Monthly Archives: March 2010

Bookmark This! March 18, 2010 posted by

NetBalancer – cool freeware gives fine grain control over your Net connection

Most Internet connections tend to be coarse ‘one size fits all’ in terms of bandwidth allocation, so you’ll be grabbing the same amount of throughput for downloading emails as for playing games or downloading a large file. The free NetBalancer program gives you the power to tune your broadband to deliver custom bandwidth depending on the application. So, for example, you can set your BitTorrent downloads at a lower priority, while giving your web browser maximum throughput and so on. Some…

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Awesome March 18, 2010 posted by

Find Icons – awesome new free icon search engine

Find Icons is an awesome free icon search engine which not only holds around 300,000 icons in the database, but also lets you categorise them in your own personal favourites box and convert them to different formats on the fly. It’s still a work in progress, but a great tool even so.  As its name suggests, FindIcons.com is an icon search engine helps you find free icons. It has a largest searchable free icons database in the world (Who has…

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Eco Friendly March 18, 2010 posted by

3 Wheel Electric Police Car – Starsky’s original hutch?

In amongst all the hysterical marketing bandied around the world re eco-vehicles, it’s nice to see the Chinese patiently plodding ahead with their electric vehicle strategy. We would, however, love to be a fly on the wall – or a helicopter in the air – during a run-down car chase between this 3 Wheel Electric Police Car and any fleeing robbers. With a top speed of 45 mph and a range of just 90 miles, that would be some riveting prime…

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Web Page Security Report – scan any web site for malicious content

This free Web Page Security Check service seems useful and fast. Just enter the URL of a site, and get a fast report back identifying any potential malware nasties buried in the code. Useful for pre-checking some of the more…ahem…suspicious foreign sites perhaps? The developers are upfront about saying it’s not a sure-fire solution, and recommend other tools you can use, which is good. Definitely one for the toolbox (alongside the excellent Virustotal for checking individual files for malware.)  To scan…

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Awesome March 17, 2010 posted by

Discover DJ – Scratch yourself silly

Bring out your inner Ibizan with the Discover DJ by Ion Audio. It’s a twin deck USB DJ controller with all the same controls that the big kids have. It will play m4a, aiff, wav, mp3, flac and ogg audio files, you can loop, cross-fade, scratch and tempo match. It also comes with the MixVibes software to mix and record your hits. The deck is completely plug-and-play and only needs USB power to run. Best of all, the deck and…

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Discover DJ – Scratch yourself silly
Gadgets March 17, 2010 posted by

Aqua Soundz – The wireless floating speaker

Aqua Soundz gives you tunes in the pool. Plug one end into your music machine via the 3.5mm plug and it will broadcast your music up to 50m (150′). The other end is a receiver and waterproof floating speaker but can’t be submerged. The transmitter needs 3 AAA batteries, the speaker needs 4 AA batteries. 59.50. You can also find them here. Use it at dinners and gatherings with your friends so you can adjust the music without having to…

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Aqua Soundz – The wireless floating speaker
nice idea... March 17, 2010 posted by

Encore! Reclaim the Sound – Awesome art from recycled piano parts

Tired of your old piano? Consider this. The Arts Council of Williamson County (Tennessee, USA) is sponsoring a fundraiser – their Encore! Reclaim the Sound event in October – which will auction off amazing art pieces made from unusable piano parts. Collaborating with the Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville (TN), piano parts are being donated by Samick Music Corp. and includes things like piano keys, foot pedals and tuning pins to key rails, benches and grand piano lids. It’s nice…

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Encore! Reclaim the Sound – Awesome art from recycled piano parts
Bizarre March 17, 2010 posted by

Walkie Talkie Watches – Walk the talk while you walk

With a pair of these Walkie Talkie Watches you can take a friend with you to style-ville. They have 16 channels, broadcast at 0.5W and can be used in a few different countries (US, Europe, Oz, UK). Comes with a charger, DC adapter and batteries. US$43.99 The Watch Walkie Talkie is the newest generation in personal two-way communications. It’s a lightweight, compact two-way communication device that can be used to stay connected with family of friends at parks, shopping mails,…

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Walkie Talkie Watches – Walk the talk while you walk
Bizarre March 17, 2010 posted by

Kamin Maxx – Wall mounted alcohol burning fireplace

If all you want from a fireplace is something to look at while your recline with your Tokay, then maybe you need one of these Kamin Maxx ethanol-burning, wall mounted fireplaces. They attach to any brick wall and don’t require a chimney, flue or plumbing. They don’t produce any harmful emissions (except CO2) or soot and probably very little heat. They’re available in a few different sizes and designs, and can be found in a range of countries. The one…

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Kamin Maxx – Wall mounted alcohol burning fireplace
Gadgets March 17, 2010 posted by

Breo Breeze Eye Massager – digital masseuse keeps your eyes strain free with some air, heat and vibratory love

The Breo Breeze Eye Massager delivers a full multimedia sensation to the head, offering not only a traditional vibration massage, but also some air and heat treatment as well as natural sounds to help drive off those nasty stressies and get you all relaxed and happy looking. It’s never going to beat having the better half pounding and kneading your temples while feeding you peeled grapes, but hey…small steps. Good for hard core computer users too apparently. $99.99.  The Breeze ISee-360…

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Gadgets March 17, 2010 posted by

RD31 Diver’s Camera – underwater gets the action cam treatment

The RD31 Diver’s Camera gives you full 2 megapixel, low light, 30 frames per second underwater video capabilities down to 3 meters. That may not sound like much, but it should deliver some fun shots in the right kind of ocean, coral reef and all. What we want to know is, how do they keep the tiny 2GB TF memory card slot dry at that depth? $49.99.  This 3Meter Underwater digital camera RD31 is specifically designed for diving and can…

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Cable Tester Kit – track down the bad bits in your phone and network cabling

This Cable Tester Kit seems the perfect tool for tracking down the crackling, sluggish broadband carrying telephone cable in your home. It apparently comes with enough smarts to trace breaks, and the quality of your line using tone technology. Which means you’ll need a good ear probably. Still, an interesting tool when it comes to optimizing your network on the fly. $74.69/£46.78.  Cable Tracker Kit can trace the cables or wires and diagnose the break point and test the continuity…

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Photo Card Maker – freeware lets you create memorable gifts and cards on a whim

Photo Card Maker is a free personalised photo card maker with a twist, it actually outputs stuff that looks half decent. It comes with a bunch of templates, and all you’ve got to do is add a message and image. Easy. I guess you’ll also need a tiny bit of a design eye, just to keep things…well reasonable. Worth a look.   Create personalized photo cards for New Year, Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Wedding, anniversaries or any occasions. Photo Card Maker…

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Duwende – free album for download, grab it and run…

Duwende is a six part a cappella group from New York that have been making waves (is that how you say it in cool?). Well they’ve now released their latest album, Collective, on free download from their site, which is both extremely generous and very intelligent from a marketing point of view. Nice to see stuff like this filtering out into the indie music business, I hope it works out well for them.  In the 2002 Independent Music World Series, the…

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