A Cloud For All Seasons – Picking the Right Cloud

In General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Cloud computing can be very confusing. It can be abstractly discussed but also detailed to intricate levels. A few years ago, part of the reason why people weren’t adopting cloud computing was because they simply didn’t understand it and what it could do for them. And, a few years ago, the technology and services were relatively new and not as built-out and established as they are now. In my previous posts of this series, I talked about what I thought would come in 2012 for cloud computing, I debunked a few common misstatements about the cloud and, I listed out …

iOS 5 Tip: Using Siri As A Spell Checker and Spelling Assistant – Spelling Test Results!

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, Mobile by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

For a few months now, I have been using the iPhone 4S and enjoying the wonders of Siri. There have been literally thousands of posts on tips and tricks that you can do with Siri (and I’m sure the one that I’m about to mention has been covered in some form or another). For those of you hiding under an anti-technology rock, Siri is a voice activated assistant that can help you find all sorts of information as well as act on a variety of voice commands. So, I have been scratching my head on trying to find something “different” …

A Solid, Tech-Filled, All-Around Performer – 2011 Ford Explorer Test Drive

In Auto, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Sony, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

A few months ago, Sony and Ford Motors invited the Cast of Dads out to the East Coast to participate in a variety of events, one of them was driving a 2011 Ford Explorer (note, link is for the 2012 model) from Boston to NYC. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the event, and boy was I jealous. Part of my envy came from the fact that I couldn’t drive the Ford Explorer (you can read more about the excursion over at the Cast of Dads). Luckily, over the 2011 holidays, I did have the pleasure of getting behind …

5 Ways To Make the Cloud Work for You

In General, Opinion, Tech News by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

So you have heard about cloud computing but are not really sure what you can do with it. Or maybe, your only exposure to the cloud is what you have seen in ads or heard in the media. Let me tell you, what you see on TV is only a fraction of the cloud’s true power. I’m obviously a bit biased, as I work for a cloud infrastructure provider. But that also gives me the ability to really focus in on use cases that seem to be popular this day and age. As I wrote in my previous article, there are some …

Video: How To Wrap a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro MagSafe Power Adapter the NEW Way

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I have been in search of a really good way to wrap up my MagSafe power adapter for both my MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The reason being, if you simply wrap them up the “conventional” way, you run the risk of fraying the connections which increases the risks of electrical shocks or shorting out your power adapters. And to replace the power supplies, be prepared to pay around $80 (and I do recommend getting authentic Apple products if you DO have to replace them). I watched a few videos of people working with the “shortened” version of the power …

I’m an Ultrabook Fan – the Speed, Weight, Performance & Design Convinced Me (An #UltrabookDads Video Production)

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Microsoft, Opinion, Review, Tech News, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Remember when netbooks were the “next big thing”? A few years ago, everyone wanted one of these small, compact and seemingly essential computers. But after a few years, the fog lifted from people’s eyes as they realized that the small form factor wasn’t the only thing that people needed. They wanted the best of all worlds, a small, lightweight, portable laptop that is fast and boast solid performance, has stellar battery life and looks slim, sleek and edgy. This new form-factor, based on a reference design from Intel, actually now has a name – Ultrabooks – and you will be hearing more …

Custom Cases for Gadgets like Kindle Touch or Macbook Air, Hand-Crafted by Rickshaw Bagworks

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A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a local San Francisco business to see their craft in action. The company is Rickshaw Bagworks and they built, based on my choice of color and material, one of the best blogger backpacks that I have owned. My full review from back in 2009 goes into the details of materials and color selection and shows the manufacturing process photographically. This year, I received a couple of really cool products from them, again completely hand-crafted in San Francisco. And one of them was the first-ever production of a carrying case for …

5 Cloud Myths Debunked – Understanding the Primary Layers of Cloud Computing

In General, Opinion, Tech News by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

A few weeks ago, I laid out my predictions for 2012, casting seeds into the wind to see where clouds and businesses may crop up. But there are still skeptics out there, people who believe that cloud computing is just a passing phase or that it really isn’t that much different than traditional infrastructure. Having lived and breathed cloud for over 4 years, I believe that I have seen it all and heard many of the arguments that say that the cloud isn’t really a game changer. So, I thought that I would present a few Cloud Computing Myths or …