Monthly Archives: November 2008

Gadgets November 19, 2008 posted by

Zapi UV Toothbrush Sanitizer – now with super new ultra improved blinking light

The Zapi UV Toothbrush Sanitizer is undeniably cute. It wobbles too. And rocks and bobs. Oh and the UV bulb does nasty things to germs, so keeping your brush fresh as a daisy. You can get it in a number of different colours and it costs around $29.99.  Zapi rocks! It bobs and wobbles – and kills up to 99.9% of germs on your toothbrush in style. Germs like like E. coli, staphylococcus and strep. In just minutes Zapi eliminates germs and bacteria…

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Beat My Price – new price haggling service batters sellers into extinction

Beat My Price is a new price haggling service. Find the best price for something online, visit this site, enter the details and you’ll be notified if someone has found it cheaper. Is this the future of retailing? Are we all destined to sink into the stench filled pit of price cutting hell? Will service dissolve in the acid bath of recessionary pressures? Say it ain’t so, Marge. Tags: beat+my+price, price+comparison, online+application

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Free Software November 19, 2008 posted by

Karen’s Alarm Clock – turn your laptop into a $10.00 alarm clock

Karen’s Alarm Clock is basic, yes, utilitarian almost. But look closer and you’ll see that it is a pretty useful tool. For a start you can set up five different alarm times, with a choice of audio file alarm or even a cd track. And look at the large pretty green numerals. Wonderful.  Turn your $2,000 computer into a $20 alarm clock! Set up to five different alarm times. Wake up to a beep, any wave or MIDI file, even…

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Fun & Games November 18, 2008 posted by

USB Fairy Lights – add a little twinkle to your cubicle.

Just in time for [insert holiday here], these USB fairy lights will liven up any drudge-filled corner of meatspace. They’re 183mm long, don’t require drivers and work on PC or Mac, and I’d be willing to bet they’d work on Linux too. How much more class could you want for 6.99? Brighten up your day and show off in the office with these cool USB Fairy Lights. We all get bored sitting in a dark office with nothing but the…

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USB Fairy Lights – add a little twinkle to your cubicle.
Gadgets November 18, 2008 posted by

X2VGA2 – turns component video into VGA

The X2VGA2 is a video transcoding device that allows you to use your Xbox, Wii or PS2/3 with a computer monitor but retain the high definition video signal. It’s designed for use with game consoles that use the standard video component output which it transcodes, outputting 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p equivalent resolutions for use on a computer monitor via a VGA connector. You can connect 2 video consoles at once and it has a VGA pass-through so you can…

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X2VGA2 – turns component video into VGA
Gadgets November 18, 2008 posted by

Solar LED Lamp & Torch – combo unit spills light in different ways

This Solar LED Lamp & Torch combines a solar powered handheld flashlight with a standalone LED desk lamp. The idea is you carry the small unit around when you’re patrolling the cell blocks, and plug it in to power the desk lamp when you get back to your squalid, roach infested office with the single rickety chair and overflowing ashtray. Or something. $15.99.   12 LEDs Lamp # 6 LEDs Torch # Solar Powered # Saved energy and safe #…

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cool tech November 18, 2008 posted by

Tread – gadget cases made from recycled road tyres

  Tread make gadget bags from recycled car tyres. In Columbia. That makes them a force for good all right. I may spit in annoyance at their beautiful but hugely annoying Flash web site, but I applaud their vision. Cell phone, MP3 player and camera bags, as well as laptop cases. And surprisingly enough it looks quite stylish. Variously priced (the Sportster in the pic is $29.95). Tags: tread, gadget, bags+and+cases, recycled, tyres

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Process Lasso – fire and forget computer system balancing

Process Lasso is a neat little freeware utility that improves your computer’s responsiveness during peak load situations. If you’ve ever sat there twiddling your thumbs while the machine grinds to a halt trying to cope with a single heavyweight task (like rendering), then you’ll recognise the problem. Oh, and it works. I’ve just tried it in Thunderbird, doing a search in a massive folder – which normally crunches everything to a halt – and my laptop has kept its cool. Nice one,…

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Bookmark This! November 18, 2008 posted by

Now – total data immersion Web 2.0 style

Heh, I really like the Now page. It’s stupidly engrossing. Or maybe it’s just that I feel stupid for wasting my time on this kind of trivia. Where else could you find out there are 1600 tons of eggs being produced or there’s two people currently stuck in elevators? Weird, fascinating and totally ridiculous. I’m hooked. Tags: now, data+page, web+2.0

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Gadgets November 17, 2008 posted by

DanBall Finger Massaging Robot – good health through fine cuticles?

The DanBall Finger Massaging Robot will apparently restore good health by massaging the tips of your fingers. You also get an infrared fingernail treatment, a ‘soothing melody’ and relaxing light show thrown in for good measure. One minute, twice a day. Of course, you may need to de-stress a bit after handing over $1,950.00. Video.  Simply slip your fingers into the provided holes and the Danball automatically switches on for a one minute intensive massaging session…Shiatsu massage is designed to…

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Gadgets November 17, 2008 posted by

3G Clip Antenna – boost the signal on your 3G dongle or your static crackle back

This 3G Clip Antenna promises to improve the reception of your 3G cellular mobile broadband signal. You can either clip it to your laptop screen, or use the desk stand if you’re back in the office. I haven’t managed to test one of these things out yet, so I’ve got no idea whether they work as advertised. Or even if they work better than hanging the dongle out of the window on a long USB cable. So caveat emptor. £19.95….

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Gadgets November 17, 2008 posted by

Universal Timer – high speed photography for the masses

High speed photography used to be the domain of the super geeky or nuclear scientists but with the rise of cheap and very good digital SLRs, anyone can give it a go. To assist you there is the Universal Timer, a 3-in-1 high speed photography timer with a bevy of tricks up its sleeve. You can use the Universal Timer to remotely control either flash guns or a camera shutter, or both. Once a triggering signal is received, the timer…

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Universal Timer – high speed photography for the masses
Free Software November 17, 2008 posted by

Free PC Audit – grab more info than you need to know about your computer

Free PC Audit is an information tool that grabs details of everything about your computer, from the hardware components through to the installed software versions. It even offers up a list of processes that are running. It’s the kind of tool that could be invaluable if you’re trying to hunt down a driver or errant component replacement. Definitely one for the toolbox.  Free PC Audit is a freeware system, hardware and software information tool. It extracts details of all components…

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Write or Die – keep writing or suffer the consequences

Write or Die is an absolutely brilliant online application which is designed to help writers reach their deadlines, no fuss no muss. It basically combines a targeted timer and word count editor with a set of predetermined penalties for non compliance. You need to write 500 words in a morning for that deadline? Enter in the figures, and click Write. The application opens up an editing box and as long as you continue writing, no problem. Sit back for any time though,…

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hmm..interesting November 15, 2008 posted by

The Geek Scooter – the ultimate pimped out geek-boy ride

This Geek Scooter gets this month’s award for the most tech you can cram onto two wheels. We’re looking at a rolling Skype calling, GPS toting, 1GHz pulling, wifi, Bluetooth, webcam, TV PVR enabled nonsense of a machine. I mean, c’mon, who needs 3 mile wireless networking access on a scooter? Really? And did we mention the electric guitar port? Sheesh!  A year ago we had the opportunity to produce a promotional product for one of our clients using a new…

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