Monthly Archives: September 2002

general September 22, 2002 posted by

Samsung iPod competitor

Yet another player steps up to the MP3 jukebox plate, as Samsung reveals the Yepp YP-900 player. 10GB hard disk, FM radio and USB 2.0 are the main features. Priced at around $400.00 when it launches early next year.

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general September 21, 2002 posted by

New Palm piccies

New photos have now emerged of the upcoming cheapo Palm PDA, the Zire. No word on pricing, but the new model looks to be a very cut down Palm with no bells and whistles. Looks quite nice though. Palminfocenter also has news on some other interesting Palm launches, including the high end Tungsten (which the Ferret featured a while back) and a new smartphone, which looks kind of ugly.

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general September 21, 2002 posted by

BBS buddies reunited

BBSMates.com is a site dedicated to helping lost and lonely geek type folk re-unite with ex BBS friends. You can search a list of over 75,000 BBSs from the past to the present and even get a newsletter. [ via slashdot]

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general September 21, 2002 posted by

Tivo on steroids

So you have a Series One TiVo but you really need more storage space? Like perhaps 1200 hours of space for those essential televisual spectaculars? Well hurry along, plonk down $99.25 and become the proud owner of a TiVo QuadDrive Board which will let you connect up to 4 hard drives in your box.

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general September 21, 2002 posted by

Browsing on the QT

Ghostzilla is a $15.00 Web browser designed to let you surf surreptitiously whilst working at your desk. It loads invisibly into the background and only displays on demand through coded use of your cursor. [via madville] Is this a Good Thing?

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general September 21, 2002 posted by

Firewire Attacks!

Hubzilla is a four port Firewire hub in the form of a giant – OK just kidding – small city stamping Godzilla. Limited edition only, and $74.95. If you have to ask why you obviously don’t need one, OK?

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general September 21, 2002 posted by

Back up your drivers

WinDriver Ghost backs up, restores and updates your Windows drivers quickly and easily. The $20.00 shareware automatically scans the PC, locates the drivers and lets you choose any or all to back up. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but it looks to be a great idea.

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general September 20, 2002 posted by

Rise and shine

Researchers at Brunel University in the UK have come up with the Rise smart alarm clock. The ‘smart’ bit means that it connects to the Internet and wakes you up early or late depending on traffic or travel conditions. Sounds perfect, but what does that do to the ‘leaves on the line’ excuse?

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general September 20, 2002 posted by

Bath time fun

The Casio XF800 waterproof wireless television – ideal for bath-time viewing of your favourite soap – geddit? English description here.

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general September 20, 2002 posted by

P2P is good!

You know things are about to undergo a humungous change when key spokespeople start to go against the trend and talk candidly on sensitive issues. Here’s a speech by Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association of the US, outlining just how dangerous it is to stifle technical and artistic innovation through the use of law and copyright. Long, but worth the read. ‘Despite the assertions of the Justice Department, downloading is not illegal.’ And now, even…

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general September 20, 2002 posted by

Data extinction

A great article by MIT Tech, which looks at work being done to combat data extinction – you know, when you suddenly discover that no players now exist to let you access your old archive of 8 track music cassettes or Betamax movies. ‘But digital things, be they documents, photographs or video, are all created in a language meant for a specific piece of hardware; and neither computer languages nor machines age well….without some sort of digital resuscitation, every applicationófrom…

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general September 20, 2002 posted by

Ultimate geek utensil?

The Ultraview Mirror sounds like the ultimate toy for the geek who really can’t stand being away from his computer monitor. It lets you view stuff behind you the right way round. Yes you too can watch the TV behind you while surfing the Web. Or not!

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general September 20, 2002 posted by

Pity the poor window cleaner

Pilkington has just launched its Activ self cleaning glass in Europe. The glass has a coating which breaks down organic dirt which then gets washed away by rain or other water. More here. Great for the UK where it sometimes rains (!), but not so good for the poor ole window cleaner, eh? [via slashdot]

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general September 20, 2002 posted by

Black Viper does XP

The Black Viper site offers a neat selection of hints and tips on tweaking and maintaining Windows XP. It’s a little on the techie side, so not for the faint hearted, but if the idea of using things like the Services Control Panel doesn’t freak you out, check it out.

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