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    You asked for more of those “mail order bargains” I have in Dick’s Gadget Warehouse….so here’s another one!

    Friday, January 15th, 2009 Daily Giz Wiz 1005

    Why are we giving away GIANT DESIGNER 5 PIECE LUGGAGE SETS for only $9.95? This is not a misprint! -----  

    Yes, this is how so many of those “mail order scam ads” of the 70’s & 80’s started. You still got something for your money, but nothing like what the photo promised. Or what the glowing copy led you to expect when your package arrived. Here’s more copy from the ad:

    Hard to believe, but true. As part of a nation wide publicity campaign, the New York firm of Peabody & Wright, Ltd. will distribute one million nationally advertised GIANT Designer 5 piece luggage sets for the astonishingly low price of of only $9.95 plus shipping and handling to the first one million persons who write to the company address. (Only one million people?)

    These are the most expensive and fastest selling luggage sets ever sold by this New York company. (and how much would you want to bet it's the only luggage set ever sold by this company!)

    Each set consists of: Expandable folding garment carrier with 2 sturdy handles. Super roomy Pullman to hold an entire vacation/business trip wardrobe, with convenient full length shoulder strap, toiletry kit/super-cushioned cosmetic case.

    These will not be sold in any store! (That's because in a store you would see that they were just just thin nylon shells!) Each piece is covered by the company's full one year money-back guarantee and will be replaced or refunded if it ever fails to function. There is a limit of 3 sets per address at this low price but if you send in your request early enough you may request up to six!  (And I bet if you said you needed 12 sets they would say, "oh, okay!")  

    What you received via a uniformed employee of the government (the mailman)  was 5 flimsy nylon shells. They arrived rolled up in a small reinforced paper envelope. That's when I knew I was in big trouble! I used to say: "Don't throw out the pape envelope. It could be the 6th piece of this cheap luggage set.

    While $9.95 + $5 shipping doesn't seem like a lot of money, but don't forget this was 30 years ago! Even in today's money I sure wouldn't pay $14.95 for these nylon shells! They might good for the TSA personnel at airports. They could practically see through them without bothering with the xray machine! 

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    Forget Baby’s First Words. Here’s Baby’s First Gadget!

    Thursday, January 14th, 2010, Netcast 1004

    If I were a baby I’d want this. Even as an adult, I find it a lot of fun. (But the bib doesn’t fit. Yes, I tried it!) It’s the Illuminated JetBib from ThinkGeek. When you can’t get your baby to eat, what’s the ploy every parent relies on for food delivery! Yes, the airplane!  ThinkGeek has updated that airplane with a Jetliner they call OmNomNom (sound familiar?). It has LED’s and a sleek yellow and blue body. This is the 2010 way to transport your delicious deliveries from the land of Gerber to your baby. There are flashing red lights on the tips of the wings of the airplane spoon. The LED lights in the bib are motion activated, causing the sides of runway to illuminate. It’s designed for ages 12 months and older. ThinkGeek says it will keep baby’s attention and makes mealtime more fun. The Lighted LED jet plane has an on/off switch and three spoon attachments. The spoon attachments are dishwasher safe, but the airplane is not. The bib and airplane are washable with a damp cloth. Button cell batteries are included and are replaceable in the plane, but not replaceable in the bib. However since LED’s use a tiny amount of power they should last a long time. $19.99, plus shipping.

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    If today’s gadget looks familiar it’s because it was the choice for our last “What The Heck Is It?” game.

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2009, Netcast 1003

    It looked exactly like a heart, and that’s what it’s supposed to look like. It’s to remind people to help their heart in an emergency by carrying what could be “life-saving" aspirins wherever they go. I met the woman who started the Aspirin Pod company. She lost two loved ones to heart attacks in a single month. She said they might have survived if there was aspirin immediately available. So she made it her goal to make more people aware of the value of aspirin in preventing heart attacks by coming up with an easy way to carry them any place you go. I hope you'll check out her website and purchase a few for yourself, family and friends. She is doing all this on her own (and her family's) funds and is very sincere in making it work. And it’s not just to help her, you could help yourself and others and maybe save a life! Even your own. For just about three bucks, you can buy an Aspirin Pod and clip it onto to purse, backpack, belt loop, etc! Again, it could save your life! I’m not a doctor, but it is generally recognized that aspirin can be a life saver in the event of an on-coming heart attack.

