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LEGO MINDSTORMS Build 4 Good Robo Challenge event report

on Monday, April 14th, 2014

This past week, the Gadgeteer Kid and I had the opportunity to attend the “Build 4 Good” LEGO MINDSTORMS Robo Challenge at The EMP Museum here in Seattle. The premiss of the competition was to use MINDSTORMS to solve real problems or otherwise improve someone’s daily life. I have been playing with LEGO as far back as I Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Elizabeth

on Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Hey everyone, welcome to my desk this time!  My room – er, I mean, office – has way more gadgets in it than these couple of photos show. I figure I’d stick to my main space to keep it short and sweet.  My main desktop is my trusty 27″ iMac from mid-2010. Over the holidays, Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Andy C.

on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

What does my desk look like?  I was afraid someone was going to ask!  There it is, in all it’s unvarnished glory.  Let me take you on a tour. (Click on any image for a full size photo.) The centerpiece is, of course, a 27″ Apple iMac (late 2009). From left to right (in no particular Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Ryan

By: Ryan Chapman
on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

My first computer was given to me in 9th grade, which was a laptop running Windows 98. Before that, we had rented a computer for word processing from a Nebraska agency, which ran Windows 95 and had a dot matrix printer along with it. Being one of the relatively young Gadgeteers, you may laugh at Read More…


Trip report: 2014 New York Times Travel Show

on Monday, March 31st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Travel Gear

Fellow gadgeteer and friend since college, Jackie Cheng and I recently went to The New York Times Travel Show here in New York City. We are both fans of traveling and see the sights, so we figured let’s check out the show and see what exhibits were on display.  We were also super excited to Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desktop series – Bill K.

on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

When asked to participate in this series I was reluctant, actually I am reluctant, mainly because my writing area has been declared a mess by certain individuals in my household.  But then again, I subscribe to the old saying that “if a cluttered desk is evidence of a cluttered mind, what does an empty desk Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Bill H.

on Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Recently, Julie asked for us to show our desks and what’s on them. With mine, there is not much to tell. I’m an art director by day and freelancer by night, so my desk is usually strewn with all kinds of junk. Add to that my passion for all things audio, and I keep pretty Read More…

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Go-to gear discussion: Phone cases

on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Cases, Covers

We have talked about wallets, pens and bags. These are what I would consider everyday carry items, so let’s continue with another everyday carry item – your phone and what you use to protect it. For me, I have two carry modes, everyday and heavy travel. For my everyday mode, I am using a tech21 Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Kathleen

By: Kathleen Chapman
on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

I know that this is a series about each of the Gadgeteer members’ desks and what things we use to do our work, but since I have just started as a Gadgeteer, I will also show you where I do my homeschool teaching. To begin with, science and technology are in my blood, but so Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Janet

on Friday, March 21st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

I already told you about my spiffy elfa design-it-yourself desk.  (Check the related links at the end of this post to find the original post about my desk.)  Since I built that desk, I’ve moved to a new house, and my desk easily disassembled and reassembled at the new place.  It looks like it was Read More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Mark

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Hi, my name is Mark Rosengarten and I have a problem.  It’s a gadget problem.  It’s an addiction and has been as long as I’ve been aware that there was such a thing as a gadget.  In fact, I have been an avid follower of The Gadgeteer since it got started, it has always been Read More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Larry

on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

So, Julie started this “Show us your desk series” and I thought I would add mine to the list. As you will see I don’t have the same amount of cool bric-a-brac that Julie posses, but then again she has been at this longer than I have . What you do get to see is Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Dave

on Monday, March 17th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

I have been a writer here at the Gadgeteer for over a decade. Hard to believe it has been that many years. It all started with a tech question in an email to Julie that led to her eventually asking me to join the team. I believe there were only four of us back in Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Greg

By: Greg Carter
on Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

I must say that I’m pretty satisfied with my workspace, having tailored it to my needs over six years as a remote home office employee. What you see above is the “electronics corner” of the room. The photo doesn’t include a massive (and messy) desk directly behind the chair; nor another corner with filing cabinets, Read More…


Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Julie

on Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Do you ever wonder where all the writing magic happens for the Gadgeteer news and reviews that you read on a daily basis? Do you picture us hunched over a keyboard in a Starbucks or a library somewhere? We want to give you a glimpse into how and where we get things done. This first Read More…

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Go-to gear discussion: Wallets

on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Wallets

In this installment of my-go-to-gear, we look at wallets. Oh the art of carrying things in our pockets. Wallets have become an art form these days, have they not? I remember when there was just simple bi-fold or tri-fold wallets made out of leather in either black or brown. My how times have changed, not Read More…


Saddleback Leather bag giveaway!

on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Contests

Gadgeteers, today is your lucky day to enter our contest to win your choice of one of three gorgeous leather bags from Saddleback Leather Company. We’ve been featuring bags from Saddleback for almost 7 years because their quality and workmanship is unsurpassed. They don’t offer a 100 year guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship Read More…


Julie’s gadget diary – Is Gmail sucking the life out of your Android smartphone?

on Sunday, February 16th, 2014

This is a quick tip for all my fellow Android users. Have you noticed that your Android smartphone is always warm to the touch or that your battery life has taken a nose dive? When I was using the Samsung Galaxy S3 as my primary phone, it would often feel warm even when I had Read More…


Help wanted – become part of The Gadgeteer team!

on Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Updated (02/14/17): Once or twice a year I post a help wanted notice asking for people to try out for a spot on our growing team of crazy gadget loving geeks. Right now I have 2-3 spots to fill. Are you one of them? Work expectations: You will be responsible for submitting a minimum of Read More…

Rotrin Quattro

Go-to gear discussion: pens, pencils, and styli

on Monday, February 10th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Gear

Next in the list of my go-to gear are writing implements.  I think I mentioned in a previous review, that I believe writing by hand has become a lost art form. That does not mean it will go away, but now days we are just as likely to see stylus-to-tablet as we are to see Read More…


Gadgeteer state of the site address

on Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

In the last couple of months you have seen some obvious changes to this web site. At the end of December we rolled out a brand new layout and at the beginning of this month we moved to a faster and more powerful server. I’ve been running The Gadgeteer for close to 17 years now Read More…


Julie’s gadget diary – high tech solution for a low tech problem

on Friday, February 7th, 2014

A few weeks ago our 25 year old grandfather clock stopped running. We tried restarting it multiple times by swinging the pendulum and it would run for 30 minutes or longer, but would then stop at some point. We had a clock doctor come to the house to clean the clock 7 years ago and Read More…


Spread the love Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Contests

How do gadgeteer’s celebrate Valentine’s Day? With flowers and a box of chocolates? Heck no, we celebrate with gadgets! This year we’re spreading the love with a giveaway of prizes that is sure to please almost anyone. It’s easy to enter, so what are you waiting for? Prizes: 1 winner will win 1 each of Read More…

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My weekend projects, or finding time to fix the little things

on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Every once in a while I will get the time or motivation to work on some nagging project that I have been wanting to do for a while. Most of these projects are minor or really inconsequential, but they still bug me. So this weekend’s project was to fix my separating Apple iPad 2 cable Read More…


We’ve Moved!

on Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

The Gadgeteer has moved to a new server. If you can see this post, your DNS has updated to our new IP address and you are viewing the newer and hopefully faster Gadgeteer.