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    Here's info you might be looking for, or photos or videos, stuff that I found interesting, and you might find it interesting too.


    A memory from four years ago.

    Say "hi" or even "woof" to Charlie, the dog, formerly known as Scruffy. Charlie joined the DeBartolo-Wunderlin Clan on Saturday, July 27th (2013) when Dennis & I adopted him from www.kinderforresue.org. They're LA based, but some shelter dogs were flown to NYC to seek new homes. We'll keep you posted. So far he's been great, and he quickly overcame his fear of the backyard trains and stopped barking at them.



    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!


    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!


    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




    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/