How To Automatically Set Up your Mac’s Work Environment Based on WiFi Location Detection – AirPort Location

In Apple, Application, General, Linux, Microsoft, Mobile, Open Source, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

There is a lot of great free software out there that provides tremendous value. Smart programmers always want to showcase their talents and I love the fact that there is a never ending stream of interesting applications coming from the developer community. I won’t even start to mention some of the free Mac apps that I use that help me day to day, there are too many to mention. However, I discovered this great little golden nugget yesterday for those people who have a Mac laptop and who frequently bring it to different locations. These could be students or business …

Install Video Monitoring for Home or Business in an Hour? You Can Do It Yourself with the Logitech Alert System

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We are all paranoid, right? Well, most of us are. We worry about what is going on in the places where we are not. That could be your office when it’s the weekend or your home when you are traveling or there is a baby sitter watching your kids. Or maybe you want to keep an eye on your pool or make sure that your cars are parked safely in your driveway. Obviously you can’t be at two places at once…or can you? Nowadays, you actually can have a sense of security no mater where you are. Over the past …

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 SheehanLeave a 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. …

A Convergence of Offices – Office for Mac 2011 & Office 2010 for Windows

In Apple, Application, General, Microsoft, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan8 Comments

I must admit, I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to getting early access to the latest versions of Microsoft Office. Earlier this year, I participated in a program set up by Microsoft called “Office 2010 Real Life Stories”. Leveraging the success of that program, I was able to get involved in the tail-end of the Office for Mac 2011 early access program. In the past, the two platform-specific Office suites seemed to me to be disparate and almost from completely different companies. Times have changed, and so has Microsoft Office. It’s been several years since the latest facelift of …

Book Tour & Giveaway: The Klutz Book of Animation – Stop Motion Video Made Easy

In Application, Family, General, Giveaway, How To, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan

Have you ever wondered about how Wallis and Grommit or Mr. Bill and Gumby or Davey and Goliath or Christmas shows like Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer were made? Well it’s a pretty simple but incredibly painstaking process called stop motion animation. It is sometimes known as claymation if the objects are made out of clay. Regardless, the premise is simple. You set a scene, take a picture of it, move one of the objects ever so slightly and then take another picture and continue with this process. Then you take all of these still pictures and piece them all together. …

Develop Locally & Publish into the Cloud with Microsoft WebMatrix & GoGrid Cloud Computing

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DISCLOSURE: I work at a Cloud Computing Infrastructure Service Provider (GoGrid) where I get to evaluate and talk about various solutions coming from our company as well as from our partners. I normally don’t cross-post articles, unless I feel that they are relevant and can provide a service to multiple audiences. Over the past few weeks, I have been evaluating a solution from Microsoft (a GoGrid Partner) called WebMatrix and I wrote a “How To” article on the GoGrid blog on how to develop web applications on your local computer and then push your applications and code to a GoGrid …

Create Your Own Personal Cloud Storage with Seagate’s GoFlex Drives & GoFlex Net

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I have always been a proponent of the Cloud and various consumer services that utilize Cloud Computing. In fact, I work as the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, a company that provides Infrastructure in the Cloud, essentially a way to get your own personal datacenter in minutes. As I write this article (which will go on my blog on a Cloud Server on GoGrid), I’m actually using 2 other Cloud services to produce it, Evernote – an application that syncs its data to a series of servers, and DropBox – that uses a similar type of Cloud syncing. Possibly one of …

How To Get Your iPhone Out of a Recovery or Restore Mode Loop

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I recently got my iPhone 4 and consequently wanted to prepare my iPhone 3GS for my children to use as an “iPod Touch” – iPhone but without the cell service. I have already done this with my original iPhone. Honestly, it is a great way to extend the life of your “retired” iPhones. As I was going through the prep process (e.g., removing all of my work, social media and non-kid friendly apps and adding in lots of games), the iOS 4.0.2 Operating System update came out that fixes the PDF exploit issue. I figured it would be smart to …

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

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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 …

HTD’s Tech News Snippets – July 22, 2010 (Flipboard, Google Voice, Router Hacks, Safari, AT&T & Twitter)

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, iPad, Mobile, Opinion, Security, Social Networking, Software, Tech News, Twitter by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Some really interesting news floated by today. Flipboard is a pretty interesting iPad app. Be sure to check it out. But you may have some issues hooking up your Twitter and/or Facebook feeds. I’m still waiting…and waiting…and waiting for Google Voice to be approved. Is your home router hackable? Be sure to read the article and visit your router vendor’s site to see if they have a patch for your router. Beware of autofills on your router, especially Safari. And if you are in SF, your connection may soon get better. Lastly, you really should take a look at the …

Laptop Got Stolen? Send PREY Out to Find It, for Free!

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Linux, Microsoft, Open Source, Review, Safety, Security, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m sure that many of you have heard of the Find My iPhone service for MobileMe that helps you locate missing iPhones or iPads. Or the equivalent on Windows Mobile phones called My Phone. And I’m sure you know about LoJack that helps you locate stolen cars. LoJack also offers a service for computers as well, for a price. There are other offerings that help you locate lost or stolen laptops out there too, but most of them are expensive. For me, it’s a bit easier to justify spending a little bit on a service like MobileMe (which does a …

Apple’s iTunes App Store Hits the “Terrible 2?s” – On to the “Thirsty 3?s”

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Being a parent of 3 daughters, I well remember the “terrible two’s“. Well, another child that many people play with daily has hit that milestone, the iTunes App Store. As Apple blows out the candles, I thought it important to recognize this event, especially as we move towards the “thirsty three’s“. The iTunes App Store is just starting to assert itself and throw some tantrums in the process. Recently, there have been some malicious developers who are managing to “hack” into some iTunes users’ accounts and charge for other apps. But, it is showing some progress as well. There are …

How To Get 48 Applications in the iPhone Dock using iOS4

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

Quite possibly my favorite new feature coming out of Apple’s iOS4 iPhone software update is that of folders. I had maxed out the number of screens on my iPhone and every time I added new applications, I either had to delete one that I didn’t use much or had to use the Search functionality to launch it. It was a bit of a pain but I managed to hang in there until the release of iOS4 yesterday. Now I’m basking in all of the folder glory! After the anal retentive side of me was done trying to categorize all of …

My 10 Essential iPad Applications Thus Far

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Ok, this is another one of “those lists.” And for many people, this list of my top iPad applications is very subjective in nature. What I feel to be a hot application, others may find to be a yawner. And I only have a couple of weeks of experience and a limited budget to form my opinion. But here goes nothing… All logos are the property & copyright of the associated owners. My 10 Essential iPad Applications Thus Far was last modified: May 24th, 2010 by Michael Sheehan

iPhone App “Am I Done?” Answers THAT Exact Question When Your Kids Ask You It

In Apple, Application, Family, General, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Parenting, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

Part of a parent’s role is to ensure that your kids brush their teeth well, take a shower or bath, clean their rooms, or just simply wash their hands. Most of the time, when you ask your kids to do these tasks, they wave a toothbrush within a few inches of their teeth, splash some water on their bodies or faces calling themselves clean or worst yet, pass their hands briefly under the faucet and say they are washed. And don’t let me even begin with the “have you cleaned your room” question…I truly love what they consider as “clean.” …