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    Daily Giz Wiz, Week of April 27th 

    Monday, April 27th, 2009, Netcast 816

    Utility knifes don’t have to be scary!


    My fear about utility knifes is that someone is going to put one in my tool without retracting the blade completely. Then while reaching around for tools I’m going to cut myself. Ouch!! That shouldn’t happen with the new Rapid Edge from Rapid Tools. It’s features heavy-duty die-cast construction with excellent ergonomic comfort – BUT it has a feature that I think is great! It’s called Safe’T’Vue. As soon as the blade tip comes out, an LED light alert comes on! It also features a Slide’n’Lock button so you can have different secure cutting blade lengths. The light does more than just alert you to the exposed blade; it’s great for cutting carpet, drywall, etc. in dark corners of your home. The LED light illuminates the area you’re working in. It makes it easy to follow any line you’re cutting along. It includes 3-patented Rapid Edge serrated blades. And the cost is $8 or less.


    Rapid Tools also makes the Shark. It’s the first & only tool to combine a utility knife with a wire stripper. It comes with 5 Rapid Edge blades, their own the patented, serrated blade that lasts longer & cuts easier. The pliers-style, wire-stripper grip locks securely into the body of the knife when not in use. There’s a spring-loaded wire cutter that opens easily and cuts comfortably. The precision ground stripping holes easily remove insulation from 10 to 18 gauge wires. And built in also is a wire cutter & crimper. The one-button, quick blade change is easy & saves time. No tools required to change the blades. And the four-blade storage compartment opens wide for easy blade access. It’s under $20.




    Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw816



    Here are few gadgets from past shows!

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 Netcast 808  

    Have sensitive documents you want to get rid of?


    The Staples Micro-Cut Shredder is an ultra-quiet, jam resistant micro-cut shredder. With its titanium cutter blades, it turns checks, statements, and documents into confetti. There’s no worry someone is going to reassemble personal documents and steal sensitive information. Staples says the shred size is: 2/32" X 12/32”. I still call it confetti. A really good feature is that this device can also shred staples, credit cards, paper clips, CD's and DVD's. And it works great. I got rid of every old DVD I didn’t need because it’s fun watching this shredder work. This is one of the higher end models from Staples. It features a blade guard and a lockout key. I have is the 10-sheet micro cut model. It has a large 4.3 gallon bin. The viewing window glows blue when shredding and shuts off when the bin is about ¾ full. It may have been designed that way so it’s easier to empty. The bin must be back in place for the shredder to operate. A 60 decibel noise level is quiet for a shredder, especially one that shreds DVD’s. I like the auto shut off too. When the last paper has gone through the blades, it stops the motor. The unit is still on, with all the controls illuminated, but the motor stops. AntiJam with SmartSense technology is clever too. It prevents jams before they start. If you put in too many papers at once, it stops and flashes an icon to let you know you should put in fewer sheets. Price is $199.99, but right now there is a rebate offer of $50. I notice the rebate offer stops & then starts again, so keep your eyes on the Staples ads if you’re interested in one. Staples has a wide range of shredders all the way down to a tabletop model for about $50 or so.



    Hear this Netcast:  www.twit.tv/dgw808


    Thursday, April 16th, 2009, Netcast 809

    Yet another new kind of flashlight!


    Most likely you have an emergency flashlight in your car. But will it work when you need it is another story. Usually the batteries are weak or worse yet, dead. There’s a new device, the USB Flashlight-er that not only solves the dead battery problem, but also adds an extra feature for gadget lovers. The Flashlight-er is an in-dash, rechargeable flashlight that allows you to also charge any small electronic device that uses a USB to USB adapter. Keep it plugged in to charge your phone, PDA, Blackberry, etc., and when you need a flashlight, just remove the Flashligh-er. Three LED’s automatically switch on to give you a small powerful flashlight. Michael Lifshitz, from Flashlight-er told me it’s usable with all of the newest Smart phones, including the iPhone! The Flashlight-er is small so it sticks out less than an inch from the dash. That’s much less than a typical lighter plug device. The USB Flashlight-er comes with the one-amp USB plug which should charge devices back to full power quickly. Michael said that if you plug an iPod with a dead battery into the Flashlight-er, it should come back to full strength as quickly as a home charger would take. Cost is $29.95, plus S & H. For more information, visit www.theFlashlighter.com.


    Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw809



    Friday, April 17th, 2009, Netcast 810


    Light your way to family harmony.

    That’s what it says on the Johnny-Light website: “Lighting the way to family harmony”. When “dad” lifts the seat, the light comes on…it goes out when he puts the seat back down…So it’s a good reminder for dad. It’s easy to install, with no tools needed. There’s a hidden switch that lights toilet bowl when the toilet seat is raised and then shuts it off when the toilet seat goes down. It’s designed to end the bathroom battle of the sexes by reminding us guys to put the toilet seat down. And this part from the company’s website is pretty funny: Eliminates annoying "fall-ins"! This must happen when you go to sit down not realizing the seat is up. If I remember correctly, according to the little video on the company’s website, 45,000 people have toilet injuries every year! The Johnny-Light is a soft green, so it won’t jar your eyes in the middle of the night. DURACELL batteries included. $13.95, plus $1.75 S & H. It’s also available at Lowe’s. To buy, it’s not on the toilets there, is my guess.


    Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw810

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