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Mmm…wonder if it works?

hmm..interesting March 23, 2005 posted by

E me.

Tips for mastering email overload. Don’t know about you, but I’m definitely experiencing a touch of overload. And there’s some interesting points here.

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hmm..interesting March 21, 2005 posted by

Nano paint.

Titanium Dioxide is commonly used in household paint, but this Japanese company is now selling a Ti02 household spray as a super efficient nanotech cleaner. Apparently good enough to turn most surfaces into self-cleaning marvels of 21st century engineering.   Our paints and coating product line will make any coated surface into a organic air filtering system. It is perfect for public facilities like hotels anf hospitals to minimize the risk of possible in-facility infections while cutting the cos and riskt of…

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hmm..interesting March 14, 2005 posted by

Lies, all lies.

The site. Just don’t lie to us, OK?  Polygraph “testing” has no scientific basis, and America’s adversaries have long known how to fool the lie detector…This non-profit, public interest website is dedicated to telling the truth about lie detectors that those with vested interests in perpetuating the polygraph don’t want you to know…Did you know that it takes less training to give polygraph “tests” than it does to give haircuts? The longest polygraph school (run by the U.S. Government;…

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hmm..interesting March 14, 2005 posted by

Gadget weary?

Hmm…Aunty reports that the Gadget Shop has just gone into administration. Have gadgets jumped the shark? Should the Ferret move on to covering gardening tips? What is a garden anyway?

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hmm..interesting March 9, 2005 posted by


Spleak. Not sure about this. In general I find very little to recommend ‘virtual buddies’, but maybe this MSN Messenger version is useful to some people. Here’s more on Spleak from developers IMT Labs. Hmm…one slight problem, it won’t download properly from Firefox, needs IE. Tsk sloppy! Anyway on playing around, it looks quite interesting, in a ‘probably remember to use it for 5 mins then forget’ kind of way. And shame it’s MSN Messenger bound.  They call me an Instant…

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hmm..interesting March 8, 2005 posted by


Deep in the impenetrable bowels of a website so obscure it makes James Joyce look like Noddy, lies DigiPie. An idea which may or may not have merit. Apparently it’s about consumers grabbing an equity share in artists. Consumer downloads song/media, earns points, which are then redeemed for an x% share of the artist’s total earnings over a period. Confused? You may well be. Guys, you need to make the concept clearer to us muppets out here!  With DigiPie a user can locate,…

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cool tech March 7, 2005 posted by

SMS for voice?

T2Me. It’s a kind of push-to-talk voice chat software for mobile phones using GPRS. I’d say it looks like excellent tech except for the fact that there’s no pricing for it at the moment, which is important isn’t it? Anyway 2 cool things – one, it’s free for now and two, you can use it from a desktop PC too.  T2Me is a Push-to-Talk system which converts your existing cellular phone into a virtual Walkie-Talkie; it lets you exchange voice messages with other T2Me users anywhere in…

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hmm..interesting March 4, 2005 posted by


Yotels. Japanese micro hotels re-jigged and brought to London. Bedtastic!  However, the truly revolutionary element of YOTEL is its windows, which are internal rather than external – they look into the corridors, which are in turn naturally lit through reflective mechanisms and channelling of light. This allows YOTEL to boldly go where other hotels simply can’t – tricky central city locations, airports, even underground. The reduced land costs and savings can then be passed on to customers to offer a first…

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hmm..interesting March 4, 2005 posted by

Death of radio.

Excellent piece on the death of American music radio.  Corporate radio sucketh, whole and large and true. We know this. Everyone knows this. There is not a single person out there right now who is listening to any of the one zillion lifeless Clear Channel or Infinity-owned rock stations anywhere in the nation who is saying to themselves, gosh this KLOG station is just exceptionally good and clever and smart and plays amazingly fresh music and makes me want…

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hmm..interesting March 4, 2005 posted by

Google triangle.

Apparently Google has a golden triangle. That’s an area on the results page which gets the most eyeball views. Interesting but not really rocket science, although fascinating to learn that only 20% of people looked at the results right at the bottom of the page. Of course this also means that screen display resolution could be a major factor in ‘above and below’ the fold visibility/effectiveness.  What it doesn’t explain, however, is whether the triangle exists at the top of every page of results, in which case it could…

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hmm..interesting March 3, 2005 posted by


Snatchit. Bizarrely designed reverse auction site which counts down time and bids until the last product is sold at the lowest price. £100 million in turnover and they call it a game? Yowsers!   On clicking the Buy Now button you will proceed to a screen which will prompt you to “CLICK HERE TO CONFIRM PURCHASE QUICKLY” Here, speed is of the essence – remember, the clock is ticking, If the time runs out, you’ve lost the game and you’ve missed the product…

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but is it art? February 21, 2005 posted by

Computer crafts.

Computer ornaments. Rings, armbands, necklaces, cufflinks etc, all made out of computer or typewriter parts. Fascinating sign o’ the times. Don’t think it’s for sale though (German site, see?)

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hmm..interesting February 17, 2005 posted by

Games master.

Fascinating piece on the fightback by the arcade games business, after years of slow decline caused by the popularity of home gaming consoles like Xbox and Playstation. [Thanks Kevin]  The hope is that new technology will once again push arcade games beyond what players can experience at home. Justin Burke, special projects manager at Sega Amusements Europe, thinks that this should be an easy task. “The next generation of graphics from Sega’s secret new hardware will out-perform the current excellent graphics found…

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