Gadgets & Gear

I’m planning to “Go Live” from as many National Parks as I can in 2016

I’m planning to “Go Live” from as many National Parks as I can in 2016

Besides photography, the Internet, all things tech and my love of RVing, my favorite hobby for more than half a century has been amateur radio. And as this year winds down, I’ve got a new bunch of bucket list plans for my 2016 RV travels that combines that hobby with our small motorhome lifestyle and our love […]

By December 14, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
7 Kinda Great, Totally Superfluous Apps to Get ASAP – Vol. 2

7 Kinda Great, Totally Superfluous Apps to Get ASAP – Vol. 2

Tens of thousands of apps come out every month, but far fewer are worth the effort. Some, like the Useless Button app for Android, even take a great amount of pride in being useless. Google Play Store stats show that it’s been downloaded 1,000 to 5,000 times so, hey, there’s a market for everything. Point […]

App Guide: Get (Remote) Control of Your Home Devices with These Apps

App Guide: Get (Remote) Control of Your Home Devices with These Apps

You know all of these remote controls? Yeah. They can get completely out of hand/lost in couch or elsewhere. Consider this: I have one for the TV, one for Blu-Ray/DVD player, one for Roku, one for the soundbar – even one for the HD receiver to get local TV transmisions so I can watch Under […]

Review: Windshield Witness Dash Cam

Review: Windshield Witness Dash Cam

A lot of weird things happen out there on the road and there also is some great scenery. So I’m now making a record of it all with a dashboard camera (dash cam). Use of a dash cam revolves on a simple concept: Documentation of your drive, be it across North America or to the […]

Top Seven Traveling Tech Tips for Spring Break 2015

Top Seven Traveling Tech Tips for Spring Break 2015

Spring break is upon many and depending on your phase of life, that can mean anything from a short road trip to flying across the country or to a foreign land. There’s no better time than now to consider these seven simple (and very important) traveling tech tips (spring break edition). Load up on the […]

Has Apple Finally Become Too Elitist?

Has Apple Finally Become Too Elitist?

Help me with this folks: I need a reason to buy the Apple Watch. Try as I might, I find no need, no real purpose, no compelling rationale to justify spending hundreds of dollars for a watch that really doesn’t do much more than look good. I’m trying very hard here to talk myself into […]

Review: High-Quality Videos Sans High Costs with Sony HDR-CX240

Review: High-Quality Videos Sans High Costs with Sony HDR-CX240

If you’re not trying to be the next Steven Spielberg and have video needs more like mine (meaning you occasionally say “Man, where’s the video camera when you need it?”), then Sony has what you just might need. The Sony HDRCX240/B Video Camera with 2.7-inch LCD screen is about as simple (and cheap, $228 at […]

Apps: Sling TV Might Be the Scissors to Cut the Cable Cord

Apps: Sling TV Might Be the Scissors to Cut the Cable Cord

(Updated: April 3, 2015) The lack of live sports and news is often cited by those holding out on cutting the cable cord as the big missing piece of the streaming media puzzle, but (and to borrow a beloved sports metaphor) the new Sling Television app could be a big game changer. Simply put, Sling […]

Audio Review: Dude, Where’s My Fugoo?

Audio Review: Dude, Where’s My Fugoo?

According to the press kit pics, the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker is designed mostly for use by beautiful people at beach-like settings and/or ON surfboards. Conversely, I am more likely to use it while mopping the kitchen or re-grouting the tile in my bathroom or pretty much anything other than surfing. Still, I can’t help but be impressed by […]

Smartphone Review: Ryobi’s High Tech Home Improvement Gadgets

Smartphone Review: Ryobi’s High Tech Home Improvement Gadgets

Tool giant Ryobi knows tools and just about everyone knows smartphones, so it only makes sense to try and marry the two – and that’s exactly what the company aims to do with its new Ryobi Phone Works line. The idea is simple enough: your smartphone (iOS or Android) serves as the brain for a […]

Audio Review: Audioengine’s Classy B2 Bluetooth Speaker

Audio Review: Audioengine’s Classy B2 Bluetooth Speaker

My house is usually full of music in one way, shape, or form. And since the music more oft than not consists of the jazz greats, I’m always on the hunt for the best ways to hear the vast dynamic range of Louis Armstrong hitting the highest trumpet notes and Charles Mingus’ low bass – […]

Drone Review: DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-2D 3-Axis Gimbal

Drone Review: DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-2D 3-Axis Gimbal

When it comes to tech, 2015’s hottest gizmo so far this year is the personal drone. It’s only the end of January and they’ve been making more headlines than any other piece of tech gear, for better or worse. I’ve jumped into the drone pool already, taking a chance on adding a big ticket item to […]

By January 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Streaming Media: Google Chromecast vs. Roku Stick

Streaming Media: Google Chromecast vs. Roku Stick

The idea behind Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is enticing – broadcast to your HDTV whatever you would watch on your smartphone or tablet, from Netflix and Hulu to movies, music, and photos stored on your computer.  After six months of frustration with it, however, I know for sure of just about one thing […]

You Gotta See This: The Best Monitor Deal Around

You Gotta See This: The Best Monitor Deal Around

Picked up a MacMini today. It’s a terrific little computer. I got the 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, which sells for $694. I’ll dedicate it to be used for Quickbooks and a couple of other programs. With a terabyte of storage and 8 Gigs of RAM, it will serve us well. But what really has […]

By December 6, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Break Your Paper Addiction: The Best in Scanners

Break Your Paper Addiction: The Best in Scanners

The dream for many is to go paperless and thanks to advances in scanner technology, it’s a lot closer to reality now than ever before. I have some recommendations that can help you digitize that mountain of paper that surrounds you. There’s always something in real life that we want to bring into our digital […]

By November 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Review: Wilson Electronics Sleek 4G Cell Phone Signal Booster

Review: Wilson Electronics Sleek 4G Cell Phone Signal Booster

I do a lot of traveling around the country in an RV. In addition to this blog, I am a travel writer, freelance journalist, and I have to constantly be connected to the Internet. Many of the places I go have marginal cellular coverage. That’s where the Wilson Sleek 4G Cell Phone Booster comes in so […]

By November 9, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
First impressions of the iPhone 6 Plus

First impressions of the iPhone 6 Plus

That’s my old iPhone 5 on the left. The new gigantic iPhone 6 Plus on the right. For as 10 million other people have done over the past two weeks, I’ve upgraded to the new and very large iPhone 6 Plus. It’s massive 5.5 inch size was a big reason. I spend a lot of […]

By September 25, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Netflix keeps current rates for members

Netflix keeps current rates for members

That promised Netflix price hike has come through for new members Existing members will stay at their old rate for the next two year. Sweet.

Screwed again: FCC to cut deal with big business

Screwed again: FCC to cut deal with big business

If you use and depend on the Internet, you about to get screwed by the government and big business. Unfortunately, most Americans are too ignorant to care. But make no mistake, the FCC’s telegraphed plans to allow so-called Internet fast lanes to be set up by the likes of Comcast so that big buck companies like Netflix, Google, Amazon and […]

Seriously people: Maybe it’s time you switched to Mac or Linux

Seriously people: Maybe it’s time you switched to Mac or Linux

Microsoft sucks. How many times have we heard people say that? Well, they’re saying it again even louder now after a major security flaw has been announced in the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser. Is this deja vu or just a bad nightmare? Seriously, how many of these security breaches have we had from Microsoft? […]