Monthly Archives: February 2002

general February 25, 2002 posted by

Aargh, they’re back. OK so they’re only 16 cm in height, are battery powered and come in funky colours, but even so, hide hide. The Talking Daleks are available for 25.00 from The Gadget Shop. Buy one or ‘you will be exterminated’.

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general February 25, 2002 posted by

An Open Source video codec that’s better than Divx :-)? Is that possible? The guys who have created VP3 obviously think so. It’s available for Quicktime and Video for Windows/DirectX. What’s that sound? Oh it’s only a soft rumbling noise coming from the direction of the Hollywood studios.

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general February 25, 2002 posted by

Some fun and interesting experiments and how-tos, like ‘how to get an apple into a bottle’ and ‘how to pull a string through your neck’. Hunkin’s Experiments are great fun and could make for some interesting demos when you’re bored at a friend’s house late at night. Thanks to NewsGeek.net for the link.

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general February 25, 2002 posted by

Another Mike’s List beauty. How about some Extreme Ironing? Oh yes, forget about naked bungee jumping or crocodile wrassling, this is the real macho, hard man’s sporting McCoy. Be prepared for some distressing scenes of irons and…er…ironing boards. Lovely!

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general February 24, 2002 posted by

The folks at TwoMobile have come up with this new treasure, the Sharp MT-VA1. It appears to be a handheld video and MP3 music player which uses SD cards as storage and MPEG4. You record the video onto the card using a docking station with composite AV sockets, and then take the 3 inch LCD screened player out and about to watch your fave progs. Play time varies between 30 mins and 2 hours depending on quality, and the unit…

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general February 24, 2002 posted by

Laptop users will like the new Nokia D211. This type II PC Card combines a wireless LAN 802.11b, always on GPRS and standard GSM card in one, which means that you should be able to effortlessly connect up to your email and stuff while out and about. In the office? Simply switch on the wireless LAN setting from the control panel and you’re connected. Going out and about? Change over to GSM or GPRS and you will be able to…

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general February 24, 2002 posted by

Download of the Week Looking for a tiny Web browser? Then check out OB1 (Off by One). It’s small enough to fit on a floppy diskette at 1.2MB, and is completely self contained so it doesn’t embed itself into any part of your Windows system when you install it. Which means that you can even run it from a floppy disk. Downside is that it won’t handle Javascript, plug ins or CSS at all, but if a site is written…

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general February 24, 2002 posted by

Like so rad! Continuing the theme that even a machine can outdo most Weblogs, here’s another in the series of Generate Your Own. You’ve had spam makers, now welcome Teen Blog. Enjoy!

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general February 23, 2002 posted by

Invasion? Que? I can’t help it, I just love love love this story. One it’s an absolutely hilarious gaffe, and two the BBC does it justice in every way. “We managed to hold them on the beach,” said the mayor of La Linea, Juan Carlos Juarez. Fantastic! Warning: don’t read while drinking coffee!

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general February 23, 2002 posted by

I like this concept. Why fiddle about using a PC to transfer your VHS tapes to Video CD when you can use this Terapin Video CD Recorder box? OK, there might be the small point about $499.00, but apart from that? I haven’t played with it yet, but it certainly looks interesting from a technology standpoint. And it has two things going for it – 1) it must be easier than trying to use the PC alternatives and 2) it…

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general February 23, 2002 posted by

David Weinberger – he of Cluetrain Manifesto fame – has published another book. Small Pieces Loosely Joined is its name, and it’s all available online if you can’t be bothered to go and buy it in a shop. I loved Cluetrain, haven’t had a chance to read this latest one, but I will.

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general February 23, 2002 posted by

OK, enough GSM. How about generating some spam for yourself? Aw c’mon, surely you haven’t got enough coming in already. This is a brilliantly funny way to spend some time, creating spoof spam email messages. ‘Smell like Madonna while on a safari holiday! Priceless. :-)

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general February 23, 2002 posted by

OK, enough GSM. How about generating some spam for yourself? Aw c’mon, surely you haven’t got enough coming in already. This is a brilliantly funny way to spend some time, creating spoof spam email messages. ‘Smell like Madonna while on a safari holiday! Priceless. :-)

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general February 23, 2002 posted by

GSM Show Mind boggling moment at the show? Watching these guys on the ideaworks3d stand play a full colour graphics game of Tomb Raider on a PocketPC. These guys are seriously clever and have managed to compress the Playstation version of the game enough to allow for download across the mobile network. They expect to stream each 300K level of the game to the device in about 2 minutes, after which you play it and then download the next section…

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general February 23, 2002 posted by

GSM Show So this is the idea. You take a tiny pill box of a Bluetooth device which can talk with GSM/GPRS etc and make it act as the central hub of a network of personal devices. Get the idea? The tiny hub sits in your coat pocket or handbag and acts as the cellular gateway to everything from a PDA to your Bluetooth enabled digital camera. The advantages are that each device can be really cheap to build –…

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