Bill Kuch

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
15 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
7 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
2 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
10 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
15 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
yale11

For more than a thousand years, humans have been securing their front door with key-based locks.  Until recently, there hasn't been much innovation in the technology, but thankfully, several companies have tried to bring the door lock into the 21st century.  One of them, Yale, has provided us with their key-free Touchscreen Deadbolt.  I expected installation [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
8 comments
epson950

Sometime around 1975, it was suggested that because of computers, paper would become obsolete.  It hasn't happened yet and I find myself buying a new printer every now and again.  I've never been completely satisfied by the output quality or performance of my purchases, but maybe things will change now that I have the XP-950 [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews
6 comments
cool01

If you're going to market another Bluetooth receiver in an already overcrowded market, it would make sense to differentiate yourself with a unique feature.  At Coolstream they have made their Duo receiver different in the way it connects to the playback device by plugging in directly to the 30 pin connector on an iPhone docking station. [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
0 comments
etrak01

Do you need to know where someone or something is or was?  Need to know that the grandparents are  OK?  Then perhaps the eTrak GPS Tracking Device  by eTrak can be of help.  It claims it can tell you where it is, using GPS, WiFi, and cellular triangulation, and then display the position on a map using [...]

Posted in: GPS, Reviews
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Bracketron Smart Lantern review

IMG_3559

If  you've ever been in a situation where one of your mobile devices has run out of power and there is no outlet around, you'd probably appreciate having a battery backup.  Bracketron's solution is their Smart Lantern, which not only supplies the power, but also lights your way in the dark.  Here's something you may [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
0 comments
nano1

I'm not very big on playing with toys, but when Brando offered the Nano Falcon R/C helicopter by Silverlit, it piqued my curiosity.  It's billed as the World's smallest, according to the Guiness Book of World Records.  Having never attempted to fly a remote-controlled helicopter, I went for the new experience. What could go wrong?Because of my lack [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews
15 comments
TV01

One thing that's almost certain is that the quality of the sound from flat screen TV speakers rarely equals the quality of the picture.  It's understandable, considering the size and location of the speakers.  You can of course invest in a surround-sound system and wire up your TV viewing room, or there is the option [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
3 comments