The Sony Dash – Not Just a Fancy Clock Radio – An Internet Connected Appliance! (Sony Giveaway too!)

In Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Review, Sony by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

My wife now has a digital companion as she puts on her make-up or gets ready for the day in the bathroom. Carefully positioned on her makeup table is a small, digital screen that looks like a clock radio. But it is much more than that! The Sony Dash, formerly known as the “Chumby” is truly an Internet connected appliance or “personal Internet viewer” that can be placed just about anywhere in the home or office. (No, that’s NOT my wife’s make-up table below.) As I look at the screen of the Dash on my wife’s make-up table, some Facebook …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #5 – “Guys Love Gadgets”

In Apple, Cellular, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, PodCast, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

This episode of the “Cast of Dads” podcast was something near and dear to my heart…GADGETS! With CES 2010 having just finished, we decided that the theme for the podcast would be gadgets and technology. Jeff Sass provided some great insight having just gotten back from CES (I covered the show remotely) but we all weighed in with differing opinions about consumer electronics, devices and technology announced at the show as well as from personal experience. Episode #5 is titled “Guys Love Gadgets” and it really seems like we could have talked a few hours on this. Unfortunately we had …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #4 – “Making It To Midnight”

In Family, General, Humor, Opinion, PodCast by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Well, the other Cast of Dads members and I just couldn’t end the year without doing ONE more podcast. Episode #4 is appropriately titled “Making It To Midnight” and if you listen to it, you will see how aptly named it is as well as what is on our minds right now! The topics of Episode #4 seemed to have a common theme, see if you can figure it out: Cast of Dads: Podcast #4 – “Making It To Midnight” was last modified: December 30th, 2009 by Michael Sheehan

Buzz! Quiz World for PS3 Gets Your Brain Buzzing with Trivia

In Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

When my wife and I first met, there was a computer game that we played with our friends called “You Don’t Know Jack” (YDKJ) which has got to be one of the most fun games I have ever played. Ok, I admit it, I played it a lot more than she did. I spent hours in front of a computer with friends (mainly the guys), huddled over a keyboard, trying to answer trivia questions that were presented in creative yet humorous ways. I think I still have the CDs somewhere in my house and would love to bring those out …

World Premiere: “Cast of Dads” Podcast – Episode #1

In Family, General, PodCast by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

I have always wanted to do a podcast but never had the time, energy nor team to do so. Obviously, there is plenty of content to talk about though. Well, after several months participating in the Sony DigiDads project where 4 other daddy bloggers and I spent time with some Sony loaner gear, writing about our experiences with the Sony gear and then having regular conference calls with Sony, all of us dads realized something: we had really developed a bond. To that end, we decided it would be really great to start a podcast (e.g., a Dad-cast) and thus …

“The Sony Witch Project” – A Halloween Adventure with Sony Gear

In Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

Ten years ago, a movie was released that scared many and used a format that was unique to its space for the time period. The Blair Witch Project had an interesting premise, 3 student filmmakers disappear in the wood of Maryland while filming a documentary about a witch. After a year, footage from the students is found and thus this movie comes to be. The movie is edgy, raw and quite frightening. As is seen in the footage, the students become lost and as night descends, they camp and things just gets odder and scarier. They find out they are …

eBooks, Digital Readers and the Future of Printed Writing

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I am honestly not sure that all books should be electronic. I’m a gadget guy but some part of me feels that if we make everything digital that one day someone will accidentally kick out the plug and EVERYTHING will be gone. I do see the convenience and the immediacy that an eBook provides. It’s similar to the evolution of music as well. When I grew up, the LP or record album was king. I had contests with my friends to see who could fill more wine boxes with albums. We tried to research and purchase the best turntable for …

Beyond the “100 Faces of Fall” with the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX1 & A330 DSLR Cameras

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

So I’m now pretty deep into this Sony “DigiDads” program (see the Sony Electronics Community site for more details). My kids are already used to watching the big BRAVIA in my oldest daughter’s room, I have been using the HD Camcorder for a few of my recent product reviews as well as filming some of my middle daughter’s gymnastics meets, and I use the Sony VAIO pretty regularly to watch TV via my SlingBox HD (the HD screen just looks fantastic!). It’s too bad that my family and I are getting so attached to this great Sony gear, because I …

Storytelling in the Digital Age

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan9 Comments

Every family has a story teller. It’s the person who can captivate an audience as they lead them down a path of words, memories and emotions. We do have to admit, some people are much better at doing this than others. I, for one, have an absolutely horrible memory. The only stories I tell are ones that I really know well and that have been told time and time again. For me, it was always about the details and many times, I would get so wrapped up in trying to remember them that the magic of the story was lost. …

How to Set Up an Inexpensive Outdoor Home Theater

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To by Michael Sheehan7 Comments

Everybody has some sort of a main viewing room or area of the house where there is a larger TV and comfortable seating where families and friends gather to watch movies, TV shows or play video games. The big screen TV has become a digital fireplace of sorts or a congregation point in the house. With hectic schedules governing our lives, we often struggle to find a family grounding area within homes. My family is no different and to that end, we regularly schedule movie nights where we can all just hang out together, huddling around the big screen. But …

The Sony Connected Bedroom – My Kids Jump for Joy!

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan26 Comments

This is my first article from the Sony DigiDads Project that we kicked off last week. You can read more about it here. Our first mission (that I definitely decided to accept) was to do an article on a Sony “Connected Living Room Experience.” Well, I ran into a problem right from the start. I already have a huge HDTV that has taken over my living room. I got my 61″  Samsung DLP well over 6 or 7 years ago. Everyone that visits our rather small house for the first time immediately says “wow, that’s a big TV” when they …

The Sony DigiDad Project

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan8 Comments

No, it’s not about turning a bunch of dads into Skynet, cybernetic offspring. Nor are there going to be a new line of kids DigiPets that are modeled after fathers (but that would be an interesting idea). The Sony DigiDad Project is actually pretty cool (probably because I’m in it)! So here’s the scoop. Sony has teamed up with 5 top-tier daddy bloggers to play with a variety of Sony Electronics gear. The idea being, dads are geeky, we love gadgets, and any way to incorporate these digital “toys” into our family lives is critical and paramount, at least from …