Give-Away This Friday on Charlie Sherman Show

Each Friday, I’m on with Charlie Sherman from about 8:15am ’till 9am talking about technology that’s in the news. This Friday, we’re giving away a $100 gift certificate that will help you organize your home and garage for the Fall and Winter.

A couple of months ago I was at the local Lowe’s store and came across a garage organization system in the back that looked interesting, so I decided to find out more. We contacted Garage Works and had them on the show, talked about their products and they gave us this gift certificate to give away.

A quick note about them:

“Organizing your garage for fall & winter storage — golf clubs, bicycles, rollerblades, tennis rackets, lawnmowers all need to be put away and organized so you can find your skis, snowboards, snowblowers etc… Simplify your life and enjoy your activities by making it easy to find all your equipment readily. With Garage Works it is easy to have a place for everything!

“Gladiator® GarageWorks is the leader in garage organization delivering innovative solutions that allow garage owners to organize their space in a way that suits their individual storage needs. It is the only garage organization system to offer coordinated appliances designed for the harsh garage environment.

“Gladiator® GarageWorks offers a Premier pre-assembled line and Ready-to-Assemble line for do-it-yourselfers. Products are available through local garage dealers, retailers including Sears and Lowe’s or via”

Talk with you soon,


PS This weekend’s show is a repeat about energy — how to save it and where it’s going to be coming from.

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We have a winner of the $100.00 Gladiator Garage Works Gift Certificate

Congratulations to Tucker L. of Manchester NH.  He was the winner of the $100.00 Gift Certificate from Gladiator GarageWorks.  We hope you enjoy it and get your Garage perfectly organized.

Gladiator GarageWorks has a complete line of Garage Organization Modules so that you too can have the perfectly organized garage.  These products are available locally at Sears, Sears Essentials and Lowes.

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BBQs Galore – How to Make BBQ Ribs in the Slow Cooker and More

The result of smoking pork ribs.
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Show Synopsis

It’s time to break out the BBQ and celebrate our country’s independence. Listen in today to find out how to prepare the best ribs to enjoy on this beautiful and dry holiday weekend.  We cover how to make bbq ribs in the slow cooker through some great new BBQ ideas.

This Weeks Guests!

Segment 2:
Seasoning the Grill — Craig discusses the importance of taking the time to season your grill and the noticeable difference it will make in your food.

Segment 3
Guest: Stephanie Richardson
Title: President
Company: The

Segment 5
Guest: Kevin Roberts
Title: National Spokesperson
Company: French’s Foods

Segment 6:
Chips vs Charcoal – Craig discusses the difference you will taste depending on the Charcoal you use and why it makes sense to use wood chips and when.

Segment 7
Guest: Robert Sloan
Title: Author
Company: Dad’s Awesome BBQ Book
Website: Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Segment 8
Guest: Chad Sorenson
Title: Inventor
Company: Sologear

Segment 9
Guest: Stuart Flatow
Title: VP Safety and Training
Company: Propane Education and Research Council
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Segment 10
The Rules of Bar-b-Que – In this segment Craig discusses tongue in cheek rules of BBQ — just so everyone’s clear on them.

Segment 11
Guest: Dennis Sherman
Title: Maineh – A bona fide Yankee with a commitment to the best possible ’cue around.
Company: DennyMikes

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I sell these by the thousands at my famous sports bar, East Village Tavern & Bowl in San Diego

The trick to my tasty and healthy wings is I boil them first. That knocks off a lot of the fat and makes them nice and tender. Then you can throw them on the grill and get ’em nice and crispy.


So here is how to make them:

1 4-pound bag of frozen or fresh chicken wings (try to get a combo of both wings and drumettes)
1/2 FRANK’S REDHOT cayenne pepper sauce

1/2 cup barbecue sauce


1. Boil the wings in a large pot for 10 minutes. Drain water and excess fat from wings when done.
2. Grill wings on barbecue until crispy. 

3. Prepare sauce as below. 

TAVERN STYLE SAUCE: Add 1/2 cup barbecue sauce to the 1/2 cup cayenne pepper sauce and mix well. Then mix the wings in the Tavern sauce and serve.  Serves 4

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iRobot Roomba Isn’t What Anyone Expected

iRobot sent me a Roomba 560 robotic vacuum a month or two ago.  My family and I debated buying one a few times over the years they’ve been on the market, but who can justify spending $300+ on what amounts to a toy that obviously can’t clean floors?  It was fun to see the vacuum running around the floor in the stores vacuum department, but it was also pretty obvious that a robot that’s about a foot around and a couple of inches tall just can’t do a good job on the floor and we already had a couple of good, upright vacuums that could do the job for us — so we never bought one.

In March, we decided to have them on the show.  You can see the write-up on my show site here, and listen to the interview on my podcast site.  Matt Palma, the VP of Sales & Marketing over at iRobot, was pretty convincing.  We talked about some of the new technology embedded in the new 500 series of Roombas and it sounded impressive, but I’ve seen the Roombas before and since I wasn’t terribly impressed with them I knew that his talking points had been bravado.

Then the impossible happened.  They sent me one to try out.  And I tried it.  Things changed.

It took less than five minutes to get the Roomba set up.  We programmed it to start every morning at 8:30 and set up a couple of “Lighthouses” in rooms we wanted it to clean.  Then we hit the “Clean” button to send it on its way, and after playing a little tune on its internal speaker, off it went.

It uses a special pattern combined with numerous sensors to make passes on the floor and try and cover the problem areas, which is does quite effectivley.  It even monitors the stream of junk that it’s sucking in to see when it hits an area that deserves some additional attention, and will immediately go into an intense spot cleaning mode by spinning around and cleaning in some concentric circles.

The version we have, the 560, uses two brushes combined with the vacuum to do its job.  The first brush is a bristle brush not unlike those found in beater bars in regular vacuum cleaners, and the second is a four-bladed rubber brush that Roomba uses to clean tile, wood and conrete (non-carpeted) floors.  Actually they both run together in most, if not all, circumstances.

The results?  An excellent job of maintenance cleaning.  Roomba’s two trash compartments were full.  It had picked up everything from small pieces of paper and even sand all the way down to dust.  The pet hair that was on the carpet — even in corners — was gone, and the 560 isn’t even their pet hair model.

Then there’s the computer wires, power wires and tassels on the carpets.  We always have had to be careful when we’re vacuuming because the beater bars will rip up most of these wires.  Not a pretty picture.  I was concerned that the little Roomba would have some real trouble with all of these, so we spent some serious time cleaning before letting her go loose.

Of course, over the next few weeks, we stopped all of the preventative cleaning.  Wires were left laying around, the carpet tassels weren’t moved out of the way.  Things kind of got back to normal.  But how would Roomba do?

Amazingly enough, Roomba detects when it’s pulling on a wire, tassels or other obstructions and hasn’t damaged a single thing.  All of the wires have been left in-tact, all of the carpet materials are still in great shape an Roomba keeps going.

The robot takes about an hour and a half to clean our entire first floor, and it even remembers the layout of the room if it is started at the same point each time.  We use it’s “Spot” button when when take it to an area that needs cleaning and let it clean an approximately 3-foot square area, then we hit the “Dock” button and off it goes to find its dock and plugs its self in, recharges and is ready for the next vacuuming job.

My opinion of this little robot has come a long way since I first saw it cleaning a small spill at the retail vacuum store.  The Roomba is still not a complete replacement to getting out the big old vacuum and going to town, but it does do an absolutely acceptable job of keeping things fresh and clean, eliminating 6/7th of our vacuuming jobs as the old equipment (and out backs) get a break.

Good job, iRobot!

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