Monthly Archives: October 2004

general October 8, 2004 posted by

Kick n’ scoff.

Camper’s Dream Ice Cream Maker. Low tech can be fun too, y’know. $24.95. ‘The fun and easy way to make homemade ice cream! Add cream, sugar and ice…Simply load ice and rock salt in one end, and ice cream ingredients in the other end. Play with the ball, rolling it around for 20 minutes and, voila, you’ve made a pint of delicious ice cream!’

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Expert expert.

Expert’s Exchange is one of those useful little online resources which grows on you over time. Especially if you’re involved in tech and need answers to tricky questions now and then. Which makes the EE Quickpost app an even more useful tool for regular users. Nice. ‘catch last question posted on EE quick info from Questioner’s profile quick Reply (select paragraph from someone’s comment and press Ctrlt+R) search EE save all your answers in XML format and make help file’

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Mobile tools.

If you’ve got a Java (J2ME) enabled mobile handset (and most of the newer ones are), then I strongly suggest that you check out Roger Skubowius’ brilliant Reqwireless web browser and email programs. WebViewer and EmailViewer are tiny, full featured, work on a bucket load of devices and do their job superbly. I’ve been testing them out on a state of the art Sony Ericsson s700i and the nice but decidedly low end Nokia 3510i, and they’ve performed brilliantly on…

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Google SMS.

GoogleSMS. Clever, clever boys, but US only at the moment, more’s the pity! ‘Google SMS (Short Message Service) enables you to easily get precise answers to specialized queries from your mobile phone or device. Send your query as a text message and get phone book listings, dictionary definitions, product prices and more. Just text. No links. No web pages. Simply the answers you’re looking to find.’

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Slide show browser.

Eric Meyer’s clever tech to re-create Powerpoint type slideshows using standard web browser technology. Here’s an example of what you can do.

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general October 7, 2004 posted by

Multi mouse.

The Perific Wireless Dual Mouse. Mighty Morphin’ Ranger Rodent. Around £110.00. ‘The Perific Mouse is more than a wireless pointing device: it frees you from your desktop. Change posture at will, for maximum comfort…Enjoy it as a classic desktop mouse – or as a wireless little friend you can hold in your lap while leaning back in your chair. Do what comes naturally, move around…Can be used like a standard desktop mouse, with or without the shell…Unique finger-tip feeling and…

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IR teacher.

The Global Caché IR Learner. Who knew that infrared could be so much fun, dude? ‘Global Caché’s GC-IRL IR Learner is a must-have tool for every dealer, installer, and home automation enthusiast. The compact GC-IRL is used with a PC to learn the full spectrum, 30KHz to 500KHz, of IR codes that control infrared driven equipment…the learned code is displayed, converted into other formats, and automatically copied into the Windows clipboard…The stored codes can be used to control and automate…

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general October 7, 2004 posted by

It’s wireless, Jack!

The Phonex PX-441 wireless phone jack for voice and data. $45.95. ‘Compatible with up to 56k/v.90 modems Perfect for all computers and laptops, fax machines, phones, satellite receivers, Tivo and all online service providers Create a phone jack from any electrical outlet Allows caller ID and call waiting Works with up to 12 extra extensions’

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Film Shield.

Film Shield XPF. So I wonder what the airport security people think about lead lined film pouches? $25.16. ‘SIMA – FilmShield XPF 20 Heavy-Duty Nylon Lead-Laminated Pouch…Lead laminated pouch with Velcro opening…Holds 15 rolls of film or 6 rolls and 1 point-and-shoot camera.’

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WYSIDOG.

Wizdog. At last, a definitely crucial use for newspapers. $39.95. ‘Wizdog consists of an industrial grade polyethylene plastic tray and a fitted honeycomb grate. The Wizdog measures 17.25″ x 25.5″ and was specifically designed to fit most daily newspapers (you can also use the store bought pee pads). The paper remains under the grate, preventing your dog or puppy from shredding it.’

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Ultra light.

The Ultra Light TS113. 10/10 for cuteness eh? ‘Yes, it’s kind of cute. But Ultra Light’s no toy. In fact, it’s made by the leading manufacturer of precision medical headlamps for surgeons and dentists. So the powerful beam passes through a surgical-grade lens that gathers and intensifies the light into a brilliant beacon so powerful you can see 35-40 feet ahead while walking at night.’

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Open source donkey.

MLDonkey. Far too difficult to get it working – this Ferret failed miserably – but definitely worth watching. ‘MLdonkey is a multi-platform multi-networks peer-to-peer client. Originally, it was the first open-source client to access the eDonkey network…Currently, with eDonkey , it supports several large networks, such as Overnet , Bittorrent , Gnutella (Bearshare, Limewire,etc), Gnutella2 (Shareaza), Fasttrack (Kazaa, Imesh, Grobster), Soulseek (beta), Direct-Connect (alpha), and Opennap (alpha). Networks can be enabled/disabled, searches are performed in parallel on all enabled networks,…

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Roller derby.

The new RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 demo is out. I haven’t tried it yet, because my game machine has collapsed with angina, but here’s hoping….!

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general October 6, 2004 posted by

Recharge-a-holic.

The Recharging HQ. Because you can never have enough juice, ever! $24.95. ‘Open the lid, and an internal power strip lets you plug in up to 3 recharging transformers, without consuming 3 wall sockets. You need only plug HQ into the wall to get power. Circuit protection guards against voltage/surge overload. Deep well inside has plenty of room for tall transformers, and for excess lengths of cord.’

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