Consumer Clouds – A Comfortable and Easy On-ramp to More Complex Business Clouds

In Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Opinion, Parenting, Security, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I have multiple personalities. No, I’m not schizophrenic but I do have alter egos. During the day, I live and breathe cloud computing with my job as Technology Evangelist at GoGrid, a cloud infrastructure provider. And then the rest of my hours when I’m awake, I’m a dad, husband and technologist, trying to figure out how it all fits together without busting at the seams. This site, HighTechDad.com, represents many years of trying to figure out how technology integrates into the family, what works, what doesn’t, what to look out for and how to make sense of it all. It …

How Internet Security Savvy Are You?

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

If you have read any of my articles in the past, I find it extremely important to use technology as a tool to better your life. Some of those “tools” are for entertainment, and others are for security and safety of yourself and your family. Entertainment is obviously fun, as it should be, but security and safety is not as much so. It can be daunting and scary, and frequently, people don’t have a clue as to how to even begin to approach combating it. Luckily there are tools out there to, yes, help you better your life. I was …

Guest on Intel’s Digital Nibbles Podcast – Talking about Consumer Clouds

In Audio, Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Intel, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Recently, I was invited to be a guest on a podcast (sponsored by Intel) called Digital Nibbles and the topic was Consumer Clouds. Digital Nibbles is a podcast that discusses data centers, cloud computing and other topics around big data, DevOps, mobile and IT in the enterprise. As an interesting twist to the traditional corporate subject matter, we turned to consumer clouds, what they are, what they aren’t and how many of us are using them. We also dove into the dangers of many cloud-based services from the standpoint of a parent. Digital Nibbles is co-hosted by Allyson Klein and …

Getting Saucy on Cast of Dads Episode #45 “Dads CAN Cook Even When Sauced”

In Audio, Cast of Dads, Family, General, Humor, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We had quite a few topics stewing to be discussed on Cast of Dads Episode #45 “Dads CAN Cook Even When Sauced“. For starters, we had a conversation about a social media campaign that tried to use modern day social media tactics but using a very old and outdated stereotype, that of Dads not being able to cook and having to rely on bottled alternatives. The funny thing is, we actually DO use bottled alternatives when cooking, just that they tend to be alcohol-based and we drink them while we cook from scratch! I made it a point to be …

10 Ideas for Facebook Parental Controls and What You Can Do Until They Are There

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan17 Comments

Facebook needs parental controls – although I will bet that if you ask kids between the ages of 13 and 16, they would say that it definitely does NOT need ANY type of parental control whatsoever. But, being a parent and a bit of a social media junkie, I know that something is definitely needed. Children are simply too young to understand the dangers of having a social presence. It is fun when things are going great, but as soon as social bullying rears its ugly head, it can be devastating to your kids. Not only that, but, like video …

How To Use Chrome Instant Search to Test Twitter Status Updates & Use Reserved Characters via Web Intents

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

Back in May, I wrote a post on “How to Pre-Populate Twitter Status Update the NEW Way via Links & Web Intents“. Essentially, Twitter updated the method for creating a link to “tweet” using their new Web Intents platform. Many developers (e.g., of WordPress plugins) and other designers are updating their code to support this new (and better) way of creating a link that tweets out some content. In my post, I only provided a few ways on how to do this, but recently I got a question from someone who was using the new method but having issues using …

Tips for Improving your Child’s Safety Online – An Interview with AVG Internet Security

In Application, Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Networking, Software, Video by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

Last week I spent some time speaking about Internet Security for your kids with Tony Ascombe, “Ambassador” of Free Products for AVG, an Internet Security firm specializing in keeping your business and home safe from Internet threats. My feeling is that these types of discussions should take place regularly, and not just with security experts, but also in the home environment as well. Children are becoming exposed and involved with social networking at much earlier ages, even if parents don’t even realize this. Sites like Webkinz and Club Penguin introduce our children to social networking, and while potentially safe, these …

