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    Thursday
    Mar302017

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

    Our viewer video this week arrived with this email:

    From: steve c  Subject: Re: Mystery Box Video?

     

    Dickie Dee, is this video good enough to put on the show? I know you have very low standards but I made this on a Linux computer that doesn't have any good video recording software and can't even adjust the volume so it might even be below your standards. This is a little mystery box that I found at a thrift store and I have no idea what it does although it seems to be well made! So far I'm guessing it's either a bigfoot, UFO or alien detector!

     

    https://youtu.be/PWcmFzmW8WM

     

    BTW, the smartphone lens sets are only $1 now at the 99 Cents Only Store so I got several!  The macro lens works well for close ups and the wide angle lens is OK but I don't know what the fisheye lens would be good for.

     

    Steve C

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1616

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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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    Letter of the week:

     

    Hi Dick & Chad

     

    Just wanted to let Chad know about these USB extension cables, I think it will solve Chads USB extension cable problems.

     

    USB active extension cable

     

    Use these when extending any UBS camera or mic, they work flawlessly & they never give out. Below is a link to one I found on AmaZon, but I believe any active USB extension cable will work, I never bought a bad one. The reason I know about them is because I own a MacPro from 2009, & no regular USB extension cable worked. Then I read about theses, bought one, then two, three & so on. 

    I still have them today, & I still use them today. 

     

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005LJKEXS/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1490576074&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=active+usb+extension+cable

     

    Mo – Moses

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