Posts by Category: hmm..interesting

Mmm…wonder if it works?

hmm..interesting February 15, 2005 posted by

Power sick.

According to this Telegraph article UK boffins are finally going to start research into the issue of ‘electricity sickness’. Basically where people complain of ultra sensitivity to EMF (electro-magnetic field) radiation, as emitted by just about everything that is powered. Mmm…  Scientists and health advisers are taking the claims of people who say electricity makes them ill seriously for the first time. The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) is carrying out a review of existing scientific studies into “electromagnetic hypersensitivity”…

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hmm..interesting February 11, 2005 posted by

Lying eyes.

How to detect lies.   The following techniques to telling if someone is lying are often used by police, and security experts. This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.

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hmm..interesting February 9, 2005 posted by

Chop and change!

Suddenly there seems to be a rush of people – OK two – growing their own furniture. First a Mr Wu harvesting his own chairs, and then Ms Lois Walpole and her cultivated coat hangers et al. Don’t sell your IKEA shares just yet, though will ya?

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hmm..interesting February 8, 2005 posted by

Tech, Tac, Toe?

In the interests of fair and balanced reporting, the Ferret brings to you both sides of the eternal tech argument – Why Does Windows Still Suck? MacMini, the Emperor’s New Computer.

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diy February 8, 2005 posted by

Smart radio.

The DIY smart Radio Station using iTunes.  A while ago I read a tip somewhere about how to make a few smart playlists work with each other to make a mix of music for a smaller iPod. After thinking for a short time I realized I could make a perfect little ever-changing radio station out of iTunes with a similar methodology…The core here is that you’re going to have to rate all of your music for this to work. Unrated…

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hmm..interesting February 7, 2005 posted by

Wash day ooze?

Apparently a Brit boffin in Australia has discovered that you can clean clothes using just water, and no soap. The secret lies in ‘de-gassing’ the water first, which sounds rather dodgy really.  Richard Pashley, a professor of physical chemistry at the Australian National University in Canberra, has discovered that when tiny air “particles” are removed from water – a process known as “de-gassing” – the water lifts oily stains from the surface of clothes, allowing soap-free cleaning. Prof Pashley said that the technique was…

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hardware February 4, 2005 posted by

VR vroom.

The new Vortek VR arcade machine. PC based, boom mounted virtual reality headset booth with networking built in. You will not believe just how dorky people look when they’re playing this thing. Dance Revolution? Pah! [Thanks Kevin at The Stinger Report]

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hmm..interesting February 1, 2005 posted by

eBay BBS.

Want it Now. So eBay has just introduced a bulletin board type app which lets buyers post details of things they are looking for. Sellers can then send them a link to their auction. Needs to be email driven really, but still a neat idea.

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hmm..interesting January 31, 2005 posted by


Rulers. The complete list of all rulers of this small chunk of rock dating back to 1700 or so. The Internet at its finest!  This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. Also included are the subdivisions of various countries (the links are at the bottom of the respective country entries), as…

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hmm..interesting January 27, 2005 posted by

Health Buddy.

Health Buddy. The home as hospital. The future of health care? Discuss.   The Health Buddy 2 is the cornerstone of the Health Buddy system, which integrates home health monitoring technology with clinical information databases, Internet-enabled decision support tools, health management programs and content development tools. The Health Buddy system addresses more than 45 disease states and engages in dialogue with patients that allow health care providers to identify those at risk and provide care that can prevent hospital admissions.

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Gadgets January 27, 2005 posted by

Talk to the digit, the face ain’t…

The Talking Timer. The world’s first deliberately annoying gadget? $19.99.  The trouble with ordinary clocks and timers is that unless they’re in your line of sight, you never know how much time is left before the alarm rings. But that’s not so with the Talking Timer, a revolutionary device that announces how much time is left, eliminating the need to visually check for yourself. Using a pleasant, human voice, the talking timer announces the remaining time every hour, every ten…

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hmm..interesting January 27, 2005 posted by


Mapr. Maps + photos via Flickr = Mapr. Pretty cool way of looking at the world (OK, so the US only at the moment) via everyday snapshots taken by the public. It’s still beta, as can be seen from the fact that a photo from Richmond Park here in London has been wrongly attributed to a town called Deer in Arkansas. Oh well, I’m sure it’ll get better.    Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take. By adding…

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hmm..interesting January 24, 2005 posted by

Delicious library.

Delicious Library. Interesting $40.00 program for cataloguing your books, movies, music collections etc. What’s novel is the fact that you can use a digital camera or barcode scanner to import all  the details. Saves ya having to input everything in by hand, which is.a.good.thing!  Quickly importing your stuff into Delicious Library doesn’t require a dedicated barcode scanner – you can use any QuickTime-supported digital video camera, like your Apple iSight. Just hold the barcode on the back of any book,…

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