Thursday, December 8, 2016

Senior Moments – Tech Support for Seniors

At Macstock 2016, Jodi Spangler and I demonstrated how to bridge the Digital Divide in this entertaining and informative skit on helping our seniors navigate and use new technology. We highlighted tips for keeping your cool while teaching your parent or grandparent how to use that shiny new tool.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Macstock 2016

Here is a Flickr album of my Adventures at Macstock 2016 and of touring downtown Chicago. My feet have *almost* forgiven me. I'll write more about this wonderful experience soon, so stay tuned!Macstock 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

FMEO - Episode 340 with Dave Ginsburg

Mike Potter was in Crazy Headless Chicken Mode while prepping for #Macstock2016, so he invited me to help Dave Ginsburg with the show in his absence. He must think we know how to podcast, or somethin! Tap or click the play button in this player to listen to the show.

Check out Mike's show notes here:

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

That Time I Made Bart Laugh and Choke On His Beer

I have been friends with Bart Busschots for a long time now. I love to make him laugh and I've been wanting this very moment for a long, long time and it has finally 56 minutes and 24 seconds in to this video podcast I contributed to for British Tech Network.
The Big Show participants
Click below to watch their video and listen in as Ewen loses it and Bart chokes back his beers. Poor Jeff manages to recover it for us, almost.

Check out original show notes here:
Thanks to Ewen Rankin for inviting me on the The Big Show with Jeff Gamet, Paul Wright, Chris Campion, and Bart Busschots who allow me to not behave myself.

Tap or click the play button in this player to view the show.

Maybe I enjoy it just a little too much?

Monday, June 13, 2016

WWDC 2016 Reactions With Mike & Dave On The For Mac Eyes Only Podcast

Mike Potter graciously invited me on his show with Dave Ginsburg to discuss WWDC 2016 announcements live. It was a really fun discussion and I had a great time. I felt like a golf announcer at certain moments! There was lots to see and talk about during the keynote. I may gotten just a little too excited about new emoji. Tap or click the play button in this player to listen to the show.

Check out Mike's show notes here:

Click Podcast Audio Link to For Mac Eyes Only Show Number 339 to listen to the audio podcast and consider subscribing to the show.

Sunday, June 5, 2016


This is beautiful to me and I wanted to share it here.

I'd also like to wish a very
Happy 10th Birthday
to my Nephew, Christian!
Ten years, already! It seems like just yesterday when your Mom and I were comparing bellies on a Skype video call. We were so excited for your arrival! Love ya, buddy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Geekiest Show Ever with Kevin & Mike - Episode 209

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Talking smack with Kevin and Mike on
"Geekiest Show Ever 209 – Peanuts Cause Facebook Problems"
Check out original show notes here:
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I'm Speaking at Macstock!

I'm speaking at Macstock this coming July! I am so excited. I'm giving a joint presentation with Jodi Spangler and then we are doing a Deeper Dive to go over more details. The name of our talk is called "Senior Moments. It will be about working with senior citizens and some of the challenges we all face when helping one another.

Look! They even put me on their website! Go check out the speakers page here: scroll down to see the list of all the awesome people I'll be sharing a stage with at the conference. I'm really looking forward to seeing my friends and I hope you can join us!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Upgrade Your Car With ZUS

Mother's Day isn't far off and I have a terrific gift idea! If the mom in your life is anything like me she may have any one or more of the following: an older or aging car, a habit of losing her car in a parking lot or parked on the street far away, and a smartphone or tablet that's running low on juice (because she just shot a bunch of home movie and photos). Sound familiar?

ZUS to the rescue! Thanks to a review unit from, this handy new gadget has given my 13-year-old car a bit of an upgrade. ZUS plugs into the cigarette lighter port and converts it into a 2-port charging outlet for USB-powered devices. I love how each port is illuminated so I can find them easily in the dark. It's also built with military-grade materials so I don't have to worry about it melting or malfunctioning in the desert temperatures where I live. Not only does this thing charge our smartphones AND tablets quickly, it also helps me locate my car!

Imagine you're on a road trip with the family and your destination is an amusement park with one of those huge parking lots. I always have so much anxiety worrying about finding my car when we get back. Recently, I took the kids to the Children's Museum downtown where parking was a huge challenge because of the need to park so far from our destination. In these scenarios, I used to whip out the Notes app and jot down the row number or some kind of description or snap a photo – all while trying to keep my wiggly kids from having a meltdown because it's taking Mommy too long. Now I can park my car quickly and worry-free because ZUS will help me find it. When it's time to walk back, my kids love helping me find our car with the ZUS iPhone app because it gives us a compass to follow. If for any reason it can't pinpoint your location as you park your car, the app lets you know and directs you to snap a photo of the area surrounding your car. (So far in testing it out, it's only happened once during our current road trip.)

Another great feature in the ZUS app is the ability to set a parking timer right there as soon as you park. We've definitely been in that situation many times where we had to concern ourselves with a parking meter ON TOP OFF trying to remember at which meter we've parked! Two problems solved with one ZUS!

My family and I have travelled across the country and back several times and I can already see how handy ZUS will be for future road trips to come.

I really think this would make a fantastic gift for Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8th, 2016When you buy a ZUS directly from, use this 10% off promo code (valid until March 31, 2016)


If you're reading this after Mother's Day, then Father's Day next on the gift list! Check it out using my affiliate link and thanks in advance for supporting my blog!

Many thanks to for the opportunity to review ZUS for my readers!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

High-Tech Parenting With Kevin & Mike On Geekiest Show Ever Episode 204

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Talking tech with Kevin and Mike on
"Geekiest Show Ever 204 – High-Tech Parenting"
Check out original show notes here:
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Girl Day

Please help spread the word about #GirlDay "More than 1.7 million new engineers and computer scientists will be needed over the next decade, but women and girls are three times less likely to pursue these degrees and careers than their male peers. Dr. Misha Malyshev, CEO of Teza Technologies, ( partners with nonprofits to reduce this discrepancy and increase hands-on learning opportunities for young women in STEM. Girl Day takes place on February 25th and is an opportunity to encourage girls to explore engineering, and discover the difference they can make in the world through a career in STEM."