Monthly Archives: June 2009

Bookmark This! June 5, 2009 posted by

3.ly – extremely short URL shortener

Once upon a time, Tiny URL was enough, then came bi.tly now there’s 3.ly. It does everything the others do, but with less characters wasted at the start. You want to provide a URL preview, just bung a – at the end. Message ends. Threely. The 3 Letter URL Shortener … The Shortest in the World. Tags: threely, 3ly, 3+ly, url+shortener

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3.ly – extremely short URL shortener
Gadgets June 5, 2009 posted by

TV Silencer – automatically mute your television or stereo when the phone rings

The TV Silencer automatically mutes your television or stereo system when the phone rings. That’s it really. Well actually there’s a bit more, in that it can also pause a DVD when a call arrives, but you’ve got the picture, right? $44.95.  Don’t miss another phone call because you can’t hear it. The TV-Silencer automatically mutes the sound from your TV or stereo or pauses a DVD when there is an incoming telephone call. It comes with everything you need…

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Free Software June 5, 2009 posted by

Money Manager Ex – free open source personal finance program

Money Manager Ex is a free personal finance program to rival Microsoft Money or Quicken. It comes with all the features you’d expect, including cash flow forecasting, data import from MS Money, budgeting et al. Works on Linux, Windows and Mac. Cool.     Money Manager Ex is a free, open-source, cross-platform, easy-to-use personal finance software. It primarily helps organize one’s finances and keeps track of where, when and how the money goes. It is also a great tool to…

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Babylon 8 – one click translation software

Babylon 8 is a simple to use software translation tool for Mac and PC. There are plenty of translation websites around but Babylon runs on your machine and gives you context translation as well as translating entire passages, websites, pdf or Word documents with just a control+click. It’s fluent in 75 languages. There’s also dictionary definitions from 1,400 sources including Britannica, Oxford and good ol’ Wikipedia. Free download and trial of course and there’s a special deal on at the…

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Babylon 8 – one click translation software
Gadgets June 4, 2009 posted by

Wine Bottle Thermometer – because you would hate to be a degree off

This Wine Thermometer should prevent you from serving under-chilled Pinot or over-done Shiraz. Just slip it on over the bottle and you’ll know in seconds what to do. Measures temperatures from 5C to 30C and the battery should last you 2,000 hours. US$14.99 from Solutions. No more guessing if the wine is chilled just right or too warm to serve. Within minutes, this band provides a read-out of the wine’s temperature’ and if it’s ready to serve to your guests….

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Wine Bottle Thermometer – because you would hate to be a degree off
general June 4, 2009 posted by

Rogueware via Twitter – more reasons to be careful where you click

The boffins over at Panda Labs are tracking a nasty new trend emerging through Twitter, rogueware being delivered through breaking news. Using zombie Twitter accounts, the cyber-crims are spamming currently emerging Twitter topics with links to malware downloading sites. The tweets just blend in with the growing wave of genuine tweets and people exploring can be redirected goodness-knows-where. Be careful people, it’s a jungle out there. The emergence of this type of threat distribution method demonstrates how cyber criminals are…

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Rogueware via Twitter – more reasons to be careful where you click
Gadgets June 4, 2009 posted by

Mold Alert Hygrometer – monitor your home for moldy old vibes

The Mold Alert Hygrometer hunts down that pesky humidity level in a room and exterminates it without compunction. Either that or it shows you how much water there is in the air so you can buy a dehumidifier or move to Algeria or something. $39.98.  Stop Mold Growth Before It Starts! Monitor the humidity levels in your home to prevent mold from growing and becoming a health hazard. Hygrometer provides accurate indoor air humidity, room temperature and dew point measurements. At…

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Robot Duck Kit – quack…

This Robot Duck Kit helps enquiring minds understand the forces that shape nature and the observable universe. Or something. Anyhoo, for now let’s just say that Asimo ain’t particularly bovvered. $16.49.  The Robot Duck Kit by Toysmith lets you make a crazy robot that walks like a silly Duckie! This is an awesome science kit designed by Middlesex University in the UK! Contains a motor and small part to be assembled and requires two batteries not included. You will need…

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Carcoon Server Shield – your own personal portable computer clean room

The Carcoon Server Shield is a portable, blow up computer clean room which you wrap around your precious hardware to prevent dust and nasty bits ruining your hard disks and all that precious data. The air ventilation system keeps the machine at a happy temperature as well as clean and dry, and you’ve got little access holes to get at the computer when you need. Cool stuff, and rather useful if you’re in a rural setting and need some serious…

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PulpTunes – freeware lets you stream your iTunes library across the Internets

PulpTunes is a free open source program which allows you to stream your iTunes library across the Internet from any browser. You can either install it to a remote server or onto your own computer, which seems nicely flexible. It works on Mac, Windows and Linux and supports MP3 and AAC files. Nice one!  Take your iTunes with you. You’ve got a huge music collection in your iTunes at home. You want to access that music from the office, at…

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Skin Deep – cosmetic safety database gives fair warning

Skin Deep is a cosmetic safety database which provides in-depth, and we mean depth, data on 42000 cosmetic products. Joe Jackson wrote a song which proclaimed that ‘everything gives you cancer’, and this site just about proves it. Personally we’ll never slap any mascara on our fingernails again.  Skin Deep pairs ingredients in more than 42,000 products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind. Why did a small nonprofit take on…

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cool tech June 3, 2009 posted by

Ecco Pocket GPS – your own high tech homie pigeon

The Ecco Pocket GPS is a ‘mark and return’ keychain navigation device which helps you find your way back to any place you select. Forgotten where you parked your car, or off trekking in the wilds? Need to return to the scene of the donut? Well there you go. And do remember that it’s got a range of 9,999 miles and a 1 month battery life, so you can really go a-wanderin’ before you start off home again. £67.95.  The…

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Gadgets June 3, 2009 posted by

CableDrop – an end to pesky disappearing cables

CableDrop is one of those simple yet clever gadget ideas which are extremely useful. Ever suffered from disappearing cable syndrome? Where you unplug a wire and it immediately drops down behind a desk, table or other inaccessible place? Well now you have a peel and stick friend to which you can attach said cable and prevent the knee wracking dust scrabbling search under, behind or beyond. Sure you could use BluTack or wedge it under your laptop, but this is…

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Sir Insult-a-Lot – olde worlde insult generator on tap

Sir Insult-a-Lot is a $0.99c insult generator for the iPhone which works on the shake and take model. Shake the handset, and out pops a darstedly Muttley type insult with which to beat your foes. You can also add your own variants to spice things up. Fun for all the family.  Sir Insult-a-lot is a fun application that generates over 20 million unique insults on the fly. Shake your iPhone to generate a new insult or use the “Spin” button…

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