Monthly Archives: September 2009

diy September 9, 2009 posted by

Power8 Workshop – The ultimate portable power tool collection

The Power8 Workshop is a portable, multi-tool workbench that lets you do all kinds of DIY things. It comes with four rechargeable power tools; a jigsaw, power drill, circular saw and a light. They each clip into a “Power Handle” which is a grip with an integrated 18V rechargeable battery. The Workshop comes with two handles so you can have one recharging while you use the other one. If you need more precision, each of the tools (even the light)…

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Free Software September 9, 2009 posted by

AM Deadlink – Removes duplicate bookmarks and dead links

Bookmarking webpages is so easy that it’s a rare person who doesn’t have the odd duplicated bookmark. Reviewing your bookmarks for validity, on the other hand, is mind-numbingly dull and of course, you can multiply the fun by the number of browsers you use. AM-DeadLink is a lightweight freeware tool which will run through your bookmarks files and check each bookmark for validity as well as find any duplicates for you. AM-DeadLink has a simple button so you can open…

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Awesome September 9, 2009 posted by

IKEA Heights – Indie soap opera filmed entirely in IKEA

You’ve heard of Ikea Hacking, well this is nothing like it. A bunch of like minded individuals have spent their free time shooting a soap melodrama called Ikea Heights in the Burbank IKEA in California, without telling the store owners of course. Adultery, hitmen, long lost twin brothers, intrigue and Billy bookcases, it’s all here, complete with non-working taps. Episodes 1 – 4 are online now. Ikea Heights is a melodrama shot entirely in the Burbank California Ikea Store without…

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Gadgets September 9, 2009 posted by

Das Keyboard Professional – Turns bash into joy

Das Keyboard Professional is a keyboard designed for typists. The switches under the keys are gold-plated with a mechanical action to give you that reassuring click every time you press a key. Hopefully it won’t annoy your co cubicle dwellers. It has a built-in USB hub and an extra long cable so you can push it through all the grommets and route the cable wherever you like. It also allows up to 6 keys to be pressed at once, good…

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Gadgets September 9, 2009 posted by

A la carte Maps – build your own maps

Sick of wordy guidebooks? Tired of following the well-trodden tourist path? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a simple city map which has all the important info, like where to change money, transportation, best gift stores, but also inside knowledge about local bar customs, off-the-beaten-track tours, and restaurant tips? And access to an online database with more information about the city you’re in, with the ability to produce your own itinerary. A la carte maps are an artist-drawn…

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Gadgets September 9, 2009 posted by

Sympodium DT770 – Interactive Pen Display

The Sympodium DT770 is a presentation tablet that allows you to draw on your display for interactive presentations. The unit itself is a 17″ 4:3 1280 x 1024 LCD display. It has a tethered, battery free pen that allows you to draw on the screen as you would a tablet PC. It plugs into the presentation PC via VGA connectors with USB or serial connections for the controls. There are dedicated buttons on the display to control pen colours and…

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Gadgets September 8, 2009 posted by

InterView 1700 – dual display monitor

The InterView 1700 is a dual display system in a single unit. Each 17″ display has a resolution 1440 x 900 and they can both pivoted in almost any orientation. Have both screens facing you, or have one facing you and the other facing away from you for someone else to view. The image automatically inverts when the monitor is flipped. There’s also a 1.3 Mpixel webcam with microphone and 3 USB ports. US$649.99 Welcome to the EVGA InterView, redefining…

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Gadgets September 8, 2009 posted by

Belkin Laptop Hideaway – lets you carry your notebook discreetly

This Belkin Laptop Hideaway lets you tote your full sized laptop (up to 15.4″) and all it’s accessories in a discreet, non-laptop bag. It’s designed to hold the mouse, paperwork, charger and other bits-and-pieces but still allows you to get out only what you need. When you’re done, pop the laptop back in the bag and no one will know it’s in there, apparently. Available in White and Chocolate for US$49.99 from Belkin. Laptop Hideaway is made to sit on…

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Gadgets September 8, 2009 posted by

USB Posture Alert Reminder – stop leaning in

The USB Posture Alert Reminder will stop you leaning in and slouching in front of your monitor. Ultrasonic sensors will detect how close you’re sitting to the infernal machine and you can choose to be reminded with red and blue LEDs. If you’re truly a masochist there’s also a warning chime but thankfully it can be turned off. It’s all powered by USB so just pop it on top of your monitor and plug it in. Around US$24. Posture Alert…

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Gadgets September 8, 2009 posted by

MyDeskFriend – from Facebook’s heart, it stabs at thee

Isn’t Facebook all-consuming enough? Does it really need an extension into the real world? If you think it does then you’d better have a look at the MyDeskFriend robotic penguin Facebook companion. You can speak to it, shake it, poke and even pat it if you like, and it will respond. It will tell you when you’ve got email, roll around on your desk, pop itself back into it’s charging cradle and even avoid rolling off the edge of your…

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Bookmark This! September 8, 2009 posted by

Wishpot – manage your wishlist across multiple websites

There are at least as many wish list services out there as there are shopping sites. What makes Wishpot different is that they not only provide a single consolidated location for your entire wishlist from Amazon to Zappos, they also will let you know when one of the merchants on their list has the item you want on sale. You can add stuff from any website via the IE Toolbar or Firefox plugin. And if you’re strapped for ideas you…

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Bookmark This! September 8, 2009 posted by

Memoriser – freeware helps you remember stuff

Memoriser is an fascinating little freeware program which helps you remember stuff like phone numbers, passwords, birthdays and the like. It accomplishes this valuable feat by repeatedly asking you what the fact is until you get it right. Sounds annoying right? Well maybe, but if it works as well as it seems to do, then you get to remember important things quite quickly, like the wife’s birthday f’rinstance.  I wrote this for myself because I have all these important account…

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Gadgets September 8, 2009 posted by

EyeClops BioniCam – makes little stuff big

The EyeClops BioniCam is an LCD microscope and camera. It comes with 100x, 200x and 400x magnification objective lenses and a colour LCD screen. There’s also a USB flash drive to store your photos and videos and transfer your microscopy to your micro PC or you can plug it into a TV. Needs five AA batteries and it’s US$39.99 from Amazon. With a full color LCD screen and battery pack, Eyeclops is the perfect on-the-go device that lets kids explore…

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Gadgets September 7, 2009 posted by

Kinesis K3 Charger – Emergency 3-in-1 recharger

The Kinesis K3 Charger is what’s known in the biz as a “tribrid”, a hybrid with three parts. It’s a solar charger, a wind generator and a plain battery charger. If the sun’s out, lie the K3 on it’s back and the solar cells will charge the internal battery, if it’s windy stand it up and let the wind generator do all the work. If it’s sunny and windy then you’re all set and both will do the recharging. If…

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Gadgets September 7, 2009 posted by

Hot Stone Grill – just don’t lean on it

The Hot Stone Grill is a novel way of cooking your shish kebabs and steaks. The high temperature slab seals in all the goodness and flavour while the drain around the edge gets rid of all the nasties. The bit underneath doubles as a toaster oven, griller/broiler or a warming drawer. Can be used inside or out. 29.95. Experience the new phenomenon in restaurant dining that is sweeping the UK, in your own home with the Hotstone from Giles &…

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