Monthly Archives: December 2009

Free Software December 11, 2009 posted by

Ringtone Sound Effects – 900+ free sound effects for your mobile phone

Here’s a collection of over 900 free Ringtone Sound Effects in MP3 format for you to enjoy (scroll down the page). Some are pretty good, like the alarm bells, some not so (e.g. almost all the spoken ones are too low res to use). But hey, the price is right. Enjoy.  Why be like everyone else with a plain, dull piece of music for your ringtone. Now when your phone rings you can have the 3 stooges speak, hear laughs,…

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but is it art? December 11, 2009 posted by

Solar Street Light Kit – Recycle shoes into party lights

It’s amazing the creative ways people think of the 2nd R (as in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). This spring, do-it-yourself-ers will love the new Solar Street Light Kit. No more tossing out those favorite, well-used sneakers or running shoes when you can turn them into party lights by adding solar cells and LEDs Created by Scottish design firm Lost Values, the kit contains solar cells and LEDs and comes in two sizes – for kids or adults, with 3 or 6…

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Gadgets December 10, 2009 posted by

Face Recognition Door Lock – Star Trek your front door on the cheap

This Face Recognition Door Lock is perfect for sprucing up your home entry system before the holiday hordes arrive. Make sure you get full face photos from the mother-in-law and boozy Uncle Jack before they visit and you can have all kinds of fun barring entrance on the porch. Just make sure you’ve got the wife and kids in the database, otherwise things could get sticky. £280.57.  Coming with dual cameras, night vision, 3.5 inch TFT display screen, touch keypad, USB and Ethernet…

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Fun & Games December 10, 2009 posted by

Riverboarding – sea-less surfing says eat gravel, chump

Riverboarding involves a flat plank of wood, a very long bungee cord, a river and some crazy hazy mind mash. Stretch bungee to full extent, step on board, and fly up river at up to 30mph. Look ma, I’m surfing with no ocean. Perfect for land locked Darwin Award hopefuls everywhere. $449.00. [video]  Hook up the bungee cord to a tree or rock, jump on the riverboard that is attached to the same bungee cord, let the river drag you…

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Gadgets December 10, 2009 posted by

Identity Protection Wallet – secure your cash and your name in one

Nowadays it’s not just about the cash, dude, it’s also about protecting your name, and this Identity Protection Wallet aims to do that by securing your precious chip based credit cards against nasty RFID reader carrying villains. How? Well the thing is basically made of 20,000 strands of woven steel, which apparently acts as a barrier to any chip scanner in the area. Reassuring eh? $79.95.  Most credit cards now contain tiny chips that provide a unique identifier that can be…

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Gadgets December 10, 2009 posted by

LumaLoop – Carry heavy cameras effortlessly

The LumaLoop is another over-the-shoulder, quick release camera strap. Designed to take the weight of a pro DSLR with a big zoom, the LumaLoop spreads the load across the shoulder to easy discomfort. When it’s time to shoot, unclip the hasp connecting the camera to the strap and you’re free to shoot. The lanyard on the hasp connects to any part of the camera you wish, including the camera strap eyelets or a quick release plate. The LumaLoop retails for…

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Gadgets December 10, 2009 posted by

Covert Mailbox DVR and Camera – Spies on the neighbours

This Covert Mailbox DVR and Camera is a covert camera, not a covert mailbox, in case you were wondering. It has a passive IR detector so it only records when there’s something in front to see and it will last for an entire year on standby, waiting to catch the perps. It records 12fps, VGA video to an SD card, a 32GB card will give you 160 hours of cars driving past and stray dogs. The rechargeable battery is good…

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Gadgets December 10, 2009 posted by

Tusko – The LAN party attache case

Remember the really old days of LAN parties? When dialup internet was so useless you had to pick up your rig and take it with you to gaming nights. Loading your monstrous 19″ CRT monitor into the back of the car and strapping it in with the seatbelt to make sure it stayed in place? Well ROCCAT can help you relive some of those days with the Tusko, a LAN party bag that transports your monitor, and your stuff, safely….

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Gadgets December 10, 2009 posted by

Box of Applause – Canned clapping

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the Box of Applause! Liven up your meetings, help Dad with his stupid jokes, take it to the theatre or just open it for giggles. The possibilities are somewhat. Needs 2 AAA batteries. US$24.95 Craving a little recognition? Someone who gets your jokes? Open the Box of Applause and be greeted with the sounds of cheering and clapping from a very enthusiastic crowd. Close your eyes and imagine yourself accepting that Oscar, Nobel, or…

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Bookmark This! December 10, 2009 posted by

FrostWire – open source P2P freeware combines iTunes with BitTorrent

 FrostWire is a cool freeware program for sharing files with your nearest and dearest. Or indeed other people. Based around the original Limewire code and firmly wedded to Open Source principles, this new product still centers around the Gnutella protocols, but adds in some super new sauce to make it even more useful. Like the ‘Automatically Add to iTunes’ feature which adds downloaded tracks to your iTunes account without you having to lift a finger. Neat.  FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer…

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Bookmark This! December 10, 2009 posted by

Woya – the very cool way to find some *real* bargains on the web

Woya is super cool new shopping comparison service which lets you compare prices from unusual places like Craigslist, eBay and Overstock as well as the standard Amazon type retailers. The ability to check classified used prices alongside new in the tabbed interface is neat, as is the instant access to multiple product reviews from various sources. The interface is a tad too cluttered for my liking – the devs could easily remove a few features from the front page and still…

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Gadgets December 9, 2009 posted by

Portable Stereo Laptop Speaker – Laptop sound bar

Laptop speakers usually aren’t what you would call hifi, nor are they located in a good spot. But fear not, because the Amigo Portable Stereo Laptop Speaker is here to help. Essentially it’s a sound bar for your laptop that connects, and is powered via USB so it’s compatible with everything. Hang it over the top of your screen and the arm behind it will keep it all in place. 19.95 The AQ Amigo Laptop Speaker provides superior audio for…

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Eco Friendly December 9, 2009 posted by

GreenPrint – Useful freeware to save money and trees

Nigel blogged about GreenPrint a couple of years ago but the times they are a changin’. GreenPrint is now freeware for homes, schools and non-profit organisations, being supported by way of “tasteful” advertising. If you need a faster GreenPrint experience then there’s Home Premium for US$29. GreenPrint is a print utility that allows you to select which parts of a page to print and which parts to discard before printing. You can then elect to send the print job to…

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Gadgets December 9, 2009 posted by

MP3 Mini Mixer – Party in your pocket

The MP3 Mini Mixer is a cute little portable MP3 mixing gadget. Just plug in two MP3 players via the earphone ports and hook the mixer to the amplifier. You’ll be able to crossfade between songs, cue up the next song and control each volume separately. Needs 4 AAA batteries. 19.95 The mixing deck will allow you to flip and fade between 2 songs, hear the next one you’ve selected, and mix them in as you please. With a cross…

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Gadgets December 9, 2009 posted by

Lexon Tykho – Lean green rubber-coated radio

This simple-looking fellow is the Lexon Tykho, a rubber-cased, water-resistant AM/FM radio. Tough, easy-to-press buttons on the front, just twist the aerial to change the stations. Perfect for a bathroom or the garage with the really leaky roof. Four AA batteries included and it’s 44. A compact shape covered with rubber for a radio which will follow you wherever you go : outside as inside, in the bathroom as in the kitchen. Ingenious, you will be surprised by its concept…

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