Monthly Archives: May 2003

general May 16, 2003 posted by

Bunking off with honours

Don’s Boss Page is a site devoted to helping you bunk off work without getting caught. OK, so it’s very much tongue in cheek (thank goodness, eh?) as can be seen from this free selection of audio sounds to fool your boss.

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general May 16, 2003 posted by

EZ as ABC

The EZ-EG electronic guitar from Yamaha is a midi enabled guitar tutor which teaches strumming, chord training and finger picking. It doesn’t use normal strings but instead relies on thick wires and lighted frets which guide the user in what to play and how. The $299.00 doozy also has its own inbuilt speaker. More here. [via gizmodo] ‘Er..and what’s wrong with thrashing around with a 20.00 second hand Spanish guitar, eh? That’s how I learned to play. Sheesh!

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general May 16, 2003 posted by

Gameboy with Bluetooth

Strangely named X-traFun Inc has developed a $49.00 Bluetooth wireless Gameboy cartridge which can be used with any Bluetooth enabled phone or PDA to give the Gameboy Internet capabilities. Quite why you’d want to surf on your Gameboy is beyond me, but hey diff’rent strokes! The cartridge also includes the Web browser. [via slashdot]

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general May 15, 2003 posted by

The ulimate geek chair

I know that the Ferret has reported exhaustively on the ultimate geek chair before, but is this really a contender? The PCE Chair looks more like a rollcage, don’t it? [via slashdot]

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general May 15, 2003 posted by

Mech soccer

Er…. here we see a top pick side of Aibo robots competing for the coveted RoboCup American Open soccer championship held in the US. You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you?

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general May 15, 2003 posted by

N-Gage

Apparently the new Nokia N-Gage handheld phone/games console combo has had a less than stellar reception at E3 this week. [via gizmodo] The Ferret wouldn’t normally report on this sort of terribly subjective opinion piece (liar!) but in this case we have to agree. I went to the London launch a few months back and afterwards chatted to some fellow journos who were also less than impressed with the business case and specifications. Dear Nokia Finnish folk – it’s a…

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general May 15, 2003 posted by

Spam fighters

The Spamhaus Project. ‘Spamhaus tracks the Internet’s worst Spammers, known Spam Gangs and Spam Support Services, and works with ISPs and Law Enforcement Agencies to identify and remove persistent spammers from the Internet.’ Spam afflicted peeps should also check out the ‘Why am I getting all this Spam?’ site, which looks into the ways we can get trapped into a spam deluge, and tips on how to avoid it.

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general May 15, 2003 posted by

TV friendly menuing system

MyHTPC is a free front end menuing system for folks using PCs as their entertainment centre. It allows you to create large text menus which are apparently ideal for television sets. ‘Although myHTPC is targeted at Home Theater Personal Computer users, it can serve many purposes. For example, it can be used to build a simple menu for children to access their programs.’

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general May 15, 2003 posted by

Geeks bearing gifts II

InterConnection is another service which offers to match volunteer geeks to needy causes around the world. Nice idea. ‘InterConnection’s pioneering program matches volunteers with non-profit organizations all over the world that need website and Internet support.’

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general May 14, 2003 posted by

Handheld Playstation 2

The nice gentleman above is showing off the new 1.8 GB UMD format disk which will be used in an upcoming Sony handheld games console dubbed the PSP [Warning: .doc press release link]. The new console – which the company hopes will be ‘the Walkman of the 21st century’ – will feature a backlit colour screen, built in speakers, USB 2.0 and Memory Stick sockets and the same kind of graphics capability as the current PS2. Planned for delivery late…

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general May 14, 2003 posted by

Pocket GPS

For those with a yen to know exactly where they are at all times, the TomTom Bluethooth GPS receiver should prove invaluable. You can pop the tiny gizmo into your pocket and then access any GPS software on your PDA, Pocket PC or even smartphone like the Sony Ericsson P800. Available next month for 249.00 without the TomTom navigation software and in July for 349.00 with. [via infosync]

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general May 14, 2003 posted by

On being badgered

Aunty reports that a badger has run amock in South East England and injured 5 people. Five people? Just what is going on here? The classic sentence has to be this surreal Austin Power’s type quote (remember the steamroller scene?): ‘”My husband opened the door and the badger sat there and then, gradually, just slowly walked towards him and attacked him.’ Erm…paralysed with terror were we, dude?

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general May 14, 2003 posted by

Small windows

Menuet is a complete operating system which fits onto a floppy disk. It’s a GPL licensed project, and includes an MP3 player and Web server, but curiously only attaches to the Internet via a network at the moment. They’re planning on releasing full Internet support soon though, I believe.

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