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.

Dragon Touch Classic 10 WiFi digital photo frame review

REVIEW – Back in the day, if you wanted to take photos, you had to lug around a camera.  Way back in the day, you had to take your film to the pharmacy or photomat, wait for a week or more, get back your prints, decide if any were worth enlarging, take in your negatives, …

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Get over the post-lunch hump with Pepsi Café

NEWS – Do you drag after lunch or even first thing in the morning? Pepsi wants to get you cranking with a new high-caffeine offering called Pepsi Café. PepsiCo, the caffeine experts that bring us Gadgeteers Mountain Dew, is again venturing into the coffee/cola blend arena with Pepsi Café, coming in April 2020. Pepsi Café …

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Just Mobile ShutterGrip 2 Bluetooth transforming phone grip review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Cameras.  Does anyone use them anymore?  Well, I do, specifically for nature and long-range photography, but for nearly everything else, I just use my phone.  The cameras on phones these days are pretty amazing.  Their one shortcoming is that phones just are not easy to hold steady in a lot of shooting …

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iClever Bootstrap power tower review

REVIEW – Electricity is an essential commodity for us Gadgeteers.  Everything takes power, and there simply are not enough places to plug in our gadgets. Power strips are nice, but with so many gadgets coming with wall-wart style plugs, it’s hard to use a power strip fully.  Add to that a large number of USB-powered …

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Twinkly Strings 400 LED multi-color lights review

REVIEW – It’s that time of year where we risk life and limb to decorate for the holidays.  For many of us, that involves lights and the requisite swearing that comes from burned-out strings.  LED lights have definitely reduced that, but they’re still just lights, right?  Twinkly says “NO”!  Lights can be more! What is …

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Tote no more with the Gita hand-free carrier

NEWS – Since we are still in control of our eventual robot overlords, it’s time to stop carrying your crap and have a robot schlep your crap for you! Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF), Piaggio Group’s division responsible for researching the future of mobility has introduced Gita, a personal transport robot for carrying small loads. Gita …

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Darice Bowdabra bow maker and craft tool review

REVIEW – Presents are fun.  What makes them more fun?  Bows!  Our family has a long-standing Christmas tradition where if the present you’re opening has a bow, you have to take it off the present and stick it to your head before you can open the present.  You can’t take any bows off until you’re …

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Black Friday deals are already available for the Airfree IRIS 3000 air purifier

GIFT IDEA NEWS – Air – we all use it.  Sometimes, the air we use is less than perfect, filled with dust, odors, allergens, and other nasty things.  Airfree produces a line of residential air purifiers that aim to improve the air that we breathe. Their top-of-the-line Iris 3000 is designed to handle areas of …

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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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