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.

Monolith by Monoprice M-TWE true wireless earbuds review

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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

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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

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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

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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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Mindful Fidgets wearable star fidget spinner review

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REVIEW – Are you one of those people that always have your hands occupied?  Rubbing a stone, spinning a pencil, fiddling with a paperclip – it is an issue that affects more people than some might realize. The need to constantly have some sort of active stimulation brought about the rise of fidget spinners – …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Garry Kolb

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ARTICLE – Julie asked us all to do a write-up of our work-from-home tech setup. I don’t work.  My wife doesn’t work. Well, we did, but we retired, so we don’t really have a work from home setup.  But, writing for The Gadgeteer does require some tech, and my wife and I use laptops, so …

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RAVPower PD Pioneer 30000mAh 2-port power bank review

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REVIEW – Power-hungry electronics need a boost from time to time, even when you’re not near an outlet.  Mobile power banks have helped out, but with power demands increasing, sometimes they just can’t supply enough fast enough.  RAVPower has just released a new power bank in their PD Pioneer line that can provide enough power …

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MasterSpace Charwego 45W international travel adapter review

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REVIEW – I seem to be posting a lot lately about travel, or more correctly, the lack of travel, and the gadgets I hope to use someday when I can travel again.  In keeping with that theme, I present the MasterSpace Charwego 45W travel power adapter. Charwego is much more than just a travel plug …

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Couch Console custom-cradles couch crap creatively

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CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Do you spend a lot of time on the bed or the couch?  With more people working from home, couches have suddenly become workspaces.  If you’ve ever tried to work on the couch, you know that as workspaces go, they certainly aren’t the pinnacle of efficient design. Ebite Inc. has created a …

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Meathearts let you profess your carnivore love with jerky and lasers

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REVIEW – Heads-up, romantics!  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re romantically involved with someone difficult to shop for, you know how hard gift-giving can be.  If you happen to be paired with a carnivore, Candy hearts are nice and all that, but it takes spiced, dried meat to warm the heart of …

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Wellue Checkme Pro health monitor review

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REVIEW – One thing you can never take for granted is your health.  Without good health, life gets a lot more complicated.  That’s why they recommend a physical every year, preventative medicine, and routine monitoring.  This current Covid-crazy world we live in has complicated some of that with some medical professionals switching to telemedicine. That …

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Flaunt your 20/20 fashion sense with a 4 Eyed beanie

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NEWS – What are Gadgeteers best know for?  Their technical prowess? Nah. Their amazing financial success?  Probably not.  No – it’s their amazing fashion sense.  The catwalks of Paris and Milan pale in comparison to a sidewalk full of Gadgeteers! Here’s something that should be in every fashion-heavy Gadgeteer’s wardrobe – the 4 Eyed beanie! …

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GL-iNet GL-MT1300 Beryl pocket sized travel router review

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REVIEW – Open WiFi is a beautiful thing.  When traveling, you no longer have to carry an ethernet cable and be tethered to the desk in the hotel room.  Just about every hotel offers free WiFi so you can plop on the marginally comfortable bed or likely uncomfortable couch and surf away.  But today, you …

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What’s that Spot? You’re sad? Understand your pup with Petpuls

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NEWS – Everyone thinks they understand their dog.  It loves them, right?  But dogs have a range of emotions, just like their humans do.  Understanding those emotions can help when the pup acts out.  That’s where Petpuls comes in.  A CES Innovation Award winner in 2021, Petpuls claims to be able to interpret Fido’s woofs …

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