Paper Cut: Replacing Paper With the Boogie Board

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We use a lot of scrap paper: my wife writes notes for the kids before she leaves for work in the morning; I’ll grab paper to jot down a correct spelling or help my kids work out a math problem; my kids doodle constantly and their drawings accumulate around the house like fallen leaves, eventually to be scooped up and tossed into the recycling bin. While I doubt I’ll ever be a totally paperless house, the Boogie Board can replace at least some of those uses. Continue reading

Another Great Pre-Father’s Day Amazon Deal: DeWalt 20V Cordless Tool Kit

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Yes, it’s a rather obvious seasonal focus: we’re almost to Father’s Day? Let’s put all the cool tools on sale! Well, it’s working. I’d love to replace my old cordless drill and saw kit (one of the batteries has already popped its casing), and this kit from DeWalt looks perfect. Plus a bunch of extra accessories are on sale too. Continue reading

Beeline Cases – For Those Who Are All Thumbs

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I have a confession to make: I am clumsy. I have dropped an iPad, a laptop, a child, multiple drinks, and, of course, my phone–all in the last month. I have lost 2 phones to water disasters; one fell in a gutter full of rainwater and one fell in a toilet. I am so paranoid now that when I go camping, I put my iPhone in a Ziploc bag inside a closed cargo pocket. Continue reading

Understanding How Things Work From the Inside With ‘Explain 3D’

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Do you remember books like “The Way Things Work” or “How things work”? These books were best-sellers and helped a lot of people understand how things work. They sold millions of copies and taught countless people. Now, ‘Explain 3D’ brings those kinds of books to your mobile devices, and delivers the future of learning how things work. Continue reading

Calling All Makers: Be a Part of the Denver Mini Maker Faire

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Fire up your soldering irons and sharpen up your scissors. The 2015 Mini Maker Faire is returning to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 13-14, and they want you. Continue reading

Doxie Go Wi-Fi: A True “Take It With You” Scanner

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My fellow geek dads, friends, and family members know I am a scanner geek, through and through. This is a technology that continues to evolve and offer up more features to both home and office users. Armed with a personal scanner, you can get organized, reduce your clutter, and become more efficient.

I’ve got two scanners in my office, but they’re in no way portable. There are a number of smaller scanners out there that have a small footprint and are extremely light (in weight), but the one that’s been stowed in my truck and pretty much goes everywhere I go these days is the Doxie Go Wi-Fi. I’ve reviewed the Doxie Go in the past for GeekDad, but this new version has some improvements and now satisfies one of my biggest demands for a portable scanner — I don’t always have my laptop with me, but I almost always have my iPhone and/or iPad, and they both work great with the Doxie Go Wi-Fi and the matching iOS app. Continue reading

Black + Decker PP610 Corded Pole Saw Is Ideal for Rapid Storm Cleanup

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Winter isn’t necessarily the time of year when you think about pruning your trees _ at least not where I live. However, having a pole saw is really handy when heavy snow or an ice storm results in broken branches. Black + Decker sent me their PP610, 10-inch Corded Pole Saw to try out and it beats the heck out of the manual power-lever style tree trimmer I’ve been using. Continue reading

A Geek Dad’s Year-End, Get-It-Done Self Review for 2014

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I just googled a few items and discovered I haven’t done a year-end, get-it-done review since the end of 2012. I’d done one for 2011 and 2012, but somehow 2013 came and went and I have no idea what happened there. I’ll just blame it on my kids.

My hope is that some of the information below might be useful to you in your own personal and work lives. And trust me… for every item I seem to have under control, there’s a matching item that is completely chaos. I’m looking at my kids again. Continue reading

Adayo Projector Puts a Big Screen in Your Pocket

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The Adayo Smartphone Projector is a pocket-sized projector currently seeking funding on Pozible. It has already hit its goal, but there are a few weeks left in the campaign in case you want to preorder one. I got a review sample on loan to try out; here’s how it works. Continue reading

Hands-On With the $200 OneUp 3D Printer

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I first spotted the OneUp 3D Printer at the 2014 Bay Area Maker Faire (San Mateo, CA) this last May. What caught my eye was not just the simplicity of the printer but also the colors… a variety of colors of laser-cut acrylic made the little 3DP really stand out. Both kids and adults were gawking and squeezing in for a closer look. I made a note to myself to keep an eye on this company… Continue reading