Monday, December 31, 2012

Family Tech: Looking Forward

For the final column for the News & Messenger, we look at some upcoming technology that might just change our world.

Future columns will be appearing in Prince William Today newspaper starting January 10th, and still on (now owned by PWC Today)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Family Tech to Continue

With the closing of the New & Messenger newspaper on December 30, Family Tech found a new home at the new newspaper for Prince William County (subscribe here). It will also appear on the website where it has always been when the new paper takes over the site on December 31.

 The first column should appear on or about January 10, 2013.

Thank you again to Kari Pugh.  She was the Community Editor at the News and Messenger who first brought me on, and now is the Editor for Prince William Today.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Family Tech: Automatically Upload Photos

Is your phone full of great photos?  Want an easy way to move them to the cloud and your PC so you have them backed up, and also to share them?

This week's Family Tech describes how.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome to

With the closing of the News & Messenger, the home for Family Tech since 2009, I've started

My intent is to continue Family Tech with a new column each week.  I am exploring a few different outlets for Family Tech.  When one or more of those are chosen, links to them will be here on

And if there is a gap between the closing of the News & Messenger and a new home for Family Tech, then the intervening columns will be published here.

And this site will be the future home of the Links mentioned in each column, starting with the New Year.

And, if I have more to say about a topic, or thoughts on a topic after the column is published, those will be here too.

I'll miss the News & Messenger.  It is always sad to see a newspaper close, especially one that has been part of this community for 142 years.  I wish all the former employees there good fortune in the future.  I have enjoyed working with them.

Meanwhile, the Family Tech column will continue.  I've enjoyed writing it, and interacting with you, the reader, and hope these relationships can continue.

Family Tech: Tablets for Kids

If you feel a little quesy at the though of handing your three year old your $500 iPad, rest assured, there are safer alternatives.  Kids really like tablets, and learn by using them.  Now we can hand one to them without breaking the bank.

This week's Family Tech column.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Family Tech: Facebook Privacy

Just assume all your Facebook posts & photos are public.  Because they probably are more than not, and might one day be public. 

This week's Family Tech.