Is Your Life Fragmented? Mine Is! But My Hard Drive ISN’T with the new Diskeeper 2011

In Application, General, Microsoft, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Just yesterday I was thinking how nice it would be to be able to split myself into multiple fragments, each part commissioned to do something else. One would go to work, one would help get my kids to school, one would catch up on all of the “honey do” items around the house, one would spend time with my wife and one would probably just sleep. Now THAT would be efficient. However, when it comes to your computer, fragmenting your work files or other data is actually quite INefficient. When you get a new Windows computer, is pretty clean (unless …

From the Tablet Clutter and Chaos Comes “The 10 Tablet Commandments”

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Apple has tablet competition…and lots of it. The iPad has been reigning supreme for over a year and only now are some possible contenders starting to pop up. The next iPad model is due in April, or so the rumors are saying. By all intents and purposes, Apple is well ahead in the tablet race having come to market early on with a precise, full featured and elegant piece of engineering. But as I saw at CES 2011, new tablets are coming, and lots of them at that. Many manufacturers are going to come after Apple to try to topple …

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 …

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. …

Not Just Next Gen Gaming, but Future Computer Interaction? Xbox 360 with the Kinect

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My family and I have had the Xbox 360 and Xbox Kinect for about a month now, and I must say that I’m personally impressed by the level of technology that has gone into the Xbox Kinect. I’m not a huge gamer and neither are my kids. Of course, we pretty much have everything: Nintendo N64, original Xbox, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii and now the Xbox 360. But the level of gaming that we do is probably just a few hours a week at that (my kids play games on the iPhone a bit more though). …

“For the Love of Thighs and Breasts” – Cast of Dads Podcast #35

In Audio, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Humor, Microsoft, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Well, the last episode had some gremlins doing a number with CC’s voice. And there is actually now a “missing episode” of Cast of Dads that never even made it to production…the same gremlins were at play. But we recorded Episode #35 “For the Love of Thighs and Breasts“ just in time for Thanksgiving. So first of all, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, especially those around the world who may be away from their families during the holidays. A special wish goes out to the men and women of the Armed Forces who may be away from their friends and family …

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 …

Get Beyond those Home Video Style Webcams & Move to HD with the Microsoft LifeCam HD Cinema

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Review, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Let’s face it, when you buy a laptop, you don’t usually think about the built-in webcam. But if you look at many of the laptops out there, you will see that the built-in webcams are dramatically underpowered and are pretty much like using a really old camcorder to do video calls or webcam-related actions. Many netbooks, for example, come with measly 1.x – 3 megapixel webcams. These are great for regular video conferencing. But when you really want to get detailed, and have some fun in the process, you might want to look at the Microsoft LifeCam HD Cinema. Get …

Parallels 6 is Some Serious Tech Mojo for Mac Virtualization – Run Windows on your iPad or iPhone

In Apple, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Linux, Microsoft, Mobile, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I was lucky enough to get early access to the new release of Parallels (version 6). To put it bluntly, I was and still am impressed. Let’s face it, virtualization has been around for quite a few years. Currently on the Mac platform, VMware and Parallels have been playing a leapfrog game, one upping each other on features, performance and enhancements. While I’m not going to write a feature by feature comparison of the two virtualization products, I do feel the need to say something about the latest version of Parallels (version 6). I have been using both VMware and …

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

In Application, General, How To, Microsoft, Review by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

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 …

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 …

A Microsoft Companion for the Apple iPad or iPhone? YES! The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, Review by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

When the iPad first came out, some of the biggest questions were “how well does the keyboard work?” or “is typing on the screen fairly easy?” In fact, I still get asked that question repeatedly. My answer is usually short and sweet, “Great!” I always say, and that is normally because I’m deep in note taking or writing a blog post and simply can’t stop or slow down to provide a mini review of the iPad. There is not such thing as a mini iPad review anyway. After about 2-3 weeks of typing notes and writing blog posts and emails …

Stream Your Family’s Media to the Big Screen TV using the Western Digital TV Live

In Audio, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Review by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Father’s Day comes at almost the perfect time of the year. School is just ending and you are literally “gearing up” for the summer. If you are thinking about gifts for your Dad and he happens to be the resident audio/visual guy, I’ve got a great recommendation for a device that will easily allow you to play all of the those graduation photos and movies on the prized big screen at your house, the Western Digital Live TV. While I could lump this in as a perfect Fathers Day gift, the fact remains that the WD TV Live is actually …

The Ripple Effect of Social Media – Get Mobile for More Waves!

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Lose the Laptop, Microsoft, Mobile, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know the well used imagery of throwing a stone into a pond and watching the ripples spread out from the center. The same imagery can be applied to social media, I believe. But there are different ways choose the rocks and throw them. Most of the time, I stand in the same place, casting similarly shaped rocks into the water. That is to say, I sit at my desk and tweet about things that pass in front of my eyes on a computer screen. Most likely, these are technology stones since that is my job, to engage in …

The Ford Sync – a “Knight Rider” for the Rest of Us

In Audio, Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Review, Safety, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Remember way back in the 80’s there was a TV show called Knight Rider where one of the two main characters was a car that talked to you and responded to your voice commands? Of course K.I.T.T. (the name of the car which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand), did a lot more than just answer commands, he drives “himself”, can remotely come and pick you up, dodge weaponry and a bunch of really cool other things. Sounds like the perfect school taxi to me. Anyway, the reason I bring up Knight Rider is because after spending about 10 days …