Posts by Category: general

general January 23, 2002 posted by

Whoa, a new addition to the Stress Relief section from me. Not a Web site but a file download but very very funky. Miroslav has created the Desktop Game package – a small downloadable game which lets you beat the bits out of your desktop screen, with….wait for it…..anything from a flamethrower to a machine gun, termites and hammer. It’s fab, fun and the sound effects on their own will bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!


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general January 23, 2002 posted by

I decided spontaneously to hunt for the best stress relieving sites I could find online. No real reason, it just struck me as interesting. I can’t say that this is an exhaustive list, ‘cosI haven’t spent long enough on the search, so if anyone has any additional suggestions, let me know and I’ll post them. But so far the ones I thought are most worthy of mention are (in no particular order): Bubble Wrap. Stupid, simple and inane. and almost…


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general January 22, 2002 posted by

Everyone knows that Nokia rules the mobile phone roost and here’s proof. Logo Manager is a really nice little software package to let you customise your logos and ring tones to your heart’s content. It’s simple to use, not that expensive at $24.95, and works. You will need either a new generation WAP phone like the 3330, an adapter cable or an infra red connection on your PC to get it to work properly, but once you have that it’s…


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general January 22, 2002 posted by

Imagine, if you will, a world where we all carried around our own power sources. One company which obviously has this ideal is Freeplay but there are others moving in the same direction. I’ve been testing out the Aladdin Power hand generator for a while now, and while it’s far from being the 21st century solution we’re all looking for, it shows us how things could go in the future. You basically press the lever with your hand rapidly around…


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general January 21, 2002 posted by

This is such a sweet article on how to take your own photographs using nothing more than a geranium plant and a bit of iodine. The author calls it Roman Photography for some strange reason, but it’s really fun in a geek sort of Blue Peter way.


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general January 20, 2002 posted by

Oh now look at this. So you’re a book freak, and you know all about Amazon and stuff, but you’re sure there’s a better way. Well there is. Try Book Genie, a sort of online search engine and price comparison site for books. What’s really neat is that they include second hand prices too from Half.com and Powells, so you may well be able to trace that long out of print book (as I just did). Very very cool. And…


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general January 20, 2002 posted by

The 1 Minute Review – CD Repairer

I’ve just spent the past few hours ruining a CD. All in the cause of science mind you, and to make it more pleasurable it was a detestable AOL sign up disc. I was testing out this here Skip Doctor which the company claims is ‘scientifically proven’ to repair CD, DVD and optical media, as long as it isn’t warped, the gouges aren’t too deep and the damage is not label side – which they say is inoperable. So of…


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general January 19, 2002 posted by

Oh great, as if a load of staggering students types staggering around singing loudly wasn’t enough, some researchers at Bristol University have developed a watch that will help them get to the next nearest pub, no matter how inebriated they are. The watch is basically a hyper GPS system which gives directions to the nearest hostelry. Hopefully it can be read in pitch dark, with watery eyes and double vision. Personally I’d rather have one of these!


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general January 18, 2002 posted by

The joy of great product service…

Every so often you are reminded about how good really good companies can be, and it really does something to restore your faith in the whole commercial thang! Happened to me yesterday. Last year I sent my beloved BeyerDynamic DT550 headphones in for refurb, because I love them and good – read comfortable – headphones are like hen’s teeth. Anyway they did the job as promised for a fair price no hassles. A couple of days ago I noticed that…


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general January 18, 2002 posted by

Big shock! Fahim, the author of Blog gave The Ferret a mention and now people are reading it! Good grief. Whatever next? :-) Anyway it’s a really interesting feeling to be published and read by strangers. But enough already. And thanks to Jason for the nice email.


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general January 16, 2002 posted by

I’m sorry but this is scary. As far as I can tell Bid for Surgery is a sort of auction for…er…well medical services. You want your teeth fixed or bunions removed? Post your requirements up on the site (US only) and doctors will bid to do it. Yeah great. I’m really gonna take the lowest bid on laser eye surgery, no sweat. Thanks to Mike for link.


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general January 16, 2002 posted by

There’s a lot of funky and enjoyable things I got out of working as a dotcommer. One of them was meeting with and dealing with people like Scott here. OK, I never met him, but this is typical of the kind of thing they would/could and did do all the time during the ‘revolution’. C’mon, how many other CEOs do you know who would take a job at McDonalds to ‘stay in touch’?


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general January 16, 2002 posted by

I’m sorry I just can’t help myself with this one. I just LOVE these little PostPets. Aah! They’re so cute, and unlike those useless Tamagotchi things these little digital pets are actually useful. I mean they deliver your email for you for goodness sake! :-)


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general January 15, 2002 posted by

Update. Oh I’ve just realised what they’re trying to do at Google. Each story has multiple headlines from different sources, so you can scan different versions of the same headline story in one hit. Now that IS interesting.


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general January 15, 2002 posted by

The folks at Google look like they’re going to be taking no prisoners. Could they become the Microsoft of the Web? Here’s their latest little product – a news feed. Not sure how useful it will be to people outside the US, but you never know when those wacky Googlies do ya? :-)


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