Monthly Archives: May 2004

general May 17, 2004 posted by

Boom.

The Boom. ‘The World’s Best Noise Cancelling Headsets.’ Good grief, are we finally going to get some respite from loud mouths in trains, planes and restaurants? The Boom’s patented noise cancelling technology dramatically reduces background noise, enabling you to speak in a normal voice and be heard by the person on the other end of the phone no matter how loud it is around you.’

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general May 17, 2004 posted by

Jumping jive.

Wow, I completely forgot that you used to be able to buy vinyl record players for the car like this 1961 Norelco Auto Mignon. Now that’s what I call ICE cool. Snigger. Wonder if they skipped to the beat? You can still find them on eBay too.

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Wifi wonder.

Apparently the folks at WiFi Plus have come up with a range of ‘multi-polarized’ wifi antennas that provide super clear wifi signals through trees and other line-of-sight type obstructions. At last, a chance to hook up to the Ferret from the middle of the Amazon jungle! ‘These antennas correct problems such as fade and dropouts associated with wireless deployments due to trees, obstructions and weather…Multi-Polarized antennas have tremendous obstruction-penetrating qualities in obstructed NLOS operations due to their ability to utilize…

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Hot rod?

A nuclear powered plane? Of course, why not? Er…don’t book me up just yet, though, will ya? ‘Unique because its nuclear reactor is unlike any other. Rather than split heavy elements or fuse light atoms–as in fission and fusion reactors–it will use what is known as a triggered isomer reaction. If this new powerplant, called a quantum nucleonic reactor, performs as scientists expect, its effect on the aircraft industry may prove as revolutionary as the introduction of the jet engine.’

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Snap happy.

The Mobile Phone Photo Show. ‘…a photography show composed entirely of images created with mobile phone cameras. Anyone, anywhere, who has access to a mobile phone, is welcome to contribute…From May 20 through June 18, 2004, participants worldwide are invited to send us their photos. On our main wall we will display thumbnail printouts of the photos, starting, on opening night, with a completely blank wall. During the course of the show, as the images are emailed to us, the…

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Just a kwickee.

The Kwickee Bitesize guides are a mobile information service. You need information? They’ve got it. See also the AQA project (Any Questions Answered). I predict that a mobile information war is starting to gather pace, which will fizzle out quickly once the suits realize that most of today’s ‘yoof’ don’t really want to pay for getting information on their phone when they can simply look it up when they get home or ask a mate. ‘At the touch of a…

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What’s that spell?

Open Dictionary – ‘a collaborative project to produce a freely accessible multilingual dictionary in every language, with meanings, etymologies and pronunciations with the aid of the Wiktionary project.’ I also like the fun Urban Dictionary concept a lot. Basically it’s a dictionary in which the words are proposed and defined by the users themselves. It’s really fabulositaceous.

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eFest.

So what happens when you combine a weekend rock concert atmosphere with a geek fest? You get the e-Festival of course. Sounds fun. Over 50,000 square metres of state-of-the-art exhibition hall crammed to bursting…camping, caravan berths…4×4 Land Rover Challenge and evening entertainment…Digital Home feature…non-stop, 56-hour, 1,000-seat LAN Party…over 400 traders, drawn from the UKs network of computer fairs, all competing with one another to offer the keenest prices and the best bargains.’

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Google da AdMan?

I’ve been playing around with the new beta service of Google Groups 2 for a couple of days now, and it has sparked a few random thoughts in my tiny noggin. So, for those who might be interested, I would like to present my personal ‘foggy crystal ball’ view of where Google might be heading in future. (click on images for full size)

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general May 14, 2004 posted by

Twinkle, twinkle.

There was a time when you stuck a store bought telescope up to yer eye and could just about make out Mrs Miggins’ washing line next door. Now there’s Meade. And its ETX range of computer controlled beasts which can locate and view a small Mexican UFO from 6 zillion miles away in seconds. Prices range from around $279.00. ‘Now even the most novice amateur astronomer can locate and explore the planets, galaxies, and nebulae, as well as star clusters,…

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Exoti-tech.

What better way to show the world that you’re a real geek, and not just some wannabe? That’s right, you need a real leather or walnut wood PC case from Exotic Wood Crafts. Check out the rather funky Machine Age project too.

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general May 14, 2004 posted by

Let there be…

Everyone knows that the biggest hassle with using a camcorder is indoor shooting in low light. That’s why the new LED LitePanel is so cool. Sure it’s a tad expensive at $749.00, but eventually the tech will get cheaper and that will be a Very Good Thing for flash haters everywhere. ‘Compact LitePanels mount easily on a camera, a stand, or elsewhere. Fully flicker-free, this 5600K head offers output that is 3 times more efficient than a conventional tungsten camera…

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general May 14, 2004 posted by

Off or on?

Now I may be completely wrong here, but I believe that the OnQ concept [Babel] is a mobile phone which incorporates a widescreen television function (horizontal LCD, see?) and a HDD recorder in the base charger unit. Oh and don’t expect to see it on the shelves too soon, because ‘present condition CPU is somewhat painful’

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