Monthly Archives: August 2009

Gadgets August 27, 2009 posted by

Wow Pen Joy – feel good mousing

The Wow Pen Joy is a 5 button ergonomic USB mouse. It has a half-vertical design that reduces the pronation of the wrist and forearm, and helps with repetitive injuries. The Joy has an 800 dpi sensor and works with all Windows from 98 onwards, OS X and Linux. Currently $US26 from Amazon. The WOW-PEN ECO’s unique ergonomic design helps eliminate carpal tunnel stain. The WOW-PEN’s sleek and modern shape is the result of lengthy study and research by the…

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Gadgets August 27, 2009 posted by

Laptop Surge Protector – portable power protection

This tiny Laptop Surge Protector should protect your laptop when the nasty voltage spikes come-a-knocking. It works with figure 8 style laptop plugs and goes between the mains outlet and the transformer. The light indicates the protector is working and goes out when the surge protector dies. You can also buy the Laptop Surge Protection 3 Prong version. They’re both US$9.95 Tiny ElectraShields protect your laptop computer and other sensitive electronics that use C6 and C8 power cords from the…

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Free Software August 27, 2009 posted by

OfficeTab – Sort of like Firefox for Office

Everyone appreciates the value of a tabbed interface these days. Of course we mostly appreciate it from within a web browser but there are some people who think that all our applications might benefit from tabs. Like, for example, MS Office. Cue OfficeTab a nifty bit of freeware that adds tabs to MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word so you can easily see and switch between files. [Click to enlarge] A standard-edition context menu on the tab bar lets you save,…

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Free Software August 27, 2009 posted by

SuperCopier – leaves Windows copy behind

SuperCopier is a free Windows copy replacement utility that allows you to manage a large or complex copy thread, file-by-file including pausing and resuming a copy process, and removing files partway through. Unlike the Windows native copy function, SuperCopier will check for free space before you start copying, then show you the progress of the copy in human time, rather than Windows Time. Not only that, but if you change your mind about what files you want included, partway through…

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Gadgets August 27, 2009 posted by

Dunk Mug – tea and bikkies in one mug

The Dunk Mug is a half circle mug with a slot for your bikkies, freeing up your other hand. So then what do you do with your free hand? Well I’d carry another mug to make up for the smallish Dunk Mug. 13.99 from Mocha UK. The Mocha Dunk Mug is the ideal cup for you if you like a couple of biscuits with your tea or coffee. With the original, dual purpose dunking mug there’s no need to juggle…

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Gadgets August 26, 2009 posted by

F1 Showcar – now that’s what you call a racing simulator

The F1 Showcar racing simulator comes with everything you’ll need to impress the neighbours and annoy the wife. A full sized Formula One racing car shell? Check. A noisy pneumatic motion platform? Check. 19 inch LCD screen and garish commercial decals? Check. Price tag of $44,990.00? (there goes the vacation to Spain). Check. The only thing not included is the divorce lawyer fees. [Via]  Specification • 2009 full size F1Showcar chassis • Painting and design according to your request •…

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Gadgets August 26, 2009 posted by

Max Event Spectacles – grab those ringside seats from the balcony

These Max Event Spectacles are rather mysterious. We’re trying to work out how a pair of 2x magnification glasses can possibly make you feel more engrossed in the game on pitch. But then again, our idea of a sporting day out is a trip to the fridge, so we’d probably better shut up. £79.95.  Get up close and personal withour Max Event Spectacles! Get twice as close to the football or cricket pitch, the race course or concert and theatre…

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Free Software August 26, 2009 posted by

Caps-Run – control which programs run on Windows boot up

Caps-Run is a neat little Windows freeware prog that lets you define which programs you want to run when Windows starts up. The utility is configured by setting groups of programs to run when the capslock key is on or off, so you can create a customised set of programs to run (or not run) when you want to, for example, play a game. Nice little tool. Tags: freeware, caps+run, windows

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Gadgets August 26, 2009 posted by

Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier – wet air on the go

If you travel to one of those bizarre places that actually needs the air to be more humid then have a look at the Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier. Just stick a plastic bottle of water in one end and the ultrasonic humidity maker will create a soothing, cool mist out the other. It comes with travel plugs for North American and European power points and it will automatically switch off when it’s empty. It’s light weight and super quiet (25dBA) so…

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Gadgets August 26, 2009 posted by

Talking Teaching Alarm Clock – Alarm Clock that teaches kids to tell time

The Talking Teaching Alarm Clock is a cute way to help kids learn to tell time. A female voice asks “What time is it”, the kids press a button and the clock answers. It speaks and displays the right time digitally. Preprogrammed with five levels of difficulty, you can times enter time manually to customize lessons. Or set the clock face to turn green at a specific time in the morning, signaling your child it’s okay to start the day!…

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Gadgets August 26, 2009 posted by

Star Wars 5 in 1 Plug n Play TV Game

This Star Wars 5-in-1 Plug n Play TV Game gives you 5 games based on Episodes 1,2 and 3 of Star Wars (Amazon and its reviewers differ on this point). There’s Coruscsant Attack, Droid Invasion, Grievous Onslaught, Gunship Battle and Utapau Attack to keep you interested and stave off boredom. The Millennium Falcon controller needs 4 AA batteries and it plugs straight into the AV RCA ports on your telly. US$34.99 from Amazon. Simply plug it into your TV, and…

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Bizarre August 26, 2009 posted by

Shredder Scissors – you don’t want to run with these

These Shredder Scissors will fight off the identity theft monsters and protect you from evil doers everywhere. How? By turning your precious correspondence into bird cage lining. What’s more, if you cut up your old bank statements in one direction, then rotate them 90 and cut them up again, you’ve got a cross-cut shredder. You usually have to pay extra for them. Not sure how these would go against credit cards though. US$18.95 Protect yourself against identity theft with these…

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Gadgets August 25, 2009 posted by

AirPro Cordless Air Compressor – pump it up, Billy

This AirPro Cordless Air Compressor looks the part all right, what with that nice chunky battery block on the base and the matt black plasto finish. And look, Ma, you get twin LED work lights to make it easy to see the nail sticking out of the tyre in the dark. Marvellous. $69.95.  The AirPro rechargeable compressor works to keep you riding on air with minimal effort on your part! The AirPro cordless air compressor offers a powerful 120 psi. With a…

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Gadgets August 25, 2009 posted by

Tiny USB Helicopter – hours of rechargeable fun

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a helicopter with a USB port but this Tiny USB Helicopter from Brando is pretty darn cute. With twin LEDs for night missions and gyroscopes for stable flight it should get where it’s going and get back safely. It’s controlled via an infrared controller which can also recharge the helicopter, however the controller needs six AA batteries. It also looks like it comes with spare blades and tail rotors. There’s also a range…

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Gadgets August 25, 2009 posted by

Electronic Word Processing Typewriter – retro tech lives!

This Electronic Word Processing Typewriter has restored our faith in the world. All is well, and the robots are not about to consume our babies. Yes, there is still a place for a clunky, tiny LCD screened word generator contraption. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll be alive to see the return of the typing pool. Hooray for progress. £179.95.  Far less expensive than a laptop and far easier to use, this portable machine is ideal for writing letters, journals and…

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