Monthly Archives: October 2006

Free Software October 20, 2006 posted by

UnPlug – video download Firefox extension

UnPlug. I’ve got to say, one of the ugliest Firefox extensions I’ve seen, but it appears to work as advertised. Lets you download video which is embedded in a web page.  UnPlug is different from the VideoDownloader extension – The Videodownloader extension takes you to the videodownloader.com website, which then tells you where the video is kept based on the website’s address. UnPlug will search what’s on the page for where the video is using a few different methods. It…

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cool tech October 19, 2006 posted by

Magic Advert Mirror

The Magic Mirror transforms any ordinary mirror into an advertising billboard when you walk in front of it. Yep, we’re talking a kind of Minority Report tech but without the personalisation. Check out the rather cool video. Apparently it’s all done with a single sheet of paper and the equivalent of a household battery.  Lighted mirror box will transform any ordinary mirror into a bright full color display advertisement. Motion sensor that can detect any object approaching the mirror and…

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Fun & Games October 19, 2006 posted by

World’s smallest R/C airplane?

The Aerosoarer is billed as the world’s smallest fully remote controllable indoor aeroplane. So there. It weighs 3.5 grams, which is only a little less than my brain, has a 26cm wingspan and is made of Styrofoam. The flight time is a massive 40 seconds though, so don’t get too attached to them mid-air pyrotechnics, Orville. £24.99.  Using the latest in Infra Red technology the controller has just two buttons to control the throttle and rudder. The controller also acts…

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Gadgets October 19, 2006 posted by

Stress-o-Meter

The Stress-o-Meter. Stick your fingers in the slots and read off how stressed you are. Will it make you feel better? No. Will it make you attractive to the opposite sex? No. Will it bring about world peace? Maybe. Around $21.00 Danish.  How stressed are you? Place the fingers of one hand into the machine and it will read your stress vibrations. Cool, calm and collected – or careering towards complete meltdown? When you have tested your own stress-level then…

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Gadgets October 19, 2006 posted by

Cross Electronic Pen

The Cross Executive Electronic Pen is proof, if any were needed, that old fuddy duddy companies can drag themselves into the 19th century if they have to. Even if it is to create what is basically a glorified stylus for the Tablet PC. Still, it’s a nice name to have stuffed in your pocket isn’t it? $49.95. [Thanks Robin].  The Penabled Cross Executive Pen is a cordless, battery-free, high-resolution electronic pen with built-in eraser that delivers a quality, pressure-sensitive writing experience for…

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Bookmark This! October 19, 2006 posted by

Google Adwords Website Optimizer

The Google Website Optimizer is a free tool from Google to let Adwords advertisers optimise their landing pages to maximise their potential earnings from adverts. Another cool release from the king of the hill. Beta at the moment.  Website Optimizer is a free and self-service tool. Without extensive experience or resources, you can run multivariate experiments on landing page content, including headlines, promotional copy, and images. Complete the steps below and sign-up to participate in our beta test. We can…

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Bookmark This! October 19, 2006 posted by

Fabulous VC Comic Strip

The VC. I was leafing through my old archives the other day and stumbled across this fabulous gem of a comic strip which ran during the last Internet Bubble, and portrayed the eternal struggle between entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Hmm…maybe it’s time for the creators to start cleaning their pens again?  I recommend anyone thinking of jumping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon to read the whole series of these strips, from 1 to 41. You’ll learn a lot!

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Gadgets October 18, 2006 posted by

Roadstar Dashboard CD Tuner MP3 Player

The Roadstar In Dash Car Stereo with Removable MP3 Player. Billed as the first car stereo to feature a fully detachable MP3 player for listening in car, or…gasp…on the move outside the cocoon. Radical. Comes with a set of earphones (so you don’t have to drag the vehicle and speakers with you onto the bus). £129.99.  PlayerOne head unit is the first of its kind. It features a fully detachable 512mb MP3 player for playing your music through the car speakers that can be detached and…

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Gadgets October 18, 2006 posted by

Virtual Reality Snowboarding

The VR3D Snowboard Blitz Game. Man, there was a time when virtual reality sets were thousands of dollars and as rare as Tylenol on a rocking horse [Eh? – Ed]. But now look, $39.95 for a wireless wonder of modern technology. Sheesh, ain’t obsolescence wonderful?  Children steer by shifting their balance on the board base, while the virtual reality screen inside their headset translates their motions into daring maneuvers on a thrilling racecourse. Snowboarders ride snow banks under snow-capped peaks….

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hardware October 18, 2006 posted by

Thecus N5200 NAS – 3 TB and counting

The Thecus N5200 3TB NAS Server is just plain scary. Three Terrabytes, five bays, hot swappable, built in 4 port Gigabit switch with load balancing? All in a 23x19x23cm housing? That’s smaller than my jumbo sized pack of All Fruit Cheerios with Banana and Blueberry Muffin Chips. What ya gonna do with all that disk space, ma? Conquer the stars? £2,849.99.  Despite its small 230mm x 190mm x 230mm dimensions, the N5200 packs a lot of punch. Under the hood…

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Gadgets October 18, 2006 posted by

LED Light Up Pillows

LED Light Up Pillows. There’s a reason you’d want to buy light up pillows made of light emitting optical fibers, but we’re not too sure what it is. To help insomniacs? Soothe pyromaniacs? Confuse dipsomaniacs? Nope, still confused. $449.99.  These extraordinary articles are the most unique results in lighting we’ve found so far, thanks to Luminex, a light-emitting fabric that blends optical fiber with other fibers. Connected to a light source (LEDs), then activated by a battery or direct current,…

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diy October 18, 2006 posted by

DIY Coat Hanger Robot

The DIY Coat Hanger Robot. Why buy a creepy-crawlie, when you can make one at home out of useless household junk and some batteries? A perfect project for newbie robot wars geeks?  It makes use of techno-junk. Okay, so a coat hanger isn’t very “techno,” but if you have a decent techno-junk stash (and who among us doesn’t have access to old computers, motorized toys, analog modems, old answering machines, etc. at this point?), you likely have some of the other components…

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Bookmark This! October 18, 2006 posted by

Problematic Firefox Extensions

Problematic Firefox Extensions. A handy wiki list of Firefox extensions which can cause trouble with the browser. Also includes workarounds, which is very handy. Strangely enough, there are some surprisingly mainstream culprits listed.  This article lists known extensions that cause unwanted side effects in Firefox or in other extensions and plugins, along with recommended workarounds. If you don’t see your problem listed, follow the steps outlined in the Standard diagnostic – Firefox article.

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Bookmark This! October 18, 2006 posted by

Gickr – online animated gif maker

Gickr is a free online animated gif maker. Upload your images or grab them from Flickr. Create gif. Retire to South of France. Or something.  How can I share my new animation? Feel free to post your animation to your own website or blog, just copy the HTML code provided and paste it to apropriate place. However if you have an opportunity to host image yourself, go for it, we would appreciate it.

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