Monthly Archives: March 2011

but is it art? March 7, 2011 posted by

“Take A Picture” installation needs a camera to be seen

What is art? I’m sure we could wax philosophical about that topic for hours, but how about we narrow it down a bit. Is it still art if it can’t be seen with the naked eye? I’m inclined to think so, as are artists Brad Lucher and Kyle Clements. These two have created a series of paintings that appear to be nothing more than blank canvases. To see the real art, you have to use a camera. The reason you…

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“Take A Picture” installation needs a camera to be seen
Free Software March 7, 2011 posted by

How Secure Is My Password?

When it comes to online security, having a strong password cannot be stressed enough. A simple name or birthday might have been acceptable back in the 90’s (my first Hotmail account allowed a 4-digit password) but these days anything less than 8, with a mix of letters, numbers and non-alphanumeric characters is just asking for trouble. Curious how long your password would stack up against a hacker using a brute force attack? There’s a site for that. Obviously this site…

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How Secure Is My Password?
Awesome March 7, 2011 posted by

Build your own ring flash with fiber optic cables

Being something of an amateur photographer, I can understand the need for proper lighting. Without it, that brilliant shot you set up can end up looking a mess, regardless of what you do. Of course, buying the right flash can be a rather costly endeavor. So what does the cash-strapped photographer do? He builds his own. One particular DIY-er decided that he wanted a ring flash, without spending a ton of cash. While there are a number of solutions out…

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Build your own ring flash with fiber optic cables
Gadgets March 7, 2011 posted by

Hello Kitty Watch Phone – ring, ring, purr, purr…

This Hello Kitty Watch Phone may not impress the Breitling brigade, but it should bring a smile to the face of anyone who feels the need to liven up their wrist fashion a little. It’s a flip phone too, which makes it even more delicious to use when a call comes in. All you need is a purring ring tone and you’re set. Quad band, Bluetooth, MP3, 1.3 megapixel camera, FM radio, microSD slot and games. What more could you ask for…

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Gadgets March 7, 2011 posted by

Thanko Earphones With Integrated Alarm

There are far too many times that Iíve fallen asleep with my earphones in and missed a class. And though there are alarms on my phone to wake me up, Iím often in a somewhat public place when Iím asleep during a day of classes (i.e. the library). Trust me, if you want to make someone mad in a library, turn on an alarm for your phone. I didnít want to lose napping privileges, so I started looking for ways…

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Thanko Earphones With Integrated Alarm
hmm..interesting March 7, 2011 posted by

Travel Vest For Men helps you carry your gadgets while traveling

For those of us out there that travel a lot, you know how terrifying it can be to lug around hundreds of dollars of gadgets and tech, and have to put it in a suitcase that might get tossed around. Keeping track of everything can also be a pain since most gizmos today are slim and streamline. Itís a good thing that Scottevest knows of our woes, because they created the Travel Vest for Men. This jacket has 22 pockets…

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Travel Vest For Men helps you carry your gadgets while traveling
future tech March 7, 2011 posted by

Night vision – now in color

Weíve all wanted night vision goggles since we were kids so we could cause mischief in the dark and see what weíre doing. The only problem is that they are expensive to get, and you can only see in green. Thanks to the Nanosystem Research Division of AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Japan), we now have a night vision camera that allows you to see colors even in pitch-black darkness. It uses advanced algorithms to analyze…

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Night vision – now in color
reprise March 6, 2011 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. BufferZone Pro – the ultimate Internet security freeware – BufferZone Pro is a virtual… DIY Sled Winch takes the hassle out of sledding – One of the best things about… Bill Cosby gets his own mobile app – Bill Cosby is one of those… DirecTV iPad app lets you control your DVR from anywhere – If you’re a DirecTV customer who… Trillian…

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Awesome March 5, 2011 posted by

Awesome! Auction Bids Exceed $8000 for Rocky The 25 Tonne NZ Earthquake Boulder

The owners of a house which had an unusual visitor arrive in the living room during the recent massive New Zealand earthquake have put the 25 tonne boulder – nicknamed Rocky – up for auction, with proceeds going towards the relief fund.   As they rightly say, it’s going to be collection only for this one (can you imagine the postage?), but the upside is that some kind soul has offered a free 7 night vacation for the lucky winning bidder….

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cool tech March 5, 2011 posted by

Samson Meteor USB Mic – shiny condensor mic promises shiny recordings

This Samson Meteor USB Microphone comes with a cartoid pickup and a diaphragm condenser. We’re not exactly sure what any of that means, but we suspect you’ll get some high quality recording for your money. It’s also got a slinky 22 carat gold plated body and nice retro styling which will make you feel like old King George giving one of those famous speeches, but of course that’s probably not the best marketing incentive around, is it? $149.99.  This microphone features a cardioid pickup pattern and a large diaphragm condenser…

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Recommended March 4, 2011 posted by

True Energy’s Vaccine Refrigerator keeps food cold longer without energy

If you’ve ever experienced a blackout or lengthy power loss, you know the fear of having everything in your fridge go to waste. True Energy has come up with a great solution. Their Vaccine Refrigerator uses solar energy to keep things cool when the grid fails. The fridge’s Sure Chill‚ĄĘ technology allows it to run on the grid, on solar or a combination of the two, whatever’s cheapest and available. It boasts an innovative phase change material that allows for…

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True Energy’s Vaccine Refrigerator keeps food cold longer without energy
Awesome March 4, 2011 posted by

Mozyís New app syncs files across PCs, phones and tablets

For those of us whom have multiple devices have had a bit of a hard time keeping everything synced and up to date. Thankfully Mozy has created a sync system that will let you securely access your files from various locations. Obviously Mozy has been around for a while, storing important information in the cloud, but now the company has decided that there is a need to sync such files with all of your computers, phones and tablets. You’ll be…

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Mozyís New app syncs files across PCs, phones and tablets
Fun & Games March 4, 2011 posted by

Union Flag Illuminating Coffee Table

There are those of us who just so happen to like another flag than our own if you know what I mean. If you feel strongly enough about the Union Flag, this may be something for you to look into. This coffee table is an illuminated union flag, with a classic Union Jack design on the top. The inside has a couple of fluorescent lights that can be on simultaneously or separately. How you have the lights on or off…

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Union Flag Illuminating Coffee Table