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Gear Diary Reviews the HP EliteDesk 800 G1

HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Mini Business PC Review #HPDiscover #HPElite

Do you remember when desktop computers were so large that they had to go under (or to the side of) the desk? Oh wait; most of them still are still that large. The HP EliteDesk 800 G1, however, is an exception. The EliteDesk is small enough to fit almost anywhere, and using one requires very few compromises. The HP EliteDesk measures approximately 7″ wide x 6.75 …

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Sailor Bags Makes Laptop Bags and iPad Cases for Those with Sailing on The Brain 2

SailorBags Has Tech Bags for Those with Sailing on the Brain

If your free time is spent taking your sailboat out on the lake, or if you’re serious enough about your sailing to be part of a regatta, then you’ve no doubt heard of SailorBags. Their sailcloth bags are water-resistant, tough, and — as you’d expect — nautically colored; they also now have a Laptop bag and an iPad sleeve. The Sailcloth Computer Bag measures 13″ high …

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Poetic FlipBook for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case Review

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is an amazingly powerful small smartphone. It has almost all the same features and specifications as the larger Z3, but it’s a more pocketable size. I went on the hunt for a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact case that would allow me to protect the phone and found the Poetic FlipBook. It’s a nice, inexpensive offering. The Poetic …

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit California: The Price of Nice

Grand Cherokee owners, have you ever sat around wishing you could have paid more for your SUV? Now you can, thanks to the new Summit California package offered on the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee model line. Still not as pricey as luxury badged SUVs, the  Grand Cherokee Summit adds a new level of refinement to the most awarded SUV ever. Jeep …

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IMG_0009.PNG’s 2014 DRM-free Big Winter Sale Has Started!

Wait – didn’t we just finish the GoG FALL sale?!? Indeed, the last major sale ended just two weeks ago … but that isn’t stopping them from starting a new major sale for the winter! Similar structure this time – daily bundle deals, hourly flash sales, and a giveaway (Age of Wonders). More amazing deals through December 15th! Here is …

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The New Terminator: Genisys Trailer Will Destroy Your Childhood

I admit, I am quite nerdy. But I have never flown into a nerd-rage like I did at seeing the new Terminator: Genisys trailer, and the movie is going to have to work extremely hard to fix the many, many issues the new “timeline” is creating. First, here’s the trailer: Second, here’s what the new movie appears to (roughly) be …

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Noreve San-Tropez Tradition 2108T: One Luxe Apple iPhone 6 Plus Case

We’ve looked at a number of cases for the iPhone 6 Plus, but few are as luxurious as the Noreve San-Tropez Tradition 2108T. Available in a variety of colors and styles, this iPhone 6 Plus case screams quality, while wrapping your Apple phablet in a cushioned layer of leather you will love. With a price starting at just over $55, this …

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Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner Thermometer Review

The last time my son had a cold, we couldn’t determine for sure if he had a fever because he wouldn’t hold still long enough for us to keep a thermometer under his arm (or anywhere else). Not long after, we were offered the Exergen Smart Glow Temporal Scanner to review, and I knew we had to give it a …

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Peter Pan Live! Meets 30 Rock

I am insanely excited for Peter Pan Live! After watching the previews, I am reasonably sure they raided a 70’s-era bar for Peter Pan’s clothes, Allison Williams looks less like a young man and more like a drag king, and Christopher Walken just looks lost. Funny or Die has weighed in with their take, starring Jane Krakowski of 30 Rock! …

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Nixeus ER-BKSL14 In-Ear Headphone Stereo Headset Review

Nixeus offers their Nixeus ER-BKSL14 headphone stereo headset with corded microphone and volume control in sharp silver and black colors. This headset might give the initial impression of an uncomfortable fit, but that is far from the actual truth. These in-ear headphones are very light and comfortable with solid sound quality; they have well-designed construction with 13mm neodymium drivers. Even though the design …

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Fitted Shards

Greg Ward Seeks to Fund New ‘Fitted Shards’ Release with Kickstarter

Greg Ward is one of my favorite young artists, and has been featured here in my ‘Best of 2011′ with his ‘Phonic Juggernaut’ release and in my ‘Best of 2012′ with ‘Living By Lanterns’. His group ‘Fitted Shards’ released the acclaimed ‘South Side Story’ in 2010, and now has a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new album. So why …

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Shining Some Light on the OxyLED T120 Desk Lamp

In this world of multifunctional devices, the OxyLED T120 desk lamp proves that being a one-trick pony isn’t always such a bad thing. Built for reading purposes and desk work, this lamp can emit cool color light or warm color light and is great for those of us who experience eye fatigue on a frequent basis. The purpose of the …

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2015 Subaru Outback: The Next-Generation Swiss Army Knife

Four years ago I reviewed the then all-new fourth-generation Subaru Outback and I called it a Swiss Army knife on wheels and even went so far as to say it would most likely be my one choice for a vehicle not knowing what lies ahead. All that was true then and still rings true with this fifth-generation 2015 Subaru Outback. …

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Amazon Does Odd Shipping Date Math

Last night I placed an order on Amazon and noticed something odd about the displayed delivery options. Look closely at the shipping times below. As a Prime member I should receive Free Two-Day shipping on eligible items.   However when you look at Amazon’s current delivery options for an order placed today (Monday) it appears the are adding a day to the definition …

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iMagbond Dash Kit Is a Most Elegant CNC Aluminum Phone Mount-002

iMagbond Is a Most Elegant Aluminum Dashboard Phone Mount #Indiegogo

Most phone mounts I’ve used are not what you would consider elegant by any stretch of the imagination. They are usually made of thick black plastic, and they use a large claw-like clamping system to secure the phone. When your phone isn’t mounted, the equipment is unsightly; the iMagbond phone mount is not. The iMagbond is composed of CNC aluminum. It is weighty, refined, and aesthetically …

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DUBS Acoustic Filters Protect Your Ears and the Quality of the Sound

At CES 2014, Judie and I attended a Linkin Park concert. JBL did a special speaker installation in the theater for the night. We stood at those speakers, and boy was it loud; I couldn’t hear properly for the next day. Next CES I’ll protect my ears, and I’ll bring a pair of DUBS Acoustic Filters everywhere I go.   Seriously, we were so …

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kwmobile FLIP COVER for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

If you picked up one of the new small Xperia Z3 smartphones and want a simple and inexpensive way to protect it, you’ll want to check out the kwmobile FLIP COVER for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. At just $6.40 it’s inexpensive and gets the job done. This case is available in your choice of black, green, pink, white, and light …

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