX+ Laser Pico Projector is Small, Easy to Use & I’m Giving One Away!

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I have only reviewed a couple of pico projectors but that is enough to convince me how great having such a small, portable form factor is. Pico projectors are a very similar to those projectors you find in conference rooms or schools, but much, much smaller and with less light output. But what you may be lacking in light projection, you get back in portability, convenience and the fact that pico projectors are truly “personal projectors”. The two that I tested in the past, the Aaxa P2 and the Cinemin Swivel, were standard pico projectors that worked pretty well. But …

PBS Kids Show “Design Squad Nation” Hopes to Bring Out the Engineer in Kids

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This past weekend, my 7 and 9 year old daughters and I were introduced to an interesting new show that is on PBS Kids called “Design Squad Nation“. But we didn’t watch it on TV, instead, we headed over to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California to meet with the co-hosts of the show, Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer. My kids and I visit the Lawrence Hall of Science fairly regularly throughout the year. It’s a great, interactive place to learn about science in a fun way. For example, one of the current exhibits about the physics of …