Darrell’s Appliance in Beautiful Downtown Benson: One Star

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I try to go out of my way to support local, independently owned and operated businesses whenever possible. When our clothes washer broke down, we decided to get a replacement. Due to space limitations, we have to have a stacking washer/dryer. Our local big-box appliance store didn’t have any compatible units in stock and would…

OPPO Watch Extended Review: A Fresh Look at the “Google Watch”

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Apple has just released its new wearable which incrementally improves on their prior version. But despite all the new bells-and-whistles, Apple Watch series 6 still misses out in one very major area: Android support. Keep in mind that Android-powered phones still outnumber iOS powered phones. So, what are the majority of us mobile phone users…

Product Review: KeySmart Pro, Star Trek Edition – with built-in Tile

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Background Some years ago, I was browsing Kickstarter and came across what I thought was a pretty cool gadget which was beautiful in its simplicity: two pieces of metal attached with a bolt at either end, into which you placed your keys. This basically turns your key ring into a “pocket knife” of sorts, but…

Choetech 50W 6-Port Desktop USB Charger (Product Review)

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For better or worse, most gadgets these days are charged via USB. Most use standard, A-Type connectors on the supply-side, but the load-side can vary widely: from the most current USB-C, Micro-USB, Mini-USB, standard USB, and a whole bunch of proprietary connectors to muddy the waters. Regardless of the type of connector, the number of…

How to stop the buzzing when you play music from your phone in your car

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I’ve got a smartphone that I use to play music, podcasts, or even audio books during my daily commute. When I plug it into my AUX port I get an annoying buzzing sound that cycles with my engine. It drives me nuts. Sure, I could get rid of it by unplugging the power cable from…