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    Wednesday
    Feb082017

    Chad's Crappy Corner & A Not So 'Cheap Desk Toy' - His Theme For February, 2017

    Chad polled our great Patreon members to pick a theme for February. They picked “toys for the desk”. You know things you could have on your desk to entertainment yourself or guests, when you don't feel like working.

    Chad's second crappy 'toys for the desk' turns out not to be crappy at all! Also it's a bit more than 'cheap' in price. It's The Brookstone Message Fan with Floating LED Display. Here's what Brookstone says about it:

     

    Our Message Fan with Floating LED Display is simply the coolest way to send a message. Its wide, triple-blade design blows big air for such a compact fan, and the large, easy-to-read LED text seems to float in air. Customize your messages (up to 20 characters) and colors using the included software for PC. The fan tilts to direct airflow, so it's just the way you want it. Use at your desk, office or any other personal space where you need to stay cool. $39.99, plus $7.99 shipping.

     

    http://www.brookstone.com/pd/message-fan-with-floating-led-display/939770p.html

     

    And Chad's take? Chad like this fan and so did the chat room, so did I! You'll have to view the video to watch Chad demonstrate all the functions of this fan. On your computer you can create up to 20 messages consisting of 20 characters and/or symbols each. Then you can set the color for them using a limited color scheme. Then you pick the way you want them to display, like fade in, unfurl top to bottom, etc. When you're done you send them to the fan via a USB cable. The results are pretty impressive. But Chad pointed out a serious downside. The software is very limiting, and it only comes on a CD. You can download it online from Brookstone, but Chad says the download is missing an important file you need to use the software. That limits who will be use this fan. In the reviews online, people really HATE the software and say it's okay, but only if you're computer literate.

     

    NOTE! Someone in the chatroom found this on eBay...it seems to be the exact same fan for under $28.00 with free shipping. I might buy one, but that software issues has me thinking, maybe not.

     

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/322351959037?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1609 

     

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