Nice chuckle around IT in the house and Bedroom… How connected is your family?

I was reading my RSS feeds this AM and Eileen Brown's post on laptops in bed gave me a laugh. I must admit, as a Mobile employee, I can fall victim to working in PJs on occasion and with wireless connectivity - work just about anywhere in the house. My wife also is a mobile employee in another tech company so she's connected as well. 

After we get the Twins and my son to bed, eat and "straighten" up the house for the next day, we retreat to various parts of the house and fire up the laptops, sometimes in the living room or bedroom with the TV on playing recorded shows from my Vista Ultimate Media Centre machine. 

Are we too connected or just too comfortable with technology to take it for granted? Hard to say. We feel we have a great balance so far and don't hesitate to pull back if we're getting too immersed with work.

What are my kids going to be like? Grace and Ella (2 1/2 years old) are already quite capable of going to the kids workstation to login (ok, no password, but it's a User level account on a Vista box) and launch their toddler games.  My son Mackenzie (4 1/2) likes to explore the computer and go to his favorite websites - he also uses a user account with parental control in Vista.

We're one connected family. When I am on the road with TechNet Tours or if Kelli is off at a client site out of town, we can have WebCam conversations with Windows Live Messenger and even draw and share pictures with the kids on our Tablet PCs...

What do you think? How's your level of technology in the home? Do you feel comfortable with the balance you've established? We're good with ours, how about you?

Comments (5)
  1. Danieln says:

    Well Rick I think you’ll be needing a few of these:


  2. Daniel Sarfati says:

    I read the same entry today and I am a full victim of working under the covers (in fact I was falling asleep yesterday while doing some routine server maintenance… but it was just a quick backup so nothing too major!)

    My daughter is also 2.5yo. She knows how to change the television channels, load DVDs (but can’t press the play button) and gets really upset when my wife or I go onto the computer. But if I tell her that I’m working, she seems to understand… it is interesting.

    She has been visiting some of her favorite TV show websites for the last year, like Teletubbies and seasame street…

    I do keep in contact with my wife throughout the day on messenger. I find it really convenient… and yes we do excersize IMing people around the house if they are in a different room. I grew up in a house where my father would yell our name and tell us to go there if he wanted anything… IMing just seems like such a more graceful way of getting things done, you know?

  3. It would match my binary clock on my desk… 🙂

    I already have the kids a set of Future Geek t-shirts from June’s Energize IT in Toronto.


  4. kenton says:

    Rick, how have you found the kids games work on Vista? I had a few that I never got to work on XP, am I going to lose more if I move to Vista?

  5. I have a vista capable machine I bought for the kids because my hand me down machines had reached their limit. So far, with RC1 I have had good success.

    This is actually a good blog post material regarding partental control and game compatibility for Vista – I’ll have one up soon enough.  For the record – Pyjama Sam, Reader Rabbit, FisherPrice, Tonka, DragonTales – all A-OK so far. I’ll post some more details as a full entry in a bit.

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