Ford & Sony Bring “Cast of Dads” Members Together (Almost) – “Family Road Trips”

In Auto, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Event, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Parenting, PodCast, Sony, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m encouraged that big brands out there are starting to listen. There is a difference between simply pushing your product traditionally, and using real voices, people and opinions to create stories around these products and brands. The first is a traditional method that frequently gets lost in the clutter of all of the other brand chatter out there, and the second is a way for brands to create compelling, unique content that is more approachable and realistic to the consumer. Recently, Sony and Ford invited all of the Cast of Dads members (CC Chapman, Brad Powell, Jeff Sass, Max Kalehoff …

Hang In There Sony…And Thanks for Your Continued Innovation

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Security, Sony, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

It happens to the best of us. We plan for the worst, do all of our due diligence, prepare for the unexpected, test and re-test and cross our fingers a lot. But inevitably, there is always something that we didn’t think of. I could be talking about the recent Amazon Web Services outage or the napping by the Air Traffic Controllers, unfortunately, this time, it is regarding Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) security breach. Over the past few days, PSN has been down (bringing out complaints from my kids who are just DYING to get more community levels for Little Big …

10 Days in a Lincoln MKX – A Crossover SUV with an Almost Perfect Blend of Technology and Luxury

In Auto, Consumer Electronics, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile, Review, Safety, Software by Michael Sheehan34 Comments

It seems that I have started sort of an annual tradition every Spring Break. For the past two years, Ford Motors has graciously lent me a car to enjoy with my family during our vacation. Each year thus far, we have driven from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back again. And each year, the car that we used has impressed me and made me wish that I could get a new car every week to review. This year, Ford lent us a Lincoln MKX, which is a crossover SUV. Crossovers are not quite as large as a full-sized SUV …

How To Fix “The Required File Cannot Be Found” Error When Syncing an iPhone or iPod Touch

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, iPod, Software by Michael Sheehan48 Comments

Every since I had to restore my iPhone 4 from a backup, I have been having a pesky error message popping up each and every time I would sync my iPhone with iTunes on my Mac. It cryptically said “The iPhone [insert your iPhone name here] cannot be synced. The required file cannot be found.” Nothing more. No error message to search for. Nada. A quick Google search on that error, however, produced some good results, and, in the end, fixed my issue, so I figured I would share and prevent future head-pounding-on-the-desks from others. The fix is incredibly easy. …

iMovie & the iPad 2 = Fun Afternoon Creativity With the Kids

In Apple, Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Review, Software, Tablet, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

What do you get when you put together 2 kids, a dad, some stuffed animals, an iPad 2, iMovie and a bunch of pent up creativity? Well, I found out this past weekend as my kids and I created an entire movie (albeit short) in just a few hours using only an iPad 2 and iMovie on it for the filming, editing and production. I must say, it was a great weekend project that was a lot of fun to produce, especially given that none of us had tried the iPad 2’s video recording capabilities and the new version of …

“It’s Like Walking on Springy Marshmallows” – New Sneakers from Crocs: Bowen & Hover Lace Ups

In General, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Footwear isn’t exactly very techy, so why am I writing about it? Well for starters, I don’t always write about tech. There are other things in life too, or so I’m told. Supposedly you have to sleep, eat, get dressed, shower, work, get exercise, laugh and do some other non-tech related things…right?! Let’s rewind a bit to the “get dressed” part – I have to admit, I don’t really buy my clothes since my wife has much better style choices than I do…but I do know what I like. So when Crocs asked me if I wanted to test out …

A Perfect Internet-Based Phone Service for Your Home Office or Second Line for your Kids – Ooma VoIP

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Talking on the phone has become easier and easier. With unlimited calling now from both land lines as well as cell phones, many people simply don’t worry about talking on a phone for a long period of time. Some people are even completely switching out their home phone with a cell phone. Personally, I’m not quite there yet. Yes, we have a POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) line in our home that has unlimited nationwide calling. We also have cell phones for almost all of the members of our family with roll-over minutes which we never use. But recently I …

Dads are Ready for Summer! Road Trips, Teen Celebrities, Music Madness, Spring Sports & More – Cast of Dads Podcast #41

In Audio, Cast of Dads, Family, Ford, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Humor, Intel, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Sony by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

The Dads are definitely getting back into the swing of things, finally able to get together to talk about the latest and greatest things happening to us and our families. Obviously, our opinions and advice fly like t-balls in the Spring but you have to listen to the Cast of Dads podcast #41 “Summer is Almost Upon Us” for all of our sagely advice. I just got back from a road trip down to LA (which I will write a bit more about the actual transportation later) where the highlight was not only visiting Disneyland, but also getting to visit …