Monthly Archives: January 2007

Gadgets January 31, 2007 posted by

Mousetrapper – rodent relief at your fingertips

The Mousetrapper Advance is a Swedish anti-RSI peripheral which is attached to the keyboard to replace mouse functionality and save your fingers. Once installed all navigation is done using the ergonomically located roller square and 5 large programmable buttons. It looks like an interesting idea all round. £169.95.  Mousetrapper Advance is placed in front of the keyboard, i.e. between yourself and the keyboard, in order to gain support for your wrists and to easily reach the steering pad with your fingers. Placement and design enables both left…

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Gadgets January 31, 2007 posted by

The IDE Belt – get connected with your inner geek

The IDE Belt is probably the height of geek chic on some far distant planet circling a waning sun. However back here on Terra it’s just a little…ah…too much, doncha think? Crafted from a genuine IDE computer cable and packed in an anti-static plastic bag. Awesome. $17.00.  This snazzy belt is made from multicolored IDE cable can be worn to ironically invoke the fashion and technological state of the 70s and 80s, or it can be just a well placed…

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Bizarre January 31, 2007 posted by

Pet Spa – the critter washer

The Pet Spa. A mind boggling concept, a washing machine for your moggie or pooch. It just reeks of class, does it not? Oh and it’s not to be confused with the Whirlpool Jentle Pet, OK? If you need to know just how great an idea this is, watch the video of a poor cat put inside one of these things by its owners. Sheesh! [via Presurfer]  Hydro-muscular massage and bath in California’s first Pet Spa, a totally automatic cabin that…

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Gadgets January 31, 2007 posted by

SitSac – kiddy backpack and booster cushion

SitSac. A perfect marriage of form and function. Not only do you get a two-in-one child backpack and car seat booster cushion, but the little tykes get to carry it all themselves. Brilliant! Next week, a foldable pram diaper.  For the safety belt to function properly, a child seat or booster cushion is recommended for children from about 4 to 10-12 years old. However, when travelling in buses, taxis, or in vehicles other than the family car, booster cushions are…

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cool tech January 31, 2007 posted by

Steampunk LightSaber – proptastically delicious

Meh, if you’re gonna get all Star Wars fan boy on us, what you really need is a hand-crafted Steampunk Lightsaber to show the cud chewers how it’s really done hard core. More l33tness per square centimetre than the entire six episodes crammed together, end to end, in one long popcorn filled, couch pig, love-fest viewathon.  Seriously, this is the coolest thing ever, and I’ve only seen the pictures. He’s still going to custom-build a case for it, and then I’ll get it…

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software January 31, 2007 posted by

Enso – memory resident macros

Mmm…much hype coming our way from the folks at Humanised, with the launch of Enso. As far as I can tell it’s a Windows utility which gives you memory resident super macros. Er…it’s cute, but not really rocket science and certainly not to my mind worth the launch splash or Walt Mossberg’s attention. Ah well, what do I know? I don’t mean to be snarky but I get the feeling that these good folk are charging $24.95 for a utility that some whizz…

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announcement January 31, 2007 posted by

The Red Ferret Podcasts – polecat polemic?

Guess what? You can now get your daily dose of Red Ferret posts in podcast format, thanks to the services of Odiogo, which we mentioned here at the back end of last year. Marc the CEO contacted me and asked whether I’d be interested and I said ‘heck why not?’ Or something. Anyhoo, just click on the  in the sidebar on the right and you can subscribe via iTunes, Juice or just listen on-site via your player. Cool or what?…

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hardware January 30, 2007 posted by

OrigenAE HTPC Case – complete with motor LCD

OrigenAE S21T PC Case with Motorized LCD. Designed for those who need the most ‘out there’ Home Theater rig anywhere this side of Wilshire Blvd. A 12.1 inch motorized LCD screen on the front panel? What were these guys smoking? Around £680.00 all in.  Featuring an impressive 12.1 inch motorized TFT touch screen, removable motherboard tray, support for ten hard drives, no visible screws on the outside of a 5mm thick one-piece aluminium chassis panel, unrivalled hardware compatibility and a footprint…

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Gadgets January 30, 2007 posted by

Darth pinball – signed by the Dark Lord hi’self

The Star Wars 30th Anniversary Pinball Machine. Signed by the original Darth Vader himself, Dave Prowse. On sale via auction - the starting bid sits at £2899.00, sale ends 5th Feb. Oh the machine itself? Yeah, it’s a restored Data East table, and looks to be quite nice. Tags: pinball, darth+vader, star+wars

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Free Software January 30, 2007 posted by

Kish Kish – Skype lie detector upgraded

They’ve gone and upgraded the Kish Kish Lie Detector for Skype. It’s now got a fancy needle and a dial just like a proper lie detector. Golly. I’m sure I don’t need to warn you against relying on this piece of software in any serious or meaningful way, do I?  Then, every time you call or receive a Skype call the KishKish Lie Detector will come to the front. The first 10 seconds are used to calibrate the system to…

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but is it art? January 30, 2007 posted by

Sombrero Galaxy – another Hubble beauty

My friend Alan sent me a post about Hubble’s shot of the Sombrero Galaxy and it’s a mighty fine image at that. The thumbnail doesn’t do it justice of course, but it should make a pretty fine wallpaper or something for those that are interested. Visit space. Tags: hubble, sombrero+galaxy, windows+wallpaper

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Free Software January 30, 2007 posted by

Omziff – encryption for free

Omziff. Small freeware encryption program. Secure your passwords, shred files and otherwise mess with stuff. Designed to be USB flash drive friendly to give it that portable touch.  Omziff is a straightforward encryption utility that uses various cryptographic algorithms to encrypt and decrypt textual files. These algorithms include: Blowfish, Cast128, Gost, IDEA, Misty1, AES/Rijndael, and Twofish….Omziff also generates random passwords, splits files, and does secure file deletion according to DOD Standards. It is freeware, comes in a standalone executable file with no…

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Gadgets January 29, 2007 posted by

Rocket Fishing Rod – blast don’t cast

The Rocket Fishing Rod. So you’re not a particularly gifted fishing-person, eh? Well what you need is a little device which fires the hook, line and float in one go from a hand held pump action compressor unit. Sounds like sacrilege? Probably, and how do you think the fishes feel? Hint: not fab. £29.95.  The Rocket Fishing Rod eliminates the need for casting out and incorporates a mechanism which fires out hook, line and sinkers within a unique and patented capsule…

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Gadgets January 29, 2007 posted by

VoiceLink Skype GSM Gateway – talk free and far

The IPDrum VoiceLink Skype GSM Gateway. According to the blurb this puppy delivers Internet telephony –Skype, MSN and even GoogleTalk - to any mobile phone without adding software or using WiFi or stuff. You stick a SIM card into the base unit, so we can’t see how it can be that cheap for international IM calls, but then we’re stupid people here, really we are. £116.33.  The IPdrum VoiceLink is a USB device. Using a second SIM card, it creates a gateway…

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Gadgets January 29, 2007 posted by

Stun Gun Flashlight – the pulse beam

The Stun Gun Mini Flashlight. 200,000 volts stored in an innocent looking rechargeable pocket torch. $59.95.   Made of high quality ABS engineered plastic, this unit functions as high voltage (200K) shock generator and a flashlight. The KL-139 self-defense flashlight features ni-cad built in storage batteries and comes complete with it’s own charger and extra bulb. Uses the latest electric “pulse” technology. Charges in 4 hours. Tags: stun+gun, flashlight

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