Monthly Archives: December 2003

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Death of the book business?

Welcome the world of Dynamic Digital Publishing – ‘where there is not a wasteful [sic] page…’ ‘The author does not prepare extensive amounts of manuscript at a time, as in the case of publishing a book, but creates manuscripts according to more specified themes, as in the case of writing articles of magazines…the reader (customer) inputs descriptions of the book he/she is looking for…after confirming the request, the computer edits a book in an instant…the book is composed of works…

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Chinese walls.

Shinco is a very large Chinese electronics manufacturer. One of their growth product markets right now? Repeaters. Check out the Shinco launched new product headline. ‘With China having entered WTO and got holding right of 2008 Olympics Games, the exchange between China and foreign countries will expand. Learning English will also become a new trend and fashion, which push repeater to become a great force in Guangdong electrical appliance market in summer.’

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Tempus fugit?

I realise that we live in the high flyin’, fast movin’ 21st C., but isn’t it a little weird to be advertising Valentines Day [Babel] gifts before we’ve barely begun Xmas holiday shopping? And call me old fashioned, but I don’t think that my better half would appreciate a baseball cap and postcard set featuring another woman as a token of my love and esteem anyway.

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I feel a need…

The Timex Ironman Speed&Distance System is a two piece system that uses a GPS signal and tracking monitor to measure your speed and distance travelled. It’s gotta be for athletes, right? Rather than embarrassingly slothful slobs like me. $225.00.

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Safe and sound?

This Xmas why not give your loved one a piggy bank, 21st century style? The Electronic Money Bank looks like a personal ATM and appears to be almost as flexible. And a steal at just £25.00, eh? ‘The amount of money in the Electronic Money Bank is counted automatically and can be displayed by pressing the ‘total savings’ button. There’s also a calculator function and a time/date display.’

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Super duck.

How could anyone not want a cute little iDuck [Japanese] USB flash drive? Especially when you see it… LIGHT UP!

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Button up.

I can’t understand why the Bandai BadgeIt! (known as the B’Stylin button designer in the US) hasn’t become a cult item with the geek and activist fraternity. Unlimited choice of fruity, angry, hip sayings on tap and available to show to the world.

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MyDevice, Mygoodness.

The mydevice from MyOrigo is a Finnish smartphone which sports a number of unusual features. ‘But the revolutionary feature of the mydevice is the new user interface, which allows for 4 new ways of browsing information on the phone – motion control, mirroring, the “Touch and Feel” screen, and “My Book.”‘

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Doggone.

1) Awww. Homeless dog learns how to open car door to get a bed for the night. 2) Ooops. Homeless dog learns the meaning of shock and embarrassment when caught out by car owner in the morning.

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You hum it, I’ll play it…

The new Saxxy electronic kazoo – ‘All you do is hum into the mouthpiece and patented Vocolo™ technology responds with accurately synthesized digital sounds of a saxophone, a tuba or a clarinet. Just press a button to pick your horn.’ $39.95 to be a star! Bargain.

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DSC-T1 first look.

First hands-on look at the new 5 megapixel Sony DSC-T1 digicam. Appears to be quite nice, although the photos on the site are certainly nothing to shout about.

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Eye, eye…

‘The Implantable Miniature Telescope is a micro-sized precision telescopic device, which has been developed to provide improved vision and quality of life for individuals with moderate to severe vision loss caused by dysfunction of the macula, a specialized area of the retina that is responsible for detailed central vision.’ And in other news, scientists have apparently grown artificial corneas using partially blind pigs. ‘CORNEAS have successfully been grown around protein and plastic scaffolds planted into the eyes of partially blind…

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DNA Explorer.

The DNA Explorer kit helps kids to explore the wild and wacky world of DNA mapping. Now THAT sounds scary. $79.95. ‘Ideal for budding forensic-scientists or secret agents, the working lab and tools are just like the real thing. Plus, you’ll have all the supplies needed for six fascinating DNA experiments.’

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Fruity labels.

The New Scientist reports on a new label that changes colour as fruit ripens, which will help shoppers see whether it is ready to eat or not.

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BFI archives.

The British Film Institute has put together a fabulous online celebration of Brit television and film at the Screenonline site. Audio and video access is limited to schools and libraries, but even so the rest of the material is well worth browsing.

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