Monthly Archives: August 2009

Free Software August 21, 2009 posted by

Benubird PDF – personal document manager

Document management tools are usually over-engineered for home use. Personal users rarely need all the bells and whistles but they still need something more than just desktop search when they want to organise their files. Something along the lines of MediaMonkey or Picasa, that will just find all those documents and other files wherever they’re stored and give you a simple place to search, filter, tag, or modify properties. Well Benubird PDF does just that – just point it at…

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Gadgets August 21, 2009 posted by

Chill Mat – cos Apples were meant to be cool

Targus have gone to town with a range of Made for Mac products including this Chill Mat for Mac laptop cooler. The Mat fits any Macbook up to 17″, is equally at home on your desk or your lap and it’s powered via USB with an on/off switch. The computer sits on an angled soft mesh so it’s easier to use and a pair of quiet fans will keep you cool. US$49.99 The Targus Chill Mat for Mac is designed…

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Gadgets August 21, 2009 posted by

Pink World Travel Adapter – perfect pink power

If you’ve got to travel, you may as well do it in style. This Pink World Travel Adapter gives you Europe, US and Australia-New Zealand power as well as a USB port for those hard-to-charge gadgets. And it all comes in a little pink travel bag. 14.99 This handy Travel Adapter also includes a USB connector that is perfect for those USB powered gadgets, such as mp3 players and cell phones. Tags: gadget, pink+world+travel+adapter, power+adapter, travel+adapter

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Gadgets August 20, 2009 posted by

Varta Digital USB Charger – multi talented battery charger

We love multi-talented gadgets here at the Ferret and the Varta Digital USB Charger gives your rechargeable life a whole range of options. For starters it’s an ordinary plug-in battery charger that can charge 1-4 AA or AAA batteries via AC power each with an individual charging channel. It also comes with a 12 V car adapter so you can charge your batteries via the car cigarette lighter for ultimate mobility. The USB bit is where the Varta comes into…

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Gadgets August 20, 2009 posted by

ChefStack Pancake Maker – hmm…tasty…and oh so healthy right?

The ChefStack Pancake Maker is a work of wonder indeed, delivering as it does up to 200 fat free pancakes an hour from it’s conveniently positioned orifice. Just plug the special batter mix into the slot, dial up your pancake size and press the go button. Hey, suddenly your kitchen is an i-Hop. Priced at $3500.00 with a free lifetime subscription to Heart Attack Monthly magazine.  ChefStack offers convenience stores, schools, hospitals and coffee shops the ability to quickly produce fresh,…

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Gadgets August 20, 2009 posted by

Drinkwell 360 Water Fountain for Pets – give the little critters some fresh water

The Drinkwell 360 Water Fountain for Pets does have me a little perturbed. Should we be this focused on giving our animals carbon filtered, free falling water luxury, when we’re in a world where around 10 million children a year die from causes linked to unsafe water? Not trying to be judgemental here, just asking the question peeps. $58.49.  The kit includes five interchangeable spout heads in the center that let you customize the flow, from one stream of water up to…

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cool tech August 20, 2009 posted by

Pixorial – Archive your youth

I’ll hazard a guess that just about everyone has boxes of old non-digital movies or video lying about the place. Film of backyard barbecues, or you and your siblings fighting over ice creams in front of historical landmarks. All safely locked away on Super8 or VHS. The only real way to preserve this old footage is to get it converted to digital and the best way to share it is to stick it on YouTube or Facebook. But that’s all…

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Bookmark This! August 20, 2009 posted by

RM to MP3 Converter – freeware converts Real Media streams to MP3 files

RM to MP3 Converter is a little freeware utility to convert .rm and .rmvb audio and video streams from the Real Networks format into MP3 files you can play on standard players. Very useful for recording/storing material to take with you to play in the car or commuter train or while out jogging etc.  Free RM to MP3 Converter can convert Real Media files to MP3 files which can be played in MP3 Players. All Real Media formats (*.rm, *.ra, *.rmvb) are supported….

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Gadgets August 20, 2009 posted by

USB Greenhouse – plug in your green thumb drive

We really must be running out of things to USBitize by now. This USB Greenhouse not only draws power from your USB port to power the sunlamp, it also communicates with the Greenhouse to keep your plants in tip top condition. The Greenhouse comes with soil, marigold seeds, PC interface and plant management software. 29.99. Introducing the USB Greenhouse, which, as the name suggests, relies on the wonders of the Universal Serial Bus to turn you into the next presenter…

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Gadgets August 20, 2009 posted by

Spink – don’t cry over spilt latte

It’s about time someone invented a better cup holder, the automatic retracting one on my PC has just about had it. Spink is a cup holder that fits mugs, takeaway paper cups, bottles or glasses with ease, and what’s more it sticks to your desk with a big ol’ lever powered suction cup so if you bump your cup accidentally you don’t end up with a coffee-soaked keyboard. This is bound to make IT gurus around the world happy and…

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Gadgets August 19, 2009 posted by

Casio CW-E60 – Disc Title Printer

The Casio CW-E60 Disc Title Printer is a USB disc labeller. It uses a thermal printhead and ribbon and can print 200 dpi at 8mm per second. You can change colours by inserting a different coloured print ribbon. I assume you pass the CD through twice to print top and bottom. It comes with layout software, AC adapter, USB cable and a CD-R for testing! Just make sure you put the disc in the right way. US$60 and it doesn’t…

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Gadgets August 19, 2009 posted by

Prober Karlitz Video Recorder Eyewear – your own personal CCTV system

Why do I have this sneaking suspicion that one day we’ll all be walking around with something like these Prober Karlitz Video Recorder Glasses perched on our noses? Recording everything, missing nothing. One tiny step away from augmented reality feeds, Whuffie, Hero Protagonist complexes and a giant dose of scary Cyberdyne-ness. Nah…it’s OK, the batteries will run out long before the robots take over the world. We’re safe. For now. $79.00 for a sample.  Quality Polaroid Lens from brand makers….

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Bookmark This! August 19, 2009 posted by

Snailmailr – send letters from your browser

Snailmailr lets you send snail mail letters from your browser. Just fill in the addresses and get to work on the body of the letter. The rich text editor allows images, different fonts and sizes and the usual basic formatting. The letters are printed on recycled paper, stuffed into recycled envelopes and printed in full glossy colour on nice printers. It costs US$1 for up to four pages (but there’s no limit on the number of pages, you just pay…

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announcement August 19, 2009 posted by

Compile A Virus – Trojans in Software Environments

I’ve been trialing Tidy Favorites, a visual bookmark application, for the last week or two. Things were going well until this morning when I had a pop up from my Trend Micro Anti Virus warning me about Troj_Induc.A being found in my Tidy Favorites executable file. Odd but no worries, I’ve had false positives before and a quick check of the Tidy Favorites FAQs and yes, they mention that some aspects of Tidy Favorites can be detected as false positives…

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Gadgets August 19, 2009 posted by

UbiSurfer – GPRS enabled netbook provides budget level go anywhere Internet

The new UbiSurfer is a 7 inch screen netbook computer with a ho-hum spec, Linux operating system, WiFi and 1GB of flash memory storage. The kicker is it also comes with an embedded dual band SIM card which supplies a totally useful 12 month’s worth of GPRS Internet connection included in the purchase price. Go anywhere Internet eh? Sounds good. Now anyone who’s every tried to do anything reasonable on a GPRS connection will tell you just how much it sucks, but…

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