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    Wednesday
    Mar222017

    The Giz Wiz Show 1615 for March 24th 2017, Our 98th Independent Production. 

    Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters The Giz Wiz Show not only continues, but is heading toward the end of its 2nd year of independent production. 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.

    And now onto our gadgets of the week! 

    Here's a nightlight like no other! It's the LED Disco Party Night Light! 

    Here's what Amazon says about it.

    The LED Disco Party Night Light plugs into a standard home wall outlet and projects a dazzling light show onto walls and ceilings. The Disco Party Night Light can create an instant party with an explosion of colors! Contains three 1 Watt LED (Light Emitting Diode) light sources and a motor to rotate the transparent prism projection dome top. Projected life is up to 8,000 hours.

    The Giz Wiz adds: Some folks on Amazon said the light was smaller than they expected. Actually, I thought it was bit big to be called a nightlight, but the actual dimensions are listed as 2.5 x 2 x 4 inches. And for its size I would say the disco light projections are rather good. But as you'll see in the video, if you really want it light ceilings and walls, they are better choices, one of which is a light cheaper and a lot brigher. But as a gag gift for under $9, this is truly unqiue. It was $8.99 and Amazon Prime as of 3/22/17 here: 

    http://amzn.to/2mur4LW

    Here's the larger disco bulb in the video that I bought on Amazon. It was only $3.29 on 3/23/17: http://amzn.to/2nEESDs

    Giz Wiz Video:  https://youtu.be/hPYfP5HHwb0

    See or hear this show: http://www.gizwiz.tv/episode/16155 (Goes live late Friday, March 24, 2017)-

    Wednesday
    Mar222017

    An easy way to refill reusuable K-cups, EZ-Scoop

    EZ-Scoop is a clever device that lets you dispense exactly the desired amount of coffee into your reusable coffee pods for single serve (like Keurig) machines. Reusuable K-cups let you use your own blend of coffee, determine the strength or your coffee, and can save you money. Fill the scoop end of the device with your favorite coffee blend and amount. (It holds up to two tablespoons), then use one finger to flip the funnel over the scoop. Now you're ready to dispense your coffee grounds into the refillable capsule without ground coffee going all over the counter or floor. For use with all Perfect Pod or other reusable coffee capsules. MSRP is $9.99, but it's available in many places like Amazon for under $8.00.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/7OQjxO8Ov8s 

    As of 3/19/17 it was $7.19 at this Amazon link:

     

    http://amzn.to/2mG86x1

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1615-

    Some Amazon links on this website are Giz Wiz links. You pay exactly the same as everyone else but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demostrate here and on the air. Thank you.

    Wednesday
    Mar222017

    Did I take my pills? And how many hours ago did I take them?

    If you take pills, or even vitamins, those are probably questions you've asked yourself often. Well, here's an innovative way to help you keep track of when you last took your medications and vitamins. Called Timer Caps, they have a built-in stopwatch that keeps track of exactly how much time passed since it was last opened. The company says it boosts medication adherence by more than 33%. Instead of wondering if you took your pills or not, you'll know just by looking at the cap. It’s easy to use, with NO alarms to program or buttons to press. The patented timer works like an automatic stopwatch, every time you open the cap, the timer resets to zero. When you close the cap, the timer starts counting UP again displaying exactly how many hours and minutes have passed. Some Timer Caps convert between child resistant and non-child resistant. There is a wide variety of Timer Caps and prices. You can get them as low as about $4+ in quantities. The link below takes to the Amazon page that shows many choices. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/2dJt-n7M-gI 

     

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

     

    See or hear this show: http://www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1615 (Goes live late Friday, March 24, 2017)-

    Wednesday
    Mar222017

    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    Our viewer video this week arrived with this email:

    Hey Dick and Chad,

     

    This actually kind of a weird one, because the item is very old, but it was actually bought brand new in February! It's my Tano Dragon home computer which is a computer introduced in 1984 but discontinued around 1986, and which had been sitting unsold in a warehouse for the past 31 years. It was quite an experience to open a fresh computer straight out of 1985! And after my order, they said they'd only got 7 of these left in stock. Unfortunately the website is currently down, but it might come up again sometime soon, so I figure I'll provide the link http://www.cadigital.com/computer.htm as well as an archive.org capture of the site from about when I bought my computer: http://web.archive.org/web/20170220125131/ http://cadigital.com/computer.htm Check out the totally 90s website design!

     

    Andrew's video: 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKXQKBjj2lQ

     

    Anyways thanks for considering the submission, Andrew

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1615 (Goes live late Friday, March 24, 2017)
     

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    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos!

     

    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. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!

    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. (Thanks for understanding.)

     

    All show submissions go to mail@gizwiz.tv  

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    Wednesday
    Mar152017

    The Giz Wiz Show 1614 for March 17th, 2017. Our 97th Independent Production. 

    Gadgets I showed on ABC's World News Now are here:

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

    Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters The Giz Wiz Show not only continues, but is heading toward the end of its 2nd year of independent production. 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.

    And now gadgets of the week!

    I Love My New LED Under Counter Lights. 

     I like the look of under counter lights and have used them for years. The only problem is that the normal 20 watt halogen bulb version burns hot and heats the under side of the cabinet they're connected to. That can dry out foods sitting in the cabinet right above them. And since I use them as night lights (to raid the refrigerator in the middle of the night), the bulbs burn out rather quickly. So when I saw the B-right Set of 3 LED Puck Lights on Amazon, I immediately bought a set, You get three puck lights which only consume 6 watts, or 2 watts per bulb. That's a 90% energy saving. Amazon says they're 3000K Warm White. The lamp body is made of very tech-looking aluminum material which conducts out the relatively low heat from the leds and prolongs the product's lifespan, which is rated at 50,000 hours. Installation was easy. Use the included screws to mount them or the 3M stickers which are also included. The kit includes 3 2W LED Puck Lights, 1 Power AC to 12 Volt DC Adapter with inline on/off switch, the Junction box, plus screws and 3M stickers. I paid $16.99; as of 3/16/17 they were $15.99.

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2mTwJd7

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/-t1BSLgGO3Q

     

    Another great find, thanks to an Amazon reviewer:

     

    Although the puck LED lights above are said to be non-dimmable, an Amazon reviewer found this clever 'in-line' dimmer. I bought one on Amazon for under $7.00 and it works great. It inserts right inline between the power cord and the LED's. It took just about 15 seconds to install. Just plug it in and your LED puck lights are dimmable.

     

    Amazon dimmer link: http://amzn.to/2mNscae 

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1614 (Goes live late Friday, March17, 2017)