Monthly Archives: June 2009

Gadgets June 30, 2009 posted by

Universal Device Car Mount – too many things, not enough windshield…

I think it’s safe to say if you own one of these Universal Device Car Mount thingies, then you’ve probably got too many toys. Get rid of some. Sort your life out, you sad poppet. And that tiny sucker looks a bit feeble to me, so make sure your gadget insurance is up to date. You may also have trouble actually seeing out of the front glass once the thing is installed, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for street level…

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Gadgets June 30, 2009 posted by

Skype Travel Mouse – click, scroll and chat

There’s only one thing better than a Skype Mouse and that’s a Skype Travel Mouse. This 800dpi USB mouse is also a VoIP slide-action handset with an LCD screen and keypad. It has a built-in mic and speaker with volume control so you can use it as a speaker phone or it can belt out your tunes when you’re not yakking. Don’t worry, you’ll only look slightly dorky talking into you mouse. AU$49.24. This Skype Travel Mouse can not only…

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Skype Travel Mouse – click, scroll and chat
Gadgets June 30, 2009 posted by

iPlayer – hardware video decoder for the Nintendo DS

The iPlayer is a media player cartridge for the Nintendo DS, DSi and DS Lite. Instead of having to recode your video in order for the DS to play it, the iPlayer has an onboard video decoder chip that does all the work for you. It can play pretty much any format including; avi, mov, RealPlayer, wmv, DivX, Flash, 3GP, asf and mpeg. It will play anything up to 640480 reliably, higher resolutions may cause choppiness. It can also play…

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iPlayer – hardware video decoder for the Nintendo DS
Gadgets June 30, 2009 posted by

Heavy Metal Nut Cracker – minimalist nut cracker

Somewhere in the dim, dark past an ancestor of someone’s picked up a rock and smashed open a walnut. Now you can relive that historical moment with the Heavy Metal Nutcracker. It’s powered by gravity so if the batteries go flat you’ve got other issues, the ball is in a cage so you won’t lose it, it looks good sitting on a desk and won’t get tangled like Newton’s Cradle. Bargain, 34.99. A design deliberately kept simple and very tactile…

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Heavy Metal Nut Cracker – minimalist nut cracker
Free Software June 30, 2009 posted by

Bit.ly Creator – Firefox plugin lets you shorten long URLs with smarts

Bit.ly Creator is a neat Firefox plugin that lets you quickly turn a long page URL into a short one, just by clicking on an icon on your Firefox menu bar. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to link the shortened URL to your bit.ly account dashboard so you can’t track link use once created, which sort of defeats the purpose of the whole exercise. Nevertheless it’s a pretty cool add-on.  This add-on gives you easy access to the http://bit.ly/ URL shortening service…

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Bookmark This! June 30, 2009 posted by

7 Types of Amazing Invisible Ink – and how to use them…

Yo secret freaks. Here’s 7 Types of Amazing Invisible Ink for your delectation. With instructions for use. Vinegar and red cabbage? Really? Outstanding.  Hundreds of liquids, from fruit juices to specially formulated chemicals, can be used as invisible ink. Here we explore six [sic] of the most interesting and accessible types. We hope you’ll be inspired to make your own invisible ink at home. With a bit of practice, you too can become a master of steganography (which is the…

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Bookmark This! June 30, 2009 posted by

US Debt Clock – don’t look!

Don’t look at this US Debt Clock. No really. OK, so we warned you, it’s your brain. [Via]  The purpose of US Debt Clock.org is to inform the public of the financial condition of the United States of America. We are dedicated to bringing the public the most accurate up to date debt information possible. Tags: us+debt+clock, online+application, credit+crunch

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Gadgets June 29, 2009 posted by

Cool Drive U360 – connects two computers via USB

This little guy is the Cool Drive U360 and it allows two computers to connect via USB and the mini USB port. The flash drive comes pre-installed with software that allows both computers to browse the other’s shared drives and also allows for synchronisation of certain folders and even Outlook data. It comes in a range of sizes from 4Gb to 16Gb and claims a transfer speed of 21Mb/sec. The Cool Drive works with everything from Windows ME to Vista…

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Cool Drive U360 – connects two computers via USB
Bookmark This! June 29, 2009 posted by

iSysCleaner – optimize Windows for free

iSysCleaner is a free Windows optimization program that cleans up unwanted files, cookies, junk files and little orphan files which feel lost and unloved. In other words it removes all the accumulated trash which slows down your machine and makes computing such a drag.  iSysCleaner is a freeware system optimization tool. It removes all unused files from your system with few clicks and faster – freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such…

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Gadgets June 29, 2009 posted by

Globalsat GH-625 – waterproof GPS watch

The Globalsat GH-625, is a fully sealed, waterproof watch and GPS. The GPS uses the excellent SiRF Star III chipset which should provide a good signal as this thing bounces around on your wrist. The firmware can track 20 satellites, store 100 waypoints, it includes a “breadcrumb” style waypoint-based route tracker and can export data for use on Google Earth. It has a backlit LCD, the battery lasts about 21 hours with just the GPS on, and unlike you it…

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Globalsat GH-625 – waterproof GPS watch
Gadgets June 29, 2009 posted by

Cooler Master SNA95 – slim universal laptop power

The Cooler Master SNA95 is a 95W universal laptop power supply. It can run on anything from 100V to 240V and comes equipped with 9 different tips. The makers claim it fits approximately 90% of the world’s laptops and it even has a USB port so you can charge USB gadgets without nicking precious ports on your laptop. It comes with an H shaped cable reel that also gets the power supply up off the bench to improve cooling. Prices…

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Cooler Master SNA95 – slim universal laptop power
Gadgets June 29, 2009 posted by

TIE Fighter Playhouse – pew pew

  Now your kids can relive the struggle against the tyranny of the Dark Side with this TIE Fighter Playhouse. It has 2 tunnels and room for 3 photoshopped kids. 44.99 from play.com. A wonderful soft play area that will really make you feel like you’re riding in a tie fighter! [Via Nerd Approved] Tags: tie+fighter+play+house, star+wars+toys

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TIE Fighter Playhouse – pew pew
Gadgets June 29, 2009 posted by

GeoSIM – free roaming global GSM SIM card

The GeoSIM is a global SIM card that you can use almost anywhere in the world. It works in over 100 countries and while call rates vary the prices don’t seem too exorbitant and in some countries you can even receive calls and text messages for free. The GeoSIM card works slightly differently to your ordinary SIM, when you ring someone, you wait a few seconds and then your phone will ring and the call will start. You will need…

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GeoSIM – free roaming global GSM SIM card
reprise June 28, 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. Solar Birdhouse – make a glowing birdhouse in your soul – Now you can really annoy your… Xtreme Sports ID – a dog tag for extreme sports people – Xtreme Sports ID is a medic-alert… Maxto – Maximise your monitor space – Maxto is a tiny little program… Solar ChumAlong – solar cell sun tracker for your mobile gadget needs – If…

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Bookmark This! June 27, 2009 posted by

Lovely Charts – generate fantastic charts in a snap

Lovely Charts is an online diagram generator. Whether you need to generate network diagrams, organisational charts, flow charts or a website map, Lovely Charts will have something you need. It’s free for basic use and you can export your charts as .jpg or .png files. The drawing interface is drag-and-drop so it’s super easy to use and any chart you make in Lovely Charts is protected by your login and password and can only be seen by you. If you…

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Lovely Charts – generate fantastic charts in a snap
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