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    Wednesday
    Dec062017

    The Giz Wiz Show # 1652, December 8th, 2017 Independent Show #135 

    Soon, in February 2018, we'll be entering our fourth year of Independent Production! And that all thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters! If you'd like to support OMGchad & DickDe in our independent venture (we pay for everything ourselves, including travel) just click the Patreon link at the top of our show web page: http://www.gizwiz.tv  You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. And thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support, but quite frankly, a bit more support would be a big help. (As we can say honestly, asking for more Patreon supporters is not to make more money, it's to help us lose less money doing The Giz Wiz. Thanks.)

    This week I have a really cheap way to protect your identity when throw out documents, a 32 LED Selfie Light and super easy way to open those frustrating clam-shell packages! And we'll also learn what theme our loyal Patreon members picked for Chad for December. Now on to the show!

     

    First the selfie-stick, now the selfie-LED-light.

     

    There are a few Led Selfie Light Rings in the marketplace, but this one from Raphycool has a great additional feature. A built-in power bank. That means if your phone is running low on battery as you're shooting pictures or videos, you can plug your device into the Selfie Ring's 1500mAh battery. The selfie clip on light has 3 levels light: Low, Medium and High. The company says it works for 12 hours on Low, 4~6 hours on Medium, and 2 hours on High when fully charged. That of course will be less if you're also using the built in battery to charge your device. This ring light contains 32 LED's so you can also clip it on a laptop, tent pole, backpack, anywhere you need additional light. It's light weight at 2.6 oz. and it small enough to put in your tote bag or larger pocket. I haven't tried it, but the company says you can also use it for reading, without disturbing others. A rubber grip on the clip helps prevent scratches to whatever you clip it to. Comes with a micro charging cable and anti-water pouch. It was under $15 on 12/1/17 on Amazon, but prices there can change without notice 

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/T_r94n5SIlg

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2kAYIQd

     

    See or hear this show: http://www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1652

    Wednesday
    Dec062017

    ZipSnip won't let those pesky thick plastic clam-shell packages drive you crazy trying to open them!

    When scissors can't cut it, these can. The multi-purpose 4V cordless ZipSnip cuts cardboard, rubber, plastic and more. I tried it on a clamshell package and it works great, keeping hands and fingers out of harm’s way. The blade operates at 260 rpm (no load) and its maximum cutting thickness is ¼ in. The ergonomically designed cutter is constructed of high-impact nylon resin with a comfortable mold grip. The tool’s trigger is an integrated part of the handle with a top-mounted lock-out switch for added safety. The cutter has a built-in charging port that brings the tool to a full charge in five hours. An LED indicator on the tool’s body lights when the battery is fully charged. The lithium-ion battery can maintain a charge for several months. The self-sharpening blade is replaceable for about $5.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/yiS4uW1xxaU

    Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2ktLC70

    Company link: http://www.worx.com/

    See or hear this show: http://www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1652

    Wednesday
    Dec062017

    Here's a great security stocking stuffer for under $10.

    The ExcelMark is an inked roller stamp for those who don't have, or don't want to buy a shredder, but still need to get rid of sensitive papers. This device has a special pattern on a convenient rolling design which quickly hides addresses, social security numbers, account numbers, ID numbers, etc. And it can do a few things a shredder can't do, like cover private info on prescription bottle labels. The 1.5” wide roller holds the ink inside, so there's no need for a separate, often messy ink pad. I've used it several times and found that the ink quickly dries as you roll it. It works well on all regular paper, envelopes and package addresses. The company says the ink inside has a total length of stamp coverage that can reach 100 meters, which is about 328 feet. Not to worry, because the ink can be refilled when it runs out. I paid $10, but now the company is selling with 3 refills for $12.99 on Amazon as of 12/7/17. I wish that deal was available when I bought mine about 2 months ago. (Remember that Amazon prices can change at any moment.) 

    Giz Wiz Video Link: https://youtu.be/zVhaS3HDsQQ

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2j4LKJN 

    See or hear this show: http://www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1652 

    Wednesday
    Dec062017

    Chad's Crappy Corner & His New Theme For December!

    Each month Chad polls our loyal Patreon members to vote on a “theme of the month” for his “Crappy Corner” gadgets. This time around our faithful Patreon supporters picked "Cheap Holiday Stocking Stuffers" for Chad's December theme 

    Chad starts off with two tiny games or puzzles that easily fit into a holiday stocking. Watch Chad demonstrate the World's Smallest Perplexus and the World's Smartest's Rubix Cube. He bought his at Target and here's what their website says about them:

    Keep your brain sharp wherever you are with the World's Smallest Perplexus. This tiny perplexus puzzle gives you all the fun of the puzzle-maze toy, but comes in a small size that's easy to take on the go - just put it in your pocket or purse and you're set. This mini perplexus is fully functional so you can twist and turn to get the ball through the maze, and makes a great brain teaser puzzle for adults and kids alike. Target $7.99

    https://www.target.com/p/worlds-smallest-perplexus-1pc/-/A-52165887#lnk=sametab

    Cheaper on Amazon. $6.32 as of 12/8/17, but Amazon prices can change often. http://amzn.to/2AGrtP5

    Worlds Smallest Rubik's Cube. Keep your brain sharp wherever you are with the World's Smallest Rubik's. This tiny Rubik's cube gives you all the fun of the classic puzzle toy, but comes in a small size that's easy to take on the go - just put it in your pocket or purse and you're set. This mini Rubik's cube is fully functional so you can twist and turn to get each side to a solid color, and makes a great brain teaser puzzle for adults and kids alike. Target $5.99 

    https://www.target.com/p/world-s-smallest-rubik-s-1pc/-/A-52165883#lnk=sametab

    A lot more on Amazon $12.99 as of 12/8/17, but Amazon prime. http://amzn.to/2nKtgQA

    And Chad's take? Chad liked both of these but admitted he'll never get the Rubix cube completed by matching the colors correctly. He had more fun with the Perplexus, which offers 3 different routes for the mini ball inside to travel. For the price and fun value Chad can recommend these two.

    See or hear this show: http://www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1652 

    Wednesday
    Dec062017

    Back To Dick's Gadget Warehouse, and how to submit your video to the show.

    Hey Dick & Chad,

    Here's an old gadget from my gadget warehouse. I got it from an Uncle, who around 4 years ago bought a business and wanted me to look at a laptop that was in the office. He never looked in the laptop case before bringing it to me, and when he found out it was over 20 years old, he said I could have it. Surprisingly it worked then, and after sitting in my closet for another 4 years, still turned on for my video:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq1rcONY57k

     

    I wanted to share this gadget, because I always remembered Zenith Electronics for their TVs and Stereos, but the Zenith Data Systems division was founded in 1979 after Zenith acquired the brand Heathkit, and they made computers until 1996, when they merged with Packard Bell and NEC.

     

    Anyway, thanks for the great show, guys!


    Jeremy

     

    See or hear this show: http://www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1652 

     

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    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): 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.

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    Post them on YouTube and send us 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’ll a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (After December 15, 2017, they'll be something else MAD sent with your Alfred E. Neuman photo. And unfortunately, after that date, we can only send to US addresses. MAD is moving to California, so our supplies will be greatly limited.)

     

    All show submissions go to mail@gizwiz.tv 

     

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