Monthly Archives: August 2006

Gadgets August 31, 2006 posted by

The fabulous EnterTrainer.

The EnterTrainer. What a wonderfully genius gizmo. Hook the wireless heart rate monitor to your chest, sync the unit to your television set and the kit will reduce the television volume unless you maintain your chosen exercise heart rate. That’s right, if you slow down pedalling or walking or rowing or whatever, the TV volume decreases and eventually the telly goes off . Genius. Love it! $139.00 and we want one. Now! [Thanks Michelle] (Oh, and watch out for the iTrainer Cardio Headphones coming soon for…

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Gadgets August 31, 2006 posted by

Pioneer charts new sat nav course.

The Pioneer…[whoa, time out, time out. Whose clever dick idea was that headline? Eh? Speak up. Yours chum? Well you’re fired, now get out. And stop snivelling, OK?]… Right, where were we? Oh yes. The Pioneer AVIC HD1BT Hard Drive Sat Nav Entertainment System. The first vehicle sat nav system which can ‘intelligently recognise and store your frequently-used journeys’. Plus it will also hold 160 hours of music on the hard drive which you control by voice. Neato. Now, who’s going to explain to…

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Gadgets August 31, 2006 posted by

The Psile council.

The Nexus Psile Quiet Media PC looks pretty cool in its standard configuration. Mmm…? Oh sorry, it’s a tiny, silent, mini-itx PC that looks almost, but not quite, like a Mac Mini. But why did they have to go and spoil it all with covers? Covers, for goodness sake. Sheesh! From £169.00 barebones.  One of our own test systems was tested in a ISO certified anachoic chamber for noise testing. We selected an average quiet hard disk drive and used a intel pentium m processor…

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huh..? August 31, 2006 posted by

Smile, baby.

The V.Smile Baby Infant Development System. It’s not a toy, oh no. It’s an infant development system. You know, kind of like a toy but with developmental programmes, interactive communication modes and sensory rich learning tools. Oh and it’s got infrared wireless comms too, just like mummy’s computer. Available for £39.99 from all good ‘developmental infant curriculum agencies’.  VTech’s leading experts have specifically developed V.Smile Baby to encourage babies as young as 9 months (up to 36 months) to learn about,…

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Free Software August 31, 2006 posted by

5 lightweight alternatives to MSN Messenger.

Here are 5 lightweight and free alternatives to MSN Messenger. Enjoy! Instan-T Messenger. Glitzy multi-network chat client. MSN, AOL, Yahoo!, ICQ. SIM-IM. Open Source instant messenger for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Geeky? Jabber. Famous MSN alternative, huge developer community and very extensible. Miranda IM. Tiny, floppy disk sized client with over 350 plugins available. Easy Message. 240kb gives MSN, AOL, ICQ and Yahoo! Also POP3 monitoring.

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Recommended August 31, 2006 posted by

Food for thought.

ReminderFeed. Free delivery of reminder messages to your feed reader. Why does this service immediately conjure up an image of some skinny wretch of a geek staring trance-like at his screen where a message has just popped up – EAT!

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Gadgets August 30, 2006 posted by

Wharfedale Hard Disk Hi-Fi.

The Wharfedale 40GB HDD Micro System. Man, you know there’s something seriously weird with the world when your Hi-Fi system comes with more storage power than your computer. The 40GB hard disk stores up to 8000 tracks and the system will automatically rip and convert your CDs to MP3 as you play them, complete with a full track list and labelling from the integrated CD database of 1.9 million albums. Complete with a USB port for transferring MP3s to portable players. Now that’s what…

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Gadgets August 30, 2006 posted by

High Power USB WiFi Dish.

The Hawking Technology Hi-Power USB WiFi Dish. Connect your laptop or desktop up to one of these puppies and you’ll be grabbing your 802.11g signal from Guatemala. Well OK, from a nicely extended distance away anyway. Of course, not everyone wants or needs to carry around a satellite dish in their laptop case, but hey, you might have your own reasons. And lets face it, when you’re done computing for the day, you can always turn it on its side…

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Gadgets August 30, 2006 posted by

Candy Floss Maker.

Candy Floss Maker. Uh-oh. Sugar death comes to the kitchen table and dentists everywhere laugh maniacally. But doc, how better to finish my nerd pizza birthday fest than with some raw sugar coated on a stick? £34.95.  As the machine heats up, the central head begins to spin, forcing liquid sugar through its tiny perforations. The instant the threads of sugar hit the air they cool and re-solidify, causing a web of sugary threads to develop in the dishwasher-friendly collection…

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Mobile Tech August 30, 2006 posted by

Navman Mobile Travel Assist for S60 phones.

The Navman Mobile Travel Assist GPS for Smartphones. I’ve recently been testing out a Navman GPS satellite navigation product – the iCN720 – and quite honestly have been blown away by how good it is. It’s a great system, and it’s taught me one thing, that not all GPS systems are equal. The Navman has hands-down beaten out the Tom-Tom, Route 66 and other GPS systems I’ve used in the past, and that’s without including the NavPix feature which is…

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hmm..interesting August 30, 2006 posted by

uPlayMe. A social music network. Again.

uPlayMe. Download the client, and it’ll see what music you’ve been playing on your computer and hook you up with like-minded music lovers. I don’t know, is this useful? Any more so than PandoraFM? You decide.  Now there’s a simple way to meet people and find new music just by playing songs on your computer and iPod! Download uPlayMe (it takes less than 15 seconds on a cable-modem), register, and that’s it! As you play music, uPlayMe finds people who…

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retro August 30, 2006 posted by

The Beatles’ last day.

The Beatles’ Last Photo Shoot. The last time the Fab Four would ever be photographed together. Poignant eh? [Via Growabrain]  At John’s Tittenhurst house. 22 August 1969. The fab four themselves didn’t know that this day will be the last time they’re together ever.

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announcement August 30, 2006 posted by

PrinterAnywhere +

Just an update on a couple of things. First, PrinterAnywhere is now working for me completely. And it’s genuinely fabulous. Don’t take my word for it, try it out. Hey, it’s free. And secondly, wonder of wonders, my Zookoda email newsletter service is also now working again. Hurrah! So sign up for the newsletter if you haven’t already done so. I do like this service the best out of all the rival email feed services, so here’s hoping it continues to…

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