Articles by Joel McLaughlin

Hinge Health Knee Program Review

As you get older, various body parts may stop working as well as they used to, thanks to injuries, joints deteriorating, or in my case — from carrying too much weight. My employer has a benefit that helps me with this, that is called, ironically enough, Hinge Health. Does it help? Let’s find out.


Livongo Glucose Monitoring Program Makes Living with Diabetes Easier

Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. My disease is controlled only with medication at this point, and I am heading in the right direction. However, I decided I needed to take the next step in monitoring my blood glucose levels even though my doctor hasn’t said I need to yet. That’s where Livongo came in, thanks to my employer. Will it help me keep track of what I need to keep my diabetes in control? Let’s find out.



Z-Edge Dashcam Helps You Keep an Eye on Everyone Else

More and more these days, you can’t trust people to tell the truth. Not long ago, I had someone accuse my son of hitting a car. I wish I’d had the Z-edge Dashcam in his car then, but I am glad I have it now. Let’s see how good it is at doing its job.


Preview of iPad OS Beta: Are the Changes Big Enough to Matter?

At WWDC 2019, Apple announced the new iPad OS. Before I go too far, I want to caution you about loading this beta. If you use your iPad for anything mission critical, then it’s best to wait until the full release. With that said here are my thoughts on the biggest update to the iPad in years.




Harry’s New Body Washes Are Fab

I love my Harry’s bi-monthly shipments.  Even better is Harry’s has been available at Target and I saw it at a couple Walmart stores as well. Finally, Harry’s is adding other products to help keep your man smell great with their new body wash and bar soap in Shiso, Fig, and Stone scents!


DJI Mavic Pro Review

DJI is the top drone maker for many reasons. One is the software and infrastructure they built for previous drones make each new one want to watch. It’s for their dedication to this market is the reason why I bought the Mavic Pro over anything else.  There is no contest. DJI is the best.


Thinium Recharge[+]2.0 Review: A Wall Charger and Battery Pack in One

Even the latest phones don’t usually have enough battery to go through the entire day if you are a heavy phone user like myself. Even if you aren’t a heavy user, you likely still carry a battery and cable just in case you need to top off. Does the Thinium Recharge [+]2.0 fit the bill of convenience? Let’s find out.


Google Home or Amazon Echo: Which Is better?

I’ve had a couple Amazon Echo Dots for about a year now. I thought they were great. Then this past Christmas, I picked up a couple Google Home Minis just because I wanted to check them out. Now Amazon’s Echo Dot has been pushed to a backup system as I think the Google Home system is so much better.


Adobe’s New Lightroom CC Cloud-Based Editor Review

I’ve been a Creative Cloud subscriber for a couple of years now.  Adobe has always been adding apps on the mobile side but it’s always been a bit disjointed. That has now ended now with their new Lightroom CC, however, they’ve added to the confusion by continuing the previous desktop oriented Lightroom and calling it Lightroom CC Classic. I’m not sure if this will work for them.


OnePlus Upgraded Mic Arm Stand Review

I have had a Blue Yeti of some sort for years, and while the mic comes with its own stand, it’s one designed to only work on your desk. I’ve often found there doesn’t really seem to be a good place for the mic with its stock stand.  This changed when I received the OnePlus Upgraded Mic Arm Stand.


Verizon Moto Z and Z Force Now Getting Android 7.1.1 Update

It’s been rumored that the Android 7.1.1 update was hitting Moto Z and Z Force handsets in Brazil and elsewhere for the last few weeks, but imagine my surprise that when I checked today and found that Verizon and Lenovo have released the update to the masses on Verizon as of today!


Dayton Hamvention 2017: New Tech, New Location, and Old Friends

The location change had to be on the minds of most Dayton Hamvention goers this year. When you were in a location as long as Hamvention was, a location change is big for everyone. I am happy to say that the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, the group responsible for the show, was successful beyond any imagination.


Amateur Radio Operators: Dayton Hamvention 2017 Preview

Not quite as exciting as an Apple or Google Keynote, the Dayton Hamvention is this week, and I’ll be making the trek to the show this year in its first new location since I started attending, the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention is like CES, but for Amateur Radio operators like myself, and it’s a lot of fun.


My Data Was Breached by Char-Broil

Last Saturday, I got up and my wife asked me about a $700 charge on our account.  I’m like uh-oh, so I go through the motions to fix it. It happens to lots of us, and sometimes we don’t even know how.  A week later I find out: my card was breached when I ordered parts from Char-Broil.





AER Duffel Pack Is the Perfect Work Backpack for Non-Tech Workers

When I used to commute to work, I would frequently take my work laptop in a backpack and another bag of clothes for the gym.  The AER Duffel Pack tries to solve this problem by combining a gym duffel and a laptop backpack. It will not work, though unless you are lucky enough to have a 15″ MacBook or smaller.