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Awesome October 26, 2007 posted by

The DIY Helicopter – man makes helicopters out of old cars and motorbikes, still alive too….

24 year old Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi from Northern Nigeria builds helicopters out of spare parts in his back yard. These magnificent flying machines take him around 8 months to complete and are rudimentary to say the least. This yellow beast has never reached an altitude of more than 7 feet, which makes it less of a helicopter and more of a hovercraft by our reckoning. Still, he’s doing a lot better with his old Toyota and Honda parts than that…


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Awesome October 18, 2007 posted by

3D Mailbox Level 2: LAX – your email service as an airport sim

3D Mailbox Level 2: LAX. Robert Savage has done it again. He’s launched a new email service based around his sim theme using Los Angeles Airport as the backdrop. Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington hated the first version, but I’m totally down with this weird stuff. Your email messages fly in as Jumbo jets? When you send an email to Malaysia it flies out on a Malaysian Air liveried 747? Australian emails to you arrive on Quantas Qantas? (oops) Cargo planes bring in your attachments?…


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Awesome October 17, 2007 posted by

Acme LPG370TS Triple LCD Screen Portable Computer – the most awesome lunchbox computer

Acme LPG370TS Triple LCD Portable Computer. Awesome triple LCD screen lunchbox computer just makes you drool with the possibilities doesn’t it? LAN parties, office cubicle frag sessions, kitchen table track blasts. Anywhere and anytime that you need to get into that immerse me in the custard kind of feeling. 17 inch screens, Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 8 channel audio, Firewire and Dual Gigabit LAN. Close your mouth child, there’s dribble on your chin.  The LPG370TS is a…


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Awesome October 17, 2007 posted by

Thunderbird Group Sort – my inbox is now truly reclaimed

OK, so you hardcore Thunderbird email client users will know this already, but I’ve just discovered the View-Sort by-Grouped by… feature of the program and it’s going to revolutionise my life. Problem? Too many email messages in my two inboxes. Solution? This view displays the top pane in a grouped date order so I can keep track via a live archive of emails in my inbox. No more frantic scrolling through hundreds of messages to find the one I need to read…


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Awesome October 15, 2007 posted by

Google Translate Suggest – awesome social translation tool

I don’t know how long this has been going on, but Google looks to have just introduced a new feature on its translation service. Hover your mouse over a Google Translate text block on a website and a box pops up which says – ‘Suggest a Better Translation’. Click on it and you can add your own text suggestion. It’s very similar to the Very Cool Worldwide Lexicon Project, but this one will no doubt get much faster traction because of…


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Awesome September 10, 2007 posted by

80 of the most dangerous geeks in the world – assassinating Microsoft one clock tick at a time

Here’s 80 of the most dangerous geeks in the world. Otherwise known as attendees at the Linux Kernel Summit 2007. Why dangerous? Well they spearhead a billion dollar program to bring down civilization as we know it, and deliver Open Source software to the modern world. Sticking it to Microsoft is only part of the equation, folks. If these people have their way we’ll all be using nothing but free, high quality software in a few years time, and goodness knows where…


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Awesome August 27, 2007 posted by

Broadband in the park – or how mobile broadband snuck up on us when we weren’t looking

It’s 2.00pm on a hot sunny afternoon and I’m blogging this from a deckchair in our local park using the new T-Mobile WebnWalk HSDPA USB Modem…and I’m gobsmacked. Long time readers of The Ferret will know that we’ve been looking forward to the arrival of mobile (i.e. cellular) broadband for ever, although we always figured it would need some fancy new techs to do it. Well we’ve got news for you….high speed mobile broadband is here, it’s affordable and it’s…


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Awesome August 23, 2007 posted by

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 Hard Drive – 1 TB in your pocket and a miracle in your hand

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1 TB Hard Disk Drive. 1 TB? One terabyte??? ONE THOUSAND thousand thousand thousand bytes??? In a single 3.5 inch drive???? At a $344.99 street price? Are you people all out of your cotton picking tree? Don’t you know that this is ridiculous? They’re Winchester drives for Pete’s sake, they’ll never hold more than 10 MB tops on those slow, clunky 8 inch platters. Everyone knows that. What are you guys smoking? Sheesh! According to Hitachi, the drive…


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Awesome June 5, 2007 posted by

The Automotive X Prize – probably the best ecological initiative ever

The Automotive X Prize aims to do for alternative fuel vehicles what the Ansari X Prize has done for space travel. Namely move it up a huge notch in development urgency and effectiveness. The goal of the multi-million dollar prize is ‘To inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change’, and if it achieves that in the 2 year target timescale it will be a whole…


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Awesome May 11, 2007 posted by

Progress

Progress. A 5 MB hard disk from 1956 (weight = over 1 ton). Versus An 8 GB flash disk from 2007 (weight = a few ounces). Versus A 1 Brontobyte drive from 2058? (weight = ?)     Tags: technology+progress


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Awesome December 5, 2006 posted by

Scribble – fabulous free game

Scribble. If you *really* really want to waste a huge chunk of your life you’ll lock the doors, turn down the lights and play this free MiniClip Flash game immediately (you might want to turn off the music if you’re in the office). It’s an utterly utterly addictive cross between Lemmings and Line Rider, and you may never find time to eat again. I apologise for introducing this to you all, honestly.


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Awesome September 20, 2006 posted by

Get yer Mojo on…

MojoPac. Hmm…OK, quite simply one of the most brilliant bits of software I’ve seen for a long time. Download and install onto any USB flash drive, (or portable device like an iPod or Smartphone) and suddenly you can carry around your whole computing environment wherever you are. All you need is a Windows XP machine in front of you with a free USB port and you’re good to go. Remember Migo? It’s what Migo should have been. And let’s not talk about U3, eh? Read…


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Awesome September 8, 2006 posted by

Coolest R/C camera toy ever.

The 1Advanced Technology CVG-A.  Ever wonder how they manage to film those impossible scenes in tight fitting or high places, where a crane or helicopter wouldn’t work? Well now you know. They use one of these UAH (unmanned autonomous helicopter) thingies (aka Coptervision). Super fast at 75 mph, super light, super radio controlled and very very small (under 6 foot long). Here’s a very cool video. Want one, want one.  Dynamic close-range aerial shots are COPTERVISION’s specialty. Due to the agility and size of the…


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Awesome September 4, 2006 posted by

Photo realistic painting.

This painting of a lady called Tica is just astonishing. Yes painting.  This is a painting completed in February 2005. It was a Portrait Class project that I decided to finish in my spare time after the workshop. It probably took a total of around 65-75 hours to complete. The small images are step by step photographs taken during the painting process, and the large image is the final painting after detail and skin texture are added with an eraser…


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Awesome August 12, 2006 posted by

Retro Rotary Mobile Phone.

The PRP v1.1 Retro Rotary Mobile Phone. Insert SIM card, pop it in your pocket (!) and bingo, you’ve got the coolest, most awesome mobile phone on the planet. Sit at a table in your local cafe and be the envy of your fellow diners – if they believe you. Even when it rings with an incoming call. Still, what a gas. Tri-band, 4/5 days standby per charge, custom built with 2 weeks delivery. The only slight problem is…ahem…$499.00.  All you have to…


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