Monthly Archives: July 2007

Bizarre July 31, 2007 posted by

Suicide Bomb Box – er…

The Suicide Bomb Box. Number 342 on the list of things you probably don’t want to carry on board next time you fly. Let’s face it, you’d probably get a direct flight transfer to Cuba faster than you could say, ‘but it’s only a joke, Officer…’ The rather strange translation also suggests that it also may double up as a hidden compartment case, the perfect place to stash some drugs or ammunition, don’t you think? $65.00 in Yen like. Tags: suicide+bomb+box, gadget

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Gadgets July 31, 2007 posted by

7 in 1 iPod Dock and FM Transmitter – is that a function too far, Jack?

This 7 in 1 iPod Dock is a holder, charger, FM transmitter, USB charging port and… Aha, perhaps they miscalculated. Maybe it’s really just a 5 in 1. Yep that must be it, their calculators broke mid-way. Shame. $34.99.   Finally there is a combined features of 5-in-1 Car FM Transmitter with USB Port + 6-in-1 Car FM Tramsimtter with Remote Control. It is an iPod Car Holder + iPod Charger + iPod FM Transmitter + MP3 FM Transmitter + USB Charger Port…

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Free Software July 31, 2007 posted by

PhotoFiltre – free image editing program

PhotoFiltre is a free but fully featured photo editing program. All of the usual features are included such as clone brushes, image filters and the rest, which makes it a pretty excellent deal whichever way you look at it.   PhotoFiltre is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning…

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announcement July 31, 2007 posted by

Reduced blog posting schedule inevitable says Prince Charles

A report today by The National Royal Vacation Week magazine suggests that bloggers like Prince Charles often take a few days off for a bit of rest and recuperation around the August time frame. “It’s perfectly normal,” exclaimed a tanned and relaxed looking Prince of Wales, “People need to unwind a little. We’re not machines, you know.” None of the Prince’s staff were available for comment by the time of publication.

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Gadgets July 30, 2007 posted by

Thumb sized USB Oil Burner – hmm, smell that laptop baby

Thumb Sized USB Oil Burner. Scatter some fragrant smells about your person using nothing more than the power of your USB port and a little Rose oil. You may get something of a reputation in your office, but the true aesthetes will adore you. $7.00.  # Powered by USB # Diffuse fragrance oil with your computer # Mini size for a discrete use # No driver required # Size: 66mm x 22mm x 7mm # Weight: 4g Tags: gadget, oil+burner,…

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Gadgets July 30, 2007 posted by

Sony VHS to DVD Recorder with Hard Drive – all in one combo box

Sony VHS to DVD Recorder with Hard Disk. Can’t tell you the model number because it’s super secret apparently. Comes with an 80 GB hard disk, an on-screen television program guide and HDMI output with upscaling. Which means that it should cope with just about every type of program transfer and recording requirement you’ve got. Sounds luscious, Jim. $399.95.  his three-in-one device allows you to transfer VHS recordings to DVDs with the touch of a button, and has a built-in 80…

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Bookmark This! July 30, 2007 posted by

Migratr – move your photos to and from Flickr and other services

Migratr is a cool little Windows freeware program that lets you bulk move your photos between different online photo services. Currently supports Flickr, SmugMug, Picassa Web, Zooomr and 23HQ and the author is working on Yahoo! photos. Needs .NET. Neat!  Users going between SmugMug and one of the other services should be aware of a slight difference in how the services organize photos. Flickr and 23HQ enable one photo to be a member of multiple photosets. These services can be…

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Reviews July 30, 2007 posted by

BBC iPlayer quick review – C for effort

I’ve been invited onto the BBC iPlayer beta test, so here’s a quick review piece on the latest Internet media player to hit the market. Click on thumbnails for larger image. First impressions - front end has a snazzy Web 2.0 interface. Lots of shaded icons, big text and images, Ajax timer symbols et al. Internet Explorer sucks. OK, I know I should leave it alone because it’s over done to death, but having no Linux, Mac, Vista or Firefox version is…

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reprise July 29, 2007 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Ferrety posts from the past week for anyone who missed them. Enjoy. AeroGem Aerogel Pendants – high tech jewellry for all – AeroGem Aerogel Pendants are… Memole Pad – the ‘etch-a-sketch’ message pad – The Memole Pad seems to be a kind… SHPEGS – the open source renewable energy project – The SHPEGS Project. Stands for… Test Everything – the ultimate webmaster tool kit? – Test Everything. A nice collection… Tank Limo – you calling…

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cool tech July 28, 2007 posted by

Super Sky Cycle – the flying motorbike

The Super Sky Cycle is a flying trike. That is, you can use it on the road as a form of relatively conventional transport, or you can take off and really beat the jams. You’re going to have to build it yourself, and the kit costs $37,195.00, but just think of the neighborhood envy. Top flight speed 100mph, highway speed 55 mph. Good luck!  # The Motorcycle (driving part) parts are intended to be built and licensed as a homebuilt…

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Gadgets July 27, 2007 posted by

Penguin Teaboy – a perfick cuppa evry time…

The Penguin Teaboy is a cute way of making sure you get the hot beverage you want, at the strength you need. Set the timer and it’ll dunk the bag for the exact time required. Great for avoiding those insipid fruit tea concoctions which usually taste more of teabag paper than actual rosehip. Not that we drink rosehip you understand, cos we’re much too macho for that. Nope, we generally snort pure cut espresso grande up each nostril. Honest. $18.98. [Via Stylehive]  …

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cool tech July 27, 2007 posted by

Weather Forecasting Umbrella – LED lights indicate storms

The Weather Forecasting Umbrella is almost a genius product. The handle has a built in radio receiver which continually picks up Accuweather reports and displays rain warnings as flashing LED lights. The faster the flash, the more chance of rain. The problem? Well if you’re carrying the thing, it’s pretty clear that you’re expecting a cloudburst anyway, eh? Or are you just a paranoid hydrophobe? $139.95.  This is the only umbrella that illuminates the base of its handle to alert…

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Gadgets July 27, 2007 posted by

Handsfree Transporter – the no hands Segway?

So German engineer Ulrich Kahlert has ripped apart a Segway and reconfigured it to make a Handsfree Transporter, which is a hands free scooter thingy built for specific tasks. The applications look interesting too, ranging from a cool Steadicam system or worker transport to a novelty entertainment and advertising tool. Check out some of the videos and see what you think. The one where the guy’s tracking the runners and cyclists through the park woods is cool (under CamTransport).  [Via Metafilter] Tags: segway, handfree+transporter

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cool tech July 27, 2007 posted by

Fantachrome Paint – mirror like finish out of a spray gun

Fantachrome Coating System Paint comes out of a spray gun all chrome shiny and slippery slick. Just right for bringing the bling back to that shoddy eBay antique. Of course it’s not quite as easy as all that – what is? – but the results certainly speak for themselves. It’s water based, and feels like real chrome plate too because of some kind of ‘chimic’ (chemical?) reaction.    The revolutionary New Fantachrome Coating System produces a mirror-like, chrome finish on almost…

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