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.

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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ITSKINS Samsung S20 Ultra phone case review

REVIEW – You just picked up that shiny new smartphone – you know, the one that was just released?  The same one you just dropped, shattering the front and back glass and denting the corner?  Kind of makes you shudder, doesn’t it?  The thought of your precious new tech going from new hotness to old …

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Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI robot vacuum/mop review

REVIEW – If you’re a regular reader of The Gadgeteer, you know that we are regularly offered robotic vacuums to review.  Everyone and their cousin seem to be making robotic vacuums.  Many seem to suck, and not in a good way.  We have carpet in our bedrooms and hard flooring in the rest of the …

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Costway boiler steam cleaner EP24434US review

REVIEW – Steam.  The universal cleaner.  Steam cleans everything.  It disinfects, sanitizes, and has a way to get out stains that other cleaning products simply can’t. Especially in today’s world, steam can offer a degree of cleaning that is more important than ever.  Costway has a consumer-grade steamer that offers a wide variety of cleaning …

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Round and round – Roto-Q 360 mechanical rotisserie

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Who doesn’t love rotisserie-cooked food?  Spinning your food while it’s cooking reduces fat and evens out the cooking.  But rotisseries are a little complicated and typically involve routing electric cords into your grill.  Trying to rotisserie cook in an oven is even harder. Kickstarter campaign Roto-Q 360 wants to bring rotisserie cooking …

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Help hydrate and save the planet with Hitch

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Reusable water bottles are everywhere.  You can always see ecology-minded folks toting their water bottles, keeping their body properly hydrated while not adding to the mountains of waste going into landfills.  But, these same people can also be found at their local coffee shops, drinking their morning caffeine in single-use cups with …

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