Julie Strietelmeier


Is there someone on your holiday shopping list that is wishing for a tablet? If you act fast, you can save 20% off Amazon's Fire HD 10 16GB Black Variant (Certified Refurbished) tablet. The Fire HD 10 features a 10.1" HD Display, Wi-Fi, and 16 GB. This special offer takes the price from $199.99 to [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Even though my Nexus 6P doesn't have wireless charging, I'm still a huge fan of the oh so convenient method of charging called Qi. If I was shopping for a new monitor AND my phone was Qi capable, I'd be seriously interested in the new AOC P2779VC 27 inch monitor. The P2779VC features a Plane [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, News

The Trucker's Friend is a tough, all-purpose tool that was designed for truckers, but it looks perfect for walker (zombie) head splitting, nail pulling, tree chopping, ice scraping, etc. This tool is made of heat treated steel with a shock absorbing fiberglass handle. It combines the essential functions of an axe, claw hammer, nail puller, crow bar, [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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The picture above might look like a Kindle or another eReader device, but it's not. It's the reMarkable, a tablet that has been designed especially for reading, writing and sketching. You might say "Julie, we already have tablets that can do that, they are called an iPad". You would be right... partially. You can read, [...]

Posted in: News, Paper and Pens

Two years ago I reviewed the SnapPower SnapRays Guidelight outlet cover night light and am still using this product throughout my home. SnapPower has recently released a new version of this outlet cover night light that has been designed with child safety in mind. It's the SafeLight night light outlet cover and it features sliding [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

A few weeks ago I complained about the weight and bulk of the gear that I take with me when I travel. On my last trip to Florida, I took a 13" laptop, 10" tablet, my phone, various cords and AC adapters. Combine that gear with the weight of the bag that holds all of [...]

Posted in: Articles

I've been thinking of replacing the hodge podge collection of pans in my kitchen for quite a while, but when I check the prices of nicer cookware, I change my mind because it's tough to talk myself into paying $100 or more for one frying pan. Lucky for me, I was approached to try out [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews

I have a new set of five interesting Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns for you to check out this week. Click through to read this week's list of crowdfunding projects that have caught my eye. What is it? The CuWorx Copper Wallet is a minimalist wallet made right here in the USA of... you guessed it, copper! Why [...]

Posted in: News

You're back to work this morning still feeling groggy and stuffed from eating too much turkey and pumpkin pie the past few days. It's time to start working out... your index finger! It's Cyber Monday and you're going to be doing a lot of mousing and clicking today to find the best deals. My first [...]

Posted in: News

If you're curious about how well some of the products that we review stand up over time, I've got a few quick review updates for you today for several items that I've continued to use after I posted my reviews. I also updated my favorite gear page by adding and removing a few items. Click [...]

Posted in: Reviews

The Doxie Q lets you go paperless by providing all the power of a big desktop scanner with the flexibility of being able to scan anywhere. This small scanner flips open to reveal a multi-sheet paper feeder that can scan up to 8 color sheets at a time at 300 or 600 DPI. The rechargeable [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, News

The best thing about a wrist watch is that they can tell you the time whenever you look at your wrist. But the worst thing about most watches is that they run on batteries and batteries need replacing or recharging. I say "most" watches run on batteries because not all of them do. Today I [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Watches and Clocks
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I hope that all of our US readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and that everyone was able to cash in on some great Black Friday deals yesterday. If you need a break from all that hectic shopping, I have just the thing for you. You can click through to browse a list of all our [...]

Posted in: News

If you're like me, you probably have a drawer full of USB cables and USB adapters. Do you ever pull out a USB cable and a charger and wonder why it takes so much longer for your device to charge compared with another USB cable and charger? The reasons why have to do with the [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

The new Satechi Smart Charging Stand for wearables & smartphones puts all your charging needs into a neat cube that will look great on your desk or night stand. The Smart Charging Stand features three USB ports on the front and an internal USB port that provide 5V/2.4A max per port for fast reliable charging [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News