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

In General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan13 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 …

5 “Hidden” iPhone 3.0 Firmware Tricks

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, Software by Michael Sheehan11 Comments

I have been playing around quite a bit with my new iPhone 3GS and the apps and firmware therein. I can’t say enough positive things about the release so I wanted to write about a few items that people might not know about because they are buried away or not immediately apparent. I’m sure there are many people who have already found these tidbits, so this is for those who haven’t. If you know of other gems like these, please leave a comment. In no particular order: Turn on Battery Percentage Selecting multiple images for sharing Opening links in the …

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, …

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 …

10 Things To Consider When Buying a Netbook

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, Review by Michael Sheehan33 Comments

Netbooks are all the hype right now. The size and price points are extremely attractive, especially during a recessive economy when money is tight. Also, for those of us who do lots of blogging, these devices are simply the best, boasting portability and very long battery life. So, what’s not to love? If you decide that you must get one, you need to carefully weigh all of the options when making your choice. The differences may be seem to be minimal, only affecting a few dollars towards your bottom line price, but you need to be sure you do get …

HTD Tech Tip #7: Fix Broken Firefox Toolbars

In Fix It, General, HTD Tech Tip, Software by Michael Sheehan9 Comments

Today I ran into a rather odd issue. All of a sudden, all of my Firefox buttons that were from 3rd party plugins were missing and could not be added via the “customize” option. Very weird! I did a quick amount of research and saw that other manifestations could include: Bookmarks not saving properly Size and position of the browser windows are not “remembered” on next restart Strange toolbar behavior when relaunching (e.g., changes being lost) HTD Tech Tip #7: Fix Broken Firefox Toolbars was last modified: November 19th, 2009 by Michael Sheehan

HTD Tech Tip #6: Putting your Cell Phone on Tinfoil Means No Speaker Interference

In Cellular, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

Have you ever heard the electronic buzzes and tones (called TDMA noise) that come from your computer speakers when your iPhone or other cellular phone is in close proximity? Typically this happens when your phone is downloading data or about to receive a call. It is EXTREMELY annoying. That is part of the reason why, if you use an FM transmitter to play your iPhone’s music over the car’s stereo, that when you plug in the transmitter, your iPhone asks you if you want to take your phone offline when you listen to music. I recently rearranged my desk at …

HTD Tech Tip #5: How to Stop Squeaking Computer Bags

In Fix It, General, HTD Tech Tip by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

I have a great computer bag, believe it or not, it is called “The Blogger” by Timbuk2, appropriate, right?. I have practically no complaints about it, with one BIG exception. It squeaks! When I walk, the hinge seems to rub back and forth, causing a grinding/squeaking noise. It is extremely annoying! You can see the hinge circled in red in the image below. I have a feeling that this is probably a common problem with all types of bags that have hinges for their shoulder straps. I also think that this may be more common when there is metal on …

Fix-it: iPhone “Sync Session Could Not Be Started”

In Apple, Cellular, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, Software by Michael Sheehan19 Comments

Well this past weekend I ran into a rather confusing problem which I did manage to resolve, however, I’m not sure exactly how I resolved it nor what really caused it. I have some ideas on both the cause and resolution so I will try to work through those here. This all came when I tried to sync my iPhone to iTunes (on my Mac). I plugged it in and it started to sync and I got the rather cryptic error message (image below) saying: “iTunes could not sync <item>to the iPhone ‘<insert iPhone name>’ because a sync session could …

HTD Tech Tip #4: How to Organize Tech Manuals and Documents

In General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Have you ever been searching for a receipt for some sort of a gadget or tech device that you purchased? What about trying to remember what was covered under the warrantee? And if you are like me, you have manuals stored in random drawers or bookcases. Do you even know where that big screen TV manual is at? Nowadays, with the Internet, you can get documentation and warrantee information at the manufacturer’s site. However, if your device is quite a few years old, it might be a bit of a challenge to find them on those sites. Here are some …

HTD Tech Tip #3: Security Programs Don’t Always Play Well Together

In Fix It, General, HTD Tech Tip, Security, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

It’s always important, if not critical to have anti-virus & security programs installed on your PC. I’m actually a big fan of the various Security Suites that you can get that come with all of the different types of protection packaged together (firewall, anti-virus, ant-spyware, anti-malware, anti-spam, etc.). With the all-in-one package, you don’t have to worry about compatibility. There are still some purists out there who piece together different programs (there are several great free firewall/anti-virus/anti-spyware programs out there), but those people who do opt for their own “security suite” run the risk of incompatibilities. Every year, the Security …

HTD Tech Tip #2 – Be nice to your IT resource!

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Being nice to someone should go without saying. So why is it that people seem to forget this when they need technology help? Is it that people consider Tech Support to be a given, meaning IT help should be provided regardless of how it is asked for? I try to apply “being nice” to ANYONE who knows more about something than I do. This could be a plumber, a developer, a teacher and yes, the guy/gal who helps you with your technology needs. So why is it that so many people are rude on the phone when they talk to …

HTD Tech Tip #1 – Your hardware/software is always out of date

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As it seems to be taking some time for me to produce longer reviews, I thought that I would start a new smaller, on-going series of posts called “HTD Tech Tips”. (HTD stands for HighTechDad.) When I come across something, a tip, trick, software or hardware item that I think is particularly noteworthy, I will write a small (hopefully) post about it. If you have questions or suggestions for tips, send them my way! So, the first tip: Your hardware/software is always out of date Being an early adopter of tech, I try to stay on top of new(er) software, …