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 …

How to Pre-Populate Twitter Status Updates Via Links

In General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Social Media, Social Networking, Tweets, Twitter by Michael Sheehan16 Comments

We all know that getting information out via Twitter is helpful to your brand or company, but what if you want to have your website or blog readers do it for you? Or perhaps you want to get a standard message out or include a keyword or two through the use of hashtags (#). NOTE: As of May 2011, this method no longer works! Please read my NEW post on the new way here. How to Pre-Populate Twitter Status Updates Via Links was last modified: May 18th, 2011 by Michael Sheehan

How To Make iPhoto or Picasa Recognize your Camera Again

In Apple, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, Software by Michael Sheehan20 Comments

Recently, I tried to download some photos from a small, older and somewhat, war-scarred point & shoot digital cameral (HP Photosmart M632) which I carry around in my backpack wherever I go. I had taken some photos and video at a tradeshow and wanted to work on a blog post for it. Unfortunately, when I plugged in my camera, absolutely nothing happened. The camera thought that it was connected, in fact, it did launch iPhoto (as that is what I have iPhoto configured to do) but iPhoto simply did not see it. I tried launching Picasa and it wouldn’t see …

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 …

Fix Its: Merge Two BlackBerry Calendars into One & AT&T’s Visual Voicemail Activation for the Bold

In Cellular, Fix It, Gadgets, General, How To, Software by Michael Sheehan13 Comments

AT&T pushed out new firmware and a desktop application update for the BlackBerry Bold this week, supposedly with a new Visual Voicemail (similar to the iPhone). But somewhere in the process of the upgrade, I found that a second calendar was activated which wasn’t syncing to Microsoft Outlook. The fix that I detail below allows you to merge multiple BlackBerry Calendars. Also, I have provided some information about activating AT&T’s Visual Voicemail. First, How To Activate Visual Voicemail Setting up the new Visual Voicemail on the Bold is a bit confusing. While the application installed without issue, when I launched …

The DO’s and DON’Ts of Customer Service in a Social Media Age

In Apple, General, How To, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

How many times have you had a bad customer service experience? More than 50% of the time? I will bet that you think that it’s much higher than that even. Most of us tend to remember poor customer service experiences than good ones. It’s easier to gripe and complain about someone NOT doing something to your satisfaction than it is to praise those who DO do something good that makes you happy. The old saying “The squeaky wheel gets the grease” normally holds true from a Customer perspective; from a Customer Service perspective, you must listen for the squeak. In …

How to Fix Apple Mail Not Saving Passwords – Keychain First Aid

In Apple, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Security, Software by Michael Sheehan48 Comments

Recently I was plagued with having to repeatedly enter and re-enter my passwords on some of my email accounts using Apple Mail. There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. I would get asked to enter when sending email from a certain account as well as when trying to receive email from a completely different email account. Other email accounts seemed to work just fine. The Mail application just didn’t seem to want to remember my passwords even though I clicked “Remember this password in my keychain” every time. It turns out that to fix this problem, …

Restore Missing iPhone Applications after 3.0 Firmware Upgrade

In Apple, Cellular, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, iPhone by Michael Sheehan82 Comments

I was excited like many others to get the new Apple iPhone firmware 3.0 update last week. Installation was not an issue for me, even after coming from a jailbroken 2G (original) iPhone. That is, until I started looking for some of my applications. For some odd reason, there were several of my applications that had just disappeared. I finally found a fix which I will go into in a second. Here are some of the symptoms and things that I tried first (gathered from around the web and from my own experimentation): Restore Missing iPhone Applications after 3.0 Firmware …

Save Money By Creatively Exercising At Home

In Family, General, How To, Humor by Michael Sheehan14 Comments

We are all feeling the pinch of the Recession. It is causing us all to cut back on things that we don’t need, subscriptions we don’t use, products that are just luxury items and memberships that aren’t helping. Who am I to talk though. Between work, family and this blog, I hardly have time to brush my teeth! My daily or weekly workout routine leaves a lot to be desired. But, as I am reminded by so many, your health is something that you need to protect and invest in. Note: I’m giving away a free 1-year subscription to Men’s …

Save Money By Creatively Exercising At Home

In Family, General, How To, Humor by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We are all feeling the pinch of the Recession. It is causing us all to cut back on things that we don’t need, subscriptions we don’t use, products that are just luxury items and memberships that aren’t helping. Who am I to talk though. Between work, family and this blog, I hardly have time to brush my teeth! My daily or weekly workout routine leaves a lot to be desired. But, as I am reminded by so many, your health is something that you need to protect and invest in. So, how can you replace the your gym membership with …

Mother’s Day Gifts Made Easy with Adobe Elements 7 Suite

In General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

If you are reading this blog post now, it means you are a procrastinator or are reading this after Mother’s Day. Since I’m writing this just a few days before Mother’s Day, I’m the procrastinator. But no worries, what I’m going to write about here is an easy way to make a memorable gift for Mom using Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and Photoshop Premiere Elements 7. Product details can be found here. Let’s face it, while your mom or wife may really appreciate getting a gift certificate to the spa or a shopping spree or something like that, hand-made presents …