Crazy Lenny “stress test”, and a Mad widget


“I chastised the children for their lack of destructive ambition, handed out sticks and suggested they use the handhelds as drums, instead. They started whacking away.” Lenny Rudow’s Handheld Stress Test, published yesterday on Mad Mariner, has to be one of the funniest electronics articles ever. Plus it’s good to know what abuse these Garmin, Lowrance, Raymarine, and Uniden GPS and VHF units can take. They all survived the kids and even the flush test. I’ve always appreciated Lenny’s work—which runs from fishing to electronics—and enjoyed getting to know him when we played judges together in Miami…but had no idea how creatively destructive he could be.

Meanwhile Mad Mariner itself has come up with a free news box widget that you will hopefully see running below. Anyone can run it on their site, and I’m wondering if it would be a good addition to Panbo?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

2 Responses

  1. glen Justice says:

    You know my vote — heck yes!

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Lenny’s been at again. Too bad only three handhelds were offered up for destructo testing but plaudits to Garmin, Delorme, and Icom, all of whose units lasted well beyond anything that could be termed normal wear and tear:

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