Peeling Back The Curtain – Things You Don’t Want to Know About the Internet

Preface: Warning:The contents of this article are not for the faint of heart. It’s disturbing, and not appropriate for children. Read it at your own risk. I originally approached my editors and publishers with the idea for this article because I feel most of our society is numb to things we should never let ourselves get desensitized to. The short version of the story is: they don’t feel their software offers a solution to the problem and therefore it’s too incendiary an article to publish just for the sake of shocking readers. I personally DO think their software is a great tool to battle what you’re about to see, but out of respect for their wishes, I’m leaving that part of the article out. Peeling Back The Curtain Forget what you think you know of the Internet. Forget the world of fun kid’s games and little Mary chatting with her friends … Read the rest…

$1000.00 Free Software Giveaway!

It doesn’t always hurt being famous for awhile. Some good can sometimes come out of it. Earlier today I shared that you viewers made it possible for us to become the #11 in the nation for donations made to the MDA this year. A couple hours later, I get a call from SpectorSoft. They came up with this idea all on their own as a way to thank you guys for your support of their software. SpectorPro and Eblaster are two of the  best parental monitoring tools out there for protecting your kids. Hands-down, they simply rock compared to the others. What’s the downside? Well, part of being the best is spending a lot of money in research and development and that translates into a higher cost for the consumer when the product comes to the market. So, in short, the programs are out of the budget for some families … Read the rest…

Pat yourselves on the back – We Won for MDA

Every one of you out there who contributed to the MDA fund raising I did this year deserves a huge pat on the back! Together between the donations via Facebook, Twitter, e-Bay toy car and train donations, eBay Laptop Donation, Spectorsoft Promotions, and OMJ Promotions, you guys made it possible for the MDA to raise almost TEN THOUSAND dollars for these kids! We had so much success, thanks to all of you, that I just got off the phone with the Director of MDA in North Carolina (Elizabeth Kayed). Together we were #11 in the entire nation! Let me say that again: Only TEN people in the ENTIRE United States raised more money for the MDA than we did! You guys and gals are awesome and deserve a huge pat on the back, both for the success we had in being one of the top donors and for the amazing … Read the rest…

6 Months, Life Changes

I’m going to start referring to time in BY and AY terms before long. Before Youtube/After YouTube. Who ever could imagine something like a YouTube video would change someone’s life like it has our lives around here. It certainly happens every day all across the world. One individual or another posts something on YouTube that changes their lives forever. I just never thought I’d meet anyone affected in such a way; much less become one of “those” people. lol Well, today it’s official. I’ve been drafted! The editors and staff over at ParentingTodaysKids.com reached out to me awhile back and asked me to consider being a regular columnist. I thought about it for a long time, talked to my wife about it, my friends about it, and I’ve decided to take them up on their offer. I have a lot of people that choose to read what I write, for … Read the rest…

How I Survived – Thanks Totally to LegalShield

It’s been six months since my own personal D-Day event… when the internet exploded all over me and my family. In that time there have been more things happen to me and my family than you can imagine; some good, some bad, some as yet unknown. I’ve been a member of Legal Shield for over a decade, and I’ve been a sales rep for them for just as long, though I’ve hardly ever sold a single account. If you’re a steady reader of the blog you might remember a few months back I made a post about them and said if you wanted to sign up, you should use my friend’s link. (That way he’d make the commission.) Six months later, I’m taking the time to write this and share a few things with you; specifically How they helped me before I became famous. How they helped me after I … Read the rest…

Social Darwinism? Bring it on VP Ryan!

If he means them and lives up to what he says, the words “We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes” should be crafted and put into song, to be sung from the White House. I don’t know a lot about Romney’s VP Candidate, Ryan yet, but I’m learning and what I see so far seems OK with me. He’s not the best, but he certainly makes me feel better about what we’re looking ahead to in this coming year or two. Obama cast him down; calling the Ryan approach “thinly veiled social Darwinism” which personally, I think we’re a little overdue for. We could use a little Darwinism in a lot of areas in our society. When did simply being born entitle anyone to be given things? When did “because I’m a human being” mean that someone had the right to take from others to give to you? Why? Because … Read the rest…

Fan Pages

Ok, so wow, I have fan pages on Facebook. Talk about things I never thought would happen in a million years and THAT is one of them. I’m writing this to explain my actions on Facebook recently where I asked a bunch of supporters to  help me take down some of these fan pages. Some people don’t understand why, and I’m sure the fans themselves probably don’t understand why, so I thought it needed clarification. Without making this a fifteen page blog post, here are the main reasons: 1) Not everyone out there is smart enough to know these aren’t really me. Yes, I’ve actually had people “friend” me there and then ask me in real-life why I never responded to them about something, only to find out it wasn’t me they were talking to anyway. 2) I don’t have time to constantly troll myself, jumping from page to page, … Read the rest…

Friday 10 PM – ABC’s 20/20. Don’t Miss It

It seems I’m destined to be in the news again, though this time hopefully the story will be more complete and less full of controversy and I’ll be in like-minded company… maybe. A few weeks ago a film crew and producers from ABC’s  20/20 came to visit; spending two and a half days to film some b-roll of my family, inundate us with interview questions, and see and what our normal lives are like, how we interact as a family, and what our views are on parenting, traumatic YouTube events aside. This Friday at 10 PM on ABC, the episode will air on television. I just got my glimpse of the footage myself, so like you, I’ll be watching with interest to see how it all turned out.   Previous ABC Coverage This won’t be our first coverage on ABC, but hopefully will be the one to finally move forward … Read the rest…

Go Chrome for Charity – Limited Edition CR-48 Available! (Rare)

You might or might not be familiar with what was probably the most succesful beta test in the history of hardware testing, but last year Google came out with a limited edition unbranded Netbook. No one knows exactly how many of them were made, but the numbers vary from 10,000-60,000. These were released to beta-testers as a way for Google to test their new Chrome OS netbook. Since they were beta-versions they were shipped with absolute no logos, no icons, no identifiable information whatsoever. I registered for the beta test one day and in two days Fed Ex appeared at my door with this cool little stealthy black-box netbook running Chrome OS. It’s COMPLETELY run within the cloud, the first true netbook ever, and was only released to a small testing community. Well, I’ve got one and I’m going to simply put it here for auction on 8minutes. From full power-off to … Read the rest…

Protect Your Kids. Save Money While Doing It!

Ok, almost a month of working just paid off! After my initial response to the question of “What is your best advice to parents of kids in social media?” I got a TON of email responses wondering what software I would recommend to parents. I initially held off telling people about it because, quite honestly it’s not the cheapest one out there but it IS HANDS DOWN the best one out there. (And I know, because first – it’s my job to know, and second – because I’ve used them all over the years myself with my own kids and employees.) Fast forward a month later and I’ve managed to get the company to do a temporary price drop, for my viewers only. Through March 31, 2012, I was able to get a them to agree to a 40% price cut across the board on ALL their software. This is … Read the rest…