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Nest is down again

Let me start by saying that I have referred several people to the Nest products. When they are working, they are great. The last few months Nest has been down too many times for my taste. In other words – Nest has been shit lately.

I can’t access cameras, thermostats via the web or app. I pay a service fee every month and I don’t get a month’s worth of service lately. Not cool. I spend more time on this page checking to see if the unreliable Nest services are working or if it is something else. The only thing keeping me from jumping ship and heading to Wyze is that Wyze doesn’t offer 24/7 recording as of yet (or an outdoor camera). The closest thing is Wyze’s “Complete Motion Capture” which is better than the crappy 12-second clips but still not good enough for real-world security.

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Posted on Mar 20 2020 - 11:10am by Russ


As my entire state of California is on lockdown for this Coronavirus we are forced to be more creative with this social distancing bit. Did I mention I despise the term “social distancing”. Anywho… read on for some of my favorite creative takes from around the world of people dealing with Covid-19. (more…)

Cars, boats, planes, busses, helicopters and the like are getting electrified. It makes sense, assuming we can recycle all of the batteries. Another vehicle is about to join the electric party – the backhoe loader. The construction company, Case, has introduced the first fully electric backhoe loader named Project Zeus (or 580 EV). The Case 580...

Microsoft launched a website to track the coronavirus via an interactive map. It uses similar sources as the John Hopkins map. The Microsoft/Bing COVID-19 tracker site is pretty easy to use and navigate. You can move around the world and drill down in specific areas for information on active cases, recovered cases, and fatal cases. Tennesee is looking pretty good right about now. ...

Posted on Mar 10 2020 - 10:02am by Steve M

Remember the nasty flavored Jelly Belly Bean Boozled game set? They have added a new addition to the Bean Boozled line with the Fiery Five Challenge. Perfect for an icebreaker at your party, one where no one will be able to taste the food/drinks afterward. You basically spin a wheel and have to eat one of five jelly beans with some heat – sriracha, jalapeno, habanero, cayenne, or Carolina Reaper. Not sure how hot they are...

Home coronavirus test kit

Folks are pretty up in arms over the latest coronavirus (Covid-19), and until we have more accurate information I can’t blame them. Some people are heading to the hospital at the first sign of any cold-like symptoms. Others with symptoms are unknowingly infected and staying home as they don’t want to step foot inside of a hospital. Not sure what the right balance is, but a home testing kit is one of the smartest options I have heard of to date. Read on for details of a coronavirus covid-19 home test kit that is on the way. (more…)

Posted on Mar 3 2020 - 6:52am by Ty G

The most useful piece of apparel ever invented and rarely appreciated – the fanny pack. Mix this batman worthy bit of utility with Danny DeVito’s good looks and you have this piece of sexy pictured above. Yours for just $35 from the Cryptic Closet. Think of all the gadgets you could stuff inside of Danny DeVito’s face! ...

Posted on Feb 28 2020 - 9:35am by Steve M

Not that hiding a tiny Micro SD card should be that difficult, but if you really want to take your hiding game to the next level – you need a Covert Coin ($25). The Covert Coin is precision machined from a real coin, in this case, a US quarter. Each coin is shipped with an opening device. The coin is almost impossible to open without said tool. ...

Posted on Feb 11 2020 - 8:36pm by Steve M

Rubber Prop Cast Iron Frying Pan

Yep, it looks like a heavy cast iron frying pan but it isn’t. It is a rubber prop that weighs just 8-ounces. Not sure why I just bought this. Oh well. Get yours here.

Octopus Escape Room

Octopuses are known to be very smart. So smart, that if they as long as humans they would likely take over the world. I’m not making that up, some smart people believe that, google it. Octopuses have an average lifespan of three to five years and as I said earlier are very intelligent creatures. Watch the video after the break of Rudy the octopus attempting to escape breakout of four escape rooms of increasing difficulty. (more…)