Monthly Archives: November 2002

general November 21, 2002 posted by

Longhorn news bites

Paul Thurrott’s Super Site for Windows has posted some early screen shots and information on the next version of Windows, dubbed Longhorn. He’s called it an Alpha Preview, which sounds a mite ambitious since the operating system is not due out for at least another 2 years. Meanwhile BetaNews has posted information about a leaked internal Alpha copy that is circulating around the Net. Actually it all looks and sounds rather boring.

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general November 21, 2002 posted by

Pegasus JPEG optimizer

The Pegasus JPEG Wizard is a free online jpg image optimizer. Browse to your image and select it, choose the levels of compression you want/need and press the button. Neat, clean and easy.

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general November 21, 2002 posted by

Scam-fantastic

Some enterprising person has put together the Nigerian Scam Log site which collates the correspondence taken from folks who have ‘played along’ with the Nigerian 419 scammers. It’s funny, but not something that you want to try at home, I suspect. Just in case things get a tad nasty. [via madville]

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general November 20, 2002 posted by

Fossil PDA

The Fossil PDA Watch is a Palm on your wrist. There’s even a teeny tiny stylus slotted into the wristband. Reminds me of the humungous Hewlett Packard HP01 watch I used to own waaaaay back when (and which I think is still lying around in a cupboard somewhere). I thought it was really cool!

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general November 20, 2002 posted by

Sonar Footy Challenge

The Sonar football juggling challenge is incredibly infuriating and nauseatingly addictive. And the gibbering faux-Japanese commentary makes it even worse. I love it! [via metafilter]

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general November 20, 2002 posted by

Segway, Segway, get yer Segway ‘ere….

Amazon has a full on Segway pre-order sales page up, complete with detailed specifications and stuff. Price to ordinary mortals $4950.00 and deliveries will begin on March 1st 2003. Roll up, don’t be shy, please form an orderly queue. More fun Segway cartoons here.

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general November 20, 2002 posted by

Key what?

It looks weird and it is. The orbiTouch keyless keyboard is supposed to be a realistic replacement for the conventional computer keyboard. Er.. you slide (not rotate!) the knobs around on the plinth to create letters, which apparently reduces wrist tension and stuff. I’m not convinced but then again I am exceptionally stupid. [via ZZZ]

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general November 20, 2002 posted by

PhotoShuttle

The HiTi PhotoShuttle is a cool dye sublimation printer that outputs a 6×4 photo print onto glossy or matt stock in a mere 45 seconds. Resolution equals a 4800dpi printer, but with continuous tone the results really look like photies. The unit also looks super cool too! With print costs of 40c per, and a retail price of around $240.00 this is one neat product for the home user. Nice Steve’s Digicam review here.

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general November 20, 2002 posted by

Cock-a-doodle-do

Wow, 3500 archived newsreels taken from 75 years of British Pathe News. Fabulous. And funded by the national lottery. [via metafilter]

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general November 19, 2002 posted by

Rip master

The Terapin MCR-TX3300 is apparently the world’s first dual deck MP3 audio CD recorder. It will record from audio CD to MP3 disk in one go (or vice versa) with automatic conversion on the fly, and can cram 150 songs onto a CD disk in MP3 format. The $499.00 unit also sports a USB connection for connection to a PC if you need such a thing. In long hours mode it can also record up to 12 hours of digital…

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general November 19, 2002 posted by

Bomb the Wall

OK you wannabe vandals, here’s your chance. The Bomb the Wall site is an online hangout where you can try your luck with the paint can on a virtual wall. Tag it if you dare. [via madville]

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general November 19, 2002 posted by

Kiss me, Hardy!

The Kiss DVD DP-450 is billed as the world’s first player capable of playing DiVX compressed movies. That means that it will cope with all those home grown back-ups of proper DVDs which you’ve created on ordinary CD disks. Oh yes! Priced at around 275.00 over here. ($174.00)

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general November 19, 2002 posted by

Gnutella 2 P2P arrives!

The word on the street is that Gnutella 2 is here, it works, and is a big improvement over the earlier version. The driving force behind its adoption is the new P2P client Shareaza, which I downloaded and tried and found to be very very fast, very free and very lacking in spyware.

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general November 19, 2002 posted by

ISeePet

OK get this. You’ve got a pet. A lovely soft cuddly moggy or doggy. You’ve also got a mobile phone or PC. What you need is a $1500.00 iSeePet. This bizarre – and somewhat sad – little product lets you watch your pet from a distance via your broadband connection, cell phone or PC and a webcam built into the main unit. You can call little Fido, feed him by operating a feed gate remotely and generally make sure that…

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general November 19, 2002 posted by

Smart displays

The Ferret first mentioned the Airpanel wireless display device from Viewsonic a while back, but now it looks as though Microsoft is driving the whole product concept into prime time territory. See this ABC News article. They are basically TFT LCD screens with wireless networking innards which let you roam throughout a building whilst still being connected to your base PC. Neat idea and one that is likely to do a lot better than over-priced TabletPCs.

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