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How BrainPop prepared my son for time travel

How BrainPop prepared my son for time travel

Last night’s bedtime story was “JCat and the Time Machine for Cats”. Like all JCat stories, this one featured JCat traveling to Cupertino with Tim Cook in order to invent something. Happily, I was ready for the request to have a story featuring a...
8 kid-inspired features for Apple’s iOS 7

8 kid-inspired features for Apple’s iOS 7

For the past couple of years, our kids’ favorite bedtime stories have featured a feline protagonist whose best friend is Apple CEO Tim Cook. In each story, Tim Cook teleports this cat to Cupertino (Apple HQ), where Tim and cat work on various cat-friendly...
Steve Jobs in 10 Infographics

Steve Jobs in 10 Infographics

Steve Jobs is the rare tech innovator who will be remembered as much for his aesthetics as for contributions to functionality. No wonder that so much of his legacy can be captured graphically: 1. The history For an at-a-glance overview of the intertwined histories of...
This 40th birthday brought to you by Apple

This 40th birthday brought to you by Apple

What’s the right way for a geek to celebrate the big 40? In my case, as many of you now know, the answer was to spend the previous 40 days blogging. That met my need for ritual, but what about the day itself? I wanted to do something memorable, something that...
Why do moms have to choose between usability and openness?

Why do moms have to choose between usability and openness?

A few years ago somebody broke into our office and stole a couple of new-in-box hard drives, a giant cake knife and a colleague’s little Cambodian Buddha. I figure the stolen Buddha pretty much guarantees the thief will get his karmic retribution, but that...
How Apple could offer “digital valet” service

How Apple could offer “digital valet” service

I spend a lot of time tweaking my systems. And by a lot, I mean….a lot. Between my Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPad and our two home media servers, I figure that I’m upgrading something every week. Then there’s my online system: the widgets I install on my...
The next tech revolution is here and now

The next tech revolution is here and now

The next tech revolution is underway. It’s not the dawn of the semantic web, or the mobile web, or web 3.0 or any of these buzzwords. This revolution is about the people using technology, not the technology itself. It seems like the tech industry is finally...
The geek’s guide to child-proofing: how to keep your tech safe from baby

The geek’s guide to child-proofing: how to keep your tech safe from baby

With the wisdom earned from six years’ of childraising, two destructive children and four or five figures’ worth of maimed technology, I’d like to weigh in on the neglected side of childproofing. Because once you’ve figured out how to keep your baby safe from your stuff, it’s time to figure out how to keep your stuff safe from baby.