Monthly Archives: October 2002

general October 16, 2002 posted by

P2P companies

Paolo Valdemarin thinks that companies should adopt Peer to Peer as an employee infrastructure. Where everyone is a sort of client and server, passing information, knowledge and tasks around in a much more fluid way. Sounds like a good theme for a business development book. [via ben]

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Robot nanny

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird, no it’s the AmigoBot home monitoring system. It has a camera and microphone and wireless Internet connection. What it doesn’t have at $3495.00 is any cool!

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Steam cleaned

Hmm, as far as I can tell German company Enginion has developed a non combustion heat cell engine which oxidises fuel to produce enough heat to steam power an engine. The result is emission free, and very efficient (read low cost) power. The company is aiming to produce a home heating system in 2 years time and is talking big talk about powering vehicles etc within a short time frame. Sounds very interesting!

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Cool fire fighter

This Peugeot concept has got to be the coolest fire engine in the world. Alloy wheels and hydrogen powered no less! Sheesh! [via mikeslist]

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Free computer remote control

RealVNC is a free bit of software which lets you control a remote computer from another machine or PDA. I tried an early version long ago and it worked really well. Worth a download if you’re into that sort of thing. Not so sure about TightVNC, but noted here for completeness.

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Chinese whispers

Heh heh, the Lost in Translation site is a really nifty waste of time. Just input a phrase into the box, press go, and it will be machine translated into 5 different languages and then back into English. The results are very funny. [via metafilter] Speaking of translation – The A2Z Comms site offers a plethora – I say again, a plethora – of machine translation languages for your free consumption. I mention it specifically because it offers Japanese, Russian,…

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Mini digital photo store

The Panasonic SV-PT1 media storage unit is a cool iPod looking box which stores digital photographs. It contains a 5 GB PC Card disk and accepts SD cards. It holds around 5000 photies and you can – gasp – even play them back onto your TV first before transferring them to a PC for processing or whatever. [via dpreview]

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

SD card WiFi

SyChip of the US is promising to deliver a WiFi Card in the shape of an SD card Real Soon Now. The idea of a wireless networking card the size of a postage stamp is quite exciting, especially if you’re a PDA toting suit. [via infosync]

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Mr Typewriter

Mr Typewriter – aka the St Louis Wholesale Typewriter Company – sells typewriters. Lots of them. So if you’re an aspiring – read nutty – writer who prefers Sno-Pake to the cut and paste of a word processor used in anger, then this is the place for you. [via bifurcated rivets] Warning: cheesy music alert!

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Hands free Nokia

I thought that this hands free Nokia backplate was quite a neat idea. Apparently all you do is replace your old Nokia 33xx series backplate with this 19.95 one, plug it into the bottom socket and bingo, one speakerphone.

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general October 15, 2002 posted by

Bluetrek Bluetooth

The Bluetrek Bluetooth headset looks quite neat and unobtrusive. It’s got a 10 meter range, 2 hours talk time/2 days standby time from one charge of its Li-ion battery and is adjustable for either ear. Around 80.00.

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general October 13, 2002 posted by

Digital recording thingy

The Panasonic DMR-HS2 is a DVD recorder with a hard disk and stuff in it. It is DVD-RAM and DVD-R compatible and sports a Firewire socket as well as an SD card slot for digital cameras and the like. Can’t tell you much else, because it’s all in Japanese, but it looks groovy nonetheless.

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general October 13, 2002 posted by

Tasty looking Linux

My, my Ms Linux, look how you’ve grown. Desktop/LX from Lycoris just shows what you can do when you marry up the Linux back end with a fancy and colourful desktop screen with swish icons. You get an operating system that may become a very attractive $29.95 alternative to Windows XP for folks who just want to do the basics. It may not quite be the time to sell those MS shares, but Redmond definitely needs to be careful! Geeky…

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general October 13, 2002 posted by

Micro video

Check out this amazing video of a teeny tiny microengine at work. Get this – the teeth on the gears are the size of red blood cells. Amazing!

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general October 13, 2002 posted by

Maron-ated robot

Fujitsu has unveiled the MARON-1 robot which can be remotely operated via a mobile phone. It will cost around $1500.00 when it’s released next year, and comes with digital camera eyes. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be able to actually DO that much, but hey it looks kinda cute.

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