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

    Our link to this week's viewer video arrived in this email:

    Hi Dick and Chad,

    Thanks again for a wonderful show. I wrote in once or twice years ago but have been wanting to share some of the items from my museum case at the university where I work. 

    Work always seems to take up all of my time when I am there on campus though but I was finally able to grab a few video clips the other day to edit together at home so sorry if it looks a little odd in places. I tried to keep it under your 3 minute limit and almost succeeded at 3 minutes and 12 seconds.

    Let me know if you want to see any more items from the collection and I will record some shorter single item clips to send in.

    These are a few of my favorite oddities but there are many more in there. Old media and computing equipment that we used in the classrooms in years past, donations from retiring faculty and staff and some items on loan from some of our technicians. Slide, filmstrip, film, video, audio recording, telephone, computer, and electronics equipment dating everywhere from the 1890's through the beginning of this century. 

    If anyone is interested in donating them, we are still looking for an old chopper-wheel television set, a Syquest magneto-optical drive and something called a "Hectograph" apparently the precursor to the ditto machine, basically a big block of gel that you would put some sort of resist on, ink up, and print copies from on at a time.

    Cheers, Bruce



    See or hear this show: 



    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


    Letter of the week:


    From: Braden Williams

    Subject: Something you guys might like, Rechargable CR2032 batteries


    Not sure if you have had something like this but I found these after getting tired of buying CR2032’s to put in my SmartThings presence Keyfobs. I would suspect they could be used in just about anything that uses the 2032 battery size.

  Zackees Rechargeable USB Coin Cell Charger. LIR2032 (LR2032) Batteries Included, Replaces CR2032 batteries



    Before I found this device above I would take the CR2032’s out of computers and use them until they started getting low and then put them back into a PC I have

    apart that’s used for testing items and let it charge up for a few days! heh


    Thanks and love the show!


    Braden Williams

    Senior Systems Engineer

    Genesis Systems, LLC 

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