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December, 2013 | The Gadget Consultant

Freddy Cloud

Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade. “I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher... Read his full bio

Monthly Archives: December 2013

Parents, be smart about the games your children play and who they’re playing with!

Parents, be smart about the games your children play and who they’re playing with!

Being a gamer, I spend a bit of time in places like GameStop and the video game sections of Target and Best Buy. And while there, especially around Christmas, I was noticing a disturbing trend: parents not paying attention to the games they were buying for their children. I was talking to the assistant managerContinue Reading

Samsung’s Cornucopia of Tablets

Samsung’s Cornucopia of Tablets

In a previous post I listed the 5 tablets that I thought would make great gifts this holiday season. Conspicuous in its absence from my list is anything from Samsung. Please believe that this is not a reflection on the quality of Samsung’s products; we actually use a great number of them in my family,Continue Reading

Tablet Invasion 2013

Tablet Invasion 2013

My mother turned 70 this year, so for this milestone my siblings and I decided it was time for her to get a tablet. She’s the PERFECT use case for a tablet; she pretty much uses her computer for email, games and chatting, so enabling her to be somewhat mobile (instead of stuck in aContinue Reading

A Chrome what?

A Chrome what?

Time has named the Google Chromecast their 2013 Gadget of the Year. I’m sure Google was honored by the acknowledgement, but I have a feeling the rest of the world went “Google what? What on earth is that?” With all the various and assorted gizmos out there, what makes this one so special? Well, let meContinue Reading

Do you still enjoy physical books?

Do you still enjoy physical books?

So there was this game series titled “Myst” that was published a while back. It was an adventure/puzzle type game that was actually pretty popular. Hmm? What does this have to do with books? Hold on, I’m getting there … I don’t remember playing the game, although I’m sure I did. I do however rememberContinue Reading

Retail Therapy: GameStop

Retail Therapy: GameStop

I want to say that at some point in my life I’ve had pretty much every video game system, save a few that were just WAY beyond my pay scale (like the Neo Geo. MAN, that thing was expensive when it launched in the US!) or weren’t worth actually owning. And if I didn’t haveContinue Reading

Accessory essentials for that shiny new flat-screen TV

Accessory essentials for that shiny new flat-screen TV

Oh, so you were EXTRA good this year, and Santa brought you a big, shiny, new flat-screen TV? Nice! Way better than that 32” tube that you’ve been holding on to. It’s time to put that puppy down and place your new TV in its place of honor! BUT … yeah, there’s always a BUTContinue Reading

The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us … Again!

The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us … Again!

Once upon a time, being a gamer meant that you spent a LOT of time in your local arcade, truck stop or local food joint that had Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Pac-Man and Centipede. Hmm … I think I just dated myself. But now gaming can be done at home, on the bus, in aContinue Reading