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Review & Giveaway: Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat (RTH9580)

In Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, How To, Technology by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

A little over a year ago, I installed a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat in my home, replacing one of those traditional, “dumb” thermostats that typically comes with a furnace or air conditioner. It was great being able to not only remotely connect to my home’s heating and cooling to turn it on and off, but also using the smart heating and cooling configurations, I was able to set a temperature and a time I wanted the temperature to be at and know that by the scheduled time, the temperature would be at the proper setting. Fast forward about a year, and …

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#Giveaway: CrashPlan Online Backups Keep Your Digital Life #WorryFree!

In Application, Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Are you backing up your computer? How often do you do it? Do you do it manually or automatically? Have you ever thought about the possibility of hitting the power button on your computer and suddenly it not starting up? What would you do if that happened? What if you couldn’t access all of your home movies or photos, or your family documents or your kid’s paper they have been working on for weeks? I must admit, I had been sort of living my digital life a bit dangerously until recently. I’m hoping that I can tell you to WAKE …

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Giveaway! Your First Smartphone Could Be the HTC First!

In Android, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Mobile, Technology by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

It’s been a while since I hosted a giveaway, so I thought that I would start out the Memorial Day Holidays with a giveaway holiday! If you don’t have a smartphone yet, this giveaway is for you! Or, if your child is ready for their first smartphone, you better enter. Or if you simply want a back up phone, you may want to enter as well. Regardless, courtesy of AT&T, I’m doing an HTC First Giveaway! As I actually haven’t had any hands-on with the HTC First (because I’m giving it away), I’m just going to speak to HTC in general. …

A New Year Means New Security & a Google Nexus 7-Inch Multi-Tablet Twitter Party Giveaway with Trend Micro – #SecureNewYear

In Family, General, Giveaway, HTD Tech Tip, Safety, Security, Trend Micro, Twitter by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

I am hoping that this New Year is already off to a great start for all of you, apart from my plumbing issues and a flu-ridden child, our family has been enjoying 2013 thus far. And as most of the celebrations should have died down by now, here’s one more that you might want to attend. For the past year, I and several other families across the country have been participating in a program with Trend Micro, a leading global internet content management and threat security firm, called the Digital Joneses. During this year, we completed various security challenges and …

Get Your Game On with the PlayMG, an Android-based Gaming Device (#Giveaway Too!)

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Google, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I would be surprised to find a kid that doesn’t play games on some sort of an hand-held device. They are either borrowing their parents smartphones or tablets and playing game apps there, have their own smartphone or hand-held gaming device devoted purely to gaming, or using some sort of other gaming outlet like a gaming console or a computer. This day and age, it is hard to get away from those interactive pixels and sore thumbs. We have entered the next generation of gaming – portable, app-based game gadgets. Yes, there have been other devices that kids (and parents) …

Be Fearless this Father’s Day – The Case Foundation Giveaway

In Family, General, Giveaway, Opinion, Parenting by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Have you ever wanted to take a risk and not done it? I know I have. I’m a bit of a creature of habit who likes comfort. But sometimes, there is that little voice that tells you to just “go for it” and take a risk. Sometimes that voice can be your inner self and sometimes it’s an exterior voice providing you support and encouragement. Think back at your life. Who has pushed you to take a plunge or do something different? Frequently it’s a family member, a spouse or significant other or a mentor. Whomever it is, take a …

Ultra Giveaway! Win an Ultrabook from Some #UltrabookDads!

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Intel by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I’m going to keep this short and sweet since I have already written a bit about Ultrabooks and I’m going to be talking about them more in the coming weeks. So let’s cut to the chase…Jeff Sass (who is a partner in crime on the Cast of Dads podcast as well as a fellow Intel Advisor) and I have been testing out a new line of Windows laptop, specifically, Ultrabooks. Well, the time has come to announce a QUICK but GREAT giveaway, courtesy of Intel, who are the thought leaders behind the Ultrabook concept. There is now a page that lists …

Giveaway and Review: Modernizing Monopoly with Electronic Banking

In Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Review by Michael Sheehan

Show me a family who hasn’t played Monopoly before and I will let you see the dinosaur I keep in my back yard. I would hazard to guess that pretty much any family has, at one point of time or another, played Monopoly. It’s a rite of passage and part of growing up. You have to go through the pains and triumphs of “real life” as you roll your way around the game board. And a monopoly game can last weeks or months. In fact, the longest Monopoly game on record lasted 70 straight days. Well, times are a changin’ …

Teenage Humor & a Father’s Day Contest – “Weiner, Junk & Tools” – Cast of Dads Podcast #42

In Audio, Cast of Dads, Family, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Humor, Intel, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Tablet by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

It’s alive! Yes, that’s right, after a bit of a hiatus, the Cast of Dads are back with another action-packed…er…humor packed…uh…informative podcast appropriately titled “Weiner, Junk & Tools“. Being a dad is a busy enough “project” in itself, but then coupling our other “jobs” into the mix and finding time to get the 5 dads together is something that warrants a medal or something. But honestly, we love doing this podcast, and we just had to do one before Father’s Day, especially since we have a really cool Giveaway going on over the next few days! Yes, the giveaway, courtesy …

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 Sheehan0 Comments

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 …

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 …

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 Sheehan0 Comments

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! …

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 Sheehan0 Comments

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 …