Monthly Archives: August 2004

general August 17, 2004 posted by

Personal Powerstation.

The Personal Powerstation. A wind-up mobile phone charger, FM radio and LED torch (flashlight, dude) in one. It can even charge up a digital camera if it accepts 6V input. £19.99 ($32.98). Go on, I can hear you from here – ‘what will they think of next, eh?’ ‘Fitting easily into the palm of your hand the PowerStation has a little hand crank tucked into its base, and with just a few winds you can tune into your favourite radio…

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Money smarts.

Amazing Money Jar Bank. And where was this little beauty when I was feverishly raiding the piggy bank and having to count up on fingers, toes and slapdash longhand arithmetic? $14.95. ‘Save those pennies and dimes! This unique jar recognizes coins as they go in (U.S. currency only) and keeps a running total of their value. A special LCD display in the lid tells you exactly how much you’ve saved.’

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Solar and chips.

If you really, really have to go out there in that…that….wilderness, with the bears and everything, perhaps you’d better grab one of these on your way. The GPX Solar Flashlight FM Radio with Emergency Siren. ‘Cause you never know when a louder noise than your sobbing will come in handy, right? $29.99. ‘Works as a flashlight and lantern while receiving AM/FM radio broadcasts. Features include heavy-duty dynamo motor for power generation, emergency siren, 3-way rechargeability, solar power, hand-crank to charge…

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Searchable 9/11 report.

The folks at AskSam have put up a searchable version of the 9-11 Commission Report. For those who might find it useful. ‘We hope this searchable version of the 9-11 report will help researchers, political activists, journalists, academics, and others analyze the contents of the report. It is available to browse and search on-line, as well as to download as an electronic version with a free viewer.’

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Jukebox PC.

Take one $70.00 repro Jukebox CD player, rip it apart, bolt in a mini-itx board and presto – the Jukebox ITX PC. Fancy!

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Up, up and away?

Hmmm…someone’s changed the 1 Million Free & Legal Music Tracks Wiki title to TWO Million…. I wonder if there really are two million tracks on there? Fascinating if true. There’s also an Italian translation of the page available there (big thanks Luca!), so if anyone wants to do any other language translations, please feel free. Just let me link to the end result. Ciao.

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general August 16, 2004 posted by

Kitty cleaner.

Look, fergedabout Roombas, Trilogolgibites and the rest, what you really need is a Hello Kitty Desktop Cleaner. $9.50. ‘The Hello Kitty Desktop Vacuum Cleaner. Put it on your desktop and turn it on (takes two AA batteries, not included), and Kitty will remove dust, dirt, and make your desk clean for you.’

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Ultra clean, ultra violet.

The Ultra-Clean Wound Site and Dressing Disinfector. ‘Hand-held UV-flash disinfection device Effective through-bandage disinfection of wound sites Disinfection on a regular basis without removing dressing Reduced dressing replacement requirements Rapid and painless ‘ Or how’s about the Ultra-Clean Pacifier Sanitizer? ‘When the baby’s pacifier rolls across the supermarket floor, the only option is to wipe it off and give it back along with the germs tracked-in by the shoppers. Now the Ultra-Clean Pacifier Sanitizer can instantly disinfect the pacifier without…

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Hybrid Cam.

The OMX Hybrid Cam. There’s something funkadelic about designing a camcorder so that it looks like a radar gun, don’t you reckon? Just think of the hours of fun you can have by the side of your local carriageway. $399.95. Nice specs though, eh? ‘…still or moving pictures? The OMX Hybrid Camera gives you both in one ultra-advanced handheld…3.2 megapixel , 10X SMC Optical Zoom ED Lens-equivalent to 38-380mm in 35mm, with 1/4000 second shutter speed. Near DVD-quality MPEG-4 movies…

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World Time.

The World Time Globe with LCD Display. $48.98. Bringing a whole new spin….[careful…Ed]…to the clock world. ‘Ascertain the local time, average monthly temperature, and telephone codes of your favorite world cities with the World Time Globe. Simply spin it on its axis until the time zone bar stops on your city of choice.

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Jamplug.

Chuck from DVForge emailed me with details of JamPlug, ‘the world’s smallest amplifier for electric guitar, bass, steel guitar, and other instruments with a 1/4-inch phone jack output.’ And I’ve got to admit it looks v cool. Wonder how it sounds? $59.99. ‘The JamPlug operates on one AAA alkaline battery for 6 to 12-hours, plugs directly into the 1/4-inch jack on your guitar or other instrument, and feeds a powerful, high quality signal to the included set of hi-fi earbuds.’…

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Honey, I’m home.

The Wireless Voice Alert System 6. ‘Voice Alert System-6 is a new annunciator system featuring wireless PIR sensors transmitters and a remote receiver/speaker base unit. Users record their own alert messages and are then notified with their own voice message when activity in a monitored is detected…Each message is specific to one zone. For instance, zone one could be for a driveway alarm -“Car coming up the driveway” while zone two could be for a sensor monitoring the back yard-…

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Baylis Brands.

Clever Trevor Baylis – of wind up radio fame – has set up a service called Baylis Brands to help inventors get their products to market safely. Very Nice One Indeed, Sir! ‘To be effective it is necessary to have a strong commercial approach and Trevor Baylis Brands has been formed as a commercial organisation that will cooperate with inventors in commercial endeavours to bring their products to market…We have now looked in detail at over 200 ideas and I’m…

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Windows XP SP2 redux.

Programs that may behave differently in Windows XP Service Pack 2. The official Microsoft page detailing programs that may…ahem…break?…under SP2. A tad worrying, when you check out names like Nero, AOL, Diskkeeper, MSN, Outlook and Zonealarm.

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