Monthly Archives: May 2009

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Spreadtweet – it’s Twitter disguised as a spreadsheet

Spreadtweet needs to go on the Red Ferret shortlist for best-named product of 2009. Basically it’s a boss key for Twitter allowing you to receive and view updates while you work, displaying them in a faux Excel (2003 or 2007) or iWork Numbers (OS X) spreadsheet. Needs the Adobe AIR runtime. Or perhaps you should speak to some one about your addiction. So, you work at a big corporate, huh? And you’re not allowed to use Twitter… Wouldn’t it be…

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Spreadtweet – it’s Twitter disguised as a spreadsheet
Fun & Games May 7, 2009 posted by

Ezi Games Console System – aka fun on a budget stick

The Ezi Games Console System comes with two controllers, a wireless game pad, five ‘sporting accessories’ and two cartridges containing 87 games including golf, tennis, baseball and ping pong. Look, we know it’s not a Wii, but stop snivelling and plug the thing in. £58.71.  The remote controls sense movement, and by plugging in the sports accessories you can play lifelike versions of golf, tennis, baseball and table tennis. The EZi includes an amazing 87 games on two cartridges, offering…

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Free Software May 7, 2009 posted by

xB Browser – Firefox offshoot offers anonymous secure web browsing

xB Browser is a free open source Firefox based web browser that gives you secure, firewall bypassing browsing power on tap. The free version uses the Tor anonymous network, which is slower than conventional browsing but hides all your important bits safely. Worth a look.  It does not store a cache on the user hard drive, nor does it store cookies, so there is no mess to clean up with eraser programs. xB Browser also has advanced features such as…

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Wiki Alarm – email alerts when your Wikipedia page is edited

Wiki Alarm sends you an email alert if/when your selected Wikipedia pages are edited. You can track unlimted pages, monitor keywords like product and company names and send notifications to as many people as you want. Lovely idea, simple but effective.  Wikipedia pages are monitored every hour and email updates will be sent as soon as we detect a change. The email contains full information on the changes as well as the IP address of the person making the changes –…

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Gadgets May 6, 2009 posted by

Celery – Where are they now?

Celery popped up on the Ferret a couple of years ago and looked like a great idea for the computer-phobic or the computer-can’t-be-bothered. Well Celery is moving onwards and upwards and has added a couple of fairly significant features. For starters the Celery system can now read and transcribe Atom and RSS feeds, so anything you can subscribe to can be added to Celery (better keep that paper tray full). Drunken weekend escapades on Facebook complete with pictures? Sorted. Can’t…

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Celery – Where are they now?
Eco Friendly May 6, 2009 posted by

Solar Fairy Lights – sparkly garden lights without the guilt

Fairly lights are party-lighting gold but no one wants to entertain with eco-guilt weighing on their mind. Enter the Solar Fairy Lights to free you from your ecological and technological burdens. They don’t require an electrician to install, are available in 5 or 10 metre lengths and after a hard day’s charging they’re good for 20 hours of tree lighting goodness. The solar panels, lights and control box are all weather resistant and you can stick them anywhere you like….

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Solar Fairy Lights – sparkly garden lights without the guilt
Gadgets May 6, 2009 posted by

Mighty Mouse 5 – water proof mouse for off road computing

Forget the other mighty mices, the Mighty Mouse 5 waterproof mouse is a silicone-clad navigating juggernaut and can be used in temperatures from 0C – 70C. It’s 100% water and dust sealed to an IP rating of 68. That means you can use the darn thing under water or in a flour silo or even in a flour silo flooded with water. Hmmm damper. Despite their apocalypse-ready pedigree they are also normal USB computer mice, albeit with 5 buttons. The…

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Mighty Mouse 5 – water proof mouse for off road computing
Gadgets May 6, 2009 posted by

50cc Engine Kit for Bicycles – let dead dinosaurs speed you on your way

50cc Engine Kit for Bicycles. Forget all this green eco malarky, what the world really needs is for a bunch of people to convert their silent, elegant, earth friendly bikes into combustion powered 2–stroke cough makers. The max speed is 30 km/h and the 2 litre tank will propel you around 60 kms before you splutter to a halt, so what are you waiting for? Get some retro style pollution swirling around your legs as fast as you can. And…

