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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse And How To Submit Your Video.

    Once again this week Chad goes back to his gadget warehouse --- or actually, his gadget closet. He shows us two versions of a gadget treasure from his past. They was so expensive when he bought them, you'll see the special case he bought to make sure they traveled well and were stored in style. (I'll describe just one of them, because they're basically the same gadget, one just has more memory.) Chad's FS-4Pro HD is an 80GB portable DTE recorder from Focus Enhancements. Some of the description from Amazon gives you an idea of exciting this product was at the time. This is a hard drive based tapeless recorder designed to work with the older DV and HDV camcorders. It weighs about a pound making it very easy to mount on a video camera or it could be clipped on a belt. It was a great solution for anyone who was tired of the hassles associated with logging and capturing tapes - and that included Chad. And Chad also liked that when he was finished shooting video he could just connect (via Fire Wire) the FS-4 to his computer and instantly start to edit his video. Chad didn't remember the exact cost when he bought them, but he figured they were somewhere in the $500 to $600 range for the smaller unit. And maybe $800 for the unit the larger memory!  

    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:


    Bill Allen


    I just saw an ad in a model train magazine that I think you would be interested in.



    The ad says c/net covered them at the 2017 NY toy fair.

    Unfortunately they don't come in my size or yours.



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