Scott Merrill


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  • Way beyond Bed and Bath: the Jerky Gun

    Way beyond Bed and Bath: the Jerky Gun

    Guns and meat usually dominate the conversations at my local barber shop, but the Jumbo Jerky Works takes things to a whole new level. The fact that this is available from Bed, Bath and Beyond has me extremely confused. While I’m writing about meat, also enjoy this page about a chicken stuffed in duck stuffed in a turkey, all wrapped in bacon! Hat tip Cooking Gadgets! Read More

  • Double charge your Android phone

    Double charge your Android phone

    Here’s a nice idea: a charger for your G1 Android-powered phone that simultaneously charges the phone and a second battery. Peter complained about the battery life of the G1, so maybe picking up a spare battery isn’t a bad idea if you live and die by your smartphone.  For $17 at netimes.com, this is a pretty easy way to ensure your Android always has the juice it needs! Read More

  • Review: Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone blender

    Review: Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone blender

    Like my review of the Juiceman, Jr., the Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone Blender caused me to move beyond my staple meals of ramen noodles, chicken wings, and beer.  I spent time in parts of the grocery store that I didn’t know existed.  As a bachelor, blending isn’t high on my list of food preparation activities, but for you, dear reader, I tied on my apron and blended a variety… Read More

  • Review: Travelon TSA-approved Checkpoint Friendly laptop bags

    Review: Travelon TSA-approved Checkpoint Friendly laptop bags

    What is it about airports that bring out the worst in humanity? Is it waiting in long, arbitrary lines?  Is it being forced to reveal to everyone the holes in your socks?  Is it the $100 beers at the airport bar?  I try pretty hard to be a “good citizen” when I travel: my carry-on luggage doesn’t exceed the maximum dimensions permitted by the airline; I make sure I put all of… Read More

  • Review: Juiceman, Jr.

    Review: Juiceman, Jr.

    Many of the gadgets mentioned on CrunchGear are geared for the living room or office.  There does exist, however, an entire range of under-represented gadgets designed for the kitchen.  For you, dear reader, I have explored all that the Juiceman, Jr. has to offer. (Note: that link will resize your browser window.  Bad Juiceman, Jr!) The Juiceman, Jr. is an entry-level juicer, costing about… Read More

  • Mcor 3D printer threatens oragami artists everywhere

    Mcor 3D printer threatens oragami artists everywhere

    Mcor Technologies, an Irish company founded in 2004, is rolling out their Matrix 3D printer.  What makes this 3D printer special, though, is that it uses plain old sheets of A4 paper to print your 3D models. “Loosely based on the LOM (Laminated Object Manufacture) method of rapid prototyping, A4 pages are glued together to form a 3D part”. Read More

  • Duracell battery tells you how to jumpstart your car

    Duracell battery tells you how to jumpstart your car

    According to a Xantrex Technology Inc. Survey, 71%of American travelers do not have an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicle, and only 11% have an independent jump-start solution that does not require another vehicle’s assistance.  Notably absent is the number of American drivers, like me, that have jumper cables but don’t have any idea how to use them properly. Read More

  • Review: Kidz Gear Headphones for Kids

    http://www.viddler.com/player/df3b72de/ Short and sweet: Kidz Gear Headphones for Kids are just that: headphones for kids.  The cans fit little ears, and the swivel mounts allow for comfortable positioning.  Volume control on the cord, reasonable sound quality, and an affordable price make these a pretty good buy for Junior. Read More

  • Review: FURminator Pet De-Shedding Tool

    Review: FURminator Pet De-Shedding Tool

    Sometimes, the simplest tools are the best: the wheel, the hammer, the chopstick. Today, we can add to that list the FURminator, the pet de-shedding tool. You might say “Oh, it’s just a pet brush.” Yes, it’s just a pet brush. It might be the best pet brush you’ll ever buy. Read More

  • Review: IOGEAR Powerline Stereo Audio System

    Review: IOGEAR Powerline Stereo Audio System

    The IOGEAR Powerline Stereo Audio System connects your iPod or other audio input device to speakers in a different room through the magic of electricity, avoiding all the cancer enducing radio waves that pollute our air. The base station has an iPod dock, with several brackets included in the box to ensure your specific iPod model fits snugly, as well RCA jacks and a 3.5 mm input jack. The audio… Read More

