Monthly Archives: March 2009

Bookmark This! March 24, 2009 posted by

34 Free First Person Shooter Games – more fun than you should be able to handle in one go

I just found this list of 34 free first person shooter games on Metafilter, and it is good. This type of game is not for everyone, but if you fancy a little over the top, graphically rich, adrenaline pumping action then you could have fun with some of these. For those with a more sensitive disposition, may I recommend the altogether more sedate World of Padman from this list? Enjoy! Tags: freeware, 34+first+person+shooter+games, computer+games

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Awesome March 24, 2009 posted by

Omgili Stream – awesome tool tracks real time Twitter and message board discussions

Omgili Stream is a simply awesome update to the super Omgili discussion search tool, which delivers real time live discussion from around the Internet on your choice of topic. Just enter in a search term, e.g. AIG bonuses, and up pops all the discussions currently happening on messages boards, Twitter and online forums relating to the search. The system updates itself automatically in real time, so you can literally have it sitting on your desktop feeding you information all day….

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Gadgets March 23, 2009 posted by

Primare SPA22 Amplifier – the world’s first upgradable hi-fi component?

This Primare SPA22 Amplifier is the first one we’ve seen that offers PC type upgrade functionality. The object is to let you upgrade the components as more, different, better, sweeter technologies come on to the market. The Swedish designers have come up with a clever plugin board option, which means you should be able to keep the amp much longer before consigning it to that great big scrap heap in the sky. Such flexibility costs, of course (but you knew that…

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Gadgets March 23, 2009 posted by

Soil Lamp – runs on mud, looks like art

The Soil Lamp runs on mud. Or rather it runs on copper and zinc in the mud. Just add water. Nice tech, lovely styling. Great idea.  Free and environmentally friendly energy forever and ever. The lamp runs on mud. The metabolism of biological life produces enough electricity to keep a LED lamp burning. The mud is enclosed in various cells. These cells contain copper and zinc that conduct the electricity. The more cells there are, the more electricity they generate….

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cool tech March 23, 2009 posted by

Pininfarina Bluecar – stylish electric vehicle from a boutique stable

The Pininfarina Bluecar is the first car in the world to have an iPhone as a remote control. The electric vehicle, which can travel 155 miles on a charge and has a top speed of 80 mph, will feature an iPhone remote control which can be used to check up on the battery charge remotely or ‘pre-heat the car’s electric drive system’ before you get in. Very flash. A full charge will take 6 hours from a standard power socket,…

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general March 23, 2009 posted by

116 Freeware Windows Tools – the ultimate tweak and customise set for your PC

This collection of 116 Freeware Windows Tools offers just about everything for the DIY Windows computer tweaking astronaut. Hide your taskbar, detach video out of webpages, fast external drive ejection…there’s a fabulous selection of utilities here just waiting to be gobbled up. Lovely lovely.  These freeware utilities are written in the AutoHotkey scripting language. Downloads are available both as pre-compiled .exe files or as .ahk scripts you can customize for your own use.

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hmm..interesting March 23, 2009 posted by

eRepublik – play a virtual world and escape from this one

eRepublik is an online virtual world game created in Ireland. Once you join up you’ll be able to topple governments, earn money, spend money, eat, laugh, chat and otherwise squander what little time you have left gazing at a screen instead of fighting for a better world outside in the sunshine. Makes perfect sense to us.  The game, called eRepublik, is set in a mirror world where players, referred to as citizens, join in local and national politics, set economic…

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Awesome March 23, 2009 posted by

Good Guide – excellent product search engine offers ethical results

The Good Guide is an ethical product search portal. The idea is you can search for ratings, information and discussion on products that interest you to see just how environmentally and socially aware they are. We’re not just talking a few facts here, but a comprehensive overview of the company that makes the product, it’s ecological, social and environmental standing and where you can buy. The amount of detail per product is very impressive, from the single page you will…

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Gadgets March 23, 2009 posted by

Spout Popper – gives that caulking gun the finish it’s always wanted

Caulking gun tips are painful. You’ve got to trim them at the right angle and you’ve got to stop them gunking up and drying out. Well the Spout Popper can take care of all that for you. For just $US4.99 the Spout Popper can cut the tips off 3 different sizes of caulking tips at the perfect 45 angle. It even has a built-in puncture tool for bar fights making small holes in the end of the caulking spout or…

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Spout Popper – gives that caulking gun the finish it’s always wanted
reprise March 22, 2009 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Red Ferret posts from the past week for those who missed them. Enjoy. Suima Auto Rocking Cradle – rockabye baby, on the power pot… – Suima Auto Rocking Cradle is a cot… Portable Nuclear Power Stations – from the WT…? Dept – You’re kidding right? The… DimDim – free open source web conferencing – DimDim is a new open source web… 16 Essential WordPress Plugins To Protect Your Blog From Hackers – Now listen up…

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Gadgets March 21, 2009 posted by

Mobile Visor – block nosy people from viewing your BlackBerry screen

The Mobile Visor clips on to your BlackBerry screen to stop nosy people from reading your oh so important private stuff. We’re kind of thinking that if they’re that keen to see what you’re doing, they’ll need a) a telescopic neck and b) a finely tuned set of eyeballs which can penetrate tiny oblique LCD screens at a distance. We’re not saying it can’t be done, mind you, just that it’s kind of unlikely without you noticing. Anyway, here’s a…

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Awesome March 20, 2009 posted by

Hands on with the Asus eeePC 1000HE – fabulous mini notebook marred by rip-off pricing

We got sent a sparkly new Asus EeePC 1000HE mini notebook computer to play with the other day and we’re very impressed in many ways and extremely disappointed in one. First the good news – this is the first laptop computer we’ve tried which actually delivers on the promise of a decent battery life without resorting to huge clunky add-on packs. When they say all day computing in the blurb, they mean it.

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Bizarre March 20, 2009 posted by

YouTube comments – apparently they mean something

If this Canadian movie poster (click to enlarge) spotted by The Daily Dairy can be believed then You Tube comments are now being used in movie promotions. What’s next, blog comments for product endorsements? We all know about YouTube comments, we’ve all seen the xkcd comic and what happened next. If this is true then that’s it for me, I mean why bother any more? Game over, good night, thanks again, toodaloo and don’t forget the lights on the way…

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YouTube comments – apparently they mean something
Bizarre March 20, 2009 posted by

Bicycle Built for 2000 – People imitating computers imitating art

Bicycle Built for 2000 is a recording that was created using 2088 different people’s voices assembled into a single song. Each person was asked to sing a small snippet of a song that they had just heard and submit it via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. The song snippet they were asked to replicated was actually a recording of a machine singing “Daisy Bell”, made in 1962 as the first example of musical speech synthesis. The final outcome is a cacophony of…

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Bicycle Built for 2000 – People imitating computers imitating art
diy March 20, 2009 posted by

Convert your halogen lamp into a power efficient LED model

Halogen lamps are nice and bright, but they do consume a lot of power. Here’s a quick DIY tutorial to help you convert one to a super eco-friendly LED version. You’ll need some basic electronic skills. Oh and make sure to use decent LED bulbs, not the cheapo fade fast variety.  How efficient is LED lighting? The LED array we are going to build for this project consumes about 2.5 watts it will run 400 hours on 1 kilowatt hour…

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