Monthly Archives: July 2010

Bookmark This! July 19, 2010 posted by

SeaTools – freeware diagnoses and fixes hard drives

SeaTools is a clever little freeware utility which will diagnose any problems with your hard drives, internal or external. It will also fix some of those problems if you are using Seagate or Maxtor disks. The software is pretty easy to use. Just select the drive you want to test (or all of them) and choose short test to get an overview of whether there are problems). If there are you can then select the long test which will attempt the fix on…

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Awesome July 19, 2010 posted by

Open Stack – free cloud computing for everyone

Rackspace has just announced the Open Stack initiative which basically provides a free Open Source software stack for creating your own cloud environment. What does that all mean? Well if you are a public service, company or even an individual with enough computing power (i.e. enough web servers), you can now download this software suite and create your own scalable, automated cluster of virtual computers to run web applications. Without having to hand over huge sums of cash. This means that if…

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Gadgets July 19, 2010 posted by

iPhone 4 – Titanic Antennagate Jedi loses Death Grip control of Reality Distortion Field

Not really Apple’s greatest moment, is it? Petulant, angry, defensive and just a tad ungracious to its adoring customers. Ah well…c’est la vie.   How not to conduct a PR campaign on a dodgy product.  iSuckit:   Friends & Enemies: PC World Consumer Reports Rivals Annoyed Rubber Bands to the Rescue: Brando …and finally: Apple Design Chief Jonathan Ives gives a June interview about the importance of materials in the design of the iPhone 4. Tags: apple, iphone+4, pr

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reprise July 18, 2010 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Red Ferret posts from the past week for those who missed them. Enjoy. LetCool 350JP Games Console – the olde schoole games machine – It’s clear that nostalgia ain’t… Self Defense Ballpoint Pen – with glow in the dark top – This Self Defense Ballpoint Pen… Lawn Stryper – give your grass the cricket pitch look every time – Lawn Stryper is a mower add-on… SD Explorer – freeware lets you manage 25 GB of…

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Gadgets July 17, 2010 posted by

Twist Alarm Clock – want to stop it ringing? Do some maths…

The Twist Alarm Clock won’t shut up until you solve a maths problem. Yeah that sounds like fun at 6am on a foggy Monday morning, right? The only problem we reckon needs solving is where in the trash to drop the thing on the third morning. $52.00.  Getting up can be a drag but one way to force yourself out of bed in the morning is by doing maths. At least, that’s what the makers of the Twist Alarm Clock believe! Turn…

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Gadgets July 16, 2010 posted by

HAV 700D 7 Inch Headrest DVD & FM Transmitter – bringing home theater to a head restraint near you

Not content with just stuffing a flat screen LCD into a car headrest, this enterprising Chinese company has gone ahead and put a whole home theater kit into one. The HAV 700D 7 Inch Headrest DVD & FM Transmitter combines a full PAL/NTSC DVD and MP3 player with a standard mount car headrest. The disc slides in from the top (low slung sports cars need not apply) and the transmitter beams the audio to the vehicle’s stereo system. There’s an SD…

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Eco Friendly July 16, 2010 posted by

Fast Forward Powered Pedals – innovation award winner now on its way to prototype?

Congratulations to Stephen Britt whose invention the Fast Forward Powered Pedals has just won a Barclays Bank innovation award. He gets £50,000 cash to move his electrically powered bicycle pedals to prototype stage, and hopefully then on to full production. Video. The jury is still out as to whether this concept will actually work in a real world environment. You have to take the pedals off the bike to charge them, and there’s some doubt as to whether they will actually store enough power in…

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cool tech July 16, 2010 posted by

Gopan Rice Bread Cooker – first rice bread cooker in the world confuses old Uncle Ben

Electronics giant Sanyo has launched the Gopan Rice Bread Cooker, which is the first bread maker which can convert ordinary grains of rice into a loaf. Apparently rice consumption has declined dramatically in Japan over the past few years, and this new device is one way they hope to correct the problem. It’s designed to be easy to use, just drop the rice in the top, and the machine will do the rest. This could be pretty useful for people…

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Gadgets July 16, 2010 posted by

Face Lift Belt – the anti-wrinkle solution to an empty brain

The Face Lift Belt promises to deliver the kind of wrinkle free, alluring and totally irresistible looks we’re all so anxious to achieve. Right? Just sleep with this puppy on your head for a few nights and watch the difference. No really, this isn’t a scam. Honest. Now about that bridge you wanted… $12.90.  Wear this facial belt during sleep to lift your face, cheek right from the scalp. Giving you a young wrinkle free facial and prevent them from…

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Bookmark This! July 16, 2010 posted by

BuduControl – freeware helps you set up your own Internet Cafe

BuduControl is a freeware program designed to let you set up your own Internet Cafe operation. Just install the software on your admin PC and up to 11 other computers, set the IP addresses, allow firewall access as per the instructions and you’re good to go. The system will let you lock and unlock the clients, send a shutdown warning and it also tallies up the Net access fees from your customers in your chosen currency. It can even transfer customers from…

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Awesome July 16, 2010 posted by

Extension FM – awesome Chrome extension automatically grabs MP3 playlists from the web

Well it had to happen. The Google Chrome web browser looks like it’s just received its killer extension, the one that will drive adoption and use through the roof. ExtensionFM sits in the browser and automatically finds and grabs every MP3 file on pages you visit and drops them into an instant play library, which you can enjoy as you continue to browse. Words don’t do this extension justice folks. Just install it and visit a few MP3 music sites and…

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Awesome July 16, 2010 posted by

CookDinner – awesome recipe site does it all beautifully

CookDinner is a new recipe service from the makers of mealopedia, and boy is it tasty. The team has taken the best bits of the past effort and rolled them up into a beautiful new dish [enough with the foodie stuff already – Ed]. The site basically offers a wide range of specially selected healthy recipes, with ingredients and instructions, along with a bunch of really standout features. For instance the way it’s presented, with a beautifully clear interface and lots…

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Gadgets July 15, 2010 posted by

NetTalk Duo – VoIP Internet phone for the home

The NetTalk Duo VoIP Internet Phone device offers ‘no computer needed’ free US calling, voicemail to email, call forwarding and conferencing via your Internet connection, plus a nice little public spat with the folk from MagicJack who supply a similar but different device. Now why can’t we all just get along, eh? $69.95.   * Free nationwide calling throughout the U.S. and Canada * Free calling to any other netTALK device worldwide * Ultra Low-Cost International Calling Tags: gadget, nettalk+duo, internet+phone, voip

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