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Last Christmas, I bought Addie a set of five Scooby-Doo Action Figures - the whole "Mystery Inc." Gang. Oddly enough, in the six months since those figures arrived here at Rock Father HQ, we've been finding that somehow one of them keeps going missing. We're not sure how or why it's always her, but Velma Dinkley disappears about 33% of the time. Yes, it's a certified mystery, and one that needs solving... often under the cover of darkness. With that in mind, I set out to score some bright headlights that would help us in our next search, as Addie tends to run around the backyard like the Energizer Bunny when she can't find something. "It's lost forever!," the almost-four-year-old will tell me. No. No, it's not.

When we were looking to buy our first single-family home a few years back (aka Rock Father HQ), finding a home in our price range in a School District we believed in was important. All said and done, we actually ended up paying too much for our house (we're now "underwater" or facing "negative equity" due to the housing crash), but we did so lured by the schools. We wanted our kids to have some great educational options when the time comes (the first is in preschool right now), and thus we landed where we did. Now, the folks at REALTOR.com have launched an updated version of their mobile App (for iOS and Android) that makes searching for homes with schooling in mind a little bit easier...

Updated September 7, 2014 - After a year-and-a-half on the Windows Phone platform and experiencing problems with devices made by both Nokia and HTC, I can no longer support or recommend the Windows Phone Platform.

When the folks at Microsoft reached out to me asking if The Rock Father would like to be a part of Team Windows Phone, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. After nearly three years as an iPhone user, it was time to ditch the 3G and make a change. My version of iOS was outdated so the new Apps wouldn't run. The hardware was starting to show it's age, and aside from the iPhone, I've never owned another Apple product. In fact, my whole digital world outside the phone has always been powered by Windows. With other choices out there (like Android), I'd been exploring the options, and while Windows Phone is a relative newcomer in the Smartphone realm, it caught my attention.

The OUR PLACE NETWORK (OPN) has launched a new mobile application and podcast geared toward teens and tweens as part of their effort to create a social network for adolescents. The iOS App is currently available in the App Store, and is expected to roll out on other platforms in the near future. Full details landed here at Rock Father HQ this weekend, and can be viewed below. 

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