Monthly Archives: May 2003

general May 19, 2003 posted by

Laser Turntable

The Laser Turntable is a wow product at a wow price. It is basically a laser driven long playing (LP) album player. That’s right, a record player which doesn’t use a needle and therefore doesn’t damage your precious vinyl. Warning: only for the serious audiophile, with prices starting at $9500.00. [via bifurcated rivets]

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general May 19, 2003 posted by

Compact Flash to SD adapter

Minolta’s SD-CF1 gizmo is a Compact Flash card which accepts SD cards. The CompactFlash Card Adapter allows you to use SD cards with any device which only has a compact flash card slot. Useful indeed, especially for things like PocketPC PDAs.

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general May 19, 2003 posted by

Google Alert

The Google Alert service runs daily or weekly searches for you and emails you with the results. You set it up once and it runs thereafter automagically. Very cool.

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general May 19, 2003 posted by

Escher manifested

One man’s drive to recreate one of Escher’s marvellous works in Lego. I don’t know what to say really. And from the same ‘too much time on their hands’ school. The CompuBrick SE, a working Apple Macintosh computer lovingly crafted entirely in Lego (well apart from important bits like drives etc obviously).

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general May 19, 2003 posted by

Uber geek?

Eight year old Maulin Raval has just qualified as a Microsoft Certified Professional in Networking. As well as being very bright, the small Indian boy is also incredibly humble. ‘‘By the time I am 30, I will be competing with Bill Gates and developing better software packages.’’ He should go far.

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general May 19, 2003 posted by

eBay redux

The AuctionDrop service is an absolutely brilliant idea, designed specifically for those of us with stuff to sell who can’t be bothered with the hassle. You simply take your gear down to their warehouse and the company does all the auction advertising, sale and delivery. They charge a fairly hefty commission, but hey the ease of use is magnificent. More here. [via boingboing]

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general May 19, 2003 posted by

High speed scanning

The Conpass x-1280 is a high speed x-ray detector. The machine ‘allows a fully clothed individual to be totally x-rayed and analyzed within 10 seconds without an intrusive, labor, and time-intensive physical search.’

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general May 19, 2003 posted by

Teeny car museum

No, not a teeny car museum. It’s a teeny CAR museum. Geddit? Virtual only at the moment, while it’s real life counterpart is done up.

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general May 18, 2003 posted by

WiFi killer

I am still not as enthusiastic about WiFi as some people, primarily for two reasons. First off, I still believe that power is a limiting factor. WiFi adapters are voraciously power hungry and can drain a battery before you can say ‘find a plug point’. I keep picturing a whole heap of executives at somewhere like an airport hotspot scrambling on hands and knees for a limited number of power sockets like something out of the Keystone Cops. In the…

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Reviews May 17, 2003 posted by

Casio Exilim EX-S3 review

Regular readers will know that the Ferret has reported favourably in the past on the Exilim range of digital cameras from veteran Japanese company Casio. Well the newest addition to the family – the EX-S3 – has finally reached my hands and so here is a quick overview of the product after a few days use.

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general May 16, 2003 posted by

Super rechargeable batteries

The good folks at Rolltronics have licensed some oh-so-clever technology from MIT to develop roll printed lithium batteries which will deliver 2x to 4x the power density of today’s lithium versions. The idea is that you produce your batteries using a high speed roll feed like a newspaper, rather than laboriously making individual units. If this new VoltaFlex technology takes off, it should be really good news for all small device manufacturers, not to mention power hungry consumers. Company presentation…

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general May 16, 2003 posted by

Recipe for a blockbuster

You wanna make a perfect movie? Well according to Sue Clayton from London University you will need ’30 percent action, 17 percent comedy, 13 percent good versus evil, 12 percent sex/romance, 10 percent special effects, 10 percent plot and eight percent music.’ Apparently, in order to fit in with this theory, Shakespeare in Love needed more special effects. Er…eh?

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general May 16, 2003 posted by

Urban Golf

Urban Golf involves golf and…er….lots of streets, gutters and assorted urban paraphernalia. That’s right it’s golf for the loony. Looks like fun though, don’t it? [via boingboing]

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general May 16, 2003 posted by

List of bests

The List of Bests site aims to collate all of the various ‘Best of’ lists that are available. The idea is that you can check to see how up to speed your personal tastes are. The Ferret is not convinced. [via metafilter]

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