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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 »

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    Wednesday
    Nov252009

    Happy Thanksgiving from The Giz Wiz & The Daily Giz Wiz & MAD Magazine & Alfred E. Neuman & -- oh, that's enough!

     Electric carving knifes? 

    So "yesterday"

    We thrive on technology!

    We carve our Turkey the Light Saber Way!

    New from Ronco!

    Batteries sold separately! (Uses 400 AAA's.)

     

    Wednesday
    Nov252009

    Tell me, does this ad sound like a pretty good deal to you?

    Thursday, November 26th, 2009 Netcast 969

     

    Here's the ad I received in an email: “Health-O-Meter HM2115Q Men's Micro Suede Slippers with Massage. Medium, has soft fabric and lining to keep feet snuggly warm. These slippers have powerful massage motors that soothe stressed, tired feet with vibrating massage. There is a cushioned memory foam sole support to deliver extra support to the heel and sole. This product is battery operated for ultimate convenience.”

    These were a ‘deal of the day’ at www.Dealmonger.com for $15.99.  They sounded good to me, especially since I did a quick web check and found that on Amazon.com these slippers are selling for up to $45! So I paid my $15.99 and ordered them. Turned out to be not a good deal. The "massage" is a little motor that vibrates in one part of the foot and feels like you’re standing on a “joy buzzer”. And you have to take out the vibrator inner soles in order to insert the memory foam inner insoles. And if there’s memory foam inside them you certainly can’t feel it through the thick faux fur covering. All in all, I think at $16 I paid maybe $15 too much! But if this glowing review has you longing for a pair, here’s the listing on amazon.com. They’re sold out at DealMonger.com.

     http://www.amazon.com/Health-Meter-HM2135-Massaging-Slippers/dp/B000FEXXX2  $45

     Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw969

    Tuesday
    Nov242009

    Nothing beats the scent of fresh coffee brewing!

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, Netcast 968

    I’m a big fan of the Capresso Coffee Team Therm. But about two months ago the folks at Capresso asked if I’d like to try to new machine that was about to hit the marketplace. Me, try out a new gadget? I guess that sounds okay. Of course I told them: “Yes!!!”. The new machine is the Capresso CoffeeTeam GS. It’s a fully programmable 10-Cup Coffee Maker with a built in conical burr grinder.  As soon as I mention burr grinder on the Daily Giz Wiz, Leo jumped in with – “burr grinder - that’s the best kind!” And it is to get the most aroma and favor from coffee beans without heating them the way some other grinders do. My last two Capresso coffee makers had a mechanical arm that moved the filter with the freshly ground beans into place over the carafe before the brewing process started. In this latest GS version the beans are custom ground and the water flows through them with no mechanical arm necessary. It makes for a very high tech, streamed look. (It’s black with Stainless Steel accents.) Clean up is still quick & easy. There’s a 6-ounce capacity bean container with a detachable see-through cover for easy cleaning of the grinder channel. The Digital Control Panel has a programmable Clock/Timer, 5 programmable brew amounts for 2-10 cups, and 3 programmable coffee strength settings. There are 2 Mode settings: “Grind/Brew” - for grinding programmed amount of whole beans directly into the Gold Tone Filter, (I’m using paper filters) or “Brew” if you’re using coffee that’s already ground. A filter release button opens the swing out filter holder for simple cleaning or changing. If you need it, a charcoal water filtration removes up to 82% of chlorine and other impurities from tap water. The filter holder and one charcoal filter are included. And if you leave in a hurry and forget to shut the pot, a 2-hour safety shut-off will do it for you, Finally, I can’t live without the Stop-and-Serve feature. You can grab a quick cup of freshly made hot coffee before the brewing cycle is finished. The nonstick-coated warming plate holds the coffee at a nice, hot 200-degree brew temperature. $180.00

     

    http://www.capresso.com/coffee-makers-coffee-team-gs.shtml

    Here’s a listing on Amazon, but I haven’t shopped here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Capresso-464-05-CoffeeTeam-Digital-Coffeemaker/dp/B002EVOVPI

    Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw968

    Monday
    Nov232009

    Leo gets a new --? No, not car; not flashlight; a new phone!!

    Turn The Table Tuesday, November 24th, 2009, Netcast 967

    Leo got the new Motorola Droid cell phone and he likes it a lot! Although he’s not sure why it has to make such weird “monster” type sounds on start-up. The case is mostly metal and is very rugged. And it has something I like in almost any device – an external volume up and down key. (I hate having to go into a menu to change the volume.) The Droid has an impressive 3.7″ WVGA 854 X 480 high quality touch display that Leo says is probably the best cell phone screen he’s seen so far. Even though it’s a touch display, Leo said you can’t do the squeeze and expand motions with photos like you can on the iPhone. Leo likes this Droid phone better than the Palm PRE. He was not so positive on the slide down keyboard. He said he might get used to the keys that are pretty close together, but in the meantime he’s perfectly happy using the virtual keyboard. (The slide down keyboard has backlit keys.)  Even though it boasts a 5MP camera, Leo said he feels picture taking is better on the iPhone. I asked Leo about multi-tasking on the phone – one of Leo’s favorite things – (He was eating as he was talking about the Droid and running the studio video equipment!) The Droid lets a user have three different custom screens, which Leo says is just okay. He’d like more! All in all, he’s happy with the Droid and thinks this could be a much-needed hit for Motorola. Price is $199.00 after rebate with a two-year contract.

    http://phones.verizonwireless.com/motorola/droid/?cmp=KNC-PaidSearch#/home

    Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw967

    Sunday
    Nov222009

    Now you’re iPod Touch can tell you where to go!

    Daily Giz Wiz, Monday, November 23rd, 2009

    Gadget of the day in a moment, but first ---  If you’re up for voting in the PODCAST AWARDS, the Daily Giz Wiz is up for both People’s Choice and Best Comedy Podcast. It would be great if you had the time to vote to check us in both categories. If you have a lot of free time you can vote once every 24 hours until November 30th.  Thank you!  Dick De, The Giz Wiz

    Monday, November 23rd, 2009, Netcast 966

    Dual Electronics (Yes the folks who were wildly famous for their turntables many years ago) have introduced the GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle for the iPod Touch (model XGPS300). The Cradle, which resembles a battery case in size and weight, provides a complete GPS navigation solution for the iPod Touch, including the NavAtlas turn-by-turn navigation app and a car mount. But wait there’s more! The Cradle also includes a rechargeable battery, amplified speaker, audio out connection and mini USB port. An adjustable windshield mount is also included for in-car use. The NavAtlas app, which works exclusively with The Cradle, includes all the features commonly found in PNDs and more, and is available on the iTunes App Store for free. The Cradle is ideal for in-car or handheld use, and it complies with the requirement from Apple to provide GPS location data to any app which requests it, including apps for hiking, bicycling, social networking, geocaching,  as well as other navigation apps. Dual says that there are approximately 24 million iPod touch owners worldwide who are missing out on the ever-growing number of location-based apps. But no more, thanks to the folks at Dual. The Cradle with the latest U.S and Canada maps from NAVTEQ has a MSRP of $179.99. More info at the You Tube Video – you may have to lower your volume - and the company's website.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApAOFyAynnE    YouTube Video

    http://gpscradle.dualav.com/      Company Website for The Cradle.

    Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw966