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general February 1, 2002 posted by

Like small? Want fast? Got $23,000? The Merlin Roadster. Harley engine, 100 mph, 35 mpg and a motorbike registration as a three wheeler.


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

From the ‘horses, stables, doors locking after the bolt’ department. Seems like MP3.com have just filed suit against their old law firm for letting them wander into that nasty $175 million law suit by the record labels. Now this is interesting. So we have MP3.com – now owned by record label Universal Vivendi – now suing a law firm for exposing the company to a record label legal mauling which was spearheaded by …er…Universal Vivendi. Wow! Don’t lawyers have fun…


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Colour screen, digital camera attachment, tiny size mobile phone. The SCH X290 from Samsung. They’re coming folks!


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The attractively named Sony MEX-HD1 is a car CD player with a difference – it will also rip (read copy) your CD music to its internal 10 GB hard disk on demand in MP3 format. This means that eventually you can stop carting your CDs to the car and just listen to everything stored in the unit itself. By my dubious calculations the thing should store around 2000 tracks or so, if they’re running conventional compression, which is a fair…


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More nice stuff from Mike’s List (as well as a hilarious take on phone lies!). First up is a doozy, a realistically priced liquid cooled PC case. The Korean built Calm-PC is silent, dust free and ever so cool looking. OK so it costs $200.00 delivered to UK, and it won’t cope – yet! – with over 1GHz processors, but what a neat idea.


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What is it about housing today? The Microflat is a concept for solving the housing shortage in the world’s capitals by cramming folks into very tiny boxes. Excuse me, but I thought that the Japanese had figured this out with their capsule hotels several tight fitting decades ago. Sheesh!


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Bob ‘Mr Silicon Valley’ Cringely has popped up with yet another nice little find. His latest report looks at Rainmaker Technologies, a company that thinks it has the $10 answer to increasing the world’s bandwidth by improving the modulation of the signal down the wire. Basically they reckon that they can get 10 times the amount of data down a wire without having to do very much plumbing. Everyone who uses the Internet will realize that this is a GOOD…


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Hoax or not? This little article in CNN Tech (already taken apart by Slashdot note) reports that an Irish inventor has done the impossible and created a machine – the Jasker Power System – which will power devices whilst delivering extra power from its operation. Quote: ‘In a demonstration for Reuters, a prototype — roughly the size of a dishwasher — was run for around 10 minutes using four 12-volt car batteries as an initial power source. Emitting a steady…


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general January 31, 2002 posted by

The Gentile collection is an awe inspiring selection of tiny – playable – instruments made by someone with far too much time on their hands. OK just kidding. The six various instruments in the collection are 1/7th scale miniatures, which are perfect down to the scratches and markings. The whole collection took 7 years to make, and apparently a portion of it is for sale. Astonishing craftsmanship!


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general January 31, 2002 posted by

File under ‘neat gadget, but why not tell us the price folks?’ The Soundtainer is a semi professional solid state field recorder, which uses MP3 and tiny MMC cards to give ultra-portability. It’s nice and people like Marantz should be worried right now!


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I really don’t know how to take this one. ? Bounty Hunter software, billed as ‘the most sophisticated computer tracking and recovery software on the market today’. The weird thing is that it’s free (the company claims it will make money by added value services it offers). It is basically a software product you load onto your computer which will notify you immediately the machine is logged on to the Internet. My doubts arise because if I were a clever…


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general January 31, 2002 posted by

This page cannot be displayed! Nuff said!


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I’ve got to admit that when I first saw this MP3Mystic product I laughed out loud. How much did it cost Messrs Robertson and co to build my.MP3.com? This is basically a cut down MP3 server which you can use to broadcast your MP3 music collection to anywhere you are located as long as you have a browser and net connection. So you set up your PC with your MP3 music collection on it, fire up this software before you…


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This is a lovely little pictorial report doing the rounds at the moment which may point the way towards the phone use (and users) of the future. It’s based on observations in Japan and basically shows a nation obsessed with their tiny mobile phone gadgets – and they do seem to have a few!


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I could look at this again and again and again (in fact I just have!). Powers of Ten is just wonderful. A x10 journey through magnification and back from deep space to quantum space. Brilliant. Needs Java and patience!


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