Monthly Archives: October 2006

huh..? October 18, 2006 posted by

How dumb is Yahoo!?

So how dumb is Yahoo!? Yesterday I went to my ISP email inbox to check the spam trap and found two false positives languishing in there. Why? Because they came from Yahoo! and at the bottom of each message was the usual Yahoo! advert. Which read – Yahoo! Mail – Tired of [email protected]@! come-ons? Let our SpamGuard protect you. Naturally my eager and very specific spam filter took exception to the really stupid use of the V word. Sheesh! Someone really needs to get…

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Gadgets October 17, 2006 posted by

World’s smallest revolver?

The Xythos Blank Firing Revolver is billed as the smallest of its type in the world. Which might just be correct, judging by the photos. It only fires pinfire blanks and flares so it’s non-lethal, but nevertheless we would like to suggest that sir or madam refrain from transiting their local airport with this novelty hanging from a keychain. €59.50 including cartridges, flares and a spare cylinder. More here.  Together with our flare kit, Xythos Revolver – the world’s smallest firing revolver…

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Gadgets October 17, 2006 posted by

Bug Zapper Lamp

The Viatek 2 in 1 UV Bug Zapper Lantern. Actually this puppy is more like a 5 in 1 as it’s a UV bug zapper, mosquito lure, LED lantern, temperature gauge and digital clock. And all for just $39.99. Golly.  With a special Ultraviolet bulb the Portable Bug Zapper & Lantern , attracts & eliminates flying insects. The built in rechargeable battery provides hours of continuous use from a single charge. It can also run directly from included AC adaptor. The…

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Gadgets October 17, 2006 posted by

The Bak Jak frame

The Bak Jak is a portable leaning frame which takes away the discomfort of bending over to work on things like car engines and suchlike. Leave both hands free too, apparently. We’re just trying to work out whether this position works, or whether it would create more problems than it solves? Anyhoo, it’s £49.99 plus shipping.  Bending over to work on engines, perform plumbing, electrical or maintenance jobs or carry out any number of tasks often means hours of discomfort….

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Gadgets October 17, 2006 posted by

Louie Loo Buddy

Louie. A…er….sound activated toilet…ah…assistant. So who pitches these things? Who goes into a board meeting and stands up when the CEO asks for new product ideas and says, ‘Hey boss, I’ve got one. A pugly little fellow who grunts in your restroom.’ Who says that? Who? £9.99.  When Louie is activated by your bodily sounds, (no matter how rude they are) he will make the most repulsive noises, like hefty grunts and groans then you’ll hear the him farting and plips and plops coming…

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Bizarre October 17, 2006 posted by

Glowing Hair Gel

Voltage Glowing Hair Gel is kind of like, man, what it says. Self illuminating (no need for UV or other external light sources) and the glow lasts for up to eight hours. At last, a way to read in bed without one of those daft clip on lamps. Arf! $10.95 a pack.  Voltage does not rely on UV, neon or black lights to create glow. Instead, it produces its own light! Tiny, microscopic particles in the gel come together in…

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Mobile Tech October 17, 2006 posted by

Voice over WiFi beckons

If the folk at CSR have their way with this reference design, there will be a shed load of Voice over WiFi handsets hitting the streets sometime soon. Almost tempted to go into business myself with a bill of materials at less than $15.00. Just add your own UI, shove on a case and Bob’s your billionaire phone magnate buddy.  CSR’s free reference design for voice-over-Wi-Fi phones sets new standards of performance in this exciting market: * An exceptionally small bill…

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Gadgets October 17, 2006 posted by

Geek-a-Cycle workout

The Geek-a-Cycle is a computer desk exerciser. Bolt a recumbent bicycle to a desk and throw in a computer and monitor and you’ve got the idea. $349.95 excluding the computer (padded seat $15.95 extra). I’m getting panic chills just thinking about this thing, gimme a GameBike any day.  While you work, you pedal. Set the drag on the magnetic resistance to light. As you think, pedal. When you type, stop pedaling. Over the course of the day you will find you…

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Gadgets October 16, 2006 posted by

iPod massacre

The Burning Love Pouch for iPod will do for your music player what Liberace did for classical music. Or maybe less. £12.99.   Surely the most beautiful iPod pouches available in the UK, the cotton candy model consists of gorgeous pink fluffy hair all round to keep your ipod safe and sound while also making it a leading fashion statement.  

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Gadgets October 16, 2006 posted by

Companion8 Home Automation Panel

The Companion8 In-Wall Home Automation Control Panel. Touchscreen LCD with soft and hard buttons for controlling everything from your heating system to Burt Bacharach. Complete with in-built speaker and mic and web browsing capabilities. What it won’t do is control your heart rate as you hand over $2449.99.  The Companion8 In-Wall Touchscreen leverages simple cat. 5 cabling to offer control and status of all of your home’s systems, along with Internet browsing, digital media management, and environmental control on a…

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Gadgets October 16, 2006 posted by

The ultimate cable and connector kit

The ZipLinq Road Warrior Kit. Basically just about every cable, connector and adaptor you’re going to want or need in order to connect and compute. USB male and females, mini USB, extensions, crossover sockets, Cat5e, even a stereo microphone headset for VoIP stuff you may want to do. The ultimate anti-wireless kit. There’s one circulating around Ferret Towers at the moment, and it’s got a quality feel, no question, although they should replace the mouse with a USB drive to make it really sing….

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Gadgets October 16, 2006 posted by

Robot watcher

The SRV-1 Mobile Surveillance Robot watches. Like a Mars Rover. Carefully. Surreptitiously. With an on-board video camera, tank tracks and a speed of 1/2 a mile an hour. Whooosh! Mind you it’s Java, Open Source and Linux, so mind your manners. $374.99.  This palm sized bot packs tank-like treads, a 32-bit ARM processor and a mini video camera. The included wireless transmitter interfaces via USB with any PC up to 300 feet away. The Java based host software supports Windows,…

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Gadgets October 16, 2006 posted by

LED Lipstick Light

The LED Lipstick Light. Great for map reading, locating things at the bottom of handbags and highlighting keyholes. Put one of these in his stocking this Xmas and watch his face light up. $14.99.   This whimsical mini-flashlight is perfect for reading maps or directions, highlighting a keyhole, or finding things at the bottom of your handbag. Take off its cap, give it a twist, and the ultrabright LED light pops up and comes on. Dazzling gold metallic finish.

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Fun & Games October 16, 2006 posted by

Test Tube Aliens

Test Tube Aliens. Weird, very weird. Grow them, feed them, watch them glow in the dark. The truth is out there, way out there. Priced at £12.95 ($24.98).  Looking after your alien involves adding slime food, exposure to the correct amount of daylight / darkness and letting the aliens cocoon dissolve over a fourteen-day period. The final size of the alien is 8 times the original birth size. Mistreat your alien and its heart will change colour; prompting you to…

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hmm..interesting October 16, 2006 posted by

Beauty and the Photoshop Beast

Evolution.  A short video about fashion beauty manipulation. Hmm…looks like there’s a big ole pendulum about to start a-swingin’. [Via Boingboing]  Low self-esteem is an issue that affects all women regardless of age or ethnicity. It can lead to introversion, a withdrawal from normal life and a waste of potential. At Dove, we believe that it is time to stop this waste by developing a more inclusive definition of beauty.

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