Monthly Archives: July 2010

Bookmark This! July 12, 2010 posted by

I Write Like…

I Write Like… is a fun little site which tells you what famous writer your writing style emulates. Apparently I write like Dan Brown. Without his money. Or good looks. Or fame. Or talent. Ah well…  Check what famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them to those of the famous writers. Any text in English will do: your latest blog post, journal entry, Reddit comment, chapter of your…

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reprise July 11, 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. iHand – solve your iPhone 4 poor signal problem – iHand. Solve your iPhone 4 poor… Is Facebook shark jumping? – Is Facebook jumping the shark, or… Devotec Solar Sound 2 – super cool solar powered Bluetooth speaker really delivers – The new Devotec Solar Sound 2… Micro SIM Cutter – create a micro SIM from your normal SIM card – This…

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Gadgets July 10, 2010 posted by

The Fingerist – turn your mobile phone into a lean, mean music machine

The Fingerist is a cute looking adapter for the iPhone which converts the handset into a musical instrument controller. Basically you get to look all rock and roll as you strum your guitar app, and because it’s also got an internal speaker you get to hear the sound with more unforgiving clarity than using the standard phone speaker. The device can also be used as a standard audio speaker. Priced at $150.00, but there appears to be some production delays with the project…

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Gadgets July 9, 2010 posted by

Circulation Improving Stepper – aka the geek lifesaver

We’ve got a feeling that this Circulation Improving Stepper product thingy is the sort of device that should be mandatory for all hackers, webheads and other screen addicted persons of whatever faith. Designed to help you keep the blood flowing while seated for long stretches of time, it sounds perfect for those extended World of Warcraft sessions, or even a long Skype chat with your probation officer. $49.95.  This is the low-impact stepper that keeps blood flowing to minimize swelling while seated….

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Gadgets July 9, 2010 posted by

The Peregrine – one glove to bind them all…

The Peregrine is a gaming glove with 30 touch points, user adjustable sensing and ‘ventilated cool spots’. You program the thing via the computer’s USB port and from then on will be able to vanquish all enemies with a mere flick of the fingertips. Or so it says here. It comes in 3 sizes priced at $149.95, but we’ve got a feeling it probably won’t help you beat these Korean pro gamers any time soon.  The PEREGRINE allows you to trigger…

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Gadgets July 9, 2010 posted by

Opera S2 Wireless Headphones – discreet, lightweight, slightly dorky…

These Opera S2 Wireless Headphones fit snugly behind your head, and feature some low power drain tech which can apparently deliver CD quality sound to your earholes as easily as *snap*. Or easier. A charge lasts for 10 hours of listening and priced at an ear-tingling £68.50. Mmm….  The Opera S2 made for any audio device are the ideal accessory for all music lovers. Whether you are in the gym or just on the move, untangle yourself and go wirefree. Tags:…

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Gadgets July 9, 2010 posted by

One Less Desk – too trendy for its table

One Less Desk. Pretty girl. Check. Digg T-Shirt. Check. Apple computer. Check. Aeron chair. Check. Stripped Pine floor. Check. Trendy Fuji single-speed bike. Check. Pretentious, moi? $699.00 including barf bag.  At one time, you needed a desk that could fit a mountain of paper, two-foot-deep monitor, printer, and CPU the size of a Labrador. Today, your computer is an inch thick. You have moved forward. It’s time your desk caught up. Tags: gadget, one+less+desk

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Gadgets July 9, 2010 posted by

Hug LED Light – Have you hugged your flashlight today?

If you’ve got teeth marks in your torch from chasing down loose wires at the back of your computer then have a squiz at the the Hug LED Light from Brando. It’s a 60cm flexible arm with two LEDs at both ends. You can even choose each light to be either spot or wide angle beams. You’ll need 2 AAA batteries and US$16. Might look good on the front of your bike too. Flexible LED Light, that can make in…

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Hug LED Light – Have you hugged your flashlight today?
hardware July 9, 2010 posted by

Potato Chip Machine – make ’em, bake ’em, sell ’em…profit?

Gotta 40 meter long room? Then you could start up in business with this turnkey potato chip machine. From raw potatoes to finished seasoned packaged chips in less time than it takes to get a cholesterol checkup. Fabtastic. […and here’s an Indian alternative].    Our Potato Chips Production Line uses fresh potatoes as the raw materials. It can produce crisp and high quality potato chips. We design these potato chips machines with latest and the most advanced technology. We have exported…

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Free Software July 9, 2010 posted by

Digital Talking Parrot – free screensaver provides company for elder geeks perhaps

This Digital Talking Parrot virtual pet comes in the form of a free Windows screensaver and promises to either a) drive you bonkers or b) drive you bonkers in short order. You can teach the thing to make sounds, and it comes with a selection of different homey backgrounds to add to the effect. The best bit however is probably going to be when you locate the ‘speaker off’ button. Offers to install a toolbar, but you can avoid that…

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hardware July 9, 2010 posted by

HDBaseT – new standard to replace ‘ageing’ HDMI home A/V interface

So the people in the home audio visual industries have just come together again to agree a new cable and interface standard called HDBaseT to replace HDMI. Aw c’mon people, you’re having us on right? You expect everyone to throw away their new flat screen television, set top boxes and other living room A/V peripherals next year just to ‘upgrade’ to the new standard? Dream on. This kind of what I call wanton stupidity, where an industry delivers a sub-standard…

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Bizarre July 9, 2010 posted by

Candwich – Yes it’s a canned sandwich

Too busy to stop and eat? Need food that will fit in the beer cooler? Never mind, you can always try the Candwich. Comes in three different, long-life, ready-to-eat varieties; Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly Jam, Peanut Butter and Grape Jam and BBQ Chicken(?!). I wonder if the stuff in the can looks like the picture? Each meal is about 90g so it’s more a snack rather than a three course meal. Does anyone know if Nostradamus predicted anything about…

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Candwich – Yes it’s a canned sandwich
hmm..interesting July 9, 2010 posted by

Z-Cart – Half shopping cart, half electric scooter

Shopping at big box stores is getting more and more popular but walking through those large stores and storing different sized items can be challenging. This new Z-Cart makes shopping a breeze. Designed with different storage spaces for different types of products, the cart’s main body can hold different sized removable baskets and bags that sit on a basket hanger and it can easily expand. If you don’t want to use the baskets then you can hang your bags on…

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Z-Cart – Half shopping cart, half electric scooter
cool tech July 8, 2010 posted by

T.27 City Car – electric cars get the Formula One treatment

This is the T.27 City Car, designed by Formula One designer Gordon Murray. It features a Zytek Automotive electric drivetrain (probably similar to the one in the Smartfortwo EV) which will propel the vehicle to 105 km/h and give it a range of 80 –  100 miles. A running prototype is scheduled to hit the asphalt in April next year, no news on pricing yet. The thing is based around the rather cools T.25 City Car which is a conventionally powered…

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