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Awesome May 7, 2008 posted by

Suissa Enlighten Computer – my my, technology never looked so good…

The Suissa Enlighten PC shows what you can do when you really try and think outside the box…um…circle…er…whatever. We’re talking limited edition, wood case, Intel or AMD engine, 1 TB drive, Radeon/Nvidia video, 4 GB memory. Price? Well let’s just put it this way, you don’t exactly buy this lush Canadian piece of fine art tech, as much as commission it. Get the picture?  Enlighten’s design dissipates heat through the use of aluminum around the power supply and DVD drive…


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Awesome April 25, 2008 posted by

Star Trek Communicator Replica – “bridge here, Cap’n”

Star Trek Communicator Replica. None of yer fancy stuff here matey, this is the original style Communicator with the flip top, delicious beep acknowledgement and 9 scintillating phrases from the show to keep you amused for hours. Hey and it can be configured to call you back. Awesome. We can think of no better implement to take into your next board meeting. Seriously. $29.99.  Just like the prop from the original series, only better! With sound effects and clips from the…


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Awesome April 24, 2008 posted by

DuoSIM – how to convert a standard cell phone to dual SIM in 3 minutes

DuoSIM is a very cool new conversion kit to upgrade standard mobile phones to dual SIM operation so you can have two SIM cards installed and switch between them at the push of a button. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while to make the best use of different data and call rate plans, but up till now the adapters have all required that you cut your SIM card up first, which is something I didn’t really…


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Awesome April 23, 2008 posted by

World’s Largest Abacus – faster than a calculator and a little bit bigger than a bus

This 18 foot long Thai abacus has got to be the world’s biggest non-electric calculator. It’s currently in use in a resort town pharmacy and can calculate drug bills faster than a calculator. We’re kind of wondering whether the speed includes running back and forth time. We’d love to see a video of this thing in action so if anyone is near Rayong in Thailand…?  A Thai pharmacist uses a 5.5-metre-long (18-foot-long) abacus in the resort town of Rayong, 205 km (127 miles) southeast from Bangkok,…


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Awesome April 23, 2008 posted by

Off The Grid – living eco style during Earth Week

As part of Earth Week, Steven Leckart of the very excellent DVICE site is attempting to live and work using only renewable energy sources like sunlight and…well…sunlight. It’s a great idea and something that we should all take note of, even if we live in cloudier climes than the C of A. One of the really interesting things I learned recently was that solar power is way ahead of the game in terms of efficiency and power delivery over the…


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Awesome April 16, 2008 posted by

B Corporation – the new corporate ‘do no evil’ standard

B Corporation. It’s clear that as long as companies have the maximisation of profits for shareholder benefit as the cornerstone of their existence, we will continue to experience greed, corruption and Enron type corporate ‘dislocation’. And this current fake ‘social responsibility’ hype needs to be trashed too, and quickly. So it’s extremely interesting to see the launch of this new alternative standard for incorporation which puts social and environmental responsibility at the heart of the corporate charter. This shift from shareholder…


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Awesome April 4, 2008 posted by

Meet the Casting Directors – so you think all these YouTube celebs are real?

Meet the Casting Directors. It’s Friday, and if you have time, you really should go grab a coffee, kick back with your shoes off and indulge yourself with this oh so funny video trilogy from New York playwright Jeff Whitty. It’s a genius work. Jeff and Jenn Blimpkin, I salute you! [Language most definitely NSFW!] Part Two. Part Three. Tags: meet+the+casting+directors, video, youtube, youtube+celebrities


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Awesome April 2, 2008 posted by

Drop.io – awesome new online share engine adds speed privacy and innovation to file sharing

Drop.io. On the face of it, this new service looks like just another file sharing service, but don’t be fooled, peeps. Under the hood, the developers have thrown together a bunch of very cool tools which make this a very cool application indeed and way way beyond just file sharing.  For starters it’s instant to use, if you just want to share a file fast with someone without sending it via email or FTP. Just give the share (aka a drop)…


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Awesome April 1, 2008 posted by

Sola Unagi Solar Generator – handheld solar power station charges 20 phones at a time

Sola Unagi Solar Generator. This 10kg power house of a solar carry-on can store enough juice in its internal battery packs to run a laptop for up to 6 hours, a small fridge for 4 hours and charge up 20 mobile phones at a time. It’s a Fuji Technologies design [PDF] and at just $1360.00 a pop, looks like it’s a tech box whose time has come.  In comparison with a gasoline generator, SOLAR UNAGI only weighs half of it at 10kgs,…


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Awesome March 31, 2008 posted by

The Music Collection Generator – five tools for creating a great free music collection

The music industry wants to tax us for using our Internet connection? How quaint. Wasn’t there a protest about that sort of thing a while back? Oh yes, ‘no taxation without representation.’ That’s it. Anyhoo, while they’re trying desperately to retrieve a dead and gone business model, teh internets is moving on apace as ever. Here’s a set of tools which are perfect for building (or recreating even) your perfect music collection. First off you’ll need the most excellent Orbit Downloader. This freeware program…


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Awesome March 29, 2008 posted by

Dean Kamen’s Slingshot water purifier and Stirling generator tech – low cost water and power for the developing world

Dean Kamen has unveiled the latest iteration of his power and water package for the third world. The two components are a water purifier called Slingshot that uses a fraction of the power of alternatives and a Stirling engine based power generator that works on cow dung. The $1500 water purifier will produce 1000 liters of water a day, while the $3,700 generator produces around 1 kW, which is enough to deliver light to a small village. The two products…


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Awesome March 25, 2008 posted by

Network Magic – at last an awesomely easy way to manage your home wireless network

Network Magic is one of those software products that is quite simply a game changer. Install it on your home computers and instantly gain the power to configure, test and use all of the wireless components in your network area. Thinking about getting a wireless printer? Forget it, just install this on a computer which is hooked up to a printer and you’ll give every machine in the house (or office) access to that printer. Sure you can do this…


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Awesome March 21, 2008 posted by

Slicethepie – or how to bind the fan and artist ever closer together and make money

Slicethepie. I’ve been banging on about Sellaband for a while now, but I’ve got to say that this effort knocks it out of the park. Again it’s a new style artist label community play, but with some lovely features and significant differences to the Sellaband model. For a start, this bunch don’t take away the artists publishing or copyright (Sellaband take away the publishing rights on every track they help produce). It’s a smallish point, but important. Secondly, the interaction and…


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Awesome March 14, 2008 posted by

Flight Stats – awesome travellers tool helps improve your journey experience in every way

Flight Stats is one awesome flying resource for anyone who travels, and even those who stay at home. Before you go you can check up on flight status, airport delays and weather and even get airport tips and performance ratings to give you a head start on the crowds. Once you’re en-route, your flight can be tracked in real time and those meeting you can plan their pickup down to the last second by getting alerts sent via SMS to…


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Awesome March 13, 2008 posted by

Google Ad Manager – 600 pound gorilla stretches, yawns, advertising forest quakes in terror

Google Ad Manager. Hot on the heels of the Doubleclick acquisition announcement, we get news that Google is testing their new display advertising engine for delivering direct client ads on your website. That’s incredible news and it’s astounding that they’ve moved so fast to re-package the Doubleclick tech. If Google can do for display ads what they did for text ads with Adsense/Adwords, then it could revolutionise the World Wide Web. Really! Why? It integrates completely with Adsense. If you don’t have any banner ads…


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