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.

Slow, low-res images with Etch-A-Snap concept

NEWS – Ever wanted to take a detailed, beautiful photograph and scale it down to a 1-bit black and white 244 x 144 pixel low-resolution image?  Me neither. But someone did and created Etch-A-Snap. Etch-A-Snap is controlled by a Raspberry Pi processor.  It takes a regular image and then downscales it to one-bit black and …

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Skylum Software AI-powered Luminar Flex one-touch photo editing software review

REVIEW – Cameras today are amazing. Phone cameras, point-and-shoots, mirrorless, and full-on DSLRs all produce pretty jaw-dropping images, right out of the camera, all on automatic.  You can certainly tweak them in-camera by changing ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and white balance, but that definitely requires a deeper knowledge of photography and the specifics of your …

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Get totally immersive with Feelreal

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Dive deeper into your gaming and movie experiences with Feelreal VR headset add-on. The patented design attaches to your existing VR headset and can simulate smell, rain, wind, vibration, punches and more. Weighing in at only seven ounces, the unit magnetically attaches to your headset.  It can generate up to 255 different …

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Tronsmart Element Force Bluetooth speaker review

REVIEW – It seems that every few days, there’s an announcement about yet another new Bluetooth speaker.  Today’s entry is the Tronsmart Element Force.  Is it worthy of your consideration?  Read on! What is it? The Element Force is a Bluetooth 4.2 speaker with up to 15-hour battery life. It is relatively small and portable …

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SpaceX sticks the landing – the world’s first triple booster landing

NEWS – April 11, 2019, I got to watch history – at least part of it, as SpaceX launched its second Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.  I did this from my driveway – or more correctly, a friend’s driveway down the street, which is pretty darn cool. Disclaimer – most …

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Look up! Broadband from the sky with Amazon Kuiper

NEWS – Not content to just sell everyone on the planet everything they need, Amazon wants to help you with that process by providing global broadband internet access…from space! Project Kuiper is an ambitious project to launch 3,236 satellites into orbit at three different orbital altitudes: 784 satellites at an altitude of 367 miles; 1,296 …

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Ikea and Sonos team up for another bizarre Ikea product name – Symfonisk

NEWS – Ikea, the king of unusual product names, and Sonos, the whole-house WiFi speaker gurus, have teamed up on a new product line called Symfonisk. Planned for an August 2019 release, the Symfonisk line will offer two speaker products, a bookshelf speaker and a table lamp speaker. Both products are fully Sonos enabled and …

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Thin is in with the Hyper Thin 420 & 440 EDC wallet multi-tools

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – The team behind the WildCard multitool is back at it again with the Hyper Thin 440 (HT-440)  and 420 (HT-420) every day carry wallet multi-tools. Every part of the tools are useful, and there are laser-drilled holes all over to reduce weight. Both are incredibly thin and light. Specs Width: 3.15in Height: 2.17 …

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Get through several magazines before you need a new roll with Charmin Forever Roll

NEWS – Have you ever had a…let’s call it “rough visit” to the restroom, and discovered that there are only a few sheets left on that all-important roll?  Charmin can wipe out that problem with their Forever Roll. Claimed to last a month or longer, the Forever Roll is so large, it needs its own …

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FoldiMate aims to takes the drudgery out of folding laundry

NEWS – Are you the type that whips through your laundry chores, only to have fresh, clean clothes sit unfolded until the next time you wear them?  FoldiMate can fold an entire load of laundry in just five minutes, all automatically. FoldiMate is a smallish refrigerator-sized device that will fold most of your laundry items …

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Aeon Matrix Yardian smart sprinkler controller with HD camera review

REVIEW – Watering the lawn. A mundane task, dragging around hoses and sprinklers and remembering (or forgetting) to turn them off. Or, you can go with a sprinkler system, typically controlled by a simple timer where you select days to water, and how long to water each zone. But, what happens when the weather changes? …

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Shinola updates the classic Runwell with automatic movement

NEWS – Shinola, Detroit’s darling that produces high-quality watches, bicycles, audio gear, leather goods, and jewelry is updating their flagship Runwell watch line with the new Runwell Automatic. Automatic watches have a rotating weight inside the caseback.  As you wear the watch, the movement of your arm causes the weight to rotate, winding the watch.  …

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Turn your attic room into your personal balcony with the Velux Cabrio balcony

NEWS – Do you have a room in your attic?  Is it dark? Did you find it impossible to add natural light because of the pitch of the roof?  Velux can add light, and add a balcony with their innovative Cabrio roof window and balcony combination. The Cabrio installs like a skylight but can be …

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