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    Dick's Blog & Log...

    Here's stuff that's more than 140 characters so it won't fit on TWITTER, or photos or videos, stuff that I found interesting, and hope you might find it interesting too.

     

    Sunday
    Oct232016

    A much better way to get a strong Wi-Fi signal.

    At press events gadgets that use WiFi often don't work well because so many people there are all using WiFi. That's why I was attracted to the new Portal device. As you'll see in the video we shot there that they were using their Portal WiFi device to stream four 4k videos and they all looked great - no buffering at all. The company says Portal is built for crowded and demanding urban environments. The said the primary cause of WiFi being slow and unreliable is overcrowding of the shared public radio airwaves that all WiFi devices compete to use. Portal is designed to be a WiFi system unlike any other. Their “Fast Lanes Technology” lets it use exclusive protected radio channels to eliminate the crowding and congestion that is increasingly common with WiFi. (They hard to work a long time with the FCC to achieve this.) Then the device also uses nine innovative and powerful internal antennas arranged in arrays support the latest radio techniques like MU-MIMO and beamforming for even longer distance. Portal combines the security and privacy capabilities of iOS or Android devices with those of WiFi. This results in your network being much more robust against anyone trying to hack it. Portal also protects your family’s privacy with things like continual intrusion detection, geo-fencing and ID obfuscation. The video on their Amazon page (link below) helps make it clear how they can offer a much better WiFi signal that other routers. And it's priced like many other high-end routers at $199.99. It starts ships November, 2016, but can be preordered. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/QtT0JvVdOxU

     

    Company website: https://portalwifi.com/ 

      

    Video here has a good explanation of how they achieve faster WiFi:

     

    https://www.amazon.com/PORTAL-Turbocharged-Self-Optimizing-Gigabit-Router/dp/B01JQROZZS

    Saturday
    Oct082016

    Comic Con 2016 & DC Entertainment Has It's Annual Ferslugginer Fun Fest.

    Tom Richmond, DickDe, Ryan Flanders. Behind us, Dave Croatto, and hardly visible, the way he likes it, Jacob Lambert. And below, (most of) the special drink menu for the ferslugginer DC Entertainment bash.

    I had a couple of "Alfred E. Neuman's", followed by "The Lighter Side" beer chaser, then I folded-in. This special menu is a one-night-only thing.  

     

    Sunday
    Oct022016

    Another meet-up concludes with a photo op! (October 2nd, 2016)

    The 2016 photo of the folks nutty enough to come to yet another Giz Wiz meetup, including co-host OMGchad. And an amazing number of them also grew a 'stache for the occasion. And a few didn't want to be in the photo. (We never ask why, we just understand them not wanting to be seen with the others.)

    And take 2!
    Tuesday
    Sep272016

    Who shoots all those Giz Wiz Videos?

    The number of videos shot for the Giz Wiz Show, our YouTube Channel and even World News Now have passed the 260 mark. Almost all of them have been shot by Dennis Wunderlin. Dennis not only designed the Giz Wiz logo, but he also roams the aisles at trade shows looking for gadgets for The Giz Wiz to use on his ABC News spots, the Giz Wiz Show, The Tech Guy Radio spots, and Computer America. He's done a couple of reviews of his own, but he prefer to remain behind the camera. 

    The Giz Wiz video channel:

    www.gizwizvideos.com

    In addition to shooting great videos, Dennis is a commercial artist for Metro Creative Graphics. He also does other freelance art. You can sample of his work at this website.

    Dennis Wunderlin's Website:

    www.wunderlinart.com

    Friday
    Aug192016

    The 6th Annual Giz Wiz Meet-Up is October 2nd & OMGchad is flying in to join us!

    The 6th Annual Meet-Up takes place Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM.  

    OMGChad is flying in from Dallas to attend so it will be a super meet-up!!! It's at the same great place as all the other meet-ups, www.boatbasincafe.com 

    Friends, Fun, Match Game questions, prizes too! It's all free, but we'd like to know if you're coming so we can save the proper amount of space. Just send an email to gizwizbiz@aol.com and put "Meet-Up" in the subject line. If you're bringing guests, "Meet-Up +2" or whatever number of guests. Hope to see you there. Come early and treat yourself to breakfast, or stay late and treat yourself to dinner. Food is great and priced right. Menus are on the Boat Basin Cafe website. Great location too, overlooking the Hudson River. (And my little work boat.)

    Thanks to Joe Bolanos for the great photo. Who knew so many people would grow mustaches for the event!

    One meet-up happened to fall on my birthday. Long time Giz Wiz fan Beckee was kind enough to bring Kazoos for all, so I had my own 'Kazoo Band' Happy Birthday. It's at the link below. Don't worry, it just lasts one minute!

    And TWiT's (and Giz Fiz director) Alex Gumpel (red jacket back row right) has come in for two of the meet-ups. Will he be there for the 2016 meet-up? Hmmm.... Come and be surprised with the rest of us.

    The Kazoo Birthday Song: http://youtu.be/BXpN-Vqe4cg

    Hope you can make it October 2nd, 2016.