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Skedoodle Redux: Etch A Sketch Free Style

Skedoodle Redux: Etch A Sketch Free Style

While Mike and I were out Christmas shopping, we came across an Etch A Sketch Free Style and a flood of memories came back to me. I had never owned an Etch a Sketch when I was a kid, but I did get a Skedoodle one year. The Etch A Sketch Free Style reminded me of my old Skedoodle.Instead of two knobs, like the ...

Build Your Own Star Wars Lego Chess Set

Build Your Own Star Wars Lego Chess Set

One of the side effects of being a geek is that you like geeky things, like Star Wars, Chess, and Legos. Of course, combining three of those things together is an opportunity a mildly obsessive geek like me can't pass up. It would be prohibitively expensive to buy all the necessary sets to get a decent collection ...

Apple I Computer Ad

Apple I Computer Ad

I was shocked at this two-page advertisement for the original Apple Computer.There is no mention of where this advertisement was found (i.e. what magazine). I can date it to 1976 based on this ad from MacMothership.In a little over thirty years, computers have changed SO much. I have seen so many ...

Show Your Best Side, Not Your Beast Side

Show Your Best Side, Not Your Beast Side

Samsung has created this funny and enjoyable tutorial on how to take a great self-portrait.Perfect for this holiday, try clicking on each of the portraits for a fun how-to video on showing your best side instead of your beast side.My biggest problem with taking photos of myself and my friends (or fellow ...

Review: Altech Lansing Backbeat 906 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Review: Altech Lansing Backbeat 906 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

I’ve been waiting for wireless stereo Bluetooth to become an actual reality for years now. The A2DP stereo wireless protocol was developed years ago, but has only recently become ubiquitous amongst players and computers. First attempts at stereo Bluetooth headsets resulted in ridiculously large and uncomfortable ...

Yamaha DX100 Synthesizer

Yamaha DX100 Synthesizer

It reads: It has two wheels, two sources of power and can go from 0 to 192 in just one shift. But instead of riding it, you strap it over your shoulder. Because this machine is so powerful, it can take you places just standing still.The DX100 synthesizer.Anything’s possible.Yamaha This advertisement ...

A Funny Ad For Microsoft Office 2010

A Funny Ad For Microsoft Office 2010

It has been a LONG time since I’ve been able to say that I’ve enjoyed a Microsoft advertisement for anything other than train wreck gawking. This ad for Microsoft Office 2010, however, is enjoyable!I’m sure that no one is mourning the loss of Clippy, but I’m most excited about the return of Visio. I used to use ...

The Kelty Pop Duo: A Picnic Basket for the Next Generation

The Kelty Pop Duo: A Picnic Basket for the Next Generation

When I was a kid, I watched a cartoon called Yogi Bear. Yogi and BooBoo spent every episode obsessing about stealing picnic baskets. Picnic baskets like the ones that Yogi stole are available even to this day, but as a child of the Seventies, I had never seen a picnic basket in real life. I always thought they must ...

Is Your Child Sexting?

Is Your Child Sexting?

I saw this month’s Reader’s Digest and my blood boiled to the surface. The headline screamed in big red letters: Is Your Child Sexting? Worse still, the headline was photoshopped onto an iPhone, as if it were the iPhone’s fault.I’m pretty sick of the fear mongering that EVERY avenue of Old Media is using to make ...

Cyber Acoustics iPod Dock

Cyber Acoustics iPod Dock

For the longest time, I used the Xtreme Mac Microblast next to my bed with my first generation iPod Nano. There was plenty of room on the 1GB drive to load up a few relaxing songs to lull me to sleep. Two iPods and an iPhone later, however, it was showing its age. The speakers buzzed and screeched something horrible, ...