Monthly Archives: September 2008

Bookmark This! September 15, 2008 posted by

Play With Spider – like creepies? Love this…

Play With Spider is a cute (hah!) little online Flash diversion where you get to jockey around with something which looks almost but not quite like a Tarantula. Spider that is. Still interested? Good, then off you go and we’ll just sit here with a freshly squeezed juice and watch. Tags: play+with+spider, online+game, flash

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nice idea... September 15, 2008 posted by

Pixily – the paperless office comes knocking

Pixily is an online document scanning and storage service that can bring you closer to your dream of a paperless home office. After you sign on with them you are sent a prepaid envelope that you use to forward all the documents you wish to scanned and stored. Your scanned documents are converted to recognisable text and are labelled and fully searchable via your online filing cabinet. Pixily not only handles paper-based documents, you can also upload digital documents like…

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Pixily – the paperless office comes knocking
Bookmark This! September 15, 2008 posted by

Hit Me Later – A snooze button for your email

I like simple things that just work and I’m loving Hit Me Later. A simple email rescheduling service that allows you to deal with emails when you feel like it. Simply forward an email to their address and preface it with the number of hours in the future or following day of the week that you would like receive it. That’s how simple it is. Everything is routed via their secure server and so no one will ever read the…

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Hit Me Later – A snooze button for your email
reprise September 14, 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. Picard – the next generation of music tagging – If you’re offended by the… Cold Seat – sit back kids and chill out – Strapping children into boiling… Internet Power Phone 200 – because simple solutions are often the best – I love VoIP but I loathe the whole… SEE2 Xtreme – USB to DVI adapter, looking good – Nigel blogged about the…

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Gadgets September 13, 2008 posted by

Hello Kitty Action Speaker – the bopping bobbing DJ cat in a booth

The Hello Kitty Action DJ Speaker combines a bopping kitten with an external speaker for your MP3 player. The cutesy DJ motif is definitely one of the more appealing versions of the H. Kitty franchise we’ve seen lately, and for that we say, thank you Dr Japan. $24.99.  Hello Kitty in a DJ booth with a speaker in the base is a pretty cool juxtaposition of dance music and Kitty. She even bops her head back and forth with the music….

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Gadgets September 12, 2008 posted by

Digital Quran Pen – play, stop, repeat as necessary

The Digital Quran Pen is not only a fully functioning ballpoint pen of silvery appearance, but it also happens to contain the full audio of the Quran, which can be heard via a set of earphones. Of course that doesn’t mean you won’t run out of ink, but who said anything about divine guarantees?  Voice of Sheikh Suddais (Imam Mecca) – Play/Pause/Stop/Repeat Option – Beautiful Metallic Casing – Use Two AG13 Button Cell Batteries – 4 Battery Cells Included –…

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Gadgets September 12, 2008 posted by

Bendix/King AV8OR Handheld GPS – find your way from your car to your airplane

The Bendix/King AV8OR (geddit?) is a combination aircraft routing device as well as a standard GPS satellite navigation gizmo for the car. So now you can cruise your way to the airport with full confidence that you won’t get lost, and then climb aboard your LearJet fully equipped to zoom to the board meeting in Beverly Hills. Or something. Not only that, Biggles, but it’s also a multimedia player and e-book reader. Be still my beating heart. We’re talking $749.99…

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Bookmark This! September 12, 2008 posted by

PagePainter – the free web page color scheme editor

PagePainter is an interesting new freeware program which lets web designers test out different colour schemes on their page designs without fiddling around with source code and stuff. Fire up the program, load the target html page that you want to work on and use the PagePaint tools to switch colours, test out different schemes and even suggest various optimum colour combinations based on your key palette. It’s not an easy program to get to grips with, so you’ll need to run through the…

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cool tech September 12, 2008 posted by

Lili webcam and Oscar USB hub – computer peripherals with a heart

Belgian company United Pepper make a couple of cute and “ethical” computer peripherals, the Lili webcam and the Oscar USB hub. United Pepper are attempting to deliver quality technology without sacrificing environmental or ethical principals and supporting local manufacturers in developing countries. Lili and Oscar were designed in Belgium but are manufactured in Vietnam. They are assembled in a Fairtrade certified factory where the local population can work in safe and hygienic conditions while being paid a fair wage. Fairtrade…

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Lili webcam and Oscar USB hub – computer peripherals with a heart
hardware September 12, 2008 posted by

HP EliteBook 6930p – the all day laptop computer finally…almost…arrives

So, the first of the extra long battery life laptops have started to appear. The new HP EliteBook 6930p may look totally boring compared with something from Apple, but when you get 24 hour battery life, military spec ruggedness, 80 GB of solid state drive and up to 4 GB or RAM with Radeon class gaming graphics on board, you’re talking a mega machine which is bound to appeal to a lot of people looking for loooong battery life (and who isn’t,…

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Gadgets September 12, 2008 posted by

Micro-Jet – keep a rocket in your pocket, safely

This is a Micro-Jet and it may look like one of those ordinary butane powered torch thingies, and well it is, but with a twist. As well as having a waterproof piezo-electric starter (with safety catch) and a windproof flame, the best bit is you can use pretty much any standard cigarette lighter to fuel it. That’s right, inside that handle is a bog-standard, ordinary/everyday, butane cigarette lighter. The tiny flame burns at around 1,300C (2,400F) and is perfect for…

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Micro-Jet – keep a rocket in your pocket, safely
cool tech September 11, 2008 posted by

Opening Pandora’s box – the modern tale of a democratically erected computer

The Pandora handheld computer is being marketed as the ultimate open source portable computer. It runs Linux (‘natch) has super powerful graphics capabilities, features a 10 hour battery life, twin SD slots, full game controls and is around the size of a Nintendo DS. What makes it different is the fact that it’s being crowdsourced developed with a team of people and lots of community input. Hence the focus on gaming as well as boring old conventional computing. The current order price is £199.00 and the first…

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Gadgets September 11, 2008 posted by

Outel Wireless USB Remote Control – show your laptop who’s da boss

The Outel Wireless USB Laptop Remote Control is a neat little gizmo that fits inside a standard laptop PCMCIA slot and provides full wireless remote control functionality on demand. Just pop it outta the slot, plug the receiver dongle into the nearest USB port, point the transmitter in the right direction and bingo, instant control of your music, video playback and other multimeedja stuff. Wizard show, what? There’s even an integrated laser pointer beam for annoying the cat. £15.59.  Are you interested…

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Gadgets September 11, 2008 posted by

Traffic Prompter – flashing blue and red lights with a magnetic base. Can you think of something fun yet…?

These Traffic Prompter lights are a bit of a puzzle. They’re red and blue, come with a magnetic base and flash when you turn them on. Seriously, our Starsky meter is completely confused. How on earth could we make good use of these things without attracting undesirable attention? Hmm… $16.00 each.   Traffic Prompter with Magnetic # Strong base magnetic can be attached in any metal surface # Safety signal flashlight # Height: 14 cm # Diameter: 9.3 cm # D battery…

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Awesome September 11, 2008 posted by

Opentape – free open source tool to create your own online mixtapes

Opentape is a free open source package to allow anyone to create their own version of the currently defunct Muxtape online mixtape application. Download the software, unzip and then upload the files to your own webserver and you’re good to go. Your own personal playlist creator. You’ll need to upload your choice of legally owned MP3 music of course, but that’s part of the fun isn’t it? The interface is spartan but very usable, and there’s all the functionality you’ll need,…

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