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EVAC-Hood Respiratory Protection Hood – the ultimate guard against the coming aporkalypse

We promised ourselves that we wouldn’t succumb to any manky pig related popvox posts, but this one was just too delicious to pass over. The EVAC-Hood Respiratory Protection Hood is clearly designed to help bods escape from hazardous conditions such as fires, smoke and gases, but the incredibly thoughtful retailers have now slapped a hasty ‘protects against swine flu, limited stocks buy now’ notice on the thing and shoved it out to the blogs and highways in order to drum…

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Mvix Nubbin – world’s smallest WiFi dongle

The Mvix Nubbin is the world’s smallest WiFi dongle, or USB adapter to you. It also gets our vote as the product with the cutest name in tech. Nubbin. Lovely. Right where were we? Yes, so it comes with lots of standards, some solid data rates and a security thingy or two. Marvellous. Nubbin. Mmm…$39.00.  Mvix Nubbin (MS-811N) is an mini-size USB2.0 Wireless-N adapter that can connect notebook, handheld or desktop PC to a wireless-N networks. It brings the freedom of…

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Gadgets May 6, 2009 posted by

Walk ‘n Clean Mop Slippers – sweep as you clean as you schlep

These Walk ‘n Clean Mop Slippers restore our faith in human redemption. For now even the most slovenly, indolent and useless wreck of a human bean can contribute to the wellness of their fellow man, simply by walking to the fridge for the mayo. It’s nothing less than divinely inspired reparation. $18.96.  At 10 inches long – these open toe slip-ons are a one-size-fits-all design – and they’re completely machine washable. So when the wood floors, lino and tiles are finished, strip off the…

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Fun & Games May 6, 2009 posted by

An Electric Hummer that Can Get 100 MPG? – say it ain’t so!

Those who love big cars but still want to remain eco-friendly take heart! The H3 Electric Hummer premiered last week at the 2009 SAE International World Congress in Detroit. Billed as being greener than a Prius in clover, with a 40 mile all-electric range and fuel efficiency over 100 mpg, the prototype uses Raser Technologies’ plug-in hybrid E-REV (Extended-Range Electric Vehicle) 200KW advanced AC induction motor connected to a 4WD transmission. Will it fly? Well let’s just say the odds…

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An Electric Hummer that Can Get 100 MPG? – say it ain’t so!
Recommended May 6, 2009 posted by

Zmeil – recover lost or deleted emails in a disaster scenario

The Zmeil email recovery program is not freeware, but it’s one of those packages that will pay for itself several times over if you need to use it in anger. The software will recover corrupt and deleted messages from most mainstream email clients including Outlook, Outlook Express and Thunderbird, as well as Eudora and The Bat! The program scans your hard disk for message bases and extracts data from any corrupt files it finds. Simple Simon. Priced at $39.95 and…

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Gadgets May 5, 2009 posted by

Army Rescue Tape – do anything repair tape

Hot on the heels of Nuclear Duct Tape, is Army Rescue Tape, tape so good the armed forces use it. Doesn’t say what they use it for though. Made of silicone, the tape permanently bonds to itself 1 minute after adhesion. The tape tears at 700psi so I wouldn’t recommend using your teeth to tear a strip off. It’s acid, solvent and oil resistant and like everything this side of bacteria, it’s resistant to UV rays. A 1″ 3m…

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Army Rescue Tape – do anything repair tape
Gadgets May 5, 2009 posted by

USB Tape to MP3 Converter – from chemicals to binary in one leap

The USB Tape to MP3 Converter will help you transfer all those awful sounding cassette tapes into crisp, digital, awful sounding MP3 files. Oh yes, you’ve forgotten just how lame cassettes sounded after a few days sitting in the sun on your dashboard, eh? Well now you can relive the pleasure. It’s being pitched at grandparents, which really says a lot doesn’t it? $68.36.  The USB Tape-To-MP3 Converter allows you to playback those old compact cassette audio tapes or make back-up…

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