Ooma VoIP Adds Innovative Feature to Assist in 911 Notifications

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Press Release, Safety, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Today, I learned that Ooma, a VoIP company who I recently reviewed, has added a pretty interesting feature to their telephony service. In the past, there has always been a bit of a question around the reliability of 911 calls using a phone service that uses an Internet connection for it “digital dialtone”. Advances have been made and now most VoIP services include Enhanced 911 service; the “Enhanced” part means not only is the caller ID sent to emergency services, but also the full address associated with the caller’s phone number, and the call is routed to the nearest Public …

Are You Prepared for Disasters? The Cast of Dads Discuss This in Episode #11

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Safety, Security by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

With the recent tragic disasters striking around the globe recently, when the Cast of Dads got together to record Episode #11, we spent a majority of the show talking about the serious subject of family preparedness when a catastrophe strikes. It’s a touchy subject to discuss, actually, because when you listen to others, you realize how far behind you might be in your own preparations, emergency kits, safety processes and procedures, and family training. I live in earthquake country and as I talk about in the podcast, I have done some preparation to be ready for “the Big One”, however, …

Charge Your Gadgets Even When the Power is Out with the Scosche solBAT II Solar Charger

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, Review by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I spent a few hours at the MacWorld Expo 2010 and I saw a lot of innovative and cool products. But many of those devices were really only the “nice to have” kind. However, one device in particular stood out in my mind as something that every household should have: the Scosche solBAT II which is a solar powered backup battery and charger. I must admit, I did see some other solar powered chargers at the show, but most of those were iPhone cases. It seems that Scosche decided to keep things simple by not tying their charger to a …

Adventures in transbay tube on BART

In Cellular, General by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Updated (again) @ 5:15pm – finally arrived at Lafayette. On the platform were several BART police and handcuffed were 3 individuals who were being questioned. As I exited BART, I saw 5 police cars (with 1 more arriving). I guess it was pretty significant. Here is a surreal iPhone snap of one of the cars (just for some color). The police were out in force around the station as well. As I was driving down the road, there were 2 more police cars that had pulled over people. Nice to be home! Updated @ 5:00pm – guess I spoke too …