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blink(1) is a USB LED status light that can alert you to almost anything

on Friday, August 29th, 2014

The blink(1) is a small USB LED status light that plugs into your PC, Mac, Linux or even Raspberry Pi device and can be set up to flash a certain color and pattern when something happens that you need to know about. That “something” is entirely up to you. For example: Do you want to knowRead More…

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Tape measure + pencil = PencilMan

on Monday, August 11th, 2014

Do it yourselfers, handy men and women and just about anyone who needs to measure and mark something will want to check out the PencilMan tape measure from Smith Works Tools. The PencilMan is a 25 foot metal ruler that features an easy to use thumb activated tape brake lever, a belt clip and bestRead More…

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Is Tic the future of button fasteners?

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

A couple of days ago I took us on a trip down gadget memory lane when I remembered the Ronco Buttoneer button fastener from the 1970′s. Today Luis Reyes left a comment that there’s a new button fastener in town and it’s called Tic. Designed in Sweden, Tic lets you permanently fasten shirt buttons without usingRead More…

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Gadget memories – Ronco Buttoneer

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Tragedy struck this morning when the button fell off my pants and I’ve been walking around all day hitching my pants up every so often just because I’m too lazy to go searching for a needle and thread. The situation caused me to remember a gadget from my childhood – the Ronco Buttoneer. Does anyone else remember thisRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – Nexus 7 powered car mods

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

I was at work the other day (Cummins, Inc), when someone walked up to my desk to ask for some help with his laptop. As I was talking to him, he happened to notice the Nexus 7 in the Zagg Auto-fit keyboard case next to me on my desk. He asked me which laptop it wasRead More…

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Epson LabelWorks Safety Kit review

on Monday, April 28th, 2014

I’ve had the same “Brand B” big-name label maker for nearly 15 years.  Why would I need another one?  Sure, my old one is heavy, hard-to-read, and often frustrating to use… Okay, maybe it’s time to give the Epson LabelWorks Safety Kit a look.

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Why fold a crane when you could fold Yoda instead?

on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Are you interested in origami but not so interested in folding the traditional figures?  With the Star Wars Origami book, you can fold Star Wars robots, ships, and people.  There are instructions for folding 36 figures – from Boba Fett to R2-D2.  You’ll also get 72 sheets of specially designed origami paper, so your foldedRead More…

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You’ll no longer need a third hand to keep hold of that &*%(^ screw

on Friday, February 28th, 2014

Some of these handy-looking Screw Grabbers would have saved a lot of swearing around these parts recently while we were assembling a butcher block cart and wire basket drawer sets for the closets.  This Kickstarter project is seeking funding for a Screw Grabbers, which are “transparent rubber sleeves that slide onto screwdrivers to hold aRead 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 cableRead More…

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This takes the Spirograph to a new level

on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Did you have a Spirograph toy?  You remember, those plastic gear-like toys that let you draw amazing geometric designs?  Well, you won’t have to expend any effort to draw the designs if you use the Scribbler Drawing Robot from Perpetual Kid.  The Scribbler is actually a kit; you’ll need a hot glue gun and hotRead More…

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Here’s the perfect gift for the steampunk-loving, chess-playing DIYer

on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

I have a fascination with these cold-cathode tubes commonly called Nixie tubes.  They are no longer made, but there are still some available.  They lend themselves to all sorts of steampunk applications today.  They can light up to display numbers or letters, so they lend themselves especially well to clocks, some of which have beenRead More…

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Makism 3D announces Wideboy line of 3D printers

on Thursday, December 5th, 2013

This post brought to you by Makism. All opinions are 100% mine. If you own a computer, you most likely own an inkjet printer to go along with it. I can remember many years ago when I could only print documents at work because I didn’t have my own printer at home. They were justRead More…

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Spikenzie Labs Solder:Time Desk Clock review

on Sunday, December 1st, 2013

I am a huge fan of the DIY/maker movement that has come up recently.  Every year since 2010, my significant other and I enjoy going to Maker Faire in Queens, NY.  It sparks my interest in what people create and hack, and gives me ideas of my own.  There are many vendors that show offRead More…

