Garry Kolb

After a successful 35-year career in information technology in mid-Michigan, I am now happily retired and living the dream life in The Villages, Florida with my fun-loving and very tolerant wife of over 36 years. When not playing golf, pickleball or water volleyball, I like amazing our neighbors with our automated home and fiddling with new gadgets.

TaoTronics LED desk lamp with forward beam technology review

REVIEW – Desk lamps were a necessary evil for most workplaces.  Back in the day, desk lamps used either incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.  These typically produced poor quality, glare inducing, and potentially flickering light that created eye strain and could cause headaches.  With the advent of LED lighting, the quality of the light produced has …

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Chess meets Russian nesting dolls with the Crownes chess set

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – If you’re a traveler and a chess player, playing while you travel can be difficult as travel chess sets are usually tiny and sometimes unwieldy. A new crowdfunding campaign from Crownes Chess wants to bring Russian nesting doll tech to the chess set for good looks and portability.   Each piece is …

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Get in a spirited run with Ghost Pacer

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Running.  OK, personally, I don’t get it.  If you ever see me running, try to keep up because there’s a reason.  But, for some misguided souls, running is a way of life.  Solitary running works for some, but studies have shown that if you’re a runner, running with someone improves the quality …

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C-Face smart mask to provide transcription and translation

  NEWS – Masks.  They’re everywhere in this COVID-19 world we now live in.  Besides being hot and uncomfortable, they really have a way of hindering communication.  Losing the ability to see someone’s lips makes communicating harder.  If you’re trying to converse with someone that speaks a different language, things get even harder. Enter Donut …

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Get a glimpse of Cadillac’s LYRIQ-al electric future

NEWS – At 7 pm EDT on August 6, 2020, Cadillac presented a look into General Motor’s dive into electrification. Cadillac introduced the LYRIQ – its first all-electric vehicle.  It is GM’s first vehicle built on its next-generation modular electrification platform based on its new Ultium battery technology. These batteries use a new NCMA (nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum) …

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BoostArea Torchiere HD005BYH 24W LED floor lamp review

REVIEW – Light.  Light can just be ubiquitous – everywhere and unobtrusive, or, light can be used to highlight.  BoostArea has released a torchiere style floor lamp.  Torchiere is a fancy name for a floor lamp that produces light only in an upward direction. It comes from the flat-topped sticks that were used to hold …

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Gourmia GTF7600 16-in-1 digital air fryer oven review

REVIEW – We are retired.  That means that nearly all the meals we cook are just for my lovely wife and me.  We live in central Florida, where anything that adds excessive heat in the house is a bad thing.  That includes stoves.  What if there was a small oven that was sized perfectly to …

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AeroBand PocketDrum wireless drumsticks review

REVIEW – Have you always marched to your own beat?  Are you intrigued by the idea of being a rockstar drummer, but for any of various reasons (space limitations, too-close neighbors, non-understanding spouse), setting up the skins just isn’t in the cards?  AreoBand might have the answer you’re looking for with their new PocketDrum wireless …

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Want to feel old? Rubik’s Cube is 40!

NEWS –  Yes, you read that right – everyone’s favorite rotating cube is 40 years old. During the COVID19 lockdown, Rubik’s Cube’s popularity has surged, just in time for the invention’s 40th anniversary of becoming a global phenomenon. For those of us that aren’t as visual as others, the company has a great how-to guide on …

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Arboleaf CS20A WiFi and Bluetooth smart body composition scale review

REVIEW – Of course, we’ve all heard of COVID-19 by now.  To be clear, the “19” on the end is not supposed to be the number of pounds we each have gained by sitting in quarantine, eating Cheetos and Oreos. If that has happened to you, you need a tool to track that tonnage and …

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Do laundry in the apocalypse with Easy Wash 2.0

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Electricity and plumbing.  Overrated.  That’s the concept behind Easy Wash 2.0, a hand-washer currently funding on Kickstarter. Easy Wash 2.0 is the updated iteration of this unit.  It is made of plastic and attaches to smooth floors with suction cups. It is designed to be able to wash and spin one to …

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