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    With Co-hosts Diane Macedo & Kendis Gibson

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    Let's see I have everything in the dishwasher, plates, glasses and my computer keyboard!

    What is the whole family uses one keyboard & mouse and member has a bad cold?

    Families routinely pass infectious diseases when kids come home with a cold or Dad has the flu. At home, they handle the computer keyboard and mouse and open the possibility of spreading germs through these surfaces. Seal Shield Keyboards are not only antimicrobial; you can put them into a dishwasher and let them get a real cleaning.  I tried of two of the Seal Shield keyboards – one wireless with a wireless laser mouse & one portable enough to roll up and pack in a suitcase or backpack. The soft Glow Keyboard is backlit for easy viewing. (I found typing on the rubberized keys takes a bit of getting used to, but the back- lighting is great in dimly lit areas.) The UV reinforced keys resist fading. Like any regular keyboard, it’s just Plug n’ Play. It has a regular USB connection, and comes with a PS/2 adapter. Actually this keyboard comes with a gold USB connector. When you put it in the dishwasher, the only thing you have to do is use the attached rubber Seal Cap to protect the USB connector. The wireless keyboard and mouse can just go into the dishwasher the way they are. (The wireless keyboard & mouse have battery compartments that have rubber gasgets to protect them during a run in the dishwasher.) I used both keyboards, and then ran them both through a complete cycle in my dishwasher. They came out soaking wet and I thought, “are these really going to still work?” I dried them off a bit and yes --- they both worked fine! Prices on the company’s website are full retail. If you do a web search you can find them for less.  


    When you travel do you fear having to find a restroom in out-of-way places?

    Here’s Something Very Inexpensive That Will Be Worth It’s Weight in Gold if You Need It!
    The Toiletry Travel Pack. 
    This little plastic pack is great for those unknown restrooms when you travel. Throw one in your pocket, even for a day trip. Perfect for luggage, the glove compartment, backpack, etc. Then when you open that door and find the restroom from hell, you're set. Inside each packet you’ll find   • Toilet seat cover • Toilet seat wipe • Germicidal Hand wipe • Tissue • Paper towel • and Disposable glove! And they’re at the Jet Travel website they’re just a buck twenty-five a pack, plus shipping. I think this is a great idea!


    Netbooks, Notebooks, Stuff We All Need.

    There are netbooks, notebooks, tiny MP3 players with built-in mics so you can record lectures in class. There are even electronics for kids too young to go to the school. I showed a "PDA" from Leap Frog designed for kids as young as 3 years old! It not only teaches them, but it makes it less likely they'll play with the real PDA the folks own!

    Listed below are all the gizmos and gadgets I showed on World News Now, along with a link for more info. The San Disk Clip+ is brand new and may be hard to find for the next week or so. If you can contact me via the form at the lower left.  

    Here's the spot as it aired on ABC News:


    Back To School w/ Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

    A New Netbook from HP. The Mini110. 

    HP Mini 110 Netbook Under $330. – Netbooks are a fast growing category of ultra-portable computers. This one has a 10.1” diagonal screen and weights under 2.5 pounds. That makes it effortless to carry to class for easy access to information (it has built in WiFi) and note taking on the go. With the extended battery, up to 8 hours of operation is possible. The keyboard is 92% standard size and I had no trouble typing on it. With the built in mic & webcam it’s easy to keep in touch with folks at home via services like Skype. It’s available in three different colors: Pink Chic, Black Swirl and White Swirl. The HP Mini 110 also features software that synchronizes music, pictures, videos and files with a primary notebook or desktop PC automatically. You download the corresponding software to you home computer, but the software is already loaded onto the Netbook. There are a great many storage options, including Solid State Drives and up to 160 GB hard drive. Starting price is $329.99 @ for the black Mini . You can see all the options there too.



    New Acer Aspire Timeline, a super thin laptop w/DVD drive & full sized keyboard.



    Aspire Timeline 4810-8480 laptop about $700/ & Up The new Aspire Timeline Series is designed to deliver exceptional 8-hours battery life on a single charge. Part of the energy saving comes from having an LED backlit Hi Def 14” display. (13 & 15.6-inch models are also available. It ships with Windows Vista Home Premium, but you’ll be able to get a free upgrade to Windows7 when it comes out at the end of October. This computer, which is only about 1 inch thick, uses the Intel Core2 Solo Processor running at 1.40GHz. It’s not blazing fast, but it saves battery power and is certainly perfect for most computing chores you’ll have. 4GB of RAM is very good, and there’s a robust 320GB hard drive. Unlike Netbooks which don’t have optical drives, this Timeline 4810 has an integrated Super-Multi drive. There’s also a convenient built in 5-in-1-card reader. The display is the Acer CineCrystal 14.0" WXGA (1366 x 768) TFT display. And there’s an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD. Students can keep in touch with folks back home and all their friends via the net with the built-in 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N WLAN and integrated webcam with mic. Weight is about 4.2 pounds. All the specs and options are at the company’s website:

    UPDATE: In an ad in Tuesday’s NY Times J&R Music has one version of this Timeline computer for $559.99 after $50 rebate.