Monthly Archives: December 2003

general December 5, 2003 posted by

Extreme flight.

The IWA X-Stream glider looks like one groovy toy. Flights of between 30 feet and 80 yards! From $6.99. ‘More fun than a Frisbee or a Boomerang. It flies long distances. It is made out of a light but durable and flexible foam material. It comes ready-to-fly – no assembly required.’

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It’s war.

Bad Blue OfficeSurfer. ‘OfficeSurfer lets you surf in privacy from your office, bypassing corporate restrictions on specific web sites, defeating monitoring software, and preventing routine logging of your online activities.’ Here we go. Another day, another technology war!

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Imaginary girlfriend.

Er..someone just paid $41.00 to hire an imaginary online girlfriend on eBay. No kidding. Sad? Yep. Freaky? Definitely. Genius marketing? Absolute-aroony. ‘Are you tired of your friends/parents hounding you about not having a girlfriend?? Just email me with details of when and where we met (be as creative as you want…I’ll play along!) and things I should talk about and you will receive one letter a week for a month, including a picture to put by your bed! ‘

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Paranoid city.

The Wireless Camera Detector lets you do an instant sweep of your home, office or hotel room to determine whether you’re being covertly watched by any hidden wireless cameras. $39.98. With stories like this, it’s easy to become paranoid too, ain’t it?

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Clean screen.

I didn’t realise until recently that it was not advisable to clean TFT and Plasma screens. Nor, obviously, did I know that people sold stuff which was cleared as OK for such use. I do now – CleanSafe. And it’s organic. (?)

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Bottom of the barrel?

Er..there’s a World Toilet Organisation? Really? ‘An average person visits the toilet 2500 times a year. About 6-8 times a day. You spend about 3 years of your life in the toilet.

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Tacky Xmas.

The Remote Control Xmas tree – ‘ At the touch of a button change your lights from clear to multi-colored or create a calming blend of color.’ Oh yes, just what every household needs, yet another remote control. And to complete the tacky Xmas theme – Animated Santa. ‘his hand waves in greetings to all, as holiday melodies play.’

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Retro player.

The Crosley 1930s Reproduction player is a very neat all in one that not only plays vinyl (up to 78rpm) but also includes a CD, cassette player and AM/FM digital radio. I wonder if the remote control is wood too? $229.95.

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A-roamin’ and a-gloamin’.

US company Roamware has announced a cool new technology which lets mobile phone subscribers use multiple numbers on one SIM card. First availability is in Hong Kong. ‘SIMM (Single IMSI Multiple MSISDN – single SIM card with multiple numbers) delivers the capability to make or receive calls on multiple mobile numbers and send and receive SMS on more than one number, while only using one SIM card. For subscribers that frequently travel between multiple regions and countries, Roamware’s SIMM solution…

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general December 4, 2003 posted by

Geek style.

Who says geeks can’t be stylish? The folks from the Rare Mono Shop clearly think they can, hence the rather neat looking WAM PowerDisk flash memory drive watch. [Babel] Comes in 128 and 256MB models, starting at around $80.00 for the leather strap version. Check out their cool retractable cable kit too. Ethernet, USB, Firewire, phone et al.

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Happy landings.

Is someone you know a chronic over-achiever? Then buy them a Land to Air RC Cruiser. No more piffling around, now they get to become masters of the entire land and air universe. $169.95. ‘Send the cruiser racing into the wind and touch a button on the handset to release the fully-functioning RC airplane off its roof. After launch, the cruiser rolls to a stop and the handset switches automatically to command the plane, which climbs, dives, spins or glides…

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Disappearing ink, reusable paper?

The clever boffins at Toshiba have come up with ‘a decolorable printing ink that is rendered invisible by heat treatment, allowing companies to reuse paper, to cut office waste and to reduce business costs.’ eBlue products include toners, inks, pens and a special ‘erasing’ machine. It’s not consumer price cheap yet, so I don’t expect we’ll see anyone apart from dodgy ex-presidents buying it for personal use. ‘The chemical bonding of the dye and developer breaks down at temperatures around…

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Assumptive consumption.

The Consumption Manifesto article from Grist should really be called the Non-consumption Manifesto. ‘How to streamline your life and still enjoy the heck out of it’. Discuss. ‘Article One. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This brilliant triad says it all.’

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Database on a stick.

The Melon [Babel] is a database engine on a keyring flash memory drive. The funky thing about it is that it will connect up to very humongous databases like Oracle, DB2 et al. Perfect for academic boffin researcher types with $175.00 to spend.

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