Visit me on Facebook

The Giz Wiz Asks You!

 

About Me

 

I'm Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, host of The Giz Wiz on TWiT, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now and on Computer America. But wait, there's More »

Search Giz Wiz Biz
Latest Tweets
This form does not yet contain any fields.

    Welcome! This is the home of

    The Giz Wiz & Gizneyland Studio

    + World News Now, MAD Magazine, Computer America & more!

    Gadgets I showed on ABC's World News Now:

    http://gizwizbiz.squarespace.com/world-news-now-abc/

    Looking for MAD stuff on Dick's eBay page? (And why would you?)

    It's here: www.dicksMADauction.com

    Wednesday
    Sep172014

    The Giz Wiz, Week of September 18th 2014, Show # 1486

    Wow, talk about a high tech gadget!

    I’m impressed with the new Capresso CoffeeTEAM PRO Glass 12-cup coffee maker. It features a sleek stainless steel exterior and has a lot of new features. Like many other Capresso models, this automatic coffeemaker features a professional-grade conical solid steel burr grinder to grind beans slowly. This imparts minimal heat, preserving more flavor and aroma. New is an easy to unlock removable 7-ounce bean container to lift off to refill beans or access the grinder for cleaning. There’s also a removable upper burr, for easy cleaning. Capresso says this is the only coffeemaker/grinder combination that allows you to remove and clean the burrs. Also new is a removable water container with a convenient built-in carry handle. Another exclusive CoffeeTEAM PRO Glass feature is a two-step grind and clean chamber that automatically cleans the grinder after every cycle. (That’s great!) Plus there’s a special setting for oily dark roasted beans, which move slower through the grinding process. After brewing, the warming plate keeps coffee warm, with a safety shut-off after 2 hours. A charcoal water filter removes up to 82 percent of water impurities, so you can brew with the freshest water possible. I set my CoffeeTEAM PRO Glass to brew at a pre-set time in the morning. That way I wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee! It makes getting up a lot easier. There are more features explained in my video below. The Capresso CoffeeTEAM PRO Glass has a retail price of $219.99. It’s available at specialty and online retailers. And at: 

    Company website: www.capresso.com 

    Giz Wiz Video: http://youtu.be/TlCx6spBm9w

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1486  

    Wednesday
    Sep172014

    Quick, what's the center of 6 & 5/8"?

    Here's a really inexpensive, well-made tape measure. It's the Lufkin Self-Centering Tape. The 1” X 25 foot Self-Centering Tape helps you quickly find the center of your measurement saving you the time. The tape comes with a yellow clad blade that has bold black and red numbers for easy reading. The black numbers represent the objects measurement while the red numbers represent the center measurement.  Here’s an example of how this tape measure works. Say you to find the center of a picture you're going to hang up. It measures 13 ¼ on the top black numbers. You now need to know what the exact half measurement is. All you need to do is look at the red numbers below and it will tell you it’s 6 & 5/8.  The 1” slightly bowed metal tape can extend over six feet without bending. It’s one of those ‘why didn’t someone think of this long ago’ type gadgets. As of 9/17/14 it was under $6.00 on Amazon, and it's Amazon Prime, so free shipping if you're a member. Note: Mine ruler is the L725. There seems to be an almost identical one, the L625, but mine looks like it's reinforced with rubber. They're within a few cents of each other, so I'd opt for the one in the photo above, at the link below.

    Amazon link: 

    Apex Tool Group L725SCTMP Self Center Tape, 25-Feet 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1486  

    Wednesday
    Sep172014

    Who can resist buying "Cut Resistant Gloves"?

    Here’s what 13 Deals says about these Cut Resistant gloves: Whether you need these gloves for the kitchen or for tactical purposes, you'll have piece of mind knowing your hands are protected from whatever sharp objects you're working with. These gloves are made of stainless steel wire, high-quality polyester, and high elastic chemical fiber. Each of the 4 gloves you will receive features superior anti-cutting performance; wear resistance and resistance to tearing! These gloves are flexible and breathable so you can wear them for extended periods. The non-slip surface ensures a good grip on whatever you're holding. These gloves are perfect for prepping food in the kitchen but have a multitude of other uses.   

