Turning Off The Conair CD108 Infiniti Curling Iron Via Email

Problem - Solution

My wife sometimes leaves things plugged in and turned on. Dangerous things. Like her curling iron. It’s not unheard-of for her to be a couple miles down the road, heading out to run some errands with the boys in the back seat all buckled in. “Did I leave the curling iron on?” she wonders. This problem called for a drastic solution. A solution that would justify four years of engineering school. A problem that so many of us geek spouses wait 20, 30, or even 40 years of marriage to encounter… and then take down with extreme prejudice. Continue reading

Disney Trip: Playing with Frozen’s Rigging Tech


Geek Dad Matt Forbeck went to the Disney Animation Studios to learn about how they made Frozen and to play with the rigging machines. Get an inside look at the tech Disney artists use to bring their character models to life in the Oscar-winning film. Continue reading

SLXtreme 5 iPhone Case – XTreme Protection + XTreme Battery Life

SLXtreme 5 Case

I’m not going to pull any punches here — the SLXtreme 5 iPhone case (for 5 and 5S) is not for everyone. It’s bulkier… heavier… and definitely pulls in some strange looks. I’ve been using it now for almost a month and I can attest to the fact that I got at least a dozen odd looks every day not counting those individuals who had no issue saying something like “Man, that is ONE serious case!” The SLXtreme 5 is, however, exactly as advertised — waterproof, battery rugged, and solar powered. Continue reading

Digital Note-Taking With Penultimate and Jot Script

Jot Script

People who know me will tell you I don’t go too many places without my iPad. I’ve made it an indispensable tool for both my job and my personal life. It’s the only personal assistant I can afford, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use it. I get a lot of requests from friends and family (but also from complete strangers at my second office — aka, the coffee shop) who see me doing something with my tablet that they’ve not seen before. Many times it’s an app… and many times it’s an accessory of some sort. And sometimes it’s a bit of both. Continue reading

The Mr. Beams LED Lantern — Sunglasses Recommended!


I’m a big fan of Mr. Beams. My UltraBright LED motion detection spotlight is still doing its job and lighting up the 20′ area around my home’s back door with an amazingly bright set of LEDs. And the Wireless Power Outage Lighting System has been useful more than once since I installed it, turning on a bright LED in my basement and a matching flashlight/emergency light upstairs when the base unit detects a loss of power. Suffice to say, I think they’ve got a great array of products that all use the energy efficient LEDs for path lighting, stick-anywhere-lighting, and three different spotlights. Recently I got a chance to check out their latest product, the UltraBright LED Lantern. The name says it all — this thing is BRIGHT. Continue reading

What I Learned from Hour of Code (x12)

Image: Melissa Ford

Each day, when I returned to the school like the Pied Piper of Circuits to lead another round of workshops, more and more kids started gathering at the computer lab door. I think that’s a sign of how interested kids are to keep exploring STEM fields. I had a fifth grader who told me at the beginning of the workshop that she didn’t really like computers who informed me later that she’s now thinking about studying computer science. I think that’s an hour well spent. After all, there are going to be 1.2 million new jobs in STEM fields in 2018. Who is going to fill them if we don’t raise the next generation with that information? Continue reading

Gadget Gift Idea: A New Bluetooth Headset


If you are still looking for something for that hard-to-buy-for person, a new Kinivo Bluetooth Headset would certainly fit the bill. We have reviewed other Kinivo headsets in the past, and I received one recently as a gift and love it. It works with any Bluetooth compatible device, so it really is for anyone. I use mine with my PC, laptop, iPad and even occasionally my iPhone. Continue reading