Kathleen Chapman

Kathleen has always enjoyed technology and the sciences (biology and entomology). She has worked as an entomological 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.

Magnetic Cable Management by Elago – a simple but clever twist on this cable management tool

NEWS – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I detest cable messes. Anything that wrangles that chaos into some semblance of order is a good thing in my book. Magnetic Cable Management by Elago is a simple but clever cable management tool that includes a magnetic bar and three magnetic “buttons” …

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Scientists print 15-micrometer starship Voyager to study the movements of synthetic microswimmers

ARTICLE – Several months ago I noticed an article (PC Gamer) about scientists from Leiden University (Soft Matter) having printed a 15 micrometer-sized starship Voyager using a 3D microprinter (Photonic Professional GT, Nanoscribe GmbH). They did this to study how synthetic microswimmers move through a viscous substance. Synthetic microswimmers propel themselves through a substance by …

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KYY K3 15.6 inch USB-C portable monitor review

REVIEW – Having increased my computer workload recently, I’ve discovered the magic and beauty of a second monitor and a portable monitor is even handier. Thus, when the KYY K3 15.6″ 1080p Full HD (FHD) USB-C portable monitor came up for review, I seized the opportunity to review it. I found that it is quite …

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Help entomologists track the range of Brood X cicadas using the Cicada Safari app

ARTICLE – If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you know that this spring is all abuzz (ha!) with the emergence of Brood X (pronounced Brood “10”) cicadas. A brood is a mass emergence of cicadas which are the deafeningly loud insects (males trying to attract females) that you hear in the trees. …

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DataLocker DL4 FE 1 TB SSD review

REVIEW – Now that many people are working from home, portable data storage has become more important. And since you’re toting around that sensitive data, better make sure it’s secure. That’s exactly what DataLocker has set out to do – secure our data with portable drives like the DL4 FE 1 TB Solid State Drive …

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Color code your Windows folders with the Folder Marker add-on

NEWS – Have you ever thought about color coding your Windows folders to make them more identifiable and easier to work with? Folder Marker Free is a free add-on for Windows that you download and install on your computer. Once installed, you can either run the application or simply right-click on a folder and select …

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MiniTool Partition Wizard is a free, easy-to-use, awesome disk partitioning and formatting tool

NEWS – When I have to repartition or format my storage media, the Windows formatting tool really doesn’t cut it. The MiniTool Partition Wizard Free application was just what I was looking for. I’ve been using it for years and haven’t looked back. It’s a wonderful, really handy, easy-to-use tool that will help you resize, …

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Thinkfun’s Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game is an awesomely addictive game

NEWS – Need a clever logic game for your kids? You might want to try the Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game from Thinkfun (for ages 8 and over). The game comes with different colored cars and trucks and 40 cards that range from beginner to expert. You simply set up the cars and trucks …

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Niagara Launcher is a minimalist launcher for Android users

NEWS – I love customizing my Android phone using apps like Nova Launcher and I recently discovered a new and innovative minimalist launcher called Niagara Launcher. It’s quite different from others and is fun to mess around with. Note: This is not a review of the launcher, but rather just letting you know that this …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Kathleen Chapman

ARTICLE – My work-from-home setup is fairly simple. I work at the bar area in my home (first photo above) since my husband needs the space in our den/home office area (last photo above). I use a Lenovo Yoga 730 13″ laptop, a Logitech M585 Multi-device wireless mouse, Jaybird Tarah Pro earbuds for Zoom meetings, …

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Here are some fun cord keepers for your sports-centric kids (or adults)

NEWS – Do you have kids (or adults) that have cords constantly falling on the floor after unplugging their devices? Now there’s a fun way to keep these cords in place on a desk or a nightstand. With the Sports Pack by Cord Buddy, you get two polyurethane cord keepers in the shape of the …

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Time to upgrade your wimpy scissors to this mean looking multifunctional pair!

NEWS – Have you ever looked at your scissors and wondered, “Now why don’t you also crack walnuts, crush garlic, strip wire, and open bottles?” Neither have I. But apparently, we should have. This 5-in-1 pair of scissors do all of those things on top of being able to cut through those rigid pesky plastic …

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Hide your colossal mass of cables using a Bluelounge CableBin

NEWS – I have Bluelounge CableBoxes that organize my cable mess around our desk and TV in the den, and I love them. However, the colossal (near critical) mass of cables behind our living room entertainment center would never fit in the large-sized CableBox. Enter the Bluelounge CableBin. This bin looks like an attractive office …

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