  • Review: Zagg InvisibleSHIELD Gadget Protectors

    http://www.viddler.com/player/9cd39f87/ Zagg makes the InvisibleSHIELD line of gadget protectors.  The one I install in the video above is for my Canon DigitalRebel XT camera, but they make screen protectors for a dizzying number of cameras, phones, laptops, and more. Bottom Line Installation is quick and easy, and it really is invisible once installed. For a couple bucks, these are a pretty nice… Read More

  • Review: Myvu Shades made for iPod Edition

    Review: Myvu Shades made for iPod Edition

    I’ve really been looking forward to trying out the Myvu Shades made for iPod edition.  I’ve always had some techno-lust for wearable computing, and I love the idea of being able to enjoy watching the old Dungeons and Dragons cartoons without people making fun of me.  Keep on reading for my thoughts. Read More

  • Review: Sansa View 16GB

    Review: Sansa View 16GB

    I like Sansa media players.  I always have.  They’re not quite as sexy as Apple iPods, and they’re not that much cheaper, really.  The reason I like the Sansa players is because they don’t require any special software on my computer — heck, the review model I received contained only the player itself and the USB cable: no software CD at all!  As a GNU/Linux user, I… Read More

  • USB Floppy Drive Key provides 2-in-1 storage option

    USB Floppy Drive Key provides 2-in-1 storage option

    If you’re a sysadmin, you may have noticed a somewhat annoying trend: computers — especially servers — rarely ship with floppy drives any more, and yet BIOS updates still often require that you boot from a floppy disk!  Sure, you can jump through hoops and place a bootable image onto a normal USB memory stick, but that can be complicated and time consuming.  The HP USB Floppy… Read More

  • Review: G.E. Goog-411 Cordless Phone

    Review: G.E. Goog-411 Cordless Phone

    The G.E. Digital Speakerphone System offers two nifty features over your standard cordless phone package. First, it has a dedicated speakerphone unit. Second, it has a dedicated Goog-411 button. But wait! There’s more! Read More

  • Review: Proporta Gadget Bag

    http://www.viddler.com/player/c3bc2eba/ The Proporta Gadget Bag is a handy way to store all the stuff that comes with your gadget lifestyle: batteries, battery chargers, media sticks, cables, etc.  The Transformer-like nature of this bag means you can take the right-sized compartment for the trip to the coffee shop, or assemble the whole thing to organize your gear for a longer junket.  Perfect… Read More

  • Review: 3 Digital Picture Frames from Digital Foci

    Review: 3 Digital Picture Frames from Digital Foci

    This review might be cheating the CrunchGear 300 a little bit, since it’s covering three products in one post, but they’re all from the same manufacturer and all do pretty much the same thing, so it makes sense to review them together.  Read on for information about an LCD and two OLED digital picture frames from Digital Foci. Read More

  • Review: Revolabs Solo Desktop Wireless Microphone System

    Review: Revolabs Solo Desktop Wireless Microphone System

    The Solo Tabletop RF-Armor from Revolabs is a high-end wireless microphone system using 1.92 to 1.93 GHz for its radio transmissions, with enhanced shielding which allows it “to operate cleanly even when in direct contact with all wireless electronic devices known to cause unwanted audio interference, such as GSM mobile phones, smart phones, etc.”  The base station connects to your PC… Read More

  • Review: Mio Knight Rider GPS

    Review: Mio Knight Rider GPS

    There are lots of GPS units out there, talking to lots of drivers.  Some people may even enjoy the voices produced by their GPS units. But only the Mio Knight Rider GPS can speak to you in the voice of William Daniels, the original voice of KITT from the Knight Rider television show. Sure, it’s gimmicky, but it’s also a lot of fun to hear Daniels’ voice giving you turn-by-turn… Read More

  • Review: Kodak Z1012 IS digital point-and-shoot

    Review: Kodak Z1012 IS digital point-and-shoot

    http://www.viddler.com/player/f852d79a/ The Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS is a 10.1 megapixel camera with 12x optical zoom and image stabilization.  It also records video at 1280×720. The Good This camera is really, really light.  It’s surprisingly light.  You could easily forget that this thing was in your pocket.  It’s got a fast start up time, which means you’re less… Read More