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.

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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Woof – spritz! PetSafe training collars use safe spray for pooch behavior modification

NEWS – Constant barking is one thing that all new dog owners dread.  Stopping your pooch from waking you and the neighbors at all hours of the day or night is tough.  PetSafe has a solution with their new training collars. There are two new models, a bark collar and a remote training collar.  Both …

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Dress up your Apple Watch with the Golden Knight stingray strap

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Apple Watches are everywhere.  Most people like the sporty look, but there are many folks that prefer a dressier look.  Golden Knight has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for their genuine stingray watch strap.  It is designed to give the Apple Watch, or any watch with a 22mm spring bar lug (Tag …

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It’s a dessert topping! It’s a floor wax! Gourmia introduces air fryer toaster ovens

NEWS – Unlike the old comedy sales pitch on Saturday Night Live, Gourmia’s combinations make sense.  Fresh off their announcement of new CoolCookers that combine refrigeration with slow or pressure cooking, Gourmia has announced a complete line of combination air fryer toaster ovens. Catering to the ever-growing market of those of us with limited counter …

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Instagramen for ramen – FOODBEAST Dream Machine Instagram Nissin Cup Noodle vending machine

NEWS – If you live near Los Angeles or Las Vegas, go take a selfie and get some free noodles! FOODBEAST, a digital media house that covers food news and also produces food experiences has debuted a new type of vending machine.  In a clever collaboration with Nissin Cup Noodles, FOODBEAST placed the machines within …

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Skylum AirMagic drone image editing software review

REVIEW – Drones.  Love them or hate them, they’re everywhere.  If you have one, you probably like taking photos, but they don’t always look awesome, since you are at the mercy of Mother Nature and her available lighting at the time of your flight.  If you’re gifted at Photoshop, or some other image editing software, …

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