Monthly Archives: January 2004

general January 8, 2004 posted by

Mother of invention.

The Smithsonian Invention at Play site aims to help us become more creative through online play. I’m up for that. Why not take a look also at the other virtual exhibitions that the Smithsonian is currently running? It’s an impressively diverse selection.

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Ruckus.

The funkily chunky Ruckus scooter from Honda looks like it could become the ‘next cool transportation thang’. Especially among the young and trendy. [via Mookie]

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Folder Share.

Audiogalaxy founder Michael Merhej has come up with a new wheeze called Folder Share. It’s basically a sort of P2P and file mirroring application which lets groups of people share files via a virtual ‘library’. As far as I can tell the clever thing is that the file names are all replicated instantly, but it’s only when a file is actually requested that the transfer takes place. Which must make it a cool app for collaborative working. Anyway worth a…

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Quirky?

Are the Japanese really that quirky? You decide at the Quirky Japan site. [Bit of a quirky word, quirky, isn’t it?] Check out the Useless People section (Did you know that an elevator girl bows an average of 2500 times a day?) and the Fringe People bit.

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general January 7, 2004 posted by

Funky time.

Funky clocks from USClocks. But why would you want to wake up to the sound of a truck horn roaring in your ear?

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Control freak.

The Velleman remote control switch lets you turn things on and off in your home using your mobile phone. No phone charges are incurred, so it must be done by magic, hey? Yours for a mere 19.99.

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Air robots.

We’ve talked about these little puppies recently, but the UAV market really seems to be buzzing right now. Witness the Yamaha RMAX which, in its $1 million version, can be programmed to fly a set route for up to an hour and features four remotely controlled cameras on board. They’re calling it an Aero-Robot. More here. And talk about the sublime to the ridiculous.

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All out at sea.

Wow. The good folks at Lavasoft – creators of the excellent Ad Aware program for detecting and removing spyware and stuff – have announced rather forcefully that they are pulling out of the Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (COAST) that they created. This is a rather sad indictment of commercial pollution in the software business, but shines a beacon of light on the genuine motives of the Lavasoft crew. Good on them! ‘The current leadership’s overt agenda to concentrate on…

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Rubber soul.

What you really need, madam, is a rubberised, shock resistant, waterproof USB 2.0 flash memory drive called Pico Sopp. For those times when you positively, absolutely must compute underwater or on a rollercoaster.

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Boldly going.

Am I the only one to be completely blown away by the quality of the recent colour photo from Mars? It’s so clear you would think it was Arizona or your back yard. But it’s from 1.7 million kilometres away? For the first time ever I am starting to believe that we may very well have space colonies on other planets in my lifetime. Freaky Furballs!

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MP3 licensing.

Now here’s interesting. A couple of enterprising ex-MP3.com employees have bought out the company’s Trusonic service from Universal. This was the music licensing arm of MP3.com which sells tunes to shops, offices and the like – a sort of Muzak supplier. The fascinating thing is that the purchasers now own – ‘all the related software and licenses to more than 1.5 million songs by independent artists.’ So suddenly it’s a little clearer why the archive of songs on MP3.com couldn’t…

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