The Giz Wiz Asks You!
No website changes have been recorded.

Visit me on Facebook

About Me

 

Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

Search Giz Wiz Biz
Latest Tweets
This form does not yet contain any fields.

    Welcome! This is the home of

    The Giz Wiz & Gizneyland Studio

    + World News Now, MAD Magazine, TWiT, & more!

    The weekly "Giz Wiz Show" with OMGchad & me  

    is on our video channel: http://www.gizwiz.tv/

    Gadgets I show on ABC's World News Now are here:

    http://gizwizbiz.squarespace.com/world-news-now-abc/

    Navigation Bars in the center column of this website will take to other pages you're looking for.

    The Giz Wiz® and Giz Wiz Biz® Are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.

    Thursday
    Mar292018

    The Giz Wiz Show 1668, March 30th 2017 Independent Show #151 

    The Giz Wiz Show just started it's13th year! The first show was February 20th, 2006. And soon (May 2018) we'll be entering our 4th year of Independent Production! That's thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters! If it wasn't for them, the Giz Wiz Show would be gone. If you'd like to support OMGchad & DickDe in our independent venture (we pay for everything ourselves, including travel) just click the Patreon link at the top of our show web page: http://www.gizwiz.tv . You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. And thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support, but a bit more support would be a big help. (As we can say honestly, asking for more Patreon supporters is not to make more money, it helps us lose less money doing The Giz Wiz. Thanks!)

    I can't resist some of those 'deal of the day' offers, so when I saw the Stack-On 18 Drawer Storage Cabinet for $14.99, I bought one. These are some of the features I read about on Amazon: Drawers stay closed with the snap-close drawer System. (I liked this idea a lot! I'm sure we've all spilled the contents one or more of those little plastic storage drawers.) See-through drawers let you see your parts at a glance. Customizable drawer labels for identification of contents are included. (Both good features.) Easily mounts to wall or stands on bench or counter top. NOTE: Drawer will be harder to pull and push - A little force will be needed to bypass this stay-closed system. (Wow, is that right! So hard to open in fact, that mounting turns out to be a MUST! If the unit isn't anchored down you must hold it in place when you open or close a drawer. Sometimes, when trying to close a drawer I pushed it hard and it flew out the back of the cabinet! I can see why this only got 3.3 out of 5 stars. And not only is there a problem opening and closing the drawers, but worse is that the drawer tracks are so short, the drawers hang down at all weird angles in the back. Be sure to watch the video to see how bad they are! I give it high marks for the way it looks, but the operation is awful. In case you're still interested, the company makes a 24, 40, & 60 drawer version of this. The 18 drawer version is $29.43 on Amazon and they run up to about $42 or so for the largest one. (By the way Stack On makes tons of other storage units without this 'locking feature'!)

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/-638M4T7iGk

     

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2uuTrhj  

     

    (That's a Giz Wiz Link. I don't recommend this product, but it gives me a short link to post.)

     

    Company link: https://www.stack-on.com/product-category/tool-boxes-organizers/

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1668  

    Thursday
    Mar292018

    A unique 3-in-1 Travel Gadget 

    Travel season is coming and the Urbo 3-in-1 Travel Gadget can help in many ways. First it can help you avoid paying expensive fees to airlines for overweight luggage with its built-in travel-friendly scale. Its backlit LCD display includes lb/oz/kg/g and accurately weighs up to 110 lbs (50 kg) with Overload Protection, Hold, Tare, Auto Off, and Low Battery IndicatorPacks. 6000 mAh of power. So you can even charge your device in flight mode. Easy-to-use detachable web strap can be attached to scale from either side. Semi-soft easy grip handle for use as scale, power bank or flashlight. Bright 60 Lumens LED flashlight so you can travel light yet be well prepared for all travel conditions. It ships with a type-A to Micro-USB charging cable. Weighs 7 oz. Comes with a zippered carrying case $24.95. Older version is available for under $20, but it's missing a lot of features of the new one. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/D3CZVnYtcCE

     

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2pP8T2n

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1668  

    Thursday
    Mar292018

    Letters of the week & how they got us to re-test the EZCracker!

    We do the emails of the week earlier in the show this week, and here's why: 

    Hi Guys,

    Just wanted to let you guys know I wonder why the Egg Cracker (didn't work) cause I bought one for my mom & it works just as promised. There is an As Seen On TV store here in Dartmouth Nova Scotia Canada & I love it. Angela Newhook

     

    And another email:

     

    I saw this review on Amazon. According to this you have to squeeze it slowly. Did you try it slowly? Apparently if you go too fast you end up crushing the egg. Give it a try. Let us know what you find out. Thanks. Karl in Phoenix.

     

    Here's the video that prompted the emails above:

     

    Original Giz Wiz EZ-Cracker video: https://youtu.be/fjln4KSDw_w


    New EZ-Cracker Giz Wiz Video:  https://youtu.be/iGogb_AXkcs 

     

    As seen on TV commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH8SiKrcpB0

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2GRXhUm  It's $12.99 here and Amazon Prime. I paid $14.95 at a different Amazon Link. Be sure to check 'other sellers' where it might be even cheaper, but you may have to pay shipping.

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1668  (Goes live late 3/30 or 3/31)-

    Thursday
    Mar292018

    Chad's Crappy Corner & His Final Gadget For His March Theme!

    Chad polled our loyal Patreon members and asked them to vote on his theme for March. They picked “Inexpensive Garden Gadgets”. Chad's final gadget of the month is the Orbit Hose Water Flow Meter. 

    Here's what Amazon says about it: The Orbit Hose End Water Flow Mater is easy to use. It measures the water used, so you can save money and prevent over-watering your plants and lawn. The meter calculates both single-use and total water consumption and displays usage in gallons or liters. 

    And Chad's take: Chad liked his. It looks like he got a real deal on it, paying just $7.99 at his local Home Depot. It seems to be about twice that elsewater, like $15.97 on Amazon. On Home Depot's website, it shows the device, but there was no price and no way to click “buy” so maybe they're discontinuing it. Chad showed us that it really easy to hook up to a standard 3/4" outdoor hose and faucet.  They are only two buttons on the device. One to clear the water used for a the current session and one to clear the history of water used. They also allow you to chose water usage in gallons or liters. Chad showed us the back of the device which opens in case you have to replace the single CR2032 battery which is included with the device. Watch the video to see Chad test this outdoors and in his kitchen sink!  

    It's $15.97 here on Amazon, but maybe it's cheaper at your Home Depot, Lowes, or local hardware store:

    https://amzn.to/2Ij2Smd  

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1668   (Goes live late 3/30 or 3/31)

    Wednesday
    Mar282018

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

    Our viewer video of the week arrived with this email:    

    It’s Chris in Kansas City (eternalozzie in the chatroom)

     

    I have been unemployed and bored and was wondering if I could stream to Twitch or Youtube LIVE without spending hundreds of dollars.

     

    These are the 3 things that helped me modernize my PC and achieve that goal.

     

    https://youtu.be/SU987XeWbA8

     

    Chris eternalozzie

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1668  (Goes live late 3/30 or 3/31)

      

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    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 earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I canemail an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!

     

    All show submissions go to mail@gizwiz.tv

     

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++