Visit me on Facebook

The Giz Wiz Asks You!
No website changes have been recorded.
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, Tech Guy Labs on TWiT and on Computer America. But wait, there's More »

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

    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.

     

    Tuesday
    Jul252017

    David Pogue, yes that David Pogue, Visits MAD (and takes lots of stuff.)

    David's postg on Facebook: Today, I was lucky enough to tour MAD magazine's offices--a place I've considered hallowed since I was 12 years old! (From left: senior editor Joe Raiola; 54-year writing veteran Dick DeBartolo; me; and editor John Ficarra.)

    Distressingly, I learned that MAD's corporate parent has decided to move the operation to California—and that the current staff won't be going with it. Starting in April 2018, it may be a very different magazine.

    And my post that same day:

    Tech Genius & tall person, David Pogue came for a MAD tour today. He was so complimentary & so excited about being here, no one had the heart to let him know we invited him in the hopes he could get our computers back online. But, who cares, he was a super guest!

    Tuesday
    Jun272017

    Some heavy hitters visit MAD magazine. (They're real MAD fans too, which is great!)

    I promised Lin-Manuel Miranda (a huge MAD fan & a huge star!) a tour of MAD & today was the day. Great fun till Alfred E. showed up and pushed his way in!

    Wednesday
    Jun212017

    An inexpensive, but very useful backpack.

    Every back-to-school season I try to find a unique backpack. This year I found a backpack with a couple of unique features, that is also incredibly inexplensive. It's the Inateck Laptop Backpack. It's good-looking and the company says it's made from waterproof, scratch-resistant, anti-tear special nylon fabric. It's also the first backpack I've seen with slip-on waterproof cover. It's like a elastic slip-on raincoat for your backpack and it's included in the price. Also unique is an external USB Port; slide your power bank into the backpack and plug it in; now you can charge devices with the backpack closed. A luggage belt at the back lets your backpack slip over the extending handle on your rolling luggage. Side pockets hold personal belongings like a water bottle or umbrella. And a padded compartment holds up to 15.6 inch laptop. I think it's a bargain at $39.99, but Amazon instant discount dropped price to $27.99! Offer was still valid as of 8/24/17

     

    http://amzn.to/2x1dIZe  

    Friday
    Jun162017

    Meet The Meem Charger Cable That Also Remembers Everything That's On Your Phone!

    MEEM is a fresh new take on smartphone back up. It's a phone charger cable that automatically backs up personal data on a smartphone to the cable. And it does that every time the phone is charged. With people using phones more and more for high quality photos and video and quick text communications, a phone’s storage fills up quickly with precious content and the more personal information stored, the higher the anxiety of losing or having that data stolen is. With MEEM, backing up your smartphone is a simple solution that fits into a daily routine. Just plug in your MEEM (either for an Android or iPhone device) choose and confirm a four-digit PIN and back up of your personal data starts immediately. MEEM keeps personal data safe in your hands, under your physical control, and inaccessible to anyone else. MEEM is available to purchase in the UK, Europe and North America direct through the manufacturer or on Amazon. Prices start at $49.99 for 16GB. Up to 128 GB is available. (on Amazon as of 6/29/17) and will depend on if it's for iOS or Android and the amount of memory inside.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/cKRgpnxY4LM

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2s4qgMx

     

    Company website: http://www.meemmemory.com/

    Friday
    Jun092017

    No Hole Dress Belt For Men.

    Meet the Perfect Fit No Hole Dress Belt. I don['t know how long these have been around, but I discovered them a few months ago. And I like these a lot! (I bought 3 so far.) The holeless pants belt buckle has a hidden ratchet adjustment system that features 32 different positions for a custom fit from waist sizes 28 to 48 inches. When you receive the belt, trim it down to the size you want for a the perfect amount of overlap. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and trim the straight end of the belt, not the tapered end that will be visible. The no-holes dress belt tightens with a gently pull and releases by lifting the front of the buckle. Adjust quickly and discreetly, about 1/4” at a time after meals, when sitting down or standing. It's available in Black or brown. There are many variates online. I tried two.

    I prefer the Perfect Fit version because it's the easier to adjust. It was under $15 on 7/16/17 here:http://amzn.to/2usnmFB (Choose black or brown before ordering.)

     

    But also check out the Danteversion.

     

    With that version you get a choice of more than two dozen buckles, but I find the little release hook at the bottom on the buckle makes it harder to adjust the belt than the version above where you just lift the whole buckle.

     

    It was under $17 here http://amzn.to/2uouu68 on 7/16/17

     

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay exactly the same as anyone else, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff for the show. Thanks