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

    As usual, on this part of the show we feature viewer videos when we have them. They can be warehouse gadget videos, or any video of interest. See below on how to submit your video and get an autographed MAD magazine and Collector's Alfred E. Neuman picture if we use it on the show. 

    This week's video is a solution to how to decorate the outside of your house with lights just once, and change the colors via remote control to suit different holidays...Something Chad will be very interested in.


    Hey Dick and Chad,


    “Wizzers” are always looking for LED lights with special effects. You and Chad discussed “AppLights” a couple of shows ago. I too found the “AppLights” too expensive at $42 for 23 feet. Costco has 36 feet for $40 and Amazon has the same LED ribbon for $43 to $47.50.

  (Looks like it's not available till 12/23/16 on Amazon Prime, but other retailers on that page might have it in stock.)


    No App required, just an IR remote. Queue up the “B” roll:



    The first thing I did was strip the 3M sticky tape off the back, which is easy. The special effects look much better than my video shows and there are many more.


    (Optional information) The 36 foot LED strip (which the instruction say cannot be extended but can be cut) has 217 RGB LEDs next to 217 white LEDs. Each LED is addressable and there are decoder microchips every six pair along the strip. This strip would be great for a Raspberry Pi or Ardueno project.


    Thanks as always for your great show. Buddy Yates


    See or hear this show: (Goes live late Friday 12/16/16)


    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.-

    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 (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.-

    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


    The Letter of the week: 


    Since I know that you are a big Amazon fan as I am, have you seen the latest about Amazon's future of delivery?


    Check this out:


    Charles Rau

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