pranks on computers–the outcome!

Eva suggested I wait to come home to prank my son Sam and boy am I glad I did!  Sam loves to use the computer – Youtube, games, homework (possibly in that order) are all activities he uses the family computer for.  About the only time he isn’t using it, is when he’s eating, at…


pranks on computers–the modern version…

Earlier this week a friend Sjonia posted a comment on Facebook…  First you should read this All postings are provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confer no rights. The inclusion of any key sequences does not imply endorsement by Microsoft to press said referenced keys.  Pressing the said keys is at your own risk. …


students involved with technology 2014

January 24th Mr. Chuck D was on the Arsenio Hall show.  Arsenio was discussing his old show "We talk about my old show…I fought for groups like you and NWA and one situation I lost a fight with Paramount because your song was called 'By the Time I Get To Arizona'." "Tell young people what that song was…


consumerization at home

i’m working from home today and the kids have started school just yet.  this afternoon it occurred to me that every single member of our family was working on a computer.  most of us are using a laptop, but occasionally someone is using a tablet or slate.  three of us have smart phones and there…


facebook video calling

my wife is in switzerland for a week.  yesterday facebook announced video calling in partnership with skype.  i was in the microsoft store yesterday afternoon with my kids where we were able to set it up and test it. notice on my slate with a front and rear facing camera how easy it is to…


tenure

there is only one teacher i can think of that i had and that my kids had in dekalb.  mrs. north was my reading tutor one summer in middle school and she has had both sam and audrey in music class.  many people i know have been doing something similar for many years but have…


my youtube channel – whoops!

i haven’t posted a lot of videos to youtube and a couple that i did post were apparently marked because of the musical soundtrack (since i “created” the photo and video portion and own the music, i didn’t think about using it to impress my grandma and other family members with my computer skills).  i…


sunday posts for everyone – biking, growing up and independence

this weekend our daughter audrey learned to ride a two wheeler and just like her older brother samuel is now cruising around the neighborhood with the rest of us independent of training wheels or a contraption off the back of dad’s bike.  her new found freedom is really fun to watch.  she’s always picked things…


sunday posts for everyone – influences

it seems appropriate on my parent’s anniversary to post something about how both of them have influenced me both personally and professionally.  after all, they are the first two examples, mentors, friends and people i could and did look up to.  let’s start with my mom.  although she is liberal in some ways, the choices…

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keeping your kids safe online – windows live family safety and windows 7 parental controls

last month i gave a speech on keeping your kids safe online at cwug (chicago windows user group)– here’s some of the nuggets you missed at our november meeting. first, i have embraced what is coming – we have two children that are growing up in the digital age.  they both have computers to use…