Monthly Archives: April 2011

Free Software April 22, 2011 posted by

Free DJ software doesn’t skimp on the features

If you’re an aspiring DJ, you know that having the right software is essential to creating great mixes. Such programs can be a bit on the expensive side, but if you know where to look, you can find one for free. I’m talking about Mixxx, the free, open-source DJ software that doesn’t slack on the features. Mixxx works with most MIDI DJ controllers and supports a wide variety of audio files and API’s. It has some pretty cool features, such…

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Free DJ software doesn’t skimp on the features
Free Software April 22, 2011 posted by

Use the free Microsoft Safety Scanner to clean off Viruses and Malware

Being one of the few tech-savvy people in my family, I’m usually the go-to person when someone has comptuer issues. One of the most common things I have to deal with is a PC full of malware. Despite my insistance on using software that will prevent such things, I rarely find that they’ve listened. That’s why I keep a USB drive with different tools on it. One that I’ve just recently added is the Microsoft Safety Scanner. I already use…

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Use the free Microsoft Safety Scanner to clean off Viruses and Malware
but is it art? April 22, 2011 posted by

Mood Light Bulbs add some artistic flair to your room

Are you an artistic person that needs to be in a place surrounded by creativity? Or perhaps you just hate sitting in a room with boring white walls all of the time. Either way, you’ll probably enjoy the strange lighting effects given off by these Mood Light Bulbs. As one might suspect, these bulbs aren’t meant to be your primary source of light. These 25-watt lights are better suited for those times when you want to relax, or tap into…

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Mood Light Bulbs add some artistic flair to your room
Awesome April 22, 2011 posted by

Parrot AR Drone is the ultimate flying toy

Remote controlled helicopters and planes are nothing new. You can find such things in most toy isles, and most don’t have any features to really set them apart from the rest. However, this AR Drone from Parrot is anything but plain and boring. It might look a little strange with its four sets of blades, but this is one of those cases where it’s what’s on the inside that counts. First, you’re not going to find a remote with this…

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Parrot AR Drone is the ultimate flying toy
Free Software April 22, 2011 posted by

Encrypt your Dropbox files using TrueCrypt

As we pointed out yesterday, one of the most important things you can do on your computer is to run regular backups. The guide we linked to was great for the novice wanting to learn the ins and outs of backups. However, if you’re wanting to do something a little more advanced, like encrypting your files before syncing them with a cloud-hosted backup service, then we know just the thing. Dropbox is one of my favorite online backup solutions, mostly…

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Encrypt your Dropbox files using TrueCrypt
but is it art? April 22, 2011 posted by

Joe – the coolest bookshelf in the world

Joe has got to be the coolest bookshelf ever. He’ll hold books and knick-knacks on all sides, and scare the bits out of any stop-over visitors trying to sneak into the kitchen for a midnight snack. Unfortunately, just like a real bear, he’ll require a lot of green vegetation in order to survive. Around £3795.00 of the little bits in fact.  Joe designed by Ibride is Bear shaped bookshelf. Can hold books on all sides. Very sculptural piece to make a statement…

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Awesome April 22, 2011 posted by

Metatogger – superb freeware tags your music tracks automatically

Metatogger is a brilliant freeware program which automagically identifies and tags your music tracks in a variety of formats including OGG and MP3. We all have tracks which we’ve ripped or copied over clumsily without proper tags, and they’re a right pain when it comes to playing on phones or MP3 players because the player can’t identify the genre, name etc. Well now that problem is solved. Metatogger is incredibly efficient at identifying tracks, either via the MusicBrainz database, or…

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but is it art? April 22, 2011 posted by

35mm USB Flash Drives won’t need to be developed before you can see your pictures

USB flash drives come in all shapes and sizes these days. They more or less boil down to the same components, just with some sort of fancy casing on the outside. However, life would be boring if we didn’t have the ability to select just what we wanted our gadgets to look like. Some of my favorite ones aren’t products that you can buy at your local electronics store. Rather, they’re the ones crafted by people with good ideas. These…

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35mm USB Flash Drives won’t need to be developed before you can see your pictures
Awesome April 21, 2011 posted by

Use thermal compound to make your gloves touchscreen-friendly

Since winter has come and gone, we like to forget about the cold weather as much as we can. However, it’s still there, lurking in the back of our minds. And really, it’s never too early to start preparing. Here’s one tip for everyone that owns a touchscreen phone. We’ve all seen special gloves that you can purchase, which will allow you to use your phone while wearing them. However, when cold weather hits, you can’t really order a pair…

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Use thermal compound to make your gloves touchscreen-friendly
Fun & Games April 21, 2011 posted by

Robotic Arm Kit won’t turn you into a cyborg, unfortunately

Robots are the sort of thing that you either love or hate. Generally the only reason for the latter is your fear that they will one day rise up and destroy the entire human race. That, or you’re Han Solo. For the rest of us that embrace our robot overlords, there are a lot of fun toys and gadgets to be had. Take for instance this Robotic Arm Kit. I’m not sure where this kind of stuff was when I…

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Robotic Arm Kit won’t turn you into a cyborg, unfortunately
Awesome April 21, 2011 posted by

Stuff Happens Everything you wanted to know about backing up your computer

While working as an IT professional, the words I hated hearing most were I don’t have a backup. They were usually followed by saddened face asking if I’d be able to recover their precious files. Sure, I was able to recover some or all of the data in a lot of cases, but a good old fashioned hard drive failure is something one can’t compete with. There are companies that specialize in recovering files from hard drive platters, but they…

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Stuff Happens  Everything you wanted to know about backing up your computer
Gadgets April 21, 2011 posted by

Spy Pro watch won’t have its secrets easily revealed

Spy gadgets are always fun, especially when they look and function just like ordinary devices that you can carry on your person at all times. One of the most common, and useful such gadgets is the spy camera. Unfortunately, most people that make them seem to believe that people won’t notice that the device has an obvious hole for the camera, or is oversized for what it is. Well this Spy Pro watch doesn’t have either of those faults. Cleverly…

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Spy Pro watch won’t have its secrets easily revealed
Awesome April 21, 2011 posted by

Convert your wireless mouse to run off a cell phone battery

It’s funny how advances in technology that make our lives easier always seem to come with their own annoyances. Take, for instance, the wireless mouse. While it’s great to be rid of the cable going to your computer, I hate having to change out the batteries. Mostly because they only seem to die when I’m trying to do something really important (or I’m in the middle of a game that I can’t pause). Well if you really want to make…

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Convert your wireless mouse to run off a cell phone battery
Fun & Games April 21, 2011 posted by

Tie-Not makes filling and tying water balloon easier than ever

With the summer months approaching, we will soon turn our thoughts to ways to stay cool. Sure, air conditioners are great for when you’re indoors, but what about fun ways to beat the heat outside? One of my favorite past times is having a water balloon fight. Don’t get me wrong, squirt guns are nice and all, but nothing gives the same satisfaction as landing a balloon on someone and seeing their face as the ice cold water hits them….

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Tie-Not makes filling and tying water balloon easier than ever
Gadgets April 20, 2011 posted by

Laptop stands don’t get any smaller than this

Laptop stands come in all shapes and sizes. They need to accomplish two things, keep your laptop at a comfortable operating angle, and keep it cool. So long as they do both, the smaller the stand, the better. If you’re looking for the smallest possible, then look no further than the Portable Quick Stand from AViiQ. You really aren’t going to find a stand that’s much smaller than this. It weighs a mere 3.4 oz and takes up no more…

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Laptop stands don’t get any smaller than this