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.

Flats are a thing of the past with GM and Michelin’s Uptis program

NEWS – Auto manufacturer General Motors and tire manufacturer Michelin have teamed up to push forward with Uptis (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System). This tire uses a unique flexible structure to replace the air-filled chamber in traditional pneumatic tires.  This eliminates the possibility of a flat while providing similar rolling dynamics and impact resilience. General Motors …

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Rock Jaw Audio T5 Ultra Connect Bluetooth wireless earbuds review

  REVIEW – With apologies to William Shakespeare… To ear, or not to ear, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The pains and aches of outrageous ear tips, Or to take arms with compliant materials And by opposing listen to them all day. Rock Jaw Audio introduced an updated …

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iRobot ups the cleaning ante with new Roomba s Series vacs and Braava jet m Series mop

NEWS – iRobot, the leader in robotic cleaning tech has raised the bar with two new product announcements. The new Braava jet m6 robot mop can handle large, open areas up to 1,000 square feet.  With overall cleaning and spot cleaning functions, along with dry sweeping and wet moping options, the m6 provides versatile cleaning …

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Roborock Xiaowa E35 robotic vacuum/mop review

REVIEW – Robotic vacuums suck.  Well, that’s their job, right?  They suck all the dust bunnies, hair, and dirt up from your floors so you don’t have to. Roborock’s new Xiaowa (pronounced ZY-o-wa) E35 robotic vacuum ups the ante by adding wet mopping to its repertoire. What is it? The E35 is a fairly standard …

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Soon, your car will update just like your apps and other hardware

NEWS – Cars today run on software.  Programs control everything from climate control to transmission shifting to air/gas mixture in the engine. Car manufacturers release software updates, just like other hardware manufacturers.  I get firmware updates for my Sonos speakers and my Kevo door locks.  They are delivered and installed pretty easily. But…for cars, it …

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Febote 1000 watt sous vide cooker review

REVIEW – There are a ton of different ways to cook.  You can fry, air fry, grill, barbeque, boil, stir fry and so on.  One of the trendiest cooking methods today is sous vide (pronounced soo-veed). Sous vide is French for under vacuum.  Sous vide cooking places the food in vacuum bags that are immersed in …

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Akita connected home Wi-Fi security watchdog review

REVIEW – The Internet of Things (IoT).  That’s the term applied to essentially all connected devices that bring us the ability to control various items via connected apps on our PCs, tablets, and phones.  As soon as we do that, we open potential doors into our networks for bad guys to hack in and do …

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Musk aiming to provide global internet with Starlink

NEWS – A while back, I wrote about Amazon’s Project Kuiper – a plan to launch over 3,000 satellites into low Earth orbit to provide broadband access to underserved areas. SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space venture is preparing to launch the first 60 of nearly 12,000 Starlink satellites. The photo above shows the 60 satellites strategically …

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Skylum Software Luminar 3.1.0 with Accent AI 2.0 photo editing software review

REVIEW – Recently, I had the opportunity to review Skylum Software’s Luminar Flex photo editing plugin which offered much of their full Luminar product’s AI-based (Artificial Intelligence) editing available in Photoshop or other supported software.  Skylum has been in the lab and has released Luminar 3.1.0 with their new Accent AI 2.0 logic for one-touch …

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Level up your DIY game with LumiLevel

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Are you a DIYer that needs to keep things on the level?  This can mean hanging things, building things, installing plumbing lines and so on.  Lots of things are simply better if they are straight side-to-side or up-down.  Kickstarter project LumiLevel looks to level up your game with their new digital level. …

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