Scan from a magazine.  The size of the page was a little large for the scanner and it was difficult to scan vertically due to the binding of the magazine.

I have an e-book reader I'm finding that I want to put everything that I have that is on paper into the device: books, magazine articles, users/owners manuals, cheat-sheets, blah, blah and blah.  But after spending several hours scanning an out-of-print book that was falling apart using my standard Epson desktop scanner a few weeks [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, eBook Readers, Reviews

So, now that you've spent a few months now with your iPads.  So let's hear what you have to say about them! So? So is the battery life ok for you? So is it heavy or awkward to hold on to when you are in full couch-potato slouch? So does it get hot in your [...]

Posted in: iOS


Looks like a golf club, but the Shapoopie works with the other kinds of divots.

What's more fun than scooping up poo on your dog walk?  Doing it with a new gadget.  The Shapoopie ($25) is a telescoping rod with a fetch pocket (ahem) at the very end.  Position the device under the uh, hot spot (ahem) and voila -- no bending, scraping, squatting (er uhm well you know what [...]

Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

Hate laptop desks because most of them force you to use the useless touchpad or run your mouse over a fluffy arm rest?  Hate laptop desks because most of them are just a big blob of wood or plastic that just takes up space?  Looking for a laptop desk that isn't too bad?  Interested in [...]

Posted in: Laptops and Gear, Reviews

What is this?

Sloppie photo-shop art not included

Hint: I found this at a real brick-n-mortar store and have never seen it again.  Too bad, cause it works pretty well. What do you think it is?

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
The Fuel Doctor slips into the cigarette lighter of the vehicle

The FuelDoctor FD-47 is a device that can help increase fuel economy by conditioning electrical signals (e.g., aberrant noise, harmonics, spikes).  It consists of a set of electronics filters encapsulated in a shell that is inserted into the cigarette lighter of the car.  The concept is sound:  filter out transient spikes and help the electronic [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
TCPW at work -- again, didn't notice it, no problems, not heavy, did not worsen car pool tunnel syndrome, etc.

The Thrifty Cell Phone watch ($80 and the price keeps dropping) is one of the first viable (i.e. affordable, portable) cell phone watches I'd seen in a while.  While not for everyone, the concept offers an easy way to carry a phone without really carrying it.  It's a nifty idea but is not something for [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Watches and Clocks

The new release of the Amazon Kindle firmware, 2.5, was downloaded to my Kindle DX the other day.   (It has been steadily downloaded to Kindles over the past several weeks.  If you own a Kindle, just turn on the wireless mode and then choose the Sync & Download New Items  option.)  Among other things, [...]

Posted in: eBook Readers, News

If you have a need to monitor the activities of your nanny, house sitter, house cleaner, or other part-time guests and need a no-brainer contraption to do so, the motion-activated SD-V03 Color Spy Camera from Spy Gadgets can do the duty.  While I don't have a need to monitor my kids' nanny, I do have [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews, Watches and Clocks

Is it me or do I keep hearing the same stuff on satellite radio, no matter what channel I land on?  As Steve Earle would ask " . . . is there any body out there one-two-three on the satellite radio . . ."  Some great tunes out there, no doubt, but, considering that there [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Saw this on SlipperyBrick; the FretLight system is a learning system for guitar.  The specialized hardware connects to your PC via USB and has built-in lights which illuminate the frets to guide you through the fingering. This looks like something we need to review!   Sorry, doesn't come in ukulele size tho Julie.  Roughly $300 and [...]

Posted in: Music Gear, News
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Lower half = your view; upper quarter = rear view

Full-cover motorcycle helmets can restrict neck movement for the driver when attempting to keep an eye behind him/her.   Rear-view mirrors on bikes do not always reveal everything going on and can vibrate. The Reevu helmet (not available yet) may be a viable work around.  It has a set of mirrors effecting it into a [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
DIY scanners can be pretty complex

If you've decided that your e-book reader is your new body part, you may have stumbled upon some of the DIY book-scanner forums or sites such as  While the designs presented on the internet are intriguing, they are not always practical for klutzes.  Ahem. So I was equally intrigued by this, the VuPoint Solutions [...]

Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon will soon be releasing a software upgrade which should provide a solution to one of the annoying nuisances of the device: the lack of a decent way to organize items. Currently, items on the Kindle are listed without sophisticated organization. Additionally, a zoom feature for PDF files is supposedly on its way. Currently, the [...]

Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Less deadly than the poison ring (review coming soon), yet more punch than the Kinext gear ring, the Stunning Ring is a nice in-the-middle choice for those with the discerning but not pretentious fashion sense.  This bauble from Defense Devices can shoot a 2-second stream of liquid 2-3 feet by pressing a switch on the [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Well I think this is legit.  While most postings for a see-through toaster make note that the designs are just concepts, I found the Magimix Vision see-through toaster ("coming to Williams Sonoma stores in Spring 2010") on actual web sites, for sale as of right now. claims it has "more than 10 in stock" [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

As part of my "How Friggin' Lazy Are You??" quest, check out this Talking Heart Rate Monitor and MP3 player from Hammacher Schlemmer.  It reports your heart rate to you aurally while providing a 1GB MP3 player.  Neat idea, but 1GB may be too limiting for some.  Comes with a chest strap and USB cable.  [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News

Thrifty Cell Phone Watch


You may have seen the various cell phone watches coming out on the market in the last year or so.  I remember scrounging for one a few years back with very little success: they were either too large or too expensive.  The Thrifty Cell Phone Watch (yes, that is its name) is a recent contender [...]

Posted in: News, Watches and Clocks

Lip Stick Stun Gun


That's what I thought too when I saw this on GadgetVenue.  But it's legit, and on sale for $30 at Defensive Devices.  These are actually rechargeable and includes an integrated flashlight and safety pin (in case, I guess, if you forget what it's for and try to do a quick touch-up).  It purports 350,000 volts, [...]

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The-Gadgeteer post for the getting-started-guide-for-Linux reminded me of this useful site:  The best thing?  You can post your own cheat sheets and help others grok perplexing and poorly documented libraries and programs.  The next best thing?  You can download many of them as PDF files and put 'em on your e-reader.

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News

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