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Turn almost anything into a controller with the VERVE

on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Hackers, makers, tinkerers (is that a word?), programmers, and general noodlers should check out the VERVE Kickstarter project. The VERVE is a controller that connects to your PC or Mac.  You plug up to 7 sensors into it that can be used to translate your activity into game controls or keyboard commands. The 7 included sensorsRead More…

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Build your own Steampunk thermometer

on Friday, September 27th, 2013

I have a fascination with nixie tubes, or vacuum tubes that ThinkGeek calls the LEDs of the past.  These tubes aren’t being manufactured any longer, but there are still some available that are being used to make Steampunk things like clocks and thermometers.  You’ll need to know how to read schematics and how to solderRead More…

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Make your own school supply case with Duck Tape®

on Friday, September 13th, 2013

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. You probably have a roll of that wide silver colored tape somewhere out in your garage.You know the stuff, that you have to start a tear with your teeth in order to rip off a strip. That typeRead More…

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The Mohu Sky HDTV Antenna review

on Friday, September 6th, 2013

Our family has been cable-less for a long time now. We cut the cord on cable TV years ago, and ninety percent of the time we are completely satisfied streaming our content from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, or the affiliates themselves. But there are definitely those occasions when I wish I could watch sports events liveRead More…

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Make it yourself – Midori Traveler’s style leather Moleskine Cahier or Field Notes notebook cover

on Sunday, August 25th, 2013

A couple years ago I reviewed the Midori Traveler’s Notebook and commented that it was too expensive at $60 and that I could easily make one of my own for $20 or less. After I posted that review, I ended up buying all the supplies I needed to make my own covers. The next yearRead More…

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Makerbot Digitizer – scan it and 3D print it, the future is here

on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Even though I don’t own a 3D printer and I have never created a 3D model before, I know that I really want a Makerbot Digitizer. This has to be the coolest gadgets I’ve read about in a long time. Just place an object on the platform and the digitizer uses laser beams (Yes, frickinRead More…

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If Martha Stewart was a gadgeteer, she’d make this Phono Horn for her iPhone

on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Ok kiddies, it’s time to put on your Martha Stewart apron and bust out some scissors, glue and construction paper so you can make this cool (and free) sound amplifying dock for your smartphone. Consider this as an upgrade to the DIY Styrofoam Cup Sound Amplifier idea that we brought you a few weeks ago.Read More…

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DIY Tip: Jack up your tablet’s volume with a Styrofoam cup

on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Gadgeteer reader Gary Henderson sent in a great tip for anyone who wants to increase the volume on their tablet without spending money on portable speakers or other accessories. All you need is a simple paper, plastic or Styrofoam cup and a pair of scissors or a knife. Cut a slot in the cup andRead More…

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Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool review

on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

I’ve always heard great things about the Dremel line of tools.  They are known for their good build quality, and can be used for  cutting, grinding, sanding, shaping, and etching various materials.  I recently had the opportunity to review the Dremel 4200 High-Performance Rotary Tool with EZ Change, so let’s take a look at what isRead More…

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Weller SP25NUS LED-lit Soldering Iron review

on Saturday, May 18th, 2013

  Like many hobbyists, I rely on a good soldering iron.  I’ve been soldering since the 3rd grade, and I’ve had quite a few soldering irons over the years.  I’m currently using a Weller soldering station that I’ve had over 20 years (still going strong), so when I had a chance to try a new WellerRead More…

Hack your nightstand into a Qi inductive wireless charging station

on Friday, April 19th, 2013

Remembering all the interest in Julie’s recent Gadget Diary about the Qi inductive wireless charger, I know some of you will be interested in reading an article I recently found on the Huffington Post site.  They have an article about modifying a nightstand to turn it into a Qi inductive wireless charging station.  Basically, aRead More…

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SpikenzieLabs Calculator Kit review

on Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Since the demise of the Heathkit, I’ve lived with an emptiness in my gadget life.  However hope springs eternal, so when I heard about the Calculator kit from SpikenzieLabs, I was prepared to do whatever it took to review it.  Thank goodness I was selected and could now feed my kit-building addiction.  Hopefully my excitementRead More…