Monthly Archives: April 2008

Bookmark This! April 15, 2008 posted by

Drive Sentry – tri-security firewall software protects your machine and your removable drives

Drive Sentry. Freeware package which offers firewall protection using a slew of security features, including maintaining a local list of trusted programs and a malware blacklist. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but the story sounds good from here. I also like the fact that they’ve got a portable version which protects your USB drives from attack if you plug them in to someone else’s machine. Sounds very useful and definitely worth checking out if you’re in…

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Bookmark This! April 15, 2008 posted by

Age your photo – lovely online effect generator gives your images some olde style class

This Japanese site provides a beautifully cool tool to age your photos. It’s in Japanese of course, but pretty easy to work out. Either upload your image file directly or enter a URL for an image and it’s done. For some reason it really does look like a real old photo, unlike most of those plugins and effects in image editors. Nice. (photo credit) Tags: age+your+photo, online+application, photography

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Gadgets April 14, 2008 posted by

Mirror USB Card Reader – data transfer never looked so good…

Mirror USB Card Reader. You never know when you’re going to need to freshen up a little while moving your data from your memory cards to computer. So why not make sure you’ve got one of these gidgets at hand? It’s sure to make you happy one day. $15.00.  USB Mirror Card Reader is foldable and mini in size! Memory cards can be stored inside and the embedded mirror design is best for users, especially girls, who are busy in…

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Gadgets April 14, 2008 posted by

K2 Porcupine Light – the flashlight for those prickly little situations

K2 Porcupine Light. We’re talking sharpened spikes around the bezel that protrude with a turn of the wrist. At which point this thing becomes more than a 70 lumen LED flashlight and slightly less than a deliveryman for 3 to 5 with parole. How terribly creative. $129.00.  Unlike ordinary tactical lights with crenellated bezel that can often inflict unnecessary harms to oneself, K2 features sharpened spikes around the bezel that protrude outward only when the spike protector is lowered. With the…

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hardware April 14, 2008 posted by

Protective Insert for Baseball Cap – save your head from all sorts of danger, mouse…

Protective Insert for Baseball Cap. There are times when it’s cool to be cool, and times when you need to be a little bit Puff Daddy – or dat P.Diddly? – and insert some cranial protection fo’ yo’ noggin’. Apparently this plastic insert is enough to protect you from ‘knocks and scrapes’, but we all know what that really means, don’t we Whitney? £4.95.  A plastic insert that simply slips into a baseball cap to provide protection against the type…

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Bookmark This! April 14, 2008 posted by

Why Not? – the ideas exchange

Why Not? Billed as an online ideas exchange where people can post ideas and others can comment and vote. Unfortunately the devs seem to have copied a lot of the design element of Halfbakery which has been around for ever, which is a shame. These idea factory sites would be a lot better if they a) developed the service more so as to try and actually drive production or adoption of great ideas via factories, incubators or venture capitalists and b) had…

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Hugin – free panorama maker

Hugin is a free panorama tool, or rather a front end for a set of panorama making tools. It’s not totally fire and forget, but then again what panorama software is? And the good thing about this utility is the ability to tweak settings to the nth degree, which means you’ve got a better chance of getting a good result if some of your shots are a little dodgy. Don’t forget to download and install autopano too. There’s a useful…

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reprise April 13, 2008 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Ferrety posts from the past week for anyone who missed them. Enjoy. Hmm…Gmail troubles explained…perhaps – Hmm…Ars Technica is… Lipstick Stun Gun – 350,000 volts in shocking pink – Lipstick Stun Gun. Yep folks,… 10K MailScanner – secure your mail from postal pain and devastation – 10K MailScanner. As we make our… 1920’s Style Spirit Clock Radio – add some retro gleam to your sounds – 1920’s Style Spirit Clock… Wallet Watcher – keep track…

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Gadgets April 12, 2008 posted by

Beamz – play music with your hands and very little actual talent

Beamz. Hook it up to a power source, your PC and some speakers and play music by waving your hands around like a dork. We’re trying to be snarky, but really, deep deep down, we want to have a play with this so we can look like dorks too. Anyhoo, it’s yours for the sum of $599.95, so your desire to make music had better be very very strong indeed. Super dorky video here.  Amazing laser-based invention lets music-lovers be musicians — regardless…

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Gadgets April 11, 2008 posted by

My Own Safe – cute piggy bank encourages thrift and responsible lending

My Own Safe. It is our considered opinion that if this cute and fiddle friendly piggy bank had been given to senior members of our financial institutions and treasury departments when they were very small children, the current economic meltdown could have been avoided completely. Just saying. $39.00.  Create your own secret code # Light Keypad # Beeps sound / voice switchable # Door sound when open # AA battery x 3 pcs # Size: 15 x 14 x 8.5 cm Tags:…

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Gadgets April 11, 2008 posted by

Laser Speed Gun Jammer – how to enjoy some quality time with your local constabulary

Laser Speed Gun Jammer. Hmm…is this kit legal? Are there areas where it is permitted to disable law enforcement equipment as part of an inalienable right to life and liberty? Did we miss something important while we were sleeping? $285.00/£165.00.  In the fight against speed detection equipment, the laser gun jammer is unique. This unit will jam the signal when a laser gun is being used to detect your speed. It includes the laser transponer modules, interface and display module with…

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Gadgets April 11, 2008 posted by

Is our love affair with the iPod over? – Sony beats out Apple in massive customer survey

According to a new survey by the UK’s biggest user review site, Reevoo, the Apple iPod is barely clinging to a place in the top 5 rated music players on the market. Surprising news indeed, especially when you see that the top product is Sony’s elderly NWE016 music player, which even beat Apple to the top spot in terms of design – 10/10 vs 9.2/10 for the iPod. Another Sony comes next, followed by Hitachi, and as we speak the Samsung Yepp and new…

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cool tech April 11, 2008 posted by

Antig A5 Fuel Cell launches – handheld methanol powered energy source comes to town

After several years of showing off prototypes of their technology, the folk at Antig have finally announced the launch of a handheld direct methanol powered fuel cell charger called the Antig A5 Blade. The product is designed to deliver up to 10 hours of power from a single cartridge of fuel and can charge up small devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and digital cameras. The company has also announced other products in their fuel cell range which offer more juice…

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