    And the Giz Wiz take: They seem sturdy and would be great for gardening, handling wires, etc. At first, as I was wearing them, I couldn’t bring myself to run a knife over them, but then I got brave and tried it. I didn’t feel the knife through the gloves. But you can't stab something into the glove - that WILL pierce it. Read the warnings carefully. All in all, they're pretty neat considering they cost just $9.99 for two pairs. 

    Giz Wiz Video: http://youtu.be/I3xwQN1JjwE

    They’re here at 13Deals (as of 9/17/14): http://www.13deals.com/store/item.php?id=38645 

    13 Deals Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSLhyyhXalA 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1486  

    Wednesday
    Sep172014

    Chad's Crappy Corner! The 3rd & 4th gadget in Chad’s theme for September - Kitchen Gadgets.

    Today Chad features 2 kitchen gadgets...

    The Rotato which Alex Gumpel bought at a thrift store....  Here's an amazon listing of a model they got. It sells for a huge $39.99 on Amazon. (Alex Gumpel spent $5 in Petaluma for it!) 

    Here’s what Amazon said about it The Rotato: 

    INDISPENSABLE KITCHEN TOOL!!! FROM APPLES TO ZUCCHINI, ROTATO ADJUSTS TO ANY SHAPE OR SIZE!!! BUILT IN STORAGE!! FIRST COMPARTMENT HOLDS POTATO EYE AND BLEMISH REMOVER!! SECOND COMPARTMENT HOLDS 2 FREE REPLACEMENT BLADES 

    And Chad’s take? The Rotato works, but it's a lot of work to get it to work properly. And on some things like a cucumber, it didn't work at all. So Chad said if you really hate peeling things, he'd give this about a 60% score. 40% otherwise. And that's if you find it cheap, not for the $40 on Amazon. 

    If you’re interested in a modern version, Jeff Needles, our producer says check out this link: Rotato express .

    But wait, there’s more! Chad’s Kitchen Gadget #2: The iTouchless Bag Resealers. Here’s what Amazon says about them: 

    This two-pack iTouchless Bag Re-Sealer provides inexpensive and easy way to perfectly reseal unused portions of food in seconds. It creates an airtight seal that locks in freshness. You simply seal along the edge of any bag and it is sealed airtight in seconds. You will not only save on storage bags, but you can save even more buying bulk at warehouse clubs. Just use Bag Re-Sealer to reseal any unused portions over and over again. Uses 2 AA-sized batteries (not included). Dimension: 4.00in. L x 1.50in. W x 1.50in. H, Weight: 0.2 lbs, Color: one in Blue and one in Red. 

    And Chad’s take?  Chad was less impressed with this than the Rotato. He said it makes a very bad smell when you use it. He showed us that it 'sort of' sealed bags using heat. You also have to becareful not to touch the heating element when you use it. And again, it's too much work for a simple chore. Chad suggested using a big clip instead of spending like $16 for two of these things. He definitely gives this a 'don't buy'. 

    Touchless Bag re-sealers:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N5YBKC/?tag=051-20


    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1486  

    Wednesday
    Sep172014

    Dick's Gadget Warehouse. And how to submit your video to the show.

    Our viewer submissions come to us via email. (See below) Sometime they have a very short description, like this email:

    GizWiz@twit.tv

    If you're desperate for Giz Wiz viewer videos, use this one. :)

    Dave’s Palm Pilot Museum

    http://youtu.be/y3Ik2YaX1VE

    Dave Mayes 

    San Diego, CA 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1486   

                                                        ***********

    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos! We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so let’s go going! 

    Here’s what we’re looking for: Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories: 

    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies. 

    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please. 

    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it. 

    My Favorite Gadget of All Time: Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.

     Post them on YouTube and send our producer, Jeff Needles, the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you will now be awarded with some sort of prize. Like an autographed MAD magazine and some piece of crap. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video! 

    All show submissions go to gizwiz@twit.tv  

    Letter of the week:

    I LOVE the ad mentioned in this email!!

    Dick, do you still have your Atari 800? You need to get it out and fire it up, because according to this ad, it'll NEVER be obsolete! 

    http://www.retronaut.com/2014/07/atari-800-ad-it-will-never-become-obsolete/

    Brian Drake