Erin Kane

Recent Posts By Erin Kane

A New Chapter in Our Story

Today our house in suburban Boston—the one my husband and I bought a year after we married—goes on the market. The “For Sale” sign in my front yard is more than an indicator to our neighbors and potential buyers; it’s a physical symbol of the big changes that lie ahead for my family and me. We’re writing a new chapter in our collective story and it officially starts today.

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For Some, Google Buzz is a Buzzkill

In my last post, I wondered whether people were tiring of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Immediately after writing that post I decided to give up Facebook for the 40 days for Lent. It’s been six days since I last updated my status and I’m finding it much easier than giving up wine or sweets, my usual Lenten sacrifices. So the last thing I needed was yet another social networking tool popping up uninvited in my Gmail box.

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RU Ready To Dump Social Networking Sites?

An article in yesterday’s USA TODAY, explored a possible new trend in social networking: people leaving online sites like Facebook and Twitter in an effort to reclaim their IRL (in real life) relationships. I don’t know about you, but this is something I have been thinking a lot about lately.

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iRumors on the Apple Tablet: Waiting for Wednesday

What will Steve Jobs and Apple wow us with next? If you read any daily newspaper or tech blog you can’t avoid the rumor and speculation swirling around the highly anticipated so-called Apple Tablet or iSlate. Gizmodo offers the most exhaustive guide to the rumors, with several updates posted in recent days. The big announcement is expected to come on […]

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Spotted: Fun and Pretty Accessories at CES

Ear buds adorned with Swarovski crystals. iPhone cases that also hold your credit card and ID. Laptop cases featuring a Grid-It ™ Organizer to hold your gum, mints, hand sanitizer and USB flash drive. These are just a few fun and pretty accessories I spotted in the exhibit halls last week at the Consumer Electronics Show.

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The Future as Seen at CES

I’m at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, wandering aimlessly among the exhibit halls and attending some really interesting sessions. This is my first time at the “big show” and people tell me the crowd is about 50,000 less than last year. Despite this, the exhibit halls are jam-packed and I have to admit, I find the whole experience a tad overwhelming. I’ve been to trade shows and conferences my whole professional life, but nothing like this.

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Printable Party Games

Does your family play board games together around the holidays? Do you spend Christmas Eve in front of the Scrabble board or New Year’s Eve playing Pictionary by the fire? Some of my best New Year’s Eve memories are of staying home with friends and playing board games. These days, it seems like most adults I know would rather watch […]

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Gifts That Go Beyond the Gadget

Somewhere on your holiday lists this year—either your personal wish list or the list of gifts you’ve yet to buy—is bound to be some kind of tech. Maybe it’s an iPhone for your spouse or a gaming system for the kids. Perhaps it’s a sassy new netbook for your mother or a Keurig coffee maker for the dorm-living college student in your life. No matter the gadget or device, one thing’s for sure: tech is a lot more expensive than, say, a nice hardcover book or a cozy pair of slippers. If the requested gadget or gizmo is a budget buster for you, but you know someone else in the extended family is giving or getting one, I’ve got a few ideas for gifts that go beyond the gadget.

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Tips for Managing the Card Chaos

One of the things about the holidays I enjoy most is receiving photo cards from far away friends. I love to see how my friends (or in most cases, their children) have changed from year to year. I also appreciate the time and creativity people expend creating their cards. Some friends really go all out, splurging on high end paper, professional photography and the like. Others simply insert a color snapshot into a standard holiday greeting card with a scribbled signature. It’s rare the number of friends who craft their cards by hand, but some still do! With the popularity of social networking sites and other technologies that have made mass communication easy and cheap, I fear the holiday card may soon fall the way of the handwritten note.

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Use Shopping Comparison Sites to Find the Best Deal

So it’s Black Friday, the day hoards of American shoppers flock to the stores in search of the ultimate deal. I have to confess, when my Boston Globe arrived Thanksgiving morning I scoured the circulars, looking for just the right deal on two electronics on my gift list. In this economy, who among us isn’t looking to save a buck or two? But I couldn’t bear the thought of getting in line at 5am and elbowing my way through the aisles of my local big box retailer. I know there are plenty of places to go online—in the comfort of my jammies and slippers—to score some real deals, but I still can’t help thinking I may have somehow missed out.

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