Monthly Archives: June 2002

general June 10, 2002 posted by

P2P document sharing that’s useful?

The Bad Blue P2P program is a free Gnutella file sharing utility which has one great feature, it can provide live Word document sharing across the Web via a browser. This means that you can set it up to share any Word documents on your hard disk with anyone even if they don’t have Word installed, and access can be controlled by passwords, folders and even by IP address. Although it won’t cope with complex Word formatting, most standard Word…

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general June 10, 2002 posted by

A tale of two Internet companies

According to this News.com report Yahoo! is planning an overhaul of its home page this month in order to please its advertisers. The company is not commenting on the design changes prior to release, which seems to me to be a classic example of top down Internet design. This should be contrasted with Google.com, which has adopted something of a ‘bottom up’ form of design, whereby the company posts a beta test of features to get customer feedback and introduces…

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general June 9, 2002 posted by

Bio watch for the paranoid

The Bio Watch from Digital Square is an new health monitoring device which will develop over time. The first generation watch will monitor basic diet, body fat and general health via a PC and USB connection. Next generation models, however, will include blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar levels as part of the checkups. Eventually the company hopes to have the watch integrate with tele-medicine functions from hospitals and general medical practices, which should be interesting. The thought of…

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general June 9, 2002 posted by

Hey good looking

The L3 Hybrid car, developed as a project by San Diego University in the US, appears to be a good example of an eco friendly car which can do 80 mpg and still look good. It’s a prototype of course, but little oaks and all that…. More details can be found here.

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general June 9, 2002 posted by

The hipster Flipster

MPEG4 video playback in a tiny handheld, now where have I heard that one before? Oh yeah, the Sharp MT-VA1 of course. Anyway the Flipster is a 64MB or 128MB playback device which will handle video and audio on it’s tiny screen. The rechargeable Lithium Ion battery lasts for about 3 hours on video playback. There’s no mention of what frame rate this puppy supports, but if it’s anything like the Sharp it’s not going to be great. It runs…

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general June 9, 2002 posted by

Avoid laptop hot legs

The Laptop Desk is designed to let you work comfortably with a notebook computer on your lap. It costs $24.95, folds into a briefcase, has a mouse rest and features an adjustable rake for easier typing. I can see it being useful in airport terminals. Check out also the $29.95 PDA Office solution from the same company, which lets you type directly into your docked Palm PDA from your PC. Ideal for entering in that last minute information before rushing…

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general June 8, 2002 posted by

First binocular digicam combo

Today is obviously world firsts day. The Pentax Digibino DB100 is a combination digital camera and binocular set. As might be expected the camera specification is not exactly stunning – it will produce sub VGA photos – but for the casual bird watcher or whatever it could be quite a neat toy. The unit sports 16MB of RAM, which will hold about 100 pictures. [via Twomobile]

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general June 8, 2002 posted by

First DVD video recorder with built in hard drive

The Toshiba RD-X2 is the the world’s first DVD video recorder with an integral 80 GB hard disk. The $1499.00 unit uses DVD-R and DVD-RAM technology and allows the user to time shift in real time with the PVR features of the hard disk. The unit also features four – count ’em – four inputs, which means that it should be easy to compile material from multiple sources and record it onto a DVD. The only downside I can see…

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general June 8, 2002 posted by

World’s first bio-degradable computer

Fujitsu has announced that it has developed the world’s first plant based bio-degradable plastics for use in its laptop computers. The company plans to use it in limited quantities in some of its current Biblo range, and intends to make completely eco-friendly casings within 2 years. Apparently the new plastic is obtained from corn starch, potatoes and other plants, uses less petroleum and energy to produce, and can be metabolized by microbes into CO2 and water. Hmm, sounds yummy. [via…

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general June 7, 2002 posted by

Footy in yer Pocket!

Can’t get enough football (sigh – OK, soccer) in your life? Well how about subscribing to the Live Foot service? It’s an innovative simulated football commentary service which broadcasts a live or post event reconstruction of a match to your PocketPC using a 2D or 3D animation system. The voice-over commentary and little cartoon men running around a tiny pitch on your PDA are apparently enough to replace the thrill of watching a real live Beckham punching one into the…

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general June 7, 2002 posted by

Advertising clips to go

The Screening Room at Boards looks to be a welcome fill-in for the late lamented AdCritic site. The site – which is the online offshoot of the Boards trade magazine – features a selection of cool advert video clips, as well as animation, shorts and editorial on all aspects of commercial video production. Nice site.

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general June 7, 2002 posted by

The Grovel builder

You need to grovel for something? Need help? Then you need the Grovel Builder. Oh, wonderful, glorious and ever magnificent reader! [via Bifurcated Rivets]

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general June 7, 2002 posted by

Music and sound effects licensing site

Audio Network is a new venture which aims to make licensing music and sound effects for advertising and movies much easier and cheaper. The site features the work of a bank of in-house composers, including Chris Blackwell and Terry Devine-King of The Style Counsel fame. It’s early days, but the concept looks to be well executed and the price certainly appears to be pitched at an aggressively attractive level, e.g. just 500 for six productions.

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