Monthly Archives: April 2008

cool tech April 30, 2008 posted by

Alesis Multiport – professional level recording for your iPod

The new Alesis Multiport looks like it means business all right. Direct record to iPod or PC, iPod controls on-board, twin industrial grade XLR balanced inputs with phantom power for pro gear mics and 1/4 inch stereo outputs plus USB. Video. $199.97.  The Alesis MultiPort can record directly to your iPod, making it an incredibly convenient recording solution. No matter what you’re recording, you walk away with a track you can listen to anywhere!… While you can record to your…

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cool tech April 30, 2008 posted by

SEV Solar Roof Modules – solar roof retrofit your hybrid vehicle and drive on sunshine

You’ve gotta love this SEV Solar Roof Module which fits right onto a stock Toyota Prius roofline to provide 215 watts of energy to keep you driving electric eco style for 20 miles a day. No plugging in required, just a goodly amount of that old sunshine magic. The company has kits for other hybrid vehicles like the RAV 4 and Ford Escape, but the Prius is the one to beat really. The system works with a battery pack and…

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cool tech April 30, 2008 posted by

i-Bean – cool head mounted television screen takes the geek out of geek style

i-Bean Head Mounted Video System. Dude, if I hand over $385.00 or so, can I look as cool as the photos with this gear on my face? This ultra-lightweight head mount television displays a 21 inch screen as at 1 metre distance and weighs just 10g. The cool thing about it is the sucker mount, which means you can stick the unit on any eyewear you’ve got lying around, from RayBans to Auntie Maude’s finest readers. Oh and did we mention…

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hmm..interesting April 30, 2008 posted by

XPLite – Windows your way!

XPLite is a software utility which lets you tweak Windows XP to create the operating system you want. Remove components, strip out useless features and reduce your operating system footprint down to a pretty cool level. They’re talking about squeezing XP into around 300MB (down from gigabytes) which is pretty impressive. Bet it’s fast too. $39.95.  The latest developments in XPLite now see clean installations of Windows XP in under 350MB and Windows 2000 approaching less than 200 MB (excluding paging file)…

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iPoki – new GPS based social network is a voyeur’s delight

iPoki is either a work of genius or a disaster waiting to happen. Basically a community of GPS enabled people who’re willing to have their tracks monitored publicly is really quite…ah…interesting. The 7000 users currently seem to be enjoying it though, but apart from all the obvious stuff about stalking and the like, just what is valuable about letting the world watch you progress down the nearest commute route, complete with Twitters and gaily coloured markers? Beats us. It’s a…

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Gadgets April 29, 2008 posted by

Cost Controller Power Strip – measure and protect your power consumption as it happens

Cost Controller Power Strip. Easy to use surge protector, power strip and power usage meter all in one. Plug in your electrical stuff and scare yourself silly as you notice just how much that favourite gadget uses over time. You can also monitor the quality of your power to check if it’s pure or contaminated by washing up powder or insecticides. $99.99.  Large LCD display will count consumption and cost by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. Monitor your…

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Gadgets April 29, 2008 posted by

Throw Alarm Clock – satisfying thunk announces the break of a new day…

The Throw Alarm Clock gets our vote for the most satisfying use of technology this month. What better therapy can there be for a dreary cold wet Monday morning, than to sling your alarm clock at the nearest wall, safe in the knowledge that it’ll probably only last three days before expiring in a crunched up heap at the bottom of the far wall? £9.95 says you just don’t care.  These brilliant alarm clocks can only be turned off by…

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but is it art? April 29, 2008 posted by

Doggy Dream Homes – the ultimate dog house for your pampered pet

Doggy Dream Homes. Er…what is there to say about this? So we’re all for equal rights for our canine brothers and sisters, but when they start living in accommodation that’s better than our own, well that’s just not right, is it? Frilly chintz curtains, decorative ‘doggy doors’, air-conditioning? This is just not a good trend to start! Pretty soon they’ll start demanding their own mobile phone, then the use of the SUV at weekends, and it’ll all be over. You…

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Photo! 3D Album – free 3 dimensional photo album creator for your images

Photo! 3D Album. Let’s say you’re bored with traditional flat photo albums, 2 images to a page, click to see more. So download this free software package and create 3D albums in a variety of fascinating locations, like a church, a mill scene or even the Egyptian pyramids. I’m not sure that I ‘get’ it actually, but hey, there must be a congregation out there for which this will be honey dripping loveliness.  Photo! 3D Album gives you an exciting…

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75 Different Ways to Use your iPod – you’re just using it to listen to music? Phsaw…

75 Different Ways to Use your iPod. So you thought your iPod was just for listening to music eh? Well think no longer, just follow these simple tutorials and learn. Most intriguing, although possibly most suspect, is the video tutorial on how to turn your iPod into a Taser (or iTaser as it’s known). Strange brew.  If you’re thinking that all your iPod can do is play music, think again. With a little ingenuity and guidance, you can turn your iPod into just about…

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Presdo – cool new online meeting arranger

Presdo is a cute new service that provides a super simple and fast way of arranging a meeting or event with your buddies. Just enter in the desired event in natural English (e.g. dinner with Arnie, Brad, Bruce and Jack next Saturday) and the system will translate the date, and ask you to add email addresses of the proposed attendees to start the process rolling. The invites are then sent out with a suggested time and after that it’s a matter…

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huh..? April 29, 2008 posted by

59% of Los Angeles house sales are foreclosures? – huh?

According to this blog report 59% of Los Angeles houses for sale are foreclosures? 55% in Palo Alto? What the…? 217 comments. And the map above.  I completely understand why anyone (especially someone living in one of these areas) might have some doubt and a hard time swallowing it. With that said, we always encourage individuals who have a similar stance to physically go to their Recorder’s office and ask for all the data. We have even had some literally…

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cool tech April 28, 2008 posted by

Car Cassette MP3 Player – retro plastic gadget still plays on

Car Cassette MP3 Player. Civilisations come and go, land masses disappear but still the ancient technologies stay with us through all time. This audio cassette shaped MP3 player has been around for years, we first remember covering a model back in 1887, and here it is again…updated. The news is USB 2.0, SD card up to 2 GB, rechargeable Lithium battery and a 3.5mm earphone jack. $39.99.    This MP3 player is built into a standard cassette tape, letting you use…

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