The Apple iPad – Why It Might NOT be a Winner … Yet!

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Humor, iPad, iPhone, Opinion, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

So earlier today, I fully drank from Apple’s vat of Kool-Aid. I wrote about Apple’s new iPad and how I think that it will be a game-changer. I still think that it has definitely drawn the line in the sand for the competition to go after, but when you report on any ground-breaking technology, you need to look at it from many different angles. So, did it really move the needle? I still think it did. Read my initial “happy thoughts” here, and below, you can see the “reality-check” come into play. Now I have had a few more hours …

Apple’s New iPad Announced and My Thoughts – Is It A Winner?

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Tech News by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

The weeks of waiting and speculation are now over. Today, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, unveiled a new device for Apple called the “iPad.” Building upon the success of the iPhone/iPod Touch OS and the elegance of the MacBook Pro lines but with the portability of the MacBook Air, Apple reaffirmed its innovative stance within the technology arena. I followed the coverage of the announcement fairly closely, but as usual, getting information from these types of Apple Events is difficult (hint: hey Apple, next time invite me to these types of things!). As I flipped between various live-blogs as well as …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #6 – “Truckers (and others) Love Technology!”

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

On Episode #6 of the Cast of Dads podcast titled “Truckers Love Technology,” we spent much of the podcast answering a question sent in by a daddy trucker (“Jokerman” by his handle). Jokerman had some questions about technology specifically from a driver’s perspective. When I think about it, I simply could not live with my daily dose of various podcasts, so I must think about those who make their living behind the wheel and how the podcast must be something of great importance. It’s cheaper than satellite radio and very targeted – you get just the particular audio content that …

Reviewing the Nokia N900 – a Smartphone with Lots of Potential

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

For the past several weeks, I have been doing some on and off testing of the Nokia N900, a smart phone running on Nokia’s proprietary operating system, the Maemo 5. I personally have never been a Nokia follower and as I think back, the only Nokia device that I have owned was an old PacBell PCS cellphone from many years back. Nokia has a good reputation and following, especially in Europe, but in my opinion have had a hard time breaking into a mainstream US smartphone community due to the availability of many other smartphone devices. However, I do know …

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 …

How to Remove an Old Microwave & Install a New Panasonic Microwave (Model: NN-SD277WR)

In Consumer Electronics, Family, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, Review by Michael Sheehan19 Comments

Most people don’t think of a microwave as a gadget, but I guess if it plugs in, has buttons and a display, it excites me a bit. But before I go in a major analysis of popcorn pop timing (or burning), I wanted rewind back. Here’s the story. I had a microwave that was on its last legs, the outer case was cracking and the gears within that drove the turntable were broken and grinding. While the microwave did work, it had only basic features and was really, really noise when it was running. As luck would have it, I …

CES Coverage Remote #3: More Gadget Thoughts & News from the Day

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

My coverage of CES 2010 (remotely) is starting to run out of steam. I can only imagine what the people covering it there are feeling. I must say, that c|net has done the best in terms of presenting their coverage in my opinion. I have been watching BOL (Buzz Out Loud [email protected] 2010) as well as regularly reading the “CES River“. Great job by those guys. Also, both Cali Lewis and Leo Laporte have been doing (as usual) stellar jobs at filling in the blanks. Between all of that, I almost feel like I was there…but not quite. To the …

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 Sheehan1 Comment

[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 …

Remote CES 2010 Coverage: Initial Thoughts & Day 1 News [UPDATE #3]

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

[Updated: 01.06.10 @ 3:20 pm Pacific] I’m jealous of all of those who are able to brave the madness of gadget-hungry attendees of CES 2010 (the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show). I was able to secure a blogger press pass at the end of last year, but unfortunately due to changes in my schedule, I was unable to attend this year. Perhaps in 2011 I will attend (fingers crossed). However, just because I’m not at the show doesn’t mean that I can’t cover it. I have been receiving a steady stream of product briefs, press releases and correspondences from various …

A USB Mic with a Great Name and even Better Functionality – the BlueMic Snowflake

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Recently, I have tried to move my content beyond just the typed word (although it is my de facto method of doing a review). I have expanded to include videos using a variety of video capture devices (e.g., HD camcorders & screencasting software). Also recently, some other “daddy bloggers” and I have started a regular podcast (see CastofDads.com for the shows). Do you see a common thread here? The movement towards the spoken word. While the camcorders and my computer have built-in microphones, sometimes those aren’t the most ideal to use, and frequently sound a bit tinny or scratchy. This …

Can You Do A Backup Without Touching a Button? ClickFree Can!

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Backup solutions abound. Most external hard drives you buy bundle some kind of backup software with them and most of that software works pretty well. But, you have to remember to set up a backup schedule and ensure that you follow that schedule. There are also online backup solutions that you can use like Mozy or Carbonite or iDrive. I have yet to review one of those though, but the advantage over online backup service versus a local one is that if you have a catastrophic disaster, most likely your backups are offsite and safe. The best backup strategy, however …

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 …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #2 – “Vomiting, Vaccines, Vacations & More”

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, PodCast by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

A bit delayed, heck, it is the holidays and we have all been pretty busy. But our Cast of Dads Podcast #2, which I have titled “Vomiting, Vaccines, Vacation & More” is now live! Obviously it goes beyond those three “V’s” mentioned. The Cast of Dads is a new podcast put on by 5 Daddy Bloggers. We all worked together on a Sony project (the DigiDad Project) and decided to form a group for podcasting independently. In this, our second podcast, we covered a variety of topics including: Sick Kids H1N1 vaccines Spring Break Holiday travel with kids tips When should …

HighTechDad’s Reasons for Canceling the HP TouchSmart Giveaway

In Consumer Electronics, General, Giveaway by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

This is a copy of my original post that appeared on Blogspot while my site was undergoing a Denial of Service (DDoS) and botnet attack. The original post appears here. TITLE: NULL & VOID: Statement and Winner Announcement from HighTechDad on HP TouchSmart Giveaway HighTechDad’s Reasons for Canceling the HP TouchSmart Giveaway was last modified: February 5th, 2010 by Michael Sheehan

CANCELLED: HighTechDad’s HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway!

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware by Michael Sheehan

I HAVE DECLARED THIS GIVEAWAY NULL AND VOID DUE TO A VARIETY OF ISSUES. My full disclosure about my decision to do this is here. I thank all of the entrants, the people who voted legitimately and HP and their PR firm for giving me this opportunity. It is unfortunate that it had to end this way. It’s been an exciting week with a lot of great entries for my HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway. Both HP, their PR firm and I were thoroughly impressed with the entries (even though there were not too many – quality over quantity, right?). For …