    Full info is at:

    But four Aspirin Pods for under $12 here: 

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    Leo gets some dynamite help from his mom for this Turn TheTable Tuesday.

    TTTT, January 12th, 2010, Netcast 1002

    So Leo gives an NPR Radio by Livio to his mom for Christmas. And on this Tuesday he figures he doesn’t even have to bend down to look under his desk for a gadget, He can call his mom and let her fill in for him. So he called Mary Laporte and patches her into the Skype feed. Mary said she was nervous and afraid she couldn’t do a good job. Truth is, she did a wonderful job! It wouldn’t surprise me if Livio didn’t want to hire her a spokesperson! The Livio Radio lets you tune into thousands of radio stations from around the globe. Mary said after a short bit of time she was able to start selecting favorites from over 16,000 Internet radio stations. There are a couple of different models of the Livio Radio. What sets this one apart is the exclusive NPR menu. It allows users to easily find, search and bookmark NPR stations, podcasts, and content, by topic or by program. But wait, there’s more! Livio helps local stations continue this tradition by making a donation to NPR when you buy one of these radios. Here are some more features via the company’s website since I don’t own one of these radios. The Livio works independently from a computer, using either a wired or wireless Internet connection and it automatically updates with new stations and features. You can play the Livio through its own speaker or through your home stereo system via the audio out jacks in the back. It includes over 16,000 Internet radio stations through Reciva and there are no subscriptions or fees. The cost? $199.99. Mary said she had no idea Leo paid that much money, but that she LOVED the gift. I’m sure we’ll be calling Mary again because she was great!

    Leo asked listeners if they had Internet radio suggestions for his mom. If you do, send them here:     

    Info on the radio:  

    Hear this Netcast:  NOTE: Because the TWiT crew is just getting back from CES, DGW 2002 will probably go up late on Tuesday!


    First new gadget from CES! Something to "Keep under your hat!"

    Monday, January 11th, 2010, Netcast 1001

    We recorded this episode, DGW #1001 at CES. We recorded the rest of this week's shows before we went out to Vegas so they could be edited for air. So today's show is a gadget from CES & then next week we'll have lots more. But, trust me,  this one is the weirdest!

    This photo is from our friends over at Gizmodo. We'll can't see who's wearing the cap - which is a good thing, right?I expect to find unusual things at CES and boy did I find one. On a Daily Giz Wiz episode about a month ago I told Leo I had read about this device and Leo thought it was a joke. But it wasn’t! I’m talking about the TV hat: a baseball cap with a brim that's about a foot long!!  There’s a clear plastic VideoMP3/iPhone/iPod holder at the tip of the cap that drops down. You put your player in there. In between your eyes and the screen is a drop-down rectangular magnifying glass that makes your video source appear much bigger. It’s on a track so you can slide it forward or back for focus. The company says it’s: “A movie theater experience absolutely anywhere!” I’m not sure about that, but I must say it does work pretty well. (But DO NOT THINK High Def, or even medium def.) Even Leo had to admit, “this thing works”. One thing is for certain. You will look truly weird wearing this device. Black flaps drop down around the cap to block out the light. The kit even include a black flap to hang from the cap behind your neck. If you don’t mind looking like the “Elephant Man”, you could use this on the plane, train, bus or even on a camping trip. A camping trip is good because less people will see you! Also the price isn’t bad. Here are the official details: Receive the As Seen On TV Hat in your choice of Cap or Visor for $19.95 plus $7.95 S&H and a FREE neck protector. You can also choose your color; choose from blue, white, red, khaki or camouflage. When you purchase 2 or more As Seen On TV Hats we will pay the additional shipping!

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