Monthly Archives: December 2009

Bookmark This! December 17, 2009 posted by

Threatfire – supercharge your anti virus with this free add-on

Threatfire is a freeware anti virus program which sits alongside your normal anti-virus software to add an extra layer of protection. It doesn’t use standard signatures but is behaviour based, which the developers claim makes it more efficient at catching unknown or ‘zero-day’ malware attacks. Apparently this means you’ll enjoy up to 217% more protection than with a single A/V program like Kaspersky or Trend Micro installed. Golly!  ThreatFire is zero-day security software designed for the average consumer. ThreatFire protects in…

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Gadgets December 17, 2009 posted by

Mini Monocular – For binocular haters

If binoculars aren’t your thing, or they’re just too big and bulky, then try these Mini Monoculars, all the zoom without the depth perception. They’ve got 10×21 zoom, a rubber coating and a storage case and belt loop. US$19.98 Compact size makes it very portable and readily available for many uses, such as at sporting events, hunting, hiking and more. Ideal when binoculars are just too bulky to carry. Tags: gadget, mini+monocular, outdoor+gadget, hiking+gadget

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Awesome December 17, 2009 posted by

World’s Most Realistic Vector Art – unbelievably stunning artwork pretending to be photos

This page featuring the World’s Most Realistic Vector Art has been around for a while but we’ve not seen it before, and judging by the acres of comments it’s still pretty darn impressive.   If you really want your mind blown, check out the artist Bert Monroy on there, who does his work without tracing. His image of a train station for example took 11 months to finish (2000 hours), contains over 15,000 individual Photoshop layers and 250,000 paths. Just unbelievable….

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Gadgets December 17, 2009 posted by

Top Gear’s Answer to Caravaning

I was a mite impressed with Top Gear’s Answer to Caravaning the other week. A tiny, two wheeled Freedom Caravan transform itself into a mini Hindenberg, minus the blowing up bits. Sure, it’s rubbish in a headwind, can’t land in a crosswind and something was seriously up with those stabilisers, but so what? You can now fit an airship into a very, very small caravan. Nice work Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd. Lindstrand Balloons were approached at the beginning of…

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Gadgets December 16, 2009 posted by

Stereo Neckphones – hip hop round your shoulders

These Stereo Neckphones are just a tad creepy. Not only do you look like you’re being attacked by a giant plastic crocodile clip, but you’ll also be hitting your neighbours with some loud sounds coming from your chin bone. You’ll get between 15 and 30 hours of sound from each set of two AA batteries, which should be enough to drown out the screams from your fellow passengers. $129.95 (er…how much?)  This is the slender, lightweight dual-speaker system that rests…

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Fun & Games December 16, 2009 posted by

Barbie Doll’d Up Nails Printer – express yourself, one cuticle at a time

The Barbie Doll’d Up Nails Printer demonstrates conclusively just how far civilisation has come since the days of caves, chalk and discarded dinosaur bones. After all, what other society, other than one with far too much time and money on its hands (!) could come up with a gadget that paints little pictures on a body part that grows out in a matter of days? Beautiful, just beautiful. Select from over 1000 designs, print and wear. Needs a computer, USB port…

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Gadgets December 16, 2009 posted by

Cherrypal Africa – the 99 dollar laptop is here at last

Well here it is, the Cherrypal Africa. The $99.00 laptop finally arrives, and blow me down, the spec is not too shabby. Seven inch screen, 400MHz processor, Ethernet, WiFi, touchpad, 3 x USB ports, SD card slot, USB HDD slot, internal speaker and microphone. About the only thing missing is an internal webcam. Runs Linux or Windows CE, which is more than enough to do the basic essentials in life like surf and murph. Weird how things turn out eh?  The…

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Rad Blaster MP3 Flash Drive Boombox – tiny size, tiny mind

Billed as the smallest boombox in the universe, or something, the Rad Blaster MP3 Player is a straight on USB flash drive encased in retro boombox slinkiness. It comes with an in-built microphone, speakers and a headphone socket and costs a not-so-tiny $59.99.  The Rad Blaster Boombox by Super Rad is a one of a kind statement. Rock it around your neck on the included necklace or throw it up on your shoulder for that old school vibe . Spit…

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Dudeism Relaxation Reminder – freeware aims to make life more chilled, brah

The Dudeism Relaxation Reminder is a free program which spits up a pop-up every so often to remind you to take a break from the computer monitor and go smell the roses. Dude. It’s the creation of the Church of the Latter Day Dude (of which I am an ordained minister) and therefore comes with impeccable dudeist credentials. What else would you expect from the slowest growing religion in the world?  The Dudeism Relaxation Reminder helps you adhere to a strict…

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cool tech December 16, 2009 posted by

Aura 6000 Sleep Therapy – giving a stiff tongue to sleep apnea problems

This Aura 6000 Sleep Therapy system aims to conquer sleep apnea – which is a serious and health threatening ailment – by stimulating the muscles of the tongue with an electrical charge during the night. Ghastly as it sounds, the developers believe that this is an effective way to stop the tongue falling back into the throat which is the cause of the loud snoring and the obstruction of the airways. They reckon there are nearly 40 million people with…

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Gadgets December 16, 2009 posted by

Rollei PS100 – Fast, high resolution photo scanner

If you’ve got a few decades worth of photo prints and you want to digitise them, then check out this Rollei PS100 digital print scanner. The blurb reckons it will scan a photo in a single pass in 0.5 seconds and it can scan 3×5, 6×4 and 5×7 photos at 3600 dpi (5184 x 3360) and 10 bits per channel. It can operate without a computer, saving the photos to SD card, it has a 2.4″ colour LCD screen for…

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Gadgets December 16, 2009 posted by

Candle with Integrated Match Box – Umm, great idea

I like good design, really I do. I appreciate that people can look at something that’s been around for years, and with a few deft strokes of a pen, conjure up something simpler, better and prettier. It takes skill, practice and training, and when it’s done properly it can change the world. On the other hand, there is the Candle with Integrated Match Box. 26.50 + your fire insurance premium. Funny candle! The simplest ideas are always the best and…

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Gadgets December 16, 2009 posted by

Quattro Nano 5 – Armour plate your iPod

If your iPod Nano isn’t big enough, bolt on some protection via the Quattro Nano 5 hard case. Made from Duralumin, the metal of choice of ye olde airships and aircraft, the Nano 5 will improve the looks of your nano immediately. The case is held on via the four screws and contains pass-throughs for the camera, mic and earphone socket. Just be careful though, the case isn’t waterproof and it’s not designed to protect your equipment. So umm, yeah,…

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Gadgets December 16, 2009 posted by

Deluxe X Rocker Recliner – Gaming chair with extra rumble

This Deluxe X-Rocker Recliner is what you need if immersive gaming is your thing. As well as being a comfy-looking, black leather recliner it puts you right in action when the bass gets busy. With 3 channel, 2.4GHz wireless sound and a built in subwoofer you’ll feel every hit. Works with XBox, PlayStation as well as handheld consoles and your TV/DVD/stereo. It seems to be UK only. 399.95 It’s also ideal for setting up that home theatre you have always…

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