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Full Name: Dan Ferris Website:
Info: Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.
Gadgets September 23, 2010 posted by Dan

Excalibur Smartphone with Android 2.1 – Mini hands on review

Chinavasion have recently added instructions for upgrading their cool Excalibur smartphone to Android 2.1. for anyone who purchased it early and got the 1.6 version missing the Android Marketplace. We quite liked the Excalibur when it was running 1.6, and 2.1 is definitely an improvement. The instructions are fairly simple however they didn’t work for me, I had use the second lot of directions further down the page and reflash it using the ROM Update Tool (RUT) but 20 minutes…

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Excalibur Smartphone with Android 2.1 – Mini hands on review
Gadgets September 3, 2010 posted by Dan

MIDBot – Gives your laptop wheels, hands and a brain

So you think your laptop is portable? Hah! Get one of these MIDBot telepresence doohickey’s from Brando and your laptop will be almost sentient. Oh wait, is that good? It can see via the notebook’s webcam, it’s got height-adjustable wheels AND it has a mechanical arm. Truly terrifying. You’ll need to bring your own laptop/netbook of course, and it’ll need Windows XP, Vista or 7, wifi, a webcam and something like Skype if you want to chat. All in all…

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MIDBot – Gives your laptop wheels, hands and a brain
Gadgets September 2, 2010 posted by Dan

Bed of Nails Relaxation Mat – Nails that whole relaxation thing

I’m not really sold on the whole bed-of-nails-as-a-relaxation-aid thing, but if it’s your bag, baby, then you’ll probably love this Bed of Nails Relaxation Mat. The mat has billions millions thousands of little plastic points that support your body and stimulate the nerves to help you relax and forget your WoW addiction. There’s even a matching pillow to nail your neck, or ensure complete annihilation in your next pillow fight. 39.99 for the mat and 19.99 for the pillow. Said…

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Bed of Nails Relaxation Mat – Nails that whole relaxation thing
Gadgets August 30, 2010 posted by Dan

Dreamwalker 450 – Take your sleeping bag and run with it

If sleeping bags make you feel all hemmed in, then try this Dreamwalker 450. It’s a lightweight sleeping bag rated down to about 2C (35F). If nature calls, a bear drops by or you just feel like a stroll, unzip the lower half, stick out your feet (cos you sleep in your boots right?) and head out into the wild. It even has pockets. 269. The ultimate wearable sleeping bag. Elastic hood control on the back of this unique hood…

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Dreamwalker 450 – Take your sleeping bag and run with it
Awesome August 16, 2010 posted by Dan

Machinarium – Get this game today, quick!

Machinarium popped up on Ars a couple of weeks ago. The creators had been having trouble with people pirating their DRM-free game and decided to have a pirate amnesty and sell the game for US$5 instead of US$20. Anyway, the pirate amnesty ends today, so chip in your $5 and go and grab a copy, it’s fantastic! Mac and PC only. Thanks to everyone who bought the game, no matter if it was during the sale or before, no matter…

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Machinarium – Get this game today, quick!
Gadgets August 16, 2010 posted by Dan

Wireless Audio Visual Intercom – Hands on with the Ninja doorbell

Video door phones are nothing new but with wireless video now da rigueur, adding them to your home is extremely cheap and easy. This Wireless Audio Visual Intercom is a low-cost option that not only gives you a wireless setup, but adds flexibility so that you can move the base station around to wherever you are in the house or backyard. Click through to take a look.

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Wireless Audio Visual Intercom – Hands on with the Ninja doorbell
Gadgets August 12, 2010 posted by Dan

ES File Explorer – Simple, easy file explorer for Android

I’ve been playing with this ES File Explorer app for Android and it really is the business. Not only is it an easy-to-use file browser for your phone, but you can also use wifi to connect to network shares via SMB, including password protected ones. You can grab files, copy them to or from your Android phone and even move stuff around on your network if you need to. You can also connect via Bluetooth or drag stuff down via…

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ES File Explorer – Simple, easy file explorer for Android
Gadgets July 13, 2010 posted by Dan

Kings Quest: The Silver Lining – Fans restart Kings Quest

You know a computer game series has to be special when the fans band together and start making new episodes. Kings Quest-The Silver Lining is a fan-made, five episode continuation of the Kings Quest saga. The first episode, What is Decreed Must Be is available now for free download with the rest of the episodes being released throughout the year. Looks like fun. It’s a tribute fit for a king. After eight years of volunteer effort, Phoenix Online Studios’ long-awaited…

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Kings Quest: The Silver Lining – Fans restart Kings Quest
Gadgets July 9, 2010 posted by Dan

Hug LED Light – Have you hugged your flashlight today?

