Episode 1157

The Sound Gizmo

Sound Effects Machine

Link: miniorgan.com

Turn-The-Tables-Tuesday

1157 The Sound Gizmo

The Sound Gizmo

 

Tom has dug deep into his gadget wigwam and found the Sound Gizmo, which he received as a birthday present in about 1992.  Made by Fundimensions in Singapore, it could generate 9 sounds effects, including Jet Plane, Gunshot, Train, Tone, Helicopter and Siren.  You could also vary the pitch, volume and speed of the sound effect.  There’s a little write-up here, and you can even look up the manual for the gadget.

Brannock Device

Dick struggles with the name of the age-old device invented over 80 years ago which is still being made, in essentially the same form as the original – the Brannock Device (Episode 255).

Who’s this Tom Merritt?

Appropriately, today’s letter comes from Dr Mark Sukoenig from Syracuse, where the Brannock Device was born (see his letter in Episode 280). Dr Mark asks who’s this guy who presumes to take over the show from Leo.  He doesn’t have a letter to read; he doesn’t do Leo’s great voices; he doesn’t have Leo’s great sense of humour; he doesn’t even shave as Leo does or sit on the ball when he does the show.  His claim to fame is he gets to do shows with pretty women. Joking aside, does Tom merit his chance for filling in for Leo?  Absolutely, and Dr Mark listens to all of Tom’s shows.

 

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Episode 1156

Cables Unlimited Super Laptop Cooler

Laptop Cooler with 3-Port USB Hub and Card Reader

Link: Cables Unlimited

1156 Super Laptop Cooler

Super Laptop Cooler

 

The Super Laptop Cooler from Cables Unlimited is made of aluminium with 2 cooling fans.  Thrown into the mix is a 3-port USB hub (one of which is taken up by the device itself) and a multi-card reader.  Dick gives it his whisker rating of 8 out of 10.

Feast of Slogans

For Tom’s benifit, Dick explains a couple of the show’s slogans – the Gravy Slogan (about the use of which Feast of Fools complained, see Episode 114); and “The worse your life is, the better we sound” (see Episode 391).

Dick’s Next Visit

Dick will be at TWiT Cottage on Saturday 2 October recording for Episode 1200.  He’s already packed his schedule: recording on Saturday, meeting his new best friend Jennifer Laporte and camping with jammerb, and maybe even sparing a moment for Tom’s Sunday show East Meets West.

Gizneyland Staying Guest

At Gizneyland today is Myra Joyce again, who practically camps out at Dick’s studio.

A Suggestion for Tim: Gadget Reprise

Dick tweeted out to listeners asking them to write to Tom about the show which he has stepped in to host for Leo, to much popular acclaim.  Zig obliges, and suggests that Tom should cover gadgets which Dick and Leo have covered in the past – after all, that’s what Dick and Leo do!  Zig wouldn’t mind having the Roku Box (Episode 922) again, as he’d like to know more about how it works.

 

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Episode 1155

Tool Logic Wine Companion

Wine Tool Set

Link: CoolStuffCheap

Dick’s Gadget Warehouse

1155 Tool Logic Wine Companion

Tool Logic Wine Companion

 

Tool Logic has been and still is making swiss-army-knife-style tool sets, but the one in the Gadget Warehouse, no longer made, is the Wine Companion – complete with a corkscrew, a foil cutter, a serrated knife, a bottle opener, a fork and a cocktail stirrer, all housed in a thin card-shape case.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Today’s intro by Tom is an adaptation of part of the text of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving; and the village of Sleepy Hollow happens to be in New York, too.

Christmas in July

Doug from Stanhope, New Jersey has been listening to Audible and fallen behind with the show.  He’s just listened to the Christmas episodes from last year – his own Christmas in July event.  In Episode 989, Dick and Leo were talking about some of the technology at Disney (Mr Lincoln), and thinks that they might like to know about the Pal Mickey, a plush toy which was an interactive tour guide for Disney World, introduced in 2003, available for daily rent or for sale for $47 at the time.

Pal Mickey

Pal Mickey

 

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Episode 1154

Dormco Dummy Camera

Faux Surveillance Camera

Link: Dormco

1154 Dormco Dummy Camera

Dormco Dummy Camera

 

Another gadget from Dormco (see Episode 1108), this Dummy Camera looks like a surveillance camera.  Its zoom lens and wireless antenna are fake, but it has a working motion sensor which, when activated by motion within 10 feet, will set the camera rotation back and forth and a red LED light to blink.  Bluff and scare tactics might work.

Touch To Give

Ever since Doug Pompilio from Dayton, Ohio learned about the Click To Give (see e.g. Episodes 464, 658) Animal Rescue site, he’s been clicking every day to support the site.  Thanks to a Genius suggestion in the App Store, he’s now got an iPhone app for supporting a number of Click To Give charities, including Animal Rescue, Breast Cancer and Hunger: Touch To Give.

Touch To Give

Touch To Give

 

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Episode 1153

iSafe School Backpack

Backpack with Security Features

Link: iSafe Bags

1153 iSafe School Backpack

iSafe School Backpack

 

The back straps of this School Backpack from iSafe Bags are criss-crossed to make it difficult for someone else to snatch it off.  On one of the straps in front, under a velcro flap, is a cord which, when pulled, will activate an alarm from the speakers at the back and light up a series of red LED lights, to scare off bullies and predators.

Encore

Mike Meyering, the Spare Geek, recently purchased the Encore Dual USB Port Charger (Episode 1056).  He was very impressed by it, and made inquiries with the manufacturer to find out the specs of the battery.  It was a 1,700 mAh rechargeable battery; not bad for the price.

A Tip from Colleen, and Pontifications from Tom and Dick

Colleen once gave Dick a tip: get a power adapter and plug it into the power brick for the laptop, in place of the cable and plug that usually comes with the laptop.  That way at least you save carrying one cable.  Cables are the bane of modern technology, and Dick is still waiting for the truly wireless TV, while Tom would like all cables to be retractable, if they have to exist at all.  The thought of a wireless world gets Dick remarking that open unencrypted wifi has become rather rare.

 

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