Monthly Archives: November 2005

Gadgets November 16, 2005 posted by

The Sound Pillow.

The Sound Pillow. Could this qualify as the softest iPod dock in the world? Would it want to? Would we want it to? And will Eddie Van Halen at maximum volume help our insomnia at 3am on a grubby Tuesday morning? Only $49.95 will tell.  The Sound Pillow is a comfortable twin-sized pillow featuring a hypoallergenic fiberfill, poly-cotton case, and two thin stereo speakers buried deep in the pillow for an intimate sound experience. Only YOU can hear! The Sound Pillow is great for…

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Gadgets November 16, 2005 posted by

Scanning for cash.

The Neat Receipts Scanalizer. There’s something comfortingly obsessive about a scanner that extracts the key information from your till receipts and automatically spits it into a spreadsheet for analysis, doncha think? An instant record of the moment when you just had to have that new iPod, hat, chicken farm or Ferrari. And an itemised drill-down to the real long term damage too, no doubt. Wonderful. $229.95 gets you the product and a starter receipt to practice on.  NeatReceipts pulls key information from receipts…

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Gadgets November 16, 2005 posted by

The seat switch.

The Seat Switch. Look Ferrets are lazy, right? So anything that makes for an easier life, like a switch which automatically turns off the television – or anything else for that matter – as we get up from the couch, has our vote. Oh yes it has, an’ it’s no use shouting slob, ‘cause we’re also deaf.  You forget to turn off under the seat futon cushion and place the prevention switch. When being sat down just, the switch becomes ON….

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Free Software November 16, 2005 posted by

Silent Bob.

SilentBob. Record stuff via your soundcard. Got a feeling this might be quite useful in certain circumstances.  Silent Bob is a pure recording application. It runs in the background and records all incoming music from the soundcard. When the user decides to record and pushes the button, no problem Silent-Bob has already started the recording 2 minutes earlier.

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Free Software November 16, 2005 posted by

MS USB Flash Manager.

The Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager. A small free utility to help you manage, backup and restore data from your flash drive devices. Windows XP only. Nice of them, don’t you think?  The Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager will help you backup and restore presentation, pictures, songs and applications from and to USB Flash Drive devices and take them with you. The application can also help you to classify and name USB Flash Drives images (for instance “My network configuration”…

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opinion piece November 16, 2005 posted by

Chinese takeaway.

There was a movie called Evolution a while back which featured an alien species that evolved at a phenomenal rate from single cell to hominids. Without wishing to be at all patronising – honestly – I am now getting that same kind of feeling watching the Chinese industrial machine get to grips with the Internet and global commerce. Witness this Shenzhen company website that landed in the Ferret inbox yesterday morning. Instead of the usual photos of factories and boring production…

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Gadgets November 15, 2005 posted by

The Snake.

The Iqua Snake HHF-801 Bluetooth headrest handsfree unit. Man, those Finnish designers can really dig up the minimalist stuff when they try, can’t they? I mean brushed metal and real leather, with a call status LED too? Whoosh!  It wirelessly connects to a compatible phone via Bluetooth technology. The built-in microphone and speaker offer excellent handsfree operation with easy installation on the headrest of most car seats.

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cool tech November 15, 2005 posted by

The eNook.

The eNook multi-talented workspace. Gotta love the name, gotta love the concept. Although I’m not sure about forcing Dad to work out in the hallway while the family watches Lost in comfort like a pack of smug wombats. $399.00.  It charges, it flips, it stores and it works…First off eNook has channels for you to plug in and charge your electronic gadgetry – like your laptop, cell phones, PDAs and digital cameras. Then just flip it up to store your gear…

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Fun & Games November 15, 2005 posted by

Freeline Skates.

Freeline Skates. OK, think…ah…think tiny aluminium skateboards, one for each foot, with no straps. Think skating uphill! Think…you’ve got to be kidding me? Take a look at the videos. $129.00. [Thanks Craig]  Dual independent skate connected by the body of the rider with a sideways stance. • The Freeline Skates are ridden skateboard/snowboard-like. • Riders can achieve high levels of traction and carve smooth “S” turns while riding downhill and dance like a fish on the flats and uphill. •…

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Gadgets November 15, 2005 posted by

SmartGolfer.

The Smart Golfer Laser Putting Alignment System. More high tech comes to the sports biz. Now if only these were allowed in tournaments, we could have some real ding dong battles…what? Oh they’re not that kind of laser. Sorry. $49.95.  The same player using the LPAS for the first time will be astonished at where he has been aiming and, when his aim at address is corrected, may miss everything left. However, consistent use of the LPAS will bring perception…

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Gadgets November 15, 2005 posted by

Media X jukebox.

The Media-X 5–in-1 Photobank. Digital camera SD slot photobank, multi-codec jukebox, MP3 recorder, voice recorder with internal mic, 20 GB USB 2.0 hard disk. Rather clever like, the firmware is reprogrammable, so it should be able to cope with future audio formats as and when they arrive. But wot, no decent colour screen? Tsk. $349.00.  No software driver to install and no external power source required, the Lithium ION battery operated Media-X is an ultra fast USB 2.0 (up to 480Mbps) true…

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Free Software November 15, 2005 posted by

Tiny Clip.

TinyClip. A rather neat converter of long URLs to the TinyURL format. Just copy the long link to the clipboard and this taskbar utility automatically converts it via the TinyURL site. Clever and useful.  When it detects a URL in the clipboard, it will automatically convert it to a TinyURL and put the contents back in the clipboard. No special key is required, just the usual Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V.

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Gadgets November 14, 2005 posted by

The VroomBox.

The VroomBox. Beef up your car engine sound without installing anything expensive like…well… a bigger engine or meatier exhaust. And you can…omg…download more sounds from the web. A tear gathers at the corner of the eye… $159.00 minus amp and speakers. Whoooosh!!!  VroomBox utilizes a powerful microprocessor to digitally recreate the sound of 15 different cars and fantasy vehicles, and play them through speakers under the car. It even includes special effects such as screeching tires and turbo blow-off valves that…

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Gadgets November 14, 2005 posted by

Water powered clock.

The Water Powered Multi Function Clock. £14.95. Interesting design uses an H2O battery which you refill with water every couple of months. Hmm…spit and tick. OK, moving right along…  This clock boasts a range of functions that are accessed by turning the clock through 90-degree turns: time, day and date; alarm settings; countdown timer; temperature. To keep the battery going, refill it as the water evaporates typically every 2 to 3 months (the battery will last a minimum of 2…

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