My Kids & I Have Fun with the “Cool” Features of the Lincoln MKT

In Auto, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Hardware, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan39 Comments

Over the Father’s Day weekend, my kids and I had some fun with the 2011 Lincoln MKT AWD crossover. In the past, with other autos like the Ford Flex and the Lincoln MKX, I approached my articles about these vehicles with more of a “reviewer’s perspective.” This time, I just thought that I would let me kids “drive”…well, not the car itself, but the review. An important thing about any type of product is making sure that it appeals to many audiences. When I approach product reviews on HighTechDad.com, I look at the product from the perspective of integrating it …

How To Fix “The Required File Cannot Be Found” Error When Syncing an iPhone or iPod Touch

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, iPod, Software by Michael Sheehan48 Comments

Every since I had to restore my iPhone 4 from a backup, I have been having a pesky error message popping up each and every time I would sync my iPhone with iTunes on my Mac. It cryptically said “The iPhone [insert your iPhone name here] cannot be synced. The required file cannot be found.” Nothing more. No error message to search for. Nada. A quick Google search on that error, however, produced some good results, and, in the end, fixed my issue, so I figured I would share and prevent future head-pounding-on-the-desks from others. The fix is incredibly easy. …

Ford Truly Deserves to be at CES: Ford Sync AppLink & 2012 Ford Focus EV Pave the Way!

In Application, Auto, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Ford, Gadgets, General, Microsoft, Mobile, Safety, Software, Tech News, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

For many, many years, I never thought much of Ford . I had been unimpressed with their cars (with a few exceptions like the Mustang) and especially with their styling and technology. In the 80’s and 90’s, to me, Ford was “just another American car” which said a lot. All of the technology, style and innovation had been coming from overseas (Japan and Europe). My position on this over the past year has literally flipped a complete U-turn. Last year, I got to test drive the 2010 Ford Flex and experience the Ford Sync by Microsoft for the first time. …

My First Days with the 2010 Ford Flex – Beginning to Explore the Technology

In Audio, Auto, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Review, Safety by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

I have not had a new car in over 10 years. And, I had always thought that American Cars were lagging behind foreign autos in so many ways: design, styling, features and especially, technology. My perspective has now flipped about 180 degrees, especially around the technology factor. Here’s why… This is an on-going series about the 2010 Ford Flex. Ford has graciously loaned me a Flex for two weeks in order for me to fully experience not only the car, but also the technology, specifically Microsoft Sync. I have now been driving the Flex for about 3-4 days and am …

CES Coverage Remote #2: Press Day Thoughts & Day 2 News [Update #1]

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

[Updated: 01.07.10 @1:05 pm Pacific] While it is obviously not the same as being at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010, I was able to watch quite a few of the press events over the web (probably with a better seat than most of the people attending the events in person). Also, the flood of press releases continues in my inbox (being on the press list) so I have been culling through various announcements and reviews/commentary online to find what really grabbed my attention. My first day summary can be found here. In light of some of the common …

If You Aren’t Using DropBox, You Are Really Dumb!

In General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan16 Comments

Honestly, DropBox has got to be one of the best services I have ever come across, and if you don’t have DropBox account by the end of this article, I will be shocked. DropBox’s service offering is incredibly straight forward and simple. It is a file sharing and back-up program and system that allows you to sync the personal files you choose across Windows, Mac and Linux computers. Here is the premise, you set up two or more computers with DropBox (a simple software install), and start saving files, photos, folders etc. to a specific directory (named “My DropBox” if …

Update: Plaxo for Mac Updated with Leopard compatability…somewhat

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I have received an advanced copy of the release notes coming from Plaxo’s next build (build 479) slotted to be release any moment now. My previous post discussed some issues that Plaxo was having with Leopard and a timeline for a fix to be released. As indicated, the first round of bug fixes is coming out the door (today?) with more substantial fixes and feature releases coming in the next few months. Without further ado, here are the release notes (as of this writing, not yet posted on Plaxo’s mac release notes page).

Mac: Plaxo working on Leopard issues, Fixes due soon

In Apple, General, Software by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

The dust is still settling with recent Leopard upgrades on the Mac and some issues and incompatibilities are starting to surface. As I recommended in a previous post, you should try to update all of your Applications prior to installing Leopard, however, this practice is also good AFTER you do the upgrade. One program that I can’t really live without is Plaxo. It, essentially, allows you: