Friday, September 21, 2012

Tech Punishment For Kids??

Is this the new Millennium punishment?  Maybe....

I will admit, I am a pretty geeky guy.  After all, my day job that pays the bills is as a Network Engineer.  You can't survive in that world without embracing your inner geekiness!    I am also a parent of "digital kids". I am amazed at how quickly my kids can pick this technology stuff up and use it so naturally.  My youngest, who is four, is known for stealing the older kids devices to play games on and watch videos...

I found an article on Mashable that discusses what I like to call "tech punishment".  Basically it discussing setting the boundaries and consequences up front, before the inappropriate behavior happens.  Then the kids know they are going to be punished by having their tech time taken away.  I know that with my older kids, this would work like a charm.  They are constantly connected to their devices!

The article I reference is here;

This is a breakdown of the article is in Proactive Consequences and Reactive Consequences.  Proactive of course being predetermined punishments.  Reactive being an immediate reaction when you have had enough. I have to admit, I have been a very reactive type parent. I am the type of parent that can take quite a bit and then fly off the handle when I have had enough. Usually taking all privileges away from the kids when they misbehave.  That is something I really need to improve upon.  Don't get me wrong, my kids are usually very well behaved and I am thankful for that.  At the same time, they are kids and they will still push the limit at times. I am going to work on being a more proactive parent by setting up some guidelines ahead of time so the kids know what will happen before the inappropriate behavior happens.  Taking away tech devices is the perfect start.   I will continue to write update posts on this subject in the future to let you know how it goes.

I post this hoping it helps other parents that may not be as "geeky" as me.  It is hard enough for me to keep up with the kids, so I feel for you.  I regularly share stuff like this on Google+  take the dive and add me to your circles.  If you need more info on Google+, I wrote about that here.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

More Google+ Tips

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This Google+ thing is awesome!  I am meeting so many interesting people.  It is so much better than Facebook or Twitter.  It is so easy to connect with people with similar interest. I think it is a much better way to develop more professional relationships to enhance your business or personal growth opportunities.

I will admit, it is sometimes difficult to weed through all of the Google+ people searches.  Never fear, there is a site out there to make it much easier.  It is really a well designed search engine for G+ users.  It is called

The site has a very simple Google like layout.  It is not to busy and easy to navigate. When you go to the website, you are presented with the top Google Plusers and a menu down the left side. If you look down the left side, you can see how you can narrow down to certain aspects you are seeking.  Let's say you are looking for photographers, go to the left menu and find the occupation option.  Look down the occupation list to find photographers.  Click photographers and the website will then give you a list of photographers to the right.  You can scroll through and find the ones you like and add them to your circles.

You can also narrow it down further.  Let's say that all male photographers creep you out (except for me of course).  Via the menus on the left, under gender click female.  Under occupation, click photographers.  There you will see a list of female photographers on Google+. is a great search engine for G+ users.  I highly recommend it.  If your profile has changed, be sure to go to and update it.  As I learn more about Google+  I will post more tips.  In the meantime, here is my findpeopleonplus link.  Be sure to add me to your circles.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


I have been playing around a lot with Google+ lately.  I know, I know, you are saying "You are just now getting into Google+, you are such a technological visionary.......not"   Be nice!  I am a busy guy.  OK, OK, no more excuses.  On to the Google+ post.....

 I guess it is touted as the perfect mix between Twitter and Facebook.  I have to admit that I don't know either one of those very well, but I have been learning Google+ over the last several days.  I must say, I really like it!

First, if you are not familiar with Google+, it is a social networking application that is based on groups called circles.  You can create all kinds of circles to follow people.  For example, I have some circles called Family, Friends, Photographers, Photoshop, and Bloggers.  I can add different people to each of these circles and follow their work.  If they feel like they want to see my posts, they can add me to one of their circles. 

The main reasons why I like Google+ are because you can add people to your circles that have similar interests.  In other words, you can follow people that you don't even know, but may be an authority on something you are really passionate about.  For example, I love photography, so I have added several photographers to my photography circle so I can follow their work.  There are some amazing photographs on Google+.  The beauty of the circle concept is that I can send only my photography related content to my photography circle, or only my jokes to my friends circle, or even send a note to all people (public setting).

I am still building my circles.  Once I have them close to finished, I can then share a circle.  This will allow people to "subscribe" to the same people that I have built in my circles.  This is an awesome concept that allows people to connect and share easily.  This is where I think Google+ is better than Facebook,  although I do admit, I am not a Facebook expert.  What do you guys think about the comparisons of Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

I would love to have you guys add me to one of your circles.  Even if it is your "dorks" circle.  I am OK with that. This blog is integrated with Google+, so if you add me, you will see all of my blog posts as a Google+ post.  So please get to adding!

Here is my profile:

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