Time For Some Fun – My New Site Celebrating Technology Failure – Tech-Fail.com

In General, Humor, Opinion, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Last week I decided that I needed a bit more fun in my life, or if you look at it another way, to add some more workload to my already busy day. Since I cover technology all of the time in the form of reviews, how-to’s, fix-it’s and other musings, often with a family spin, I needed a way to “vent” or at least, have a way to express the other side of technology – the side of failure. I wanted to create a site that people would go to for laughs, so that they would know that they are …

How to Pre-Populate Twitter Status Updates the NEW Way via Links & Web Intents

In Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael Sheehan31 Comments

About a year and a half ago, I posted a “How To” article to teach people on how to tweet out messages from your website via a URL or web link. Unfortunately, that method no longer works as of a few days ago. Twitter has updated the process for doing this. However, I now have the NEW way to do this which seems to be working just fine. Twitter recently moved over to its Web Intents platform and what that means is that buttons (yes all of those older “Tweet” buttons are broken) and link that use the old query …

LocalMind Makes Social Check-ins Engaging, Interactive and Helpful

In Cellular, General, iPhone, Opinion, Review, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

We all know about social check-in services like Gowalla, FourSquare and even FaceBook Places. These services allow you to announce that you are at a particular venue, event, company or location, quickly and easily all via your mobile device. With some, the more places you go, the more credibility and achievements you get (e.g., badges). Some people might question why anyone might want to do this. Well, now with LocalMind, a new service that was recently announced, you can actually get some value from these check-ins. Personally, I don’t use check-in services very frequently but I know many other people …

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 …

Ok, I Bought A New Car, Now What? But First, A Little More About The Buying Process

In Auto, Family, Fix It, Gadgets, General, How To, Opinion, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

A few weeks ago our 2001 Honda Odyssey died. The transmission on our 10 year old family shuttle that had “only” 130,000 miles conked out, for the second time. It had served us really well until the last year or so, and then it had developed an expensive habit of relentlessly having to visit the repair shop every few months. My wife and I finally agreed that it was time to move on. I decided to try something different in my shopping for a new car. I wanted to make it a bit more transparent and even social. I wrote …

Buying A New Car? Here’s My Shopping Strategy with my own Dealer Incentive!

In Auto, Family, General, Opinion, Review, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan11 Comments

This past weekend, the transmission of my 2001 Honda Odyssey died. The car has over 130,000 miles on it and has done a fairly good job raising our family. It sort of reminds me of the latest “Modern Family” episode (see “The Old Wagon“) where they just can’t seem to part with the old family “junker”, at least until it rolls off a cliff and is totaled. Unfortunately for me, the Kelly Blue Book value of our Odyssey as a trade-in is less than the cost to have the transmission replaced. Ouch! I will be donating my Odyssey to charity …

“Where’s the Pause Button” – TweetDeck’s User Stream Preview is Real-time Web

In Application, General, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I was lucky to be one of the first 5000 people to get access to test out a new version of TweetDeck called “User Stream Preview.” In this preview build is the ability to use Twitter’s new Streaming API which essentially turns the Twitter firehose on full blast. In the past, you were at the mercy of Twitter’s API limits, which started pretty low but have been increasing over the past year or so. More recently, Twitter applications which use the Oath service (for authentication) were allowed higher API limits. For me, however, I continued to hit those limits, especially …

Wrapping Up the AT&T “Lose the Laptop” Challenge – A Retrospective

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Lose the Laptop, Mobile, Parenting, Safety, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

We are now in the final days of voting for the AT&T Lose the Laptop Challenge. It has been an interesting four months writing about different topics and how they relate to the HTC Tilt 2 smart phone. You can see all of my articles on the Lose the Laptop site here. But I thought that it might be a good idea to provide a quick summary of all of my posts, all within one article. That way, you can see the evolution of the program in my mind. Hope you like them! And be sure to VOTE FOR ME …