Monthly Archives: December 2004

Awesome December 24, 2004 posted by

Happy hols.

Well, here we are again. The Ferret would like to wish his reader all of his readers a very very merry holiday. Just remember, a turkey is for life, not just for Xmas. And a special thanks to all those who’ve contributed to making it a fun place to hang out, you know who you are! See ya all in the first week of Jan. Be good!  …and thanks to yourwallpaper.com for the loan of the thumbnail.

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but is it art? December 24, 2004 posted by

Water ballet.

The Water Ballet Desktop Dancing Fountain. Oh yes, it sounds good now. But who’s going to clean up the mess after it hears your Metallica collection at full blast, eh? Who? $129.95.  Desktop dancing fountain synchronizes water to the music you play! Program your favorite water pattern for hours of relaxation! 25 individual water jets work together to create 14 soothing, fully illuminated water ballets, each dancing precisely to the sound of your music, picked up by a hidden internal…

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Fun & Games December 24, 2004 posted by

Pucker up.

Remote control hockey game. $29.88. Looks like fun for a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Promises a slamming good time on any smooth floor or tabletop. It’s incredible fast-action entertainment when players square off, aiming, shooting, defending their goal and battling for control of the puck using their remote controlled players. Players and puck are designed for speed on any flat surface.

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cool tech December 24, 2004 posted by

Beyond burnt toast.

The Beyond Microwave Oven. The no-brainer cooking utensil. Just pop the nosh into the hole, scan the food packaging barcode with the integrated scanner and it’ll cook the stuff to perfection. Apparently. 4000 codes included and updates available. Sounds like the perfect bachelor machine, don’t it?  Finally, an easy way to cook meals perfectly and evenly every time. No more guesswork. Just scan the barcode on your food packagethe Beyond Microwave Oven does the rest. Perfect Chicken a la King….

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Mobile Tech December 24, 2004 posted by

Abidia.

Abidia. Run your eBay addiction from your mobile phone handset. $29.99.  Experience the freedom from eBay that only your wireless phone can provide. Combine the power of eBay with the mobility of a wireless device. Free yourself from the home or office and use eBay on the road, in a meeting, or simply from the comfort of your couch, anywhere your busy life takes you. Sellers and buyers alike will enjoy the ability to search, browse, bid, and monitor active…

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Gadgets December 24, 2004 posted by

Remote key.

Remote Controlled Lock. $119.99. Yep, just one more thing to lose down the back of the sofa.  Still looking for keyholes in the dark? You won’t be with these locksets that allow you to unlock your door with a convenient remote control. These high-security, infrared remote control systems are similar to the keyless entry systems on luxury cars, yet can be installed easily by even the most novice do-it-yourselfers. You won’t even have to drill any holes or wire any…

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Mobile Tech December 24, 2004 posted by

Travel mate.

TravelMate. A nice set of useful utilities for your peripatetic mobile phone. And a bargin at only $1.99.  With international dialing codes, units converter, packing list, clothing measurements, tip calculator and bill splitter and more, it”s the absolute toolkit for the modern traveller and will assist in planning and managing your travel.

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Fun & Games December 24, 2004 posted by

Weather stick.

The Vermont Weather Stick. High tech weather stations? Bah humbug!  Here’s a fun, low-tech way to predict the weather. It seems too simple to be true, but our old-time Weather Stick is actually a remarkably effective natural barometer. It responds to subtle atmospheric changes by bending upward in fair weather, and down when inclement weather is near.

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cool tech December 23, 2004 posted by

The Stone posie.

The Estone Ripper 510. $645.00. Rips CDs, records off the radio, built-in 45W amp, sorts playlists, stores 5000 tracks on a removable USB 2.0 hard disk and fits into a normal car slot. Cool stuff! Oh and apparently it may well handle MPEG4 video as well. More here.  The Estone Car MP3 player is the world’s best. You can download your favorite internet MP3 to the Estone player via its removable USB hard disk. While keeping all the features of traditional car audio…

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hmm..interesting December 23, 2004 posted by

EnGenius.

The EnGenius SN-920 cordless phone system. Billed as having the longest range of any cordless home phone. Apparently 9 times the power of ordinary units gives a range of up to 5 miles, and the handsets can also double as independent walkie talkie units. I’d be a bit worried holding a handset with that much power near my brain for extended periods, though. Know what I mean? Around $373.00.  This power produces the EnGenius long-range performance that outdistances all other cordless…

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Recommended December 23, 2004 posted by

Snappy wrapper.

The Blue Power Wrapper Bank . $19.88.  It doesn’t just sort and count your coins, but wraps them too. All neat and tidy, ready to give to Gran when she comes round to collect her next ‘payment’.  Turn loose coins into cool cash in seconds. Drop change in and the Power Wrapper turns on automatically. As coins are sorted into the correct tubes the digital display continuously updates the grand total deposited. 8 tubes (double the capacity of other sorters), sort at a rate…

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Mobile Tech December 23, 2004 posted by

Love calculator.

The Love Calculator. Your mobile phone thinks that your other half smells. Or something. Whatever you do, don’t use this on your anniversary, eh? Just in case. $2.00.  This small application calculates whether the two given names match each other. Test with people you know and see if it’s accurate! *warning* This is only for fun, don’t make any drastic moves if you get a bad result! :-)

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Fun & Games December 23, 2004 posted by

T-Board.

The T-Board Surf & Swim bodysurfing gizmo looks like fun. $35.00. Now all we need is some good ole London surf and we’re set.  SPEED. Wider hydroplaning surface under your hands for maximum speed! CONTROL. Holding and steering system with both hands means total control!

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Bizarre December 23, 2004 posted by

Revolver.

The Suite Vollard revolving building. Apparently this set of apartments in Brazil is the world’s only rotating building. Sounds a bit weird to this Ferret. Who incidentally ate a meal in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Post Office tower before it was bombed into submission.  A system of cogwheels and roller chains effects the rotation. Each apartment has its own independent engine system, which can be engaged with a remote control. A complete clockwise or counterclockwise 360º turn takes one hour…

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Recommended December 23, 2004 posted by

Xtra Lift.

The X-Tra-Lift . Or how to turn your flat bed truck into a real pick-up. Motorbikes, small boats and jet-skis, you name it, this puppy looks like it’ll hoist it. Around $4000.00.

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