Mark Adkins

From Omaha. Into technology/gadgets, tortoises, magic, the outdoors, marriage, CPR/First Aid, and more. Married with 5 mostly grown children. Pet dog, 5 Red-foot Tortoises Tech includes Palm Centro, new HP Mini 1000XP, Fuji 4010, and lots of gadgets.

XO Skins Screen Protectors Review

XO Skins Screen Protector

There sometimes seems to be a war or an evolutionary struggle between device screens and screen protector makers. Back in the early days of Palm PDA’s, the screens were rather soft and you used a plastic stylus to write on them. They scratched easily so most of us used and recommended screen protectors. Store bought, home-made, …

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Bay Alarm Medical Personal Alarm Response System Review

Bay Alarm Medical

A lot of people worry about getting help if something happens to them away from a phone. Maybe they are aging or becoming confused or forgetful. Perhaps they have limited mobility or a disability. Maybe they are concerned family members worried about their loved ones. One popular option is an emergency dialing system, like the …

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Behringer Europort EPA40 Handheld PA System Review

Behringer Europort EPA40

One of the most valuable public speaking tips I have ever gotten was that sheer volume is a powerful ally. It allows you to roll right over room or ambient noise, it allows the listeners to more easily focus on the message, it allows you to better modulate your tone for effect, and it gives …

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Attop YD-711 Avatar Licensed RC Helicopter Review

Attop YD 711 Avatar Licensed RC Helicopter

Sigh. I love remote control stuff, especially helicopters, but I may well be the worst RC ‘copter pilot ever. I got the cool looking YD-711 2.4GHz 4-channel Avatar licensed RC helicopter from Attop, and broke one of the blades within about 10 minutes of actual flight time. More on that later.

CamelBak Groove Insulated 0.6L Filtration Bottle Review

CamelBak Groove Insulated

I’m a big believer in using refillable water bottles to stay hydrated, lose weight, be environmentally conscious, and so on, so we usually have half a dozen 32oz. wide-mouth bottles in the fridge. I’ve been thinking about upgrading my system though.  Our local water is a little hard (but still pretty tasty), but about once a month …

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BufferBit Review


A drill-mounted polishing/buffing device may not be as cool or as ‘gadget-y’ as a lot of the stuff we review here, but there is something to be said for a well-made device that does its designated job very nicely.  The BufferBit kit is one of those not-so-fun but necessary items that keep you looking professional.

Eton Axis ARCPT300W Emergency Radio Review


A reliable emergency radio radio is a great idea for anyone. Something that will work even if you forgot to replace the batteries and that can get the weather bands can literally be a lifesaver in an emergency. The Eton Corporation, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, offers several radios that fit this need. …

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ChargeAll Wall Charger Review

ChargeAll Wall Charger

“One Charger. For All Your Devices.” The ChargeAll Wall Charger combines a wall wart-type plug with about six feet of cord and ten built-in tips along with ‘fast charge technology’ that allows this one device to charge literally hundreds of different devices – phones, MP3 players, hand-held game systems, etc. – without additional tips or …

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CRKT’s Guppie and Eat’N Tool Double Pack Review

CRKT Guppie EatN Tool

Sometimes you find the oddest things in the comments sections. In a review about an interchangeable blade multi-tool, someone mentioned the CRKT’s ID Flex tool. When I looked that tool up, I was reminded about a tool I have long been interested in – the CRKT Guppie, a multi-tool designed around an adjustable wrench instead …

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