5 Cloud Myths Debunked – Understanding the Primary Layers of Cloud Computing

In General, Opinion, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I laid out my predictions for 2012, casting seeds into the wind to see where clouds and businesses may crop up. But there are still skeptics out there, people who believe that cloud computing is just a passing phase or that it really isn’t that much different than traditional infrastructure. Having lived and breathed cloud for over 4 years, I believe that I have seen it all and heard many of the arguments that say that the cloud isn’t really a game changer. So, I thought that I would present a few Cloud Computing Myths or …

Six 2012 Cloud Computing Predictions – Seeds in the Wind

In General, Opinion, Tech News by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Making predictions for Cloud Computing is like casting seeds into the wind to see what grows and what gets eaten by the birds. Sometimes something magical will sprout, and other times it simply gets consumed by something else. So, as I put my pyramid hat on, wrap myself in tinfoil and gaze into my crystal ball, I realize that doing any sort of predictions for a coming year is an educated guess at best. What do I think will happen in the world of Cloud Computing in 2012? A lot! Probably too much to really grasp. If you have ever …

The Schizophrenia that is Netflix…er…Qwikster…uh…Netster…QwikFlix?

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Opinion, Tech News, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I have been a Netflix user for many many years. My account says 2007 but I actually started my service before that time, stopped and then restarted it. My family finds Netflix to be indispensable and we use both services, streaming and physical DVDs regularly. Every TV in our house has access to Netflix, in fact, we did some “cord cutting” with my children to only allow them to stream content (I love that they no longer see ads). Our Friday family TV nights typically consist of looking on Netflix for content to watch, whether it be a movie or …

Energy Conservation & Caring for the Elderly – 2 Topics of Today with Huge Impacts for Tomorrow

In Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Opinion, Tech News, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

A few weeks ago, I participated in the Intel “Upgrade Your Life” 2011 summit in Intel’s Santa Clara, CA campus. This was the second year I attended and after both summits, I always managed to walk away with a headache. But, not a “bad” headache by that definition, but a “good” one. Think about when you go for a very hard run or work out for a long time and your muscles hurt and are sore when you are done…it was THAT type of a headache. In about 8 hours, my mind had sucked in so much new information, that …

2/5ths of the Cast of Dads Get Their Brains Upgraded at Intel’s “Upgrade Your Life” 2011 Event

In Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Opinion, PodCast, Tech News, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Last week, 2 of the Cast of Dads had the opportunity to visit Intel in Santa Clara, CA to participate in an annual event called “Upgrade Your Life.” This day-long summit was an opportunity for a variety of influential technology and parenting bloggers to convene to understand some of the initiatives that Intel participates in or drives – something beyond just “the manufacturing of chips.” Last Wednesday, Jeff Sass (Dadomatic.com) and I got to flip the saying from “Intel Inside” to “Inside Intel” as we learned more from the thought leaders within Intel. Both Jeff and I are part of …

Cloud Computing in Cars? Extending Powerful Compute Cycles to your Phone via the Cloud? Intel Knows How!

In Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Ford, General, Hardware, Intel, Mobile, Opinion, Tech News, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m always “in the cloud” with my day job as Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, and all of the rest of the time, I’m working on the HighTechDad side of my life (parenting and technology). Yeah, I sleep once and a while as well. Sometimes, both of these jobs intermingle and that intersection is cloud computing. I first started talking about the cloud over 3.5 years ago as I helped launch GoGrid’s Cloud Infrastructure service; now, working for one of the global leaders in cloud technology, I’m seeing how clouds are moving beyond simply infrastructure and into our daily lives. We …

Ooma VoIP Adds Innovative Feature to Assist in 911 Notifications

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Today, I learned that Ooma, a VoIP company who I recently reviewed, has added a pretty interesting feature to their telephony service. In the past, there has always been a bit of a question around the reliability of 911 calls using a phone service that uses an Internet connection for it “digital dialtone”. Advances have been made and now most VoIP services include Enhanced 911 service; the “Enhanced” part means not only is the caller ID sent to emergency services, but also the full address associated with the caller’s phone number, and the call is routed to the nearest Public …

Hang In There Sony…And Thanks for Your Continued Innovation

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Security, Sony, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

It happens to the best of us. We plan for the worst, do all of our due diligence, prepare for the unexpected, test and re-test and cross our fingers a lot. But inevitably, there is always something that we didn’t think of. I could be talking about the recent Amazon Web Services outage or the napping by the Air Traffic Controllers, unfortunately, this time, it is regarding Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) security breach. Over the past few days, PSN has been down (bringing out complaints from my kids who are just DYING to get more community levels for Little Big …

MacWorld 2011 – Sort of a Yawner with a Few Moments of Wakefulness

In Apple, Case, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software, Tablet, Tech News, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I have been going to the MacWorld Expo for many years now and I’m really sad to see it losing much of its excitement. When Apple was there, showcasing new products and innovations, there was a vibrancy and energy. Ever since Apple pulled out of the Expo, I feel that it has been going downhill. Apple provided the weight to drive the show, and there were many large vendors who helped as well. With Apple nowhere to be seen, having moved most of their large announcements to their Developer Conference and press events, MacWorld 2011 to me seemed to be …

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. …

CES 2011 Bound & A Quick iPad Keyboard Case Review – Sena Keyboard Folio

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, Mobile, Review, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Finally in the air and at 10,000 feet, thus all of the gadgets are coming out and on. Yes, the plane is packed with all types heading to CES 2011 to hear what revolutionary new device will be teasing us or making us think what a stupid idea it is. Honestly, last year’s big thing was 3D TV which, in my opinion turned out to be a real yawner, I mean who really wants to wear a dorky pair of glasses and sit in a certain way on their couch, needless to say, upgrade their TV to something that supports …

An Interview with Ford: Understanding Safety Advances in Ford Vehicles & the Ford Focus 2012

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Recently, I have been very focused on the car industry lately as I have been shopping for a new car. One of the primary items that made me want to consider a new (or newer) car as opposed to and older model is the advancement of safety features that many manufacturers have made. While many car brands have worked hard at creating and testing a variety of safety technologies, Ford might be one of the leaders of the pack. With initiatives going as far back as 1957 around air bags, Ford has definitely been doing it for a long time. …

As Promised, Apple Delivers iPhone 4 Case Program

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For those of your lucky enough to have an iPhone 4, you can now get either a free iPhone 4 Bumper or a 3rd Party Case for FREEEEEE from Apple. Or, if you have already purchased a case from Apple (or even AT&T), you will get a refund. Be sure to check the Apple page about this program for all of the nitty gritty details. What is innovative about this program is, they have created an App available in the iTunes App store (NOTE: you can only install this app if you have an iPhone 4 – I tried). The …

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 …

HTD’s Tech News Snippets – July 21, 2010 (Ford, Skype, Antennagate, Facebook, Apple & Blackberry)

In Apple, Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Once again, scouring the web for the latest tech news that grabbed my attention. Below are some links to some Amplify.com posts. You can see the beginning of my commentary below. Clicking through the links gives you the rest of the commentary as well as the article that I snipped. I LOVE the NEW Ford Motors – 2011 Explorer Unveil on Facebook I love how Ford Motors has redefined itself. They loaned me a 2010 Ford Flex for 2 weeks, they invited me out to Detroit for an announcement (unfortunately I couldn’t go) and now they are unveiling the 2011 …