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

Give kids a jump start on coding skills with the iRobot Root

NEWS – Getting kids into creative pursuits is always a good thing.  If your kids have any interest in learning to code, iRobot has a new product, Root, to get them into coding, starting at age four or five. Root offers three programming modes: Level 1: Graphical Coding. Graphical blocks teach essential logic skills of …

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Theragun G3Pro percussive therapy massager review

  REVIEW – Ageing sucks. I mean, it beats the alternative, but wow – who knew so many things can all hurt at the same time?  As a nearly 60-year-old, I find that bowling, playing golf, pickleball, and water volleyball regularly makes various body parts and areas hurt.  Am I just supposed to make various …

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Anyware PhoneBook looks to up your cell’s productivity

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – With many of us carrying around massively powerful smartphones these days, maintaining a separate laptop as well almost seems like overkill.  Phones have enough processing power to handle most laptop tasks, but using them is infuriating.  Relatively small screens when compared to a laptop, no keyboard, and no mouse limit the phone’s …

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MOS Blackpack Grande review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Gadgeteers love their backpacks. MOS makes some terrific ones and we’ve reviewed them before – most recently in September 2018. MOS keeps evolving, learning what works and what can be improved, making each new iteration of their products better and better. Let’s take a look and see if your tech and other …

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BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter review

REVIEW – Traveling is one of the most rewarding things you can do.  Experiencing different cultures and environments is an incredible thing. For those of us that travel with power-hungry tech, powering that, given the differing electrical standards throughout the world can be a challenge. BESTEK has a solution with their travel power adapter. What …

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Huru A Model backpack review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Schlepping – the act of hauling or carrying, typically something awkward or heavy.  We all do it, especially when traveling.  We Gadgeteers always have lots of do-dads and gizmos to schlep, along with the requisite every day carry (EDC) items that life requires.  If we’re traveling, we also need other stuff, like …

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Coal at Christmas can be a good thing with the Masterbuilt Gravity Series grill/smoker

NEWS – Grilling and smoking food is an intensely personal thing.  Propane and natural gas grills have been lauded for their simplicity, but barbeque purists maintain nothing is better than old-fashioned charcoal for that perfect grilled flavor. Masterbuilt, a leader in the grilling and smoking world, just introduced a new line of gravity-feed charcoal grill/smokers …

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Wasserstein Aqua Dew Alexa shower speaker review

REVIEW – There’s nothing like a hot shower to wash away the day’s troubles, or simply to ease some aches and pains if you don’t have any troubles.  What could make that better?  Music, of course!  Anything else?  Sure – your old pal, Alexa, ready to do your bidding as you wash, rinse and repeat. …

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ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-C PD power bank review

REVIEW – Power.  Our portable devices can’t get enough of it.  Phones, cameras, drones, laptops, tablets, MP3 players, earbuds – you name it, they all need power.  If you’re going to be out and about all day using your devices, how can you keep them all happily charged and ready for use?  The answer is …

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Spigen Essential 3-in-1 USB charge/sync cables review

REVIEW – I hate searching for charging/sync cables.  This device uses USB-C, that one – micro-USB, the iPod – Lightning. I always grab the wrong one since they are all intertwined in my backpack or desk drawer. I do have snap-on micro-USB to USB-C adapters, but those are tiny and I lose them.  What’s a …

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Reduce kitchen clutter with the multi-feature ChopBox cutting board

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Kitchens never have enough cupboard, drawer or countertop space to hold all those kitchen gadgets that we gadgeteers need to create our culinary delights.  ChopBox thinks they have a way to tidy things up with their new cutting board that brings many other tools to the counter. The ChopBox is made of …

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Uten 1088TS air fryer review

REVIEW – Most of us are trying to be a little more health-conscious these days.  Usually, eating healthier means giving up fried foods.  But, they are oh, so delicious!  Air frying otherwise deep-fried foods helps make them healthier by significantly reducing, and in some cases, eliminating the oil or fat used to fry. OK – …

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ASTI LectroFan Micro2 sleep sound machine / Bluetooth speaker review

REVIEW – Sleep.  We all need it, but for many of us, we don’t get enough.  Sleeping in hotel rooms is especially problematic. Loud climate control systems, aircraft or traffic noise certainly contribute to the issue.  My favorite are these two: the ever-present “I don’t care that this isn’t my house and I’ll talk as …

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Dine in style with Enso Essential pure titanium cutlery

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Single-use plastics are in the news a lot lately for their non-environmentally friendly status.  What is a responsible person that loves eating fast food or Asian take-out to do?  Hop on over to Kickstarter and take a look at the Enso Essential pure titanium cutlery set. Titanium offers several benefits.  First, it …

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