Monthly Archives: October 2003

general October 30, 2003 posted by

Save that phone.

Phonesaved.com is another one of those online services which lets you back up your phone contents. I’ve tried it and it works, although there are still a few teething problems. And the list of handsets it supports is rather small at present.

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general October 30, 2003 posted by

Oh dear.

Poor ole Nokia. The world can be a truly cruel place when you’ve introduced a real lemon of a product like the N-Gage. Witness the SideTalkin’ site, which features photo after photo of people taking the mickey out of talking sideways via a wedge of plastic. But it’s soooo funny!

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general October 30, 2003 posted by

Drugs on test.

A long, but riveting article about the effects of taking banned substances to improve your sporting prowess. Written by a very brave journalist and amateur sportsman who actually tried the stuff over 8 months. Superb expose.

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Sporty fish.

The Subeo Gemini – ‘the World’s first underwater sports car.’ Features a top speed of 4 knots, two person capacity and an operating depth of 50 metres. And if you have to ask, you really, really can’t afford it, OK?

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Phone track.

Here we go again. The VeriLocation service is a web based system that ‘enables registered users to identify and track the locations of consenting mobile phone users.’ 5.00 a month to know where little Lottie is at all times, eh? Hear that sound? It’s Georgie Orwell spinning in his grave at around 2000 rpm.

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Drive vegetarian.

Why run your car on ordinary diesel when you can go all eco and use the left over fat from your local Chinese restaurant? Presenting the Greasecar – ‘Your Greasecar kit comes with everything you need to convert your diesel vehicle to run on straight vegetable oil. Including hand crafted aluminum heated fuel cell, Quick-flush switching and 10 micron filter. By using waste vegetable oils as fuel, Greasecar customers reduce toxic emissions, recycle an over-abundant waste product, and dramatically reduce…

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Curtains for curtains?

SmartGlass from Research Frontiers is a form of glass which changes opacity depending on the amount of a tiny voltage applied to it. At full power all light is allowed through, with no power applied it’s dark a la smoked.The company is also marketing it for eyewear, cars and most other forms of glass application. [Thanks Nathan!]

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Behr necessities.

Behr makes paint. It also has created what I think is one of the best online customer services I’ve seen in a long time. The Explore Color site offers a sophisticated colour (sorry I’m a Brit, OK?) visualisation service which lets you choose main and/or accent colours and then play around with their recommended combinations to get an idea for how they would look in your home. Just click on Browse Colors and follow the wizard. Brill stuff!

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Porta Piccies.

This guy has got it all figured out. Why bother tourists with photo opportunities unless you can deliver the goods instantly? Voila – the one man print station. Digital camera, inkjet printer and all. …now where’s that darn plug socket?

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Recycle it.

The Freecycle Network is an online recycling community. A sort of eBay without the e! ‘Whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano or an old door, feel free to post it. Or maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself! One constraint: everything posted must be free.’ Why not start one up in your city?

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Black Hawk up.

The Vectron Black Hawk [Babel] flying saucer looks like it could be fun, although the video apparently shows that it’s a tethered craft, cap’n. 99.95 from here.

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Pick up one today.

We’ve done Pocketbikes before, but now it appears that they’re actually racing them? Like for real? ‘But hows this for low cost: You don’t even need a trailer! These rugged little pocket rockets are small enough to carry under one arm and fit in a car trunk, and can be raced in parking lot competitions or on kart tracks.’

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Truefire.

Truefire ‘is a self-publishing tool and open marketplace for authors and artists wishing to promote and distribute their original poetry, guitar lessons, novels, music, reference material, photography and artwork.’

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general October 28, 2003 posted by

Birthday.

Birthday is one of those teeny freeware goodies that could become indispensable really quickly, especially for those who have a bad memory. Now what was I saying…? Oh yes… it lets you store dates of people’s birthday, and reminds you when the day approaches. Presto, no more, ‘oh sorry darling, but I was so busy at work…’ kind of conversations. [via WebAttack]

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