Monthly Archives: April 2009

Gadgets April 30, 2009 posted by

PeeWee Toddler Laptop – the drop proof, water resistant computer for tiny tots

The PeeWee Laptop is a toughened, water resistant notebook computer which is designed for toddlers of 5 years and up. It comes with a cutesy vinyl cover, and a choice of customisation options like a Disney or Star Trek themed Windows XP installation. Technically it’s awright, with an Atom processor, 30GB disk, 1GB of RAM and WiFi. Unfortunately the company has no specification listed as to peanut butter and Jello resistance, so it’s definitely a purchase of faith if your little…

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Grossan HydroPulse Nasal Irrigator – the lean clean nose machine

The Grossan HydroPulse Nasal Irrigator shoots red hot…warm saline through your nasal cavities to flush out all the stuff which can cause problems like sinusitis and congestion. From here it all sounds a bit yeeeuw, but we’re probably just a bit over sensitive about hot liquids spurting out of orifices ever since we watched a Blackadder rerun during a tea break at work. Ruined a keyboard too. $149.95.  HydroPulse sends gentle pulses of warm saline through the nasal passages, helping flush…

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Gadgets April 30, 2009 posted by

Montegiro Lusso Turntable – the fanciest vinyl plattenspieler you’ll ever see

The Montegiro Lusso Turntable offers living proof that you can never make something too weird or expensive. The whole cone shaped ensemble is supposed to minimise any distortion from vibration and just happens to look pretty flash at the same time. Of course this sort of bizarreness costs, so you’ll need to dig deep behind the sofa cushions for the $31,000 or so. What, you want speakers too? Tsk.  Sonically, the lusso carries you into a perfect world of sound: Between precise, crystal- line highs and…

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Electronic Decision Maker Kit – make your own magic 8 ball

This Electronic Decision Maker Kit is perfect if you fancy creating your own personal magic oracle. Just pop it into a suitable Zoltar the Magnificent housing, and bingo you’ve got a real lifestyle assistant ready to help out whenever you’re in trouble. Who needs to flip a coin when you can make something cool instead? $6.95.  When a decision is simply too important to rationally analyze, let this handy gadget make the tough calls for you with a simple push of a button!…

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Game Booster – maximise your computer power by switching off unnecessary processes

Game Booster is an awesome free utility that switches off unnecessary Windows background processes and programs to provide maximum performance for game playing. As we all know Windows sucks…has a habit of loading up all sorts of unimportant stuff in the background, so the ability to shut them all down is really excellent, even for standard computing needs. Up till now it’s been impossible to do this easily and fast, but this program changes all that. You can also set up a…

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Minutes Please – control your web usage using the…ah…web

Minutes Please is a new service which lets you set up time limits on specific website addresses. Wanna cut down on your use of Reddit? Just enter in a URL like reddit.com, plus a time limit (say 3 hours) and the service will give a 1 minute warning and then shut off your enjoyment by closing the popup window or tab you’re viewing. Yes, yes it’s basic stuff, but for us weak willed time-wasters it could be a cool way to…

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Awesome April 30, 2009 posted by

Memolio – super stylish digital photo printing service

Memolio is a fantastic new twist on getting your digital photos printed. Simply upload 24 of your favourite digital photos and they’ll print them onto a swish, business card sized (103 mm x 62 mm), fan-out display album. Each page is double-sided and printed on white polyester which is waterproof, tear-proof even compliant with toy regulations so they should be tough and kid friendly. Making the album is easy and everything is browser-based. Just upload 24 photos (.jpg, .gif or…

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Memolio – super stylish digital photo printing service
Awesome April 30, 2009 posted by

Jarrad Woods – how to quit your job in style

Everyone dreams of quitting a horrible job in a blaze of glory, but most of us end up just slinking out the door. What do you do then if you want to quit, stay on good terms with your old boss and still go out in style? Well if you’re a software developer like Jarrad Woods , you code your resignation notice in a Mario brothers-esque game and sit back and reap the publicity. When Jarrad resigned from software developer…

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Jarrad Woods – how to quit your job in style
Awesome April 29, 2009 posted by

2008 TC3 – the surprise meteorite

Cast your mind back to the 7th of October, 2008. Anything special happen that day? Nope, me neither. Well as it happens, that was the day an asteroid became a meteorite and crashed to earth. So what, you say, meteorites hit the Earth all time. Well this one was a little different because astronomers knew it was going to hit us. The asteroid was called 2008 TC3, a 4 metre near-earth object that was first spotted by SpaceGuard orbiting just…

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2008 TC3 – the surprise meteorite
but is it art? April 29, 2009 posted by

Chase Jarvis – iPhone Photo Gallery

I’ve heard some people don’t like the iPhone camera, that it’s not very good, etc etc. Chase Jarvis is a photographer, he owns an iPhone and he takes lots of photos with it. His iPhone photos look all right. The best camera is the one that’s with you. As such, I take between 1 and 1000 iPhone images every day and share at least one online with the world via Twitter and Facebook. These images are uploaded directly from my…

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Chase Jarvis – iPhone Photo Gallery
Gadgets April 29, 2009 posted by

Metro Theft Proof Laptop Bag – rip slash grab fail

This Metro Theft Proof Laptop Bag offers maximum protection for your precious computer on the go. How? Well it features tamper proof zippers, super tough steel mesh anti slit side panels, a snatch resistant anchor lock and a slash proof shoulder strap should anyone try and detach bag from your shoulder in a crowded area. Of course what it won’t do is offer fear proof protection if said knife wielder asks politely for the bag while brandishing cutlery, but that’s probably outside…

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USB Network Server – print, FTP, NAS and BT server combo promises much file sharing love

It’s amazing what they can cram into a lump of plastic nowadays. This USB Network Server comes with one Ethernet and two USB ports and enough smarts to act as a full blown NAS, FTP, print and what we assume to be BitTorrent server all rolled into one. It’s multiuser compatible and also supports the sharing of card readers. Just about the only thing it won’t let you share is your coffee, but hey… $55.99.  Support Key-Recovery: Avoid the server to…

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Securephone – the super encrypted cell phone

The Securephone is a standard HTC P3470 mobile phone which has been custom fitted with encryption technology to military grade specification. Triple layer 256bit, triple cipher, layered encryption based on AES, Twofish and Serpent means your conversation is probably pretty private unless you’re bellowing into the thing on a train. Oh and it’s a quad band, Windows Mobile handset with a 2.0 megapixel camera. Golden. £1063.75.  The unique feature of this system is the virtually unbreakable coding that makes it almost impossible for…

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Wooden Gadgets from Russia – in Russia the gadgets carve you…

Apparently the Russians are very fond of wood, and often fashion it into all sorts of items. You may have heard about the wooden PCs, watches and peripherals by now, but this ghetto wooden phone charger is super fascinating. Hand cranking produces power for charging the handset, although it looks like it’s Nokia compatible only. Shame, ‘cause this would be a perfect match for the iPhone doncha think? Tags: gadget, russian+wooden+gadgets, retro

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Awesome April 29, 2009 posted by

Miro Adopt – adopt a line of code and help fund open source

Miro Adopt is a brilliant scheme to help fund one of the neatest open source projects around. Miro is an excellent free HD video player and TiVo type program grabber which will automatically download Internet video programming of your choice and store it on your hard disk for later viewing. Great for grabbing a whole series or must-have items like GeekBrief TV and TED Talks. It’s also BitTorrent friendly via LegalTorrent which makes it even more useful. Now the devs have…

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