**New version of My Parent Plan coming out May 30 2013 while I will be at the Book Expo of America in New York City. Please check back May 30 for info on the UPDATED VERSION!
While I’m known today as “TechMam ...
On Nov. 7, I was thrilled to speak at a KidTech Meetup organized and moderated by Chandini Ammineni , Co-Founder of Activity Hero, to discuss how Kid Tech startups can get in front of their target audience. Speakers included @iRewardChart, ...
On Nov 27, I was excited to participate in the Palo Alto Tech Using Educators (PATUE) weekly edtech conference series. The organizer of this discussion was Sam Patterson (@LearningsLiving). His website, “Paperless Classroom”, is ...
Guy Kawasaki, the well known entrepreneur, author and investor, has been a role model of mine for many years. He is always at the bleeding edge of social media, taking the time to master an area and then share it with his community. Guy Ka ...
The new Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium is out and quite simply, it is a game changer. I just came back from the new Office 365 Experience (launch) at CitiPond at Bryant Park, NYC where I had the opportunity to work with Bl ...
At the recent launch of Office 365 Home Premium in New York City’s Bryant Park, I had the opportunity to experience the new features of Office while talking to some very exciting people (keep reading to find out who!). The Microsoft ...
I was one of the lucky ones. As a Senior Manager at a top consulting firm with a 4 year-old son and twins on the way, I was offered options. The firm was very serious about providing a family friendly workplace, so I could have taken mater ...
Distracted driving is a serious problem. In my last post about the topic I discussed the AT&T “It Can Wait” website that has important information for families. The AT&T It Can wait website shows “Texting and Driving Crash ...
This has been a busy time for the Women’s Movement. Today happens to be International Women’s Day 2013 which has “thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements“. The d ...
I was lucky to be invited many years ago on a magic bus ride to CES, which was the first time I had a fun adventure with the team from Parnassus Group (Steve Broback, Jason Preston and more). Over the years they always had the pulse of soci ...
I was at Safeway the other day when they asked if I wanted some 3D glasses for the Super Bowl.
At first I said "Whaaaaattt?" 3D glasses for the Super Bowl?
The cashier said "yes" and gave me a bunch.
Later I found out that Intel and DreamWorks took 3D Graphics to the Super Bowl (as reported by CNET News – CLICK HERE to read the details). The technology is called "InTru3D". Here is information on the movie coming out this March that will utilize this technology:
While I get updates on Hurricane Ike from CNN, I like to get news updates from CBS. I have especially been following the CBS News With Katie Couric’s series called "Where We Stand" to help get information about the election. Here is my tweet from CBS News on Sep. 11:
Yesterday I was reveling in my quiet time at home while the kids were at school, trying to get some work done.. I put in a few good hours then decided to take my tweet break and see what my Twitter buddies were up to. Little did I realize my new Twitter buddy, Rick Sanchez from CNN, was live tweeting Hurricane Ike from Morgan Point Texas. Here is the tweet I received:
RICK SANCHEZ: "going on the air in just 14 minutes, in morgan’s point. think i may be right in it.
bay already up ten feet. 10:50 AM September 12, 2008
So I turned on the TV, wanting to see if it was for real and to see how people are doing in Texas (I have friends there). And what do you know – there was Rick – holding onto his hat and checking Twitter from his computer. From his report, people were prepared and holding up fine.
My next tweet back to him was:
TECHMAMA: "What laptop are you using that you can have it out in the rainy, windy weather while you are covering the hurricane?
I happened to turn on CNN to get an updated on Hurricane Gustav, and what do you know – the reporter Rick Sanchez was utilizing online social networking during the newscast. He displayed the Twitter conversations and discussed using Facebook, saying "that he was utilizing the social networking thing".
So I decided to join him in the social networking thing by twittering him to see if he was really accepting new tweets. Let’s see if I am added to his list…. While I was waiting I shared tweets with my other mom blogger buddies sharing concern about those in the path of the Hurricane.
My husband is in the other room watching the DNC while I read the posts on Momocrats. This is an exciting step for moms and online political influence – they have an official blogger pass to the convention floor and have been spread out covering different events.
All of my thoughts are on my virtual blog buddy Why Mommy who is going in for a double mastectomy today. She has also graced us with her thoughts on the DC Metro Moms Blog. This is an example of how blogs can also provide virtual support for those like Why Mommy who openly talk about their experiences. This strength helps others who are also going through the same experience.
There are other support sites, like Blog For A Cure that offers blogs and a community. The National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society has links for support and resources. For those wanting to coordinate support online, Lotsa Helping Hands is a site where you can coordinate volunteer and support activities. Any others websites that are good resources for those fighting cancer and those that want to support them?
If I look into the future of what our kids will use to vote when they are adults, I see computerized voting. I mean, come on, everything else is going digital – why not voting? The good news is that e-voting is here. The bad news is that it seems to have some glitches.
Ok, I get it – with electronic voting there can be lost counts. But what about the famous dimple, chad and butterfly ballot debacle of Election 2000? It seems paper voting has it’s own set of problems. In my past life I was in system auditing so my two cents are to make sure there is an audit trail – in paper and digital. Sarah’s post mentioned that some e-voting machines have the option to verify your vote with a paper audit trail – but it is up to the voter to request.
So voters, don’t be afraid to join the digital age with e-voting but do your part and ask if there is a way to verify your vote with paper.
The wired world has made keeping track on ID’s across multiple applications complicated. Even if you use the same ID, you have to remember what applications you signed up for and even worse – your passwords. Being from an application security background, it is important to have secure alphnumeric passwords, which end up being hard to remember at times.
I was visiting Techcrunch, that posted about a blog called Daily Tech Talk (dTt). When I went to take a look at this blog (very interesting, I added it to my tech sites typelist) I saw the most interesting section on his about page. The section listed all of his ID’s across multiple online apps such as Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Facebook. The site he used to organize this information is called onXiam.
I decided to add myself. I chose one site that I am just starting to add information to (LinkedIn). All identities added are public by default, but you can choose to have some of your identities remain private. The onXiam FAQ page explains the details.
This is a great service for moms, because just keeping track of your child’s schedule is hard enough without remembering ID’s.
I mean, come on, with all the technology available these days do ya think he could have figured out that he that he could use it and NOT put his family and all the travelers at risk. So, just in case any other grooms or brides become infected with a contagious disease, here is a great example of a couple getting married using Teleconferencing and some hotels that can be used:
Just last week (May 29) the Washington Post reported that Spc. Abraham Rhode and Amanda Hart used video teleconferencing to be joined as husband and wife.
Hotels from Syracuse to London have audio/video technology available. Guests can have a nice meal while watching the video romance taking place.
Just make sure the the officiator is either with the bride or groom. The State of Connecticut on May 24, 2007 issued a press release with details of the lawmakers attempt to close the loopholes in video conferencing weddings. I assume that the officiator of the Andrew Speaker wedding would have chosen to be with the bride.
Beth Blecherman left her position as a Senior Manager at Deloitte for Family Management then decided to blog as a career 2.0. Her personal blog is TechMamas.com (@TechMama ), a platform to discuss technology, social media and her obsession with consumer electronics.
She is the Chief Technologist of Cool Mom Tech, the intersection between tech, parenting and style.
Beth Blecherman (a.k.a TechMama) has been choosen as one of the Nielson Power Mom 50 influencers, TIME.com 140 Best Twitter Feeds, Working Mother.com List of Most Powerful Moms in Social Media , PCMag twitter top 100 and Forbes Top 100 Website for Women.