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Parent & Child Drones, Drone Safety Tips & Parrot Bebop & MiniDrone Review

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Review of the Parrot Bebop & MiniDrone as well as drone safety tips. The MIniDrone is ideal for learning & teaching while the Bebop is more advanced.

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How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Technology, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Liquid and laptop keyboards are not a match made in heaven in any way. In fact, if you don’t act quickly, a liquid spill will fry out the circuitry in your laptop very quickly. I recently received a mid-2012 MacBook Pro (MBP) 15” with Retina display from a family member who spilled some coffee on it. A row of keys wasn’t working nor was the space bar. With some help from iFixIt.com (guides and parts), I was able to replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard. The process is NOT easy, in fact, I would be very careful attempting to do this type of …

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I Hated Driving the 2015 BMW M3…Here’s Why!

In Auto, General, Opinion, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

It’s not often that I really hate driving a car. But I just had to say it this time. I got to drive the 2015 BMW M3 for about ten days and I hated it. Honestly though, it really had nothing to do about the vehicle itself. I actually really loved the M3. It was the fact that I had to drive it in an everyday environment, that is to say, in rush-hour traffic, around the city, picking up kids down the block, you get the picture. The 2015 BMW M3 really deserves a better, more fun driving environment like a race …

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Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander

In Auto, General, Opinion, Review, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

When my kids were toddlers, the minivan was the vehicle of choice with it essentially being a house on wheels. We even removed one of the seats and put a fake polar bear rug on the ground to make diaper changes a bit more cozy. Fast forward almost a decade and our mini van is long gone, replaced with an economical 4-door and a crossover. But when I got behind the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum SUV  I started having some visions of road trips, camping, or heading to the snow. The Highlander seemed to be a …

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Running Flat But In Style – Likes & Dislikes of the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i

In Auto, General, Opinion, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I’ve been test driving cars for a several years now. It’s definitely a lot of fun to try out the latest and greatest designs by a car manufacturer. Other than having to sometimes pry the keys from my hands with some cars when I have to return them, for the most part, I haven’t had any type of issues. That is, until I test drove the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i. I had a major “problem” with that car. Before I go into the details of the 2014 BMW X5, I’m pleased to share that this review is sponsored by AutoNation …

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HighTechDad Does the ALS “Ice” Bucket Challenge – #IceBucketChallenge

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The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has been spreading like wildfire across the Internet and honestly, I think it is brilliant. Supposedly, it wasn’t even a campaign thought up by the ALS Association which is a non-profit organization working to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Regardless, the #IceBucketChallenge has done wonders to raise awareness of the disease as well as the organization and even charitable donations and activities in general. The Cold Water Challenge has actually been around for a long time and recently made the jump to promote awareness of ALS. The idea is simple, viral …

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Has the Magic Kingdom lost its Magic?

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Travel, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

My family and I headed down to Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was to reward my kids for a successful year at school and a way for all of us as a family to do something together before we splintered off in different directions during the summer and even the coming years. So, I figured it would be good to write one of those “Tips” or “Did You Know…” or “How To..” or “Disneyland Secrets” articles about visiting the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland. But as my kids and I started doing research prior to our trip, we realized that there …

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A Quick Neighborhood Adventure Video – “Helping Echo” #EarthToEcho

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I remember when I was a kid, we used to go outside and have adventures. Sometimes these adventures were simple, but many times they had complex plots and ran well into the night. We were not tethered to our homes in any way other than how far our parents’ voices could carry. Often, we simply gave a time when we would come home and that was it. Nowadays, kids seem to have become a bit lazy and frequently distracted by the electronics around them. But that is reality, smartphones, gadgets and gizmos are now part of our lives and sometimes …

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Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead Vacuum – Review & Dog Does Unboxing Video

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I was going to be very cliché and have the title of this review of the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead cordless vacuum be…”this vacuum sucks” or “yet another sucky vacuum from Dyson” but I figured that has probably been overplayed and over used. And anyway, we all know that Dyson vacuums are known for the vacuum power, even as the dirt collection canister fills up…the “sucking power” still remains strong. But what happens when you couple that Dyson power with battery power? Is the vacuum still strong enough? Read on to learn more. There are a couple of things …

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How To Install a New Hard Drive & Battery into a 2010 MacBook Pro

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Technology, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

There comes a day in the life of every laptop when it simply isn’t running as efficiently as it could be. This day came to my 2010 MacBook Pro recently when I looked to see that it only had about 18 GB of hard drive space left and the battery was only able to hold a charge for about an hour and a half. There are many things that you can do to breath a bit of extra life into your laptop. You can add more RAM which always provides additional help. You can delete files to free up hard …

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Is K-12 the Appropriate Place to Teach Children about Copyright Infringement? Huffington Post Live Interview

In Family, General, Interview, Opinion, Parenting, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I remember back in the 1980’s (ok I’m dating myself) when my friends and I used to make mix-tapes and music compilations and shared them amongst ourselves. It was a multi-hour process and we poured our creativity and thoughts into making the perfect tape. There was no thought in our minds about whether what we were doing was “legal” or not. We just did it. It was a right of passage. Now there are discussion about inserting anti-piracy and copyright infringement “training” into our already packed curriculum at schools in California, and it’s making me scratch my head a bit. …

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Will You Pledge to Not Text and Drive? Do It Now! #ItCanWait

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

For the past couple of months, I have been writing and talking about the national campaign where you pledge to not text and drive. It’s called It Can Wait (the hashtag is #ItCanWait). There is a website that you can go to  to take this pledge of not texting and driving – just head over to www.ItCanWait.com and you can pledge right there. Today, September 19, 2013, is “Drive 4 Pledges Day” which means that I’m asking you to take just a few minutes out of your day to pledge that you will do your best to not text and …

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Still Texting and Driving? This #ItCanWait Documentary Will Change Your Mind

In Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know that we shouldn’t text and drive, but yet even I feel sometimes compelled to glance at my phone. I don’t respond to texts unless I’m fully stopped, but even that is against the law in many places. That second that you remove your eyes from the road, you become distracted, and the vehicle you are driving is transformed into a deadly weapon. Often, however, people think and believe “oh this can’t happen to me” and choose to continue to drive and text. If you are still of that mentality, please take 30 minutes to watch this documentary …