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 37 years. When not playing golf, pickleball, or water volleyball, I like amazing our neighbors with our automated home and fiddling with new gadgets.

Keep your life and lighting in balance with the Lybra Balance Lamp

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – With work, kids, hobbies, and of course the events of the last year, keeping your life in balance can be difficult.  ZAN Design wants to help by keeping your lighting in balance with their new Lybra Balance Lamp. Launched on Kickstarter, the lamp has a unique design that balances on just about …

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Mpow X6 hybrid active noise-canceling earbuds review

REVIEW – The latest entry in my search for the perfect noise-canceling earbuds are the Mpow M6 earbuds that feature hybrid noise cancelation, touch controls, and five hours of playtime between charges in the charging case.  Did these push past the finish line and win the race?  Read on! What is it? The Mpow M6 …

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BioLite Charge 80 PD battery pack review

REVIEW – Battery packs are everywhere these days.  With all the electronics that power our daily lives, portable battery packs help keep us up and running while we’re out and about.  BioLite, a maker of portable solutions for power, cooking, and lighting, has a new line of portable battery packs available in 6,000 mAh, 10,000 …

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KeySmart CleanLight Air Pro portable ionic UV air purifier review

REVIEW – With apologies to The Hollies – ♩ Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe ♫. Ah yes, breathing – that most basic of activities.  Breathing is certainly necessary for life, but sometimes, breathing can present health risks.  When there is heavy particulate in the air, perhaps from smoke or pollen, …

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Bibury gardening hand pruners 5-in-1 multi-tool review

REVIEW – Multitools are all the rage.  Bibury has extended that rage into the garden with its multifunction garden pruning shears.  Julie wrote a news piece on this back in May 2020, and now, we’re testing it out. Let’s see if adding functions to pruning shears makes sense or should be clipped. What is it? …

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Monolith by Monoprice M-TWE true wireless earbuds review

REVIEW – I have been searching for the perfect TWS earbuds.  It has to sound good, not look too dorky, be comfortable to wear, offer noise cancelation, sound good on phone calls, and have easy-to-use controls.  Not too difficult, right?  Well, in my tests, so far I haven’t found an answer.  I have a pair …

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Picture yourself up in the air with DJI’s new FPV drone

NEWS – DJI, the leading civilian drone manufacturer, is back at it, releasing their newest pricey toy for gadget-lovers, the DJI FPV.  FPV is an abbreviation for “first-person view”.  Unlike most consumer drones where the pilot watches the drone’s view on a screen, the FPV puts the pilot right on the drone thanks to an …

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InvisQi review – turn nearly any horizontal surface into a wireless charger

REVIEW – Name two things plaguing all of the small electronics we have all grown to depend on.  I’ll start.  1) They all need to be charged. 2) There are way too many cables strung all over the place.  Wireless chargers have helped, but they still take up valuable desk/table/nightstand space and are somewhat unsightly.  …

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Atumtek 51″ selfie-stick tripod review – A selfie-stick for giants

REVIEW – Cell phones have revolutionized photography.  You used to have to schlep heave photo gear to be able to capture great photos.  With the latest editions of iPhones, Galaxys, Pixels, and others, cell phone photography has reached the point that for a lot of people, that’s the only camera they ever use.  Another big …

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