James Garriss

UREVO Folding Treadmill review – too many problems

REVIEW – Lately I’ve been making an effort to be a little healthier while around the home.  The first step was to add a sit-stand desk to my home office setup, which allows me to stand and stretch during meetings at work.  The second step is to add a treadmill, which will allow me to …

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This is the craziest umbrella I’ve ever seen!

NEWS – If it’s raining, you need an umbrella to stay dry, right?  Not according to maker Ivan Miranda.  He 3D printed a motorized hat with an internal propeller that uses a curtain of air to keep the rain off.  Ivan does a fabulous job of walking through the engineering process, explaining how he designed …

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Flexispot Kana Pro Standing Desk review

REVIEW – I’m a software guy, working in the areas of DevOps, cloud engineering, and data modeling.  What does that really mean?  Just this:  I spend a lot of time sitting, working on my computer at my desk, and I don’t spend nearly enough time during the day standing, walking, or exercising.  As I’m a …

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Bellroy Watch Strap review – a nice band at a nice price

REVIEW – My wife recently purchased one of the Series 6 Apple Watches, and she loves it.  It monitors her exercise and activity, it allows her to quickly read text messages, it’s easy access to Siri, and so on.  The Apple Watches are rather expensive, but she finds hers to be worth it, given all …

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SnapFresh Cordless Lawn Mower review – not enough power

REVIEW – In the last year I’ve been transitioning to battery-powered tools for working in my yard.  After I reviewed WORX’s cordless fan, I purchased their weed eater.  SnapFresh then sent me their leaf blower and their hedge trimmer, both of which I liked.  The most recent lawn tool that I’ve been testing is a …

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Cyansky K3 Flashlight review – the perfect mix of size and power

REVIEW – As I’ve mentioned before, I live in a neighborhood more rural than urban, where there aren’t many streetlights.  I want a flashlight that’s powerful enough to light up any part of my yard, should something unknown happen.  I had hoped that the UT90 Predator from IMALENT would be that light, but it died …

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ErgoFoam Adjustable Foot Rest review

REVIEW – My wife teaches English online to international students. While teaching, she needs the camera for her computer to be angled so that it captures her and the bulletin board behind her, all at just the right angle and depth.  Additionally, she is, shall we say, a bit vertically-challenged.  The end result of all …

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TaoTronics Air Purifier (model TT-AP008) review

REVIEW – I recently reviewed an air purifier from Proscenic, one designed to handle up to 1,000 square feet of space.  It’s a good purifier and the right size for our house, but I’d like to find one that’s smaller, one that would work well in an apartment.  I had previously tested a pair of …

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Fluffy Cloud, a magnetic holder for your keys

NEWS – In our house, we hang our keys on metal hooks attached to a wooden base that hangs on the wall.  It’s traditional and practical.  If you’re looking for a keychain holder that’s a bit different and rather cute, then take look at a Fluffy Cloud.  They are plastic, cloud-shaped holders that you attach to …

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SnapFresh Cordless Hedge Trimmer review

REVIEW – Over the last few months, SnapFresh has released several new additions to their line of cordless tools.  I’ve already reviewed their leaf blower, drill, and hex wrench–and for the most part, I’ve liked them–so I’m going to take a look at one more:  The SnapFresh Cordless Hedge Trimmer. What is it? This is …

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SnapFresh Cordless Impact Wrench review

REVIEW – SnapFresh has been growing its product line of battery-powered tools.  I recently reviewed their cordless drill, and in this review, I’m taking a look at their cordless impact wrench. What is it? This is a consumer-grade, battery-powered, cordless, brushless impact wrench that uses the same 20V/2Ah battery found in other SnapFresh tools, such …

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Zip Top reusable silicone food container review

REVIEW – Part of being a good steward of our planet is reducing the number of single-use plastics that we consume in our homes.  A couple of years ago I reviewed ZWraps Beewax Food Wraps, which has reduced the amount of Saran wrap that we use.  Today I’m reviewing Zip Top reusable silicone food container, …

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