Happy Holidays 2012

From my family to yours ….

Wishing you a Very Happy Holiday and a Joyous New Year!
















Another year has come and gone and what a year it has been.  This year has brought me great success and significant loss.  Through it all however, I believe each experience has brought me and my family closer together.  

I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and hope the new year brings you great joy and happiness.

All the Best!



Wait … I’m on the wait list?

iPhone 5

New iPhone 5

Just goes to show you .. you can’t believe the naysayers. Even with all the rushed reviews of the iPhone 5 and countless speculators indicating that the next version of the device does not contain significant enough improvements to warrant an upgrade – Apple sold out the 1st batch in less than 1 hour. Important lesson learned — don’t believe everything you read, go with what you believe.

BTW — getting 1 week after launch (and not standing in line in the rain for 3 days) .. I’m OK with that.


Where’s my equipment?

One of the nice features of iCloud which doesn’t get enough press is the “Find my iPhone” feature which allows you to locate your iPhone, iPad and Mac devices.

This feature especially shines when you are traveling and you suddenly realize in the cab that you don’t have your iPhone on you. A quick check using your friend’s smartphone allows you to see that your device is still safely in your hotel room.

The service isn’t perfect since your device has to be on and either connected to a cellular network or WiFi. In several instances even when my Mac was on it did not show up on the map which is leaving me to believe that I need to further configure the Mac for this feature to work correctly.

There are additionally several software products (i.e., Lo-Jack) that allow you to install a software program on the device and track it remotely but as a Mac user who already pays for the iCloud service, I find the “Find your iPhone” feature sufficient for my needs.


About.Me – Easy Self Promotion

The internet is a great way to find people and information.  The challenge for many people is how to publish information about themselves quickly, easily and in a professional format — that still embodies their individuality.  AOL’s About.Me allows you to create an online personal profile.

About Me Website Screenshot

About.Me provides you online editing tools and a basic structure so to create your page.  You can upload a background image (i.e., photo, illustration, or any graphical visualization) up to 5MB.  You then complete an online form for your name, headline and body text.  The text block you create can be arranged anywhere on the page.  You have full control over fonts and colors.  Additionally, you can provide tags as well as all your social media contact information and the appropriate icons appear on the page.  My page took about 5 minutes to create.

Additionally, AOL can provide you an About.Me email address (so you don’t have contacts using your work or personal email).  They have also released an iPhone app which allows you to browse profiles, and see what individuals are currently in your geographical area.

Personally, I found the About.Me approach much more personal and welcoming than my Google+ profile, which offers more functionality, but is far less personal.

About.Me is free and easy so give it a shot and let me know what you think.


Why I won’t support PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) .. and why you shouldn’t either!

This quick video summarizes all the reasons why I believe we all need to speak up against PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

As I said in a Twitter post earlier this morning, I believe companies and individuals have the right to protect their intellectual property. We just need to find a way to do it without interfering with the basic foundations of the Internet, and my individual rights to access information.

Please watch the video and voice your support!