Kathleen Chapman

Kathleen has always enjoyed technology and the sciences (biology and entomology). She's worked as a research technician and an end user services tech before becoming a stay-at-home mom and home educator. Her continued interest in technology led her to join the Gadgeteer team in 2014.

thetruesize.com website shows you just how distorted the Mercator projection map is

ARTICLE – A while ago I was watching an episode of “The West Wing” (season 2 episode 16, “Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail”). In the “Cartographers for Social Equality” portion of the show, it really hit me (just like CJ) that the Mercator projection map that I have been using since I …

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HyperJuice has created my dream portable battery with a total output of 130 W

NEWS – I have been looking for a portable battery that would charge my Lenovo Yoga laptop for a while now. This USB-C laptop requires a battery output of at least 45 W in order to charge it. There are only a handful of portable batteries out there that will provide that much output, but …

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Brightech LightView Flex LED Magnifier Lamp with Clamp and Base for Desk (5 Diopter) review

REVIEW – I’ve been needing a desk lamp for my work area for a while now but never saw anything that I really liked until I saw the Brightech LightView Flex LED Magnifier Lamp with Clamp and Base for Desk (5 diopter). After getting the chance to check it out first hand, I discovered that …

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Colonel Littleton Zip It leather zipper pouches review

REVIEW – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love leather. I’m always on the lookout for useful leather products to carry my gear around in. Colonel Littleton recently came out with three new leather pouches: No. 1 Zip It – Small Leather Zipper Pouch, No. 2 Zip It – Medium …

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Hooke Audio Hooke Verse review

REVIEW – Recording my kids’ performances has always been important to me. However, those recordings were always lackluster because the sound captured by my phone was always a fraction of what my real-life experience had been. Hooke Verse by Hooke Audio aims to rectify the issue. The Hooke Verse headset records binaural (2-channel) audio giving …

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Try pink noise for better sleep and memory

ARTICLE – I recently read an article in Curiosity about how pink noise can help you fall asleep just like white noise. I knew about white noise being used for sleep but had never heard of pink noise (those of you steeped in the world of acoustics or engineering will have to forgive this biologist/entomologist …

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Check out GE’s oversized vintage LED bulbs

NEWS – Last year GE came out with some vintage-style LED light bulbs and this year GE has come out with some oversized ones which look pretty cool. These large LED bulbs are available in different shapes and have different styles of filaments (spiral and weave) like those shown in the photo above. They also …

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FREE TO FLY Amphibious Radio Control 4WD Car review

REVIEW – The FREE TO FLY Amphibious Radio Control 4WD Car is not your typical radio-controlled car, it’s a radio-controlled boat too. That’s what caught my eye and was the reason I had to try it out. And was it worth it? You bet! This car was totally fun to play with and seems to …

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F-Droid: A security-conscious repository for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications for Android

ARTICLE – F-Droid is an app store and repository for verified Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications for Android (F-Droid Docs page). I first heard about F-Droid from a CNET article in early August. According to CNET, “… 200 Android apps were found infected with malware [on Google Play] in March, followed by July’s discovery …

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Rotofarm is a countertop rotating hydroponic planter for those who want to grow some fresh veggies right in their kitchen

NEWS – The Rotofarm by Bace (Dezeen) is a countertop rotating hydroponic planter for anyone who lacks the space to grow their own food. Heck, I have the backyard space to grow a garden and I still want a Rotofarm! Anyway, this innovative device allows you to grow your own plants in a small amount …

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Save money on books by checking to see if they’re available from your library using the Library Extension for Chrome

NEWS – Do you have some books, ebooks, or audiobooks that you want to read but don’t necessarily want to purchase them? There is a Chrome extension available called Library Extension which will check to see if the books you are looking up online are available from your library. After adding the extension to Chrome …

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Drinkworks’ Home Bar is a Keurig for your cocktails

NEWS – Everyone has a favorite beverage(s). That makes it particularly difficult if you’re having a party with lots of guests. You have a Keurig for coffee and tea but what about alcoholic beverages? What does everyone like? Which ingredients do you buy that will please the most people? That question is moot now with …

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