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Posted on Aug 16 2019 - 9:25am by Lisa C.
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Turn your lazy 2-port electrical outlet into an 8-port workhorse with a shelf. The Socket Shelf sports 6 electrical AC outlets and 2 USB ports. Installation is as simple as plugging the Socket Shelf into your existing wall outlet. the AC outlets are surge protected and the USB ports deliver 2.1 Amps of shared output.

Ring (Amazon) just can’t help running over folks privacy. First, they let law enforcement know where every camera is in use, then they coached law enforcement on how to get user videos without using a warrant,...

If you don’t trust the big guys to store your data (email, files, and photos) maybe it is time you took things into your own hands, without all of the hard work. Sure, you could set up your own email and file server but the email side of things is a bit trickier than you might think. I’m not going to address the creepiness and breaches of the big data companies out there. This is just about taking a more active role in getting your data (mainly email) back in your hands. Enter The Helm personal server. The Helm personal server...

Posted on Jul 31 2019 - 8:15am by gchoe
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I love burritos. Who doesn’t? But, do you love burritos enough to get an 80″ tortilla throw blanket? Well technically you can order these flour tortilla blankets in the following sizes – 47″, 60″, 71″, and 80″. Prices are reasonable from $19.99 to $28. The manufacturer, CASOFU, took things a step further and made several different tortillas; some...

Posted on Jul 24 2019 - 8:42am by drakaal
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Damn you Lego. I am a grown man. Why do you keep making me buy toys I don’t need?

This beautiful treehouse comes with 3,036 pieces and is over 14-inches tall. It is currently the largest lego set in the LEGO Ideas lineup. This Lego Treehouse (21318) even comes with two sets of leaves in different colors for summer and fall. There are three cabins inside the tree and four minifigs.

Still not impressed? Here is the real kicker, the lego pieces are made from plant-based polyethylene from Sugarcane. Video review of the Lego Treehouse after the break. (more…)

Posted on Jul 2 2019 - 10:36am by gchoe
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Imagine being able to take a 12-ounce scolding hot cup of tea and being able to cool it down in under 60-seconds. That is the idea behind the Elemental Beverage Snapchiller. Cool but I’m not sure it is $6,000 cool. Ouch.

The Elemental Beverage Snapchiller uses a stainless steel evaporator coil to quickly chill hot liquids at a rate of 12-0unces per minute.

If you have ever opened a glass bottle of soda, water, or beer and needed to reseal it, you need a Monopol Hermetus. This gadget was given to me as a gift and I and have grown to rely on it for opening and resealing bottles. The Monopol Hermetus is made of steel, has a rubber surface for an air-tight seal, and is made in Germany. Pretty slick, get a couple here for just $9.99.   ...

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I have spent quite a bit of money making my homes lighting situation a bit smarter. I am an Apple guy, mainly because I value my privacy, so naturally, I went with solutions that were Apple HomeKit enabled. My house is a bit older and doesn’t have neutral wires run, which means most of my light switches are the Lutron Caseta PD-6WCL. They work great (I have given up on the sh*tty Leviton switches).

I was always intrigued by the Philips Hue bulbs but never pulled the trigger because they have a huge flaw. If anyone turns off the light switch, which people do all the time, the bulb is no longer accessible on the network and goes from “smart” to totally “dumb”. Because of this, I opted to replace my dumb lightswitches with the Lutron Caseta switches. This route takes a bit more work, but ultimately it works very well and I don’t have to worry about the “Philips Hue problem”. Read on for details. (more…)

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Folding laundry seems like a neverending task, one that I am quite good at, but it takes quite a bit of time. I love the idea of a laundry folding robot, like the Foldimate, however, I am a bit of a skeptic. I mean, heck, my work copier only has to deal with perfectly flat paper and it jams on the daily.

Time will tell if this $1,000 Foldimate laundry folding machine will work as good as the demo video. I sure hope so. Check out the video after the break. (more…)

If you are one of the many folks struggling with weak or inconsistent Wifi in your house or business you should check out Google Wifi. It just works. Start off with a 3-pack kit and add more if needed. The only thing keeping my Google Wifi system from being perfect is the long cable and lack of cable management. Enter this cool outlet/wall mount bracket that contains the cable...