Bill Kuch

MM11

I've been searching for ways to attach my phone and tablet to the dash of my car.  Up until now, the options have been either destructive to the dash or I had to use a device that extended from the windshield.  Neither of these were satisfying, so the MagicMount from Scosche seemed to be a [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
7 comments
spike02

A couple of reviews ago, I mentioned that I had a new job and was receiving many business cards and I reviewed a solution to mange them.  Well, if one is receiving business cards it's normal to exchange your card, so I needed a way to carry them.  I did dig up an old silver [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Wallets
2 comments
Aries02

I'm a captive of the cable company.  That is, because of my location I can't get over the air channels and the local channels are not available on the Internet.  I have given in and subscribe to a package that includes one set-top box, which means only one TV can display the channels we subscribe [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
2 comments
box01

If you're like me, you may have devices that have different power/data connections, the most common being the Apple Lightening connector and the more standard µUSB connector.  In my case I have an iPad mini and a Moto G phone, both of which I carry with me most of the time.  This means I have [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
4 comments
ZeroHour XR charging ip6plus

Several months ago I reviewed the ZeroHour XD Tactical flashlight thinking I would never need another, but the folks at ZeroHour have me rethinking that.  They are running a Kickstarter campaign to develop a smaller and more feature laden flashlight and battery backup. The ZeroHour Relic XR is their latest flashlight which is currently seeking funding through [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
0 comments
penpower03

I got a new job!  Well, that's not the subject of the review, but because of the job, I've been overwhelmed by the number of business cards I receive.  They're all important, so I do want to file them, but the old way of manually keeping them in a business card folder seems so inefficient [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
2 comments
kenek02

As I get older, I try to keep informed about the state of my body to keep it in top operating condition.  I have a blood pressure device which I use weekly; I weight myself daily and I use my Fitbit to keep track of how far I walk each day.  With the receipt of [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
2 comments
Buffalo01

One of the shortcomings of my smartphone is the limited storage.  The Moto G I purchased has 8 GB and is not expandable, making it hard to carry around my media and files.  I've moved some music and photos to cloud storage that can be streamed, but then I'm liable to exceed my data plan [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews
20 comments
zero04

I'm starting to see the benefit in the multi-purposing of devices.  ZeroHour takes a flashlight  and uses the batteries to also serve as battery backup for devices powered by a USB cable.  As I usually carry two separate items in my car or pack to accomplish the same goal, I'm now able to cut back to just [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
5 comments
folio03

I enjoy my iPad mini, but I worry about dropping it or otherwise damaging the unit when I travel.  Also, it serves most of my needs, but there are still occasions where I need to set up a laptop to write a review or extended emails.  Now, with the rugged folio from Zagg, I have converted [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
11 comments
vw03

One of my dreams is to own an all-electric vehicle, but I've never actually driven one until my recent trip to attend Volkswagen's Full-Line Press event in Middleburgh, VA.  I, along with two dozen other bloggers, were invited to attend this event and hear about VW's plans and get a preview of several of their [...]

Posted in: Articles, Car Gear
0 comments
IMG_4040

Ever since my granddaughter visited Disney World, she's been asking when I was going to put "Fairy Lights"  in the trees around the house.  I've been able to deflect, usually with the promise of ice cream, but now I can answer her request using the Night Stars light.  Although my initial thoughts were "who needs [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
9 comments
fire14

We are fortunate to have access to a summer cabin on a lake and near the woods.  Every summer family members descend upon the “camp” and enjoy swimming, sailing, fishing and most importantly for the kids, roasting marshmallows over an open fire.  Because of this, the adults have become somewhat proficient in starting a campfire, [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
4 comments
gosafe01

Despite knowing better, I rarely check the tire pressure in my vehicles.  I rely on the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) in my newer car to let me know when I'm below a certain level, but in the case of my 2005 vehicle and motorcycles, I don't worry about it until they go flat.  Probably [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
2 comments
IMG_3862

I've been playing around with home automation products for awhile, but so far I haven't found anything that is easy to use or conforms to a well established standard.  I have some Insteon devices, X-10 devices, and there are also Zigby and Z-wave protocol devices available.   All of these require some sort of hub [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
9 comments
watch01

I like wrist watches.  OK, I said it and that probably makes me a dinosaur.  Although I have a cell phone which I can reference for the time, to me there's nothing like the convenience of having a timepiece on my wrist, and I don't have to fish it out of my pocket to check [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Watches, Clocks
6 comments
dlink01

I've been looking into a security system for my home, but I keep running into the cost issue of a monthly service charge.  So, I took a different tack and decided to cobble together my own using off the shelf network cameras.  I had several cameras arrayed around the house, but I was missing a [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
14 comments
bill04

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 [...]

Posted in: Articles
1 comment
telo01

It won't be long before the wire-line telephone system finally gets turned off.  Now would be a good time to make the move to either using your cell as your primary phone or, as in my case, move over to VOIP ( voice over INTERNET protocol ).  If you are a regular reader of The Gadgeteer, [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Wireless
21 comments
snugg01

There are plenty of iPad cases on the market.  The trick is to select the best one or at least one that meets your needs. The Snugg has been supplying cases for various devices and I received one for the iPad mini.  I've been using it for a couple of weeks now, and have formed [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
3 comments