Skip Owens

A rocket-scientist, father of 3, amateur astronomer, piano/keyboard player and soon to be sci-fi author who wears his geek badge with pride.

A Haunted House of Home Automation

It’s all fun and games until Metallica is blaring through the HomePod in your bedroom for no apparent reason at…

February 1, 2021

GeekDad Review: RepliTronics Hotline 16000 Power Bank

If you are going to carry around a portable USB power bank, it might as well have a retro look…

November 16, 2020

Where Is My Apple Watch Backup?

I’ve done this several times over the years and almost every time I run into the same problem of not…

November 9, 2020

GeekDad Review: RepliTronics Charge Machine USB Hub

Most families could always use a few more places to charge their devices, so why not do it with a…

October 28, 2020

Why I Switched From a 12.9” to an 11” iPad Pro

Normally once you get used to a bigger screen you don’t want to switch back to a smaller one, but…

September 9, 2020

GeekDad Review: Hitch Crossbody Laptop Brief

The Hitch Crossbody Laptop Brief by WaterField has a lot of flexibility in its design to fulfill multiple roles making…

August 3, 2020

GeekDad Review: BOOX Nova 2 E-Ink Tablet

It turns out that if you take the power of a full-sized tablet and give it an e-ink display, you…

July 13, 2020

GeekDad Review: DEVONthink 3.0

We are firmly in the digital age, which means we all collect a ton of digital information. But how do…

July 9, 2020

GeekDad Review: ‘PONG Quest’ for Nintendo Switch

Sometimes it is fun to go back to the classics, and that is exactly what the game 'PONG Quest' is…

June 14, 2020

Geek Links: RepliTronics Announces Mini Boombox Bluetooth Speaker

The folks over at New Wave Toys have a new product in the works for their RepliTronics line of premium…

May 28, 2020

Geek Links: Stern Announces New TMNT Pinball Machines

Today, Stern Pinball is announcing three brand new pinball machines based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Courtesy: Stern Pinball

May 27, 2020

THINKERS Notebook: Pen and Paper Meets Digital Collaboration

The THINKERS Notebook, while still an analog notebook at heart, was designed specifically for people who want to easily share…

May 26, 2020

Commonplace Books Part 6: Helpful Products and Tools

This is the sixth and final article in my series about commonplace books, which highlights a number of products that…

April 28, 2020

Commonplace Books Part 5: Automation

In this fifth article of the series about keeping a commonplace book I talk about how I am using automation…

April 23, 2020

Commonplace Books Part 4: My Setup Using Ulysses

For the fourth article in my commonplace book series I talk about how I configure and use Ulysses to keep…

April 5, 2020

Geek Links: The Hitch Crossbody Brief by Waterfield

Here's a cool new product to look forward to when we all go back to work. Courtesy: Waterfield

April 4, 2020

Add Funds to iTunes and Watch a Free Movie at Home

From now thru Friday April 3, 2020 Apple is running a promotion where you get a 10% bonus added to…

March 30, 2020

Commonplace Books Part 3: Choosing a System

The purpose of this article isn't to go into excruciating detail on my commonplace book system selection process. Instead, what…

March 24, 2020

Commonplace Books Part 2: Why Keep One and How?

If you read books at all (and I mean even if you read just a little) you should consider keeping…

March 10, 2020

Commonplace Books Part 1: What Are They?

If you read books at all (and I mean even if you read just a little) you should consider keeping…

March 5, 2020

Simple and Effective Garage Door HomeKit Automation

I can’t tell you how many times my family has gone to bed with our garage door open, and it…

February 24, 2020

Is This the Year For a Stand Alone Apple Watch?

With the coming change to cellular data plans due to 5G data networks, I think a stand alone cellular enabled…

January 6, 2020

Vibes Earplugs – Simple But Geeky Ear Protection

Why wife and I recently got to see Elton John as part of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” concert tour…

January 2, 2020

Review: Waterfield Leather Key Clip

Sometimes the simplest and sturdiest product can also be the most useful. Waterfield added a touch of class and a…

December 20, 2019

Geek Links: Dad Builds a ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean so He Can Drive His Kids to School In Style

37-year-old James Napier spent an enormous sum of money (and even more of his personal time) restoring a DeLorean and…

December 8, 2019

Review: ‘Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is a book of quotes and life lessons taken…

December 5, 2019

Review: ‘Some Distant Memory’ For Nintendo Switch

If you're in the market for a really good story (some history, science, technology and a bit of romance) and…

November 28, 2019

7 Things Parents Should Know About ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’

These are the 7 things parents should know before seeing A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.

November 23, 2019

Review – Libertad Merino Wool Travel Shirts

The folks at Libertad somehow made a shirt that is formal enough for business use but also looks natural in…

November 16, 2019

Perk Clothing – Simplicity for Us Geeks

If you would rather spend your time reading a good comic book, playing a good video game or hanging out…

November 7, 2019

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