Monthly Archives: July 2004

general July 15, 2004 posted by

LED cam.

From the Now-Why-Didn’t-They-Think-Of-This-Before? dept. The LED Webcam [Babel]. Around $24.00. ‘Because power source is supplied from the USB port, installing with the angle which is the taste in the place where it is the taste with the substance clip, you can utilize even in order to make labor assistant bright. Of course, therefore LED worried unnecessary of the ball being cut off!’ Babel – just cracks me up sometimes.

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general July 15, 2004 posted by

Gmail.

I know I said I wouldn’t mention any more Gmail stuff, but I had my fingers crossed behind my back. So here’s Gmail Gems, a blog for hints and tips, and Adam’s collection of same. ‘Gmail supports “plus” addressing, which means that if your address is [email protected], you can receive e-mail at [email protected] or [email protected], etc. Why is this useful? Well, Mary (or you!) could use one, er, I’ll call it a “plussing,” for mailing lists (“maryhadda+lists”), and another for…

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general July 15, 2004 posted by

Virtually keep out!

The idea of virtual fences is kind of scary in a Philip K Dickensian way. Perhaps because it’s not such a great leap to envision people being shepherded from place to place, all remotely controlled by implacable black necklaces. Whatever. ‘Butler and his colleagues have written software that transmits the chosen GPS co-ordinates of a virtual fence to head-collars worn by the cows in the field. When a cow strays towards these co-ordinates, software running on the collar triggers a…

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general July 15, 2004 posted by

Cabtastic!

Ultimate Taxi. Kind of like The Tardis. But yellow. And real. ‘The World Famous Ultimate Taxi is a 1978 Checker with 493,768 miles on the odometer. The Taxi has been modified with 4 Red Lasers, 1 Green Yag Laser Projector, Wildfire Blacklight Effects, Color Kinetics C-30’s, LightWashers, LightOrbs, Mini-Strobes, Color Changing Fiber Optics, a Mirror Ball, a Dry Ice Fog machine, 14 Mini Stage Lights, a Killer 900 Watt Alpine 6 Disc CD System, the Yamaha PSR-620Keyboard, Yamaha DD-55 Digital…

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general July 14, 2004 posted by

Swing dat ting!

The Swing Speed Radar tool. $99.95. Hmm…I thought it was timing rather than speed that counted, but what do I know? ‘The Swing Speed Radar® is a small, inexpensive tool that will improve your swing mechanics by providing accurate feedback on the bat speed as you make adjustments to your mechanics. This microwave Doppler radar velocity sensor is easy to set up for baseball, softball and golf! You can hook it on a chainlink fence (about 4-5′ behind you) as…

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Instant language.

Trying to learn a language? Take a look at the Instant Replay Digital Players. It’s what your buffer finger was made for. From $49.00. ‘It was specially designed with language learners in mind to automatically replay selections of language tapes while you listen. One option is to simply play the tape and let the machine replay each sentence for you three times, then move on the the next sentence. Another option lets you select the section to repeat up to…

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Who’s there?

The Volvo Blind Spot Information System (BLIS). A tiny 25 fps camera, a vehicle recognition program and a telltale yellow warning light. Mix and serve. ‘A digital camera is installed on each door mirror. This small camera captures 25 images per second, and by comparing each frame taken, the system is able to recognise that a vehicle is within the BLIS zone…When another vehicle (motorcycle, car or truck) enters this zone – an area of 9.5 metres by 3.0 metres…

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general July 14, 2004 posted by

Wassthatspell?

I think that everybody should be forced to wear a Digital Scrolling Name Tag Badge at all times, controlled by the matching Keychain Remote Programmer. Just think what it could do for international diplomacy! $59.00 and $49.00 respectively. ‘Program up to 4 custom messages into this small keychain size remote control unit. Carry in your pocket. When you want to change the message on your Digital Name Tag, just point the Remote at the Digital Name Tag sensor and press…

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Strategic snooping?

The Pro-Tech Tactical Audio Kit. A tool for the terminally nosy? $3395.00. ‘Listen Through Walls, Windows Complete Kit for All Tactical/SWAT/ Hostage Scenarios TA-17 Amplifier Silent Wall Scanner Push Through and Probe Microphones Under Door and Contact Microphone Stereo Recorder Headphones, Case ‘

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general July 14, 2004 posted by

Open Source design.

The Open Source Web Design site is pretty cool all round. 820 free designs and counting. ‘…a community of designers and site owners sharing free web design templates as well as web design information. Helping to make the internet a prettier place!’

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Crossover.

It may seem stupid, but is oh so useful. The Crossover Adapter. I’ve been looking for one of these puppies for ages, since I can never seem to find the right type of Ethernet cable when I need it. On eBay too. ‘Crossover Adapter – Converts a standard patch lead into a crossover patch lead.’

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Virgin on suicide.

Mmm…so Virgin Mobile has just launched a new high speed GPRS mobile service which does not offer SMTP or POP3 email access. What happened, someone forgot to put a shilling in the meter? Sheesh! Message to Virgin Management – er…guys, email is the killer GPRS app at the moment. Remember?

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general July 13, 2004 posted by

Digicam dinosaurs.

Mark it well Brother Anthony, for t’was the advent of the Samsung SPH-2300 3 megapixel phone that spelled the demise of the low end digital camera market in general. ..and according to one of Peter’s comments, it’s using the lens from the Casio Exilim Z3/4 and Pentax Optio S4.Ouch!

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