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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.
heh heh! August 18, 2008 posted by Dan

Let Meow’t – cat door for genius cats

Cats and I don’t get along, I don’t like them and more importantly they don’t like me. The only thing I like less than a cat would be looking after one, all that up and down to let them in or out. This device however, could make living with a cat bearable. Made by the impossibly cutely named Let Meow’t (giddit?) people, this cat door lets your cat in or out of the house any time. It’s unusual for a…

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Bizarre August 18, 2008 posted by Dan

Now do this!

This isn’t a subtle attempt at subliminal mind control, this isn’t a subtle anything. Now Do This is a minimalist To Do list from the Max Mosley School of Getting Things Done. Forget Remember The Milk, tell Getting Things Done to get lost because you can’t count on your 43 Folders anymore. Get real, get simple, get Now Do This. Click on the edit list, add your objectionable actionable items and hit Save. Now you’re ready to conquer the world….

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Gadgets August 18, 2008 posted by Dan

Photo Safe II – take your photos and keep them too

This nifty little blighter is the Photo Safe II, a digital photo storage device. I know, plenty of companies make digital photo storage devices but they usually have large colour screens and are very pricey. The Photo Safe II is a little different, it doesn’t do as much but it does do it very well. At its core, the Photo Safe has a 2.5″ portable hard drive (formatted FAT32 so it’s read/write compatible with both Mac, PC and Linux) with…

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Gadgets August 15, 2008 posted by Dan

Skuku – where mobile phones meets VoIP

Skuku is a solution to the cost of international roaming calls from mobile phones. By combining the versatility and familiarity of your mobile phone with the low cost of VoIP telephony, Skuku users can call anywhere in the world for the same price as a local call on their mobile phone plan. After signing up and purchasing a Skuku USB adaptor or USB phone, you insert your SIM card and plug it into your PC. You can then use your…

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Fun & Games August 15, 2008 posted by Dan

Hey, an Aquajump tramampoline!

Bounce away your summer with one of these Aquajump inflatable trampolines. Available in 4 sizes, ranging from 1 child up to 4 adults, they come with a stainless steel ladder to help you scramble aboard and a puncture repair kit. But don’t stop there, you can supersize it with attachments and make the ultimate water adventure. Add an aquaslide inflatable waterslide just like on the aeroplanes but remember to remove your shoes first, an inflatable aqualog to practice your Gladiator…

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Gadgets August 15, 2008 posted by Dan

Zigo Leader – Innovative child transport solution

The Zigo Leader is a 4-in-1 child transport and exercise machine vehicle. Tranporting children on bikes typically puts them either on the back of the bike or dragging along behind. The Zigo Leader puts them up front where you need them and you can keep an eye on them. Once you’re at your destination, unlock the casters, unhook the Child Pod from the bike, fold out the stroller handle and you can stroll. If jogging is more your thing, take…

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Free Software August 14, 2008 posted by Dan

Workrave – don’t let RSI get you down

I’m sure everyone has dragged themselves out of their chair at 3am after a hard night reading the internets or levelling up in Warcraft. Trying to stand up, you can barely see straight, every muscle aches and it’s all you can do to walk as the blood returns to nether regions. Whilst this might be ok once or twice a year, people who work with computers every day need to prevent these injuries as the effects can linger for years….

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nice idea... August 14, 2008 posted by Dan

3rd World Farmer – serious gaming

Third World Farmer is a free, online simulator depicting life on an African farm. Originally developed by students in the IT University of Copenhagen, it evolved into its current form with input from professional gamers and relief agencies. The game puts you in charge of an African family who must farm to survive and earn money. Each turn of the game represents a year in which you must plant crops, raise livestock, avoid dodgy foreign investors, survive wars and somehow…

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Gadgets August 14, 2008 posted by Dan

Park Right … park by laser!

You know that problem you have when you’re parking the car and you come in too fast, brake too late and you hit the wall? Well it turns out it’s avoidable. Grab one of these Park Right parking “la-sers” and you’ll be set. Just stick it to the roof with the included Velcro tape, plug it in (110V only) and the laser switches on when it detects the car approaching. All you have to do is press the b ig…

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Fun & Games August 12, 2008 posted by Dan

HANNspree Kid’s Televisions – have you hugged your TV lately?

HANNSspree make a line of funky 10″ LCD televisions for kids. The puppy comes ready for loving with oversized buttons, a removable (and washable) cover and a face you just can’t say no to. The TV bit has an 800×600 (4:3) resolution, 450:1 contrast ratio and a brightness of 350 cd/m. It also accepts S-Video, RCA and RF, but no VGA. He also comes with a remote control so you’ll know he’ll be obedient. Check out the apple ones too!…

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leisure links August 7, 2008 posted by Dan

Kids’ Bike Trailer – transport your children in the style to which they will soon become accustomed

The Schwinn Joyrider bike trailer is a 3-in-1 child transportation solution. With just a flick of the wrist, it transforms from a two child bike trailer, to a jogger stroller with large front wheel and then to a walking stroller with a manoeuvrable front wheel. It holds 2 children in five-point harness safety, or 45kg of shopping, it’s equipped with a flyscreen, an all-weather canopy and most importantly removable and washable seats. At the end of the day it simply…

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Gadgets August 7, 2008 posted by Dan

UNICAT – not your average motor home

German company UNICAT make a range of full-fat, off-road adventure vehicles with more than the usual dash of liveability and luxury. These aren’t your glorified Greyhound buses with marble bathrooms and tuck-away Mercedes, people. The UNICAT range comprises 4×4 and 6×6 truck bodies with go-anywhere-and-get-back-again underpinnings. Each truck is made to order with a dizzying array of options; fully independent suspension, hydro-pneumatic suspension, fuel heaters, onboard power generation, winches, bullet proof cabs, tyre cranes and even rear wheel steering. But…

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Gadgets August 7, 2008 posted by Dan

Dictionary Spy Camera – language watches you

The Dictionary Spy Camera, the name says it all. Keep an eye on the goldfish and your comic library with this disguised security camera. Available in colour or black-and-white models (the camera not the dictionary) with a 1/3″ inch CCD, it’s capable of recording in very low light. The spy cam plugs straight into any NTSC compatible video or digital video recorder via RCA. On the downside, it’s deaf as a post. Wow, things like this would have really complicated…

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Gadgets August 1, 2008 posted by Dan

Stroll a tune – iPop goes the weasel

Stroll-a-Tune lets you walk the baby and keep your internal soundtrack bopping along while still keeping an ear on Bubs and the traffic. The Stroll-a-Tune clamps easily to the handle of most prams and even bike handlebars so there’s music where ever you are. Powered by 3 AA batteries, it even comes with a neoprene case to keep your music player nearby and hands-free. Plug in, clamp on and crank those Wiggles kiddies. $29.99. Stroll-a-Tune rocks your baby…and you! Now…

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