If you’ve got teeth marks in your torch from chasing down loose wires at the back of your computer then have a squiz at the the Hug LED Light from Brando. It’s a 60cm flexible arm with two LEDs at both ends. You can even choose each light to be either spot or wide angle beams. You’ll need 2 AAA batteries and US$16. Might look good on the front of your bike too. Flexible LED Light, that can make in…

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Hug LED Light – Have you hugged your flashlight today?
Bizarre July 9, 2010 posted by Dan

Candwich – Yes it’s a canned sandwich

Too busy to stop and eat? Need food that will fit in the beer cooler? Never mind, you can always try the Candwich. Comes in three different, long-life, ready-to-eat varieties; Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly Jam, Peanut Butter and Grape Jam and BBQ Chicken(?!). I wonder if the stuff in the can looks like the picture? Each meal is about 90g so it’s more a snack rather than a three course meal. Does anyone know if Nostradamus predicted anything about…

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Candwich – Yes it’s a canned sandwich
Gadgets June 30, 2010 posted by Dan

Hurricane may hit the Gulf Oil Spill – Forget Kevin Costner, Michael Bay was right

Various news outlets are reporting that Tropical Storm Alex may soon strike the oil-primed Gulf of Mexico. This will have the double-barrel effect of halting the containment effort and disproving the adage of pouring oil onto troubled waters. In spite of all of this we can at least take a little solace from the fact that Michael Bay predicted this would happen weeks ago. Just don’t let him use a nuke to put out the fireball, even if it just…

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Hurricane may hit the Gulf Oil Spill – Forget Kevin Costner, Michael Bay was right
Gadgets June 30, 2010 posted by Dan

Phecda P7 – Shanzhai tablets move up to Android 2.1

If you’ve been completely underwhelmed by the slew of cheap, Android 1.6 tablets from Shenzhen over the last couple of months then here’s a bit of news. The Phecda P7 is a 7″ Android tablet running Android 2.1. It’s sporting an 800 x 480 multi-touch screen, ARM11 processor running at 650MHz, 256MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and an SD card slot. The battery is an underwhelming 1300mAh that will give you about 4 hours of use. Other tidbits include…

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Phecda P7 – Shanzhai tablets move up to Android 2.1
Gadgets June 21, 2010 posted by Dan

Three Colour Pop Up Flash Diffuser – Colour your world

Sure, it looks like a slab of tripe stuck on your camera, but this Three Colour Pop Up Flash Diffuser looks like a vaguely good idea. The mount clips into your hot shoe holding the pimply bit in front of the flash. It comes in white, orange and blue, just like sunlight, and should help your fill flash approximate the ambient. Best of all, it’s a bargain at US$10. Flash Diffuser comes with Yellow, Blue and White Colors, which can…

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Three Colour Pop Up Flash Diffuser – Colour your world
Awesome June 14, 2010 posted by Dan

Waterproof CHOBI cam – Tiny camera is now go anywhere tough

Everyone’s favourite microscopic camera just went all James Cameron and has picked up an underwater housing. The Waterproof Chobi Cam is rated to a depth of 20 metres and with its IP68 rating it will also keep out the sand but hopefully not the sun. Sounds like the perfect camera for lashing to your wrist for some gnarly wave shots. ~US$204 The new Waterproof Chobi Camera, ultra compact, multifunctional and pocket sized is one of the most compact digital cameras…

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Waterproof CHOBI cam – Tiny camera is now go anywhere tough
Awesome June 9, 2010 posted by Dan

Converter – Awesomely useful Firefox add on fixes all those pesky units

How many fathoms to the ounce? How many grains in a second? Who cares, just get the Converter add on for Firefox and you’ll be all set. Just highlight any text on a page, right click and Converter will turn it into something you can understand. Misspellings, fractions, bad grammar even smart formatting; converter can see through it and turn it into useful. It even converts into the currency of your choice. Awesome. The Converter is the contextual unit converter,…

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Converter – Awesomely useful Firefox add on fixes all those pesky units