Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fun & Games October 10, 2011 posted by

Polar Ice molds put penguins and polar bears in your drinks

When you have a guest in your house, it’s proper etiquette to make sure that they are entertained, and have both food and drink. If you want to be extra fancy, you can spice up your hosting duties by adding bits of flair, such as these Polar Ice molds. The molds will make ice cubes that depict either a polar bear or two penguins on an iceberg. Maybe you’re wanting to make a statement about the effects of global warming…

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Polar Ice molds put penguins and polar bears in your drinks
diy October 10, 2011 posted by

Clean out your laptop’s fan to make it run cool and quiet

Laptops are great. Before they became widely available in the 90’s, your only option to use a computer was at a desk in very specific locations. Now you can just toss your notebook in a bag and pull it out wherever you need it. Unfortunately one major issue that plagues may such devices is their propensity to get hot. After all, no one wants a hot laptop scorching their legs. Thankfully the people over at PC World have put together…

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Clean out your laptop’s fan to make it run cool and quiet
Gadgets October 10, 2011 posted by

Digital BBQ Gas Bottle Scale lets you know how much gas you have left

Nothing is worse during a cookout than getting halfway through the grilling and running out of gas. Then you have to either rush off to get a new tank, or try and finish up in the kitchen. Neither is exactly an appealing solution. So what is the best way to solve this problem? To prevent it from happening in the first place. What you need is this Digital BBQ Gas Bottle Scale. The idea behind this is pretty ingenious, really….

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Digital BBQ Gas Bottle Scale lets you know how much gas you have left
reprise October 9, 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. Portable Laundry Pod lets you wash your clothes on the go – When you are out camping, or are… Z-Type is a fun way to improve your typing skills – In today’s modern world, learning… Photo Dialer puts pictures on your speed dial – If you were to ask anyone you know… Tug-Preventing Dog Trainer – When taking Fido (does anyone… Ice…

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Recommended October 8, 2011 posted by

UC students create better, cheaper solar thermal system

Students at the University of California Merced, led by Professor Roland Winston, have created a a solar thermal collection system that could prove to be easier, cheaper and more efficient than anything currently available. The External Compound Parabolic Concentrators (XCPCs) concentrates sunlight onto a specially-designed collector tube, which converts sunlight energy into heat. This heat can then be fed into any building’s heating system and used to generate electricity or to run an absorption chiller-style air conditioner such as an…

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UC students create better, cheaper solar thermal system
Gadgets October 7, 2011 posted by

Griffin MultiDock allows you to charge/sync up to 10 iPads at once

The other day I realized I had a serious problem. I went to charge my iPad, and realized that every outlet in the room was already charging one. Talk about an annoying problem to have! Okay, so I really only have one tablet, and that’s going to be the case with most people. However, if you work in an environment such as a school or office that uses iPads for demonstrations or meetings, you may actually want a simple way…

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Griffin MultiDock allows you to charge/sync up to 10 iPads at once
Free Software October 7, 2011 posted by

Voice Actions is like Siri for your Android phone

People are pretty excited about Apple’s new Siri software. After all, who wouldn’t want to be able to talk to their phone, and have it answer back, or follow the directions you gave it? Unfortunately, the only way to get this awesome feature is to purchase an iPhone 4S. Don’t worry though, if you’re an Android user, there is a free app called Voice Actions that has a lot of the same features. As you can see from the video…

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Voice Actions is like Siri for your Android phone
Gadgets October 7, 2011 posted by

SpyFinder Personal Hidden Camera Detector

I’ve seen some pretty amazing spy gear over time, and if you want to cream of the crop, you have to be willing to pay the big bucks. The only problem is, not very many of us have the kind of money needed to purchase these extraordinary gadgets. That’s why it’s nice to know that there is spy equipment out there that isn’t thousands of dollars to own. The SpyFinder Personal Hidden Camera Detector doesn’t have absolutely amazing range, but…

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SpyFinder Personal Hidden Camera Detector
hmm..interesting October 7, 2011 posted by

SmartLid changes color to let you know when your coffee is cool enough to drink

How many times have you gone to take a sip of your coffee, only to realize that it was way too hot? If you drink coffee on any sort of a regular basis, then this is probably a common issue. If you’re drinking out of a mug, this isn’t such a big deal, as you can really feel the heat coming from the liquid. It’s not quite the same in a to-go cup. You might be able to get an…

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SmartLid changes color to let you know when your coffee is cool enough to drink
Free Software October 7, 2011 posted by

Add the best free portable apps to your USB drive

Flash drives are pretty common these days. They are the easiest way to carry around files, and even to transfer smaller ones between two computers in the same location (that aren’t networked). If you carry one on your keychain, and have some free space on it, you might consider putting some useful apps on there, as you never know when one might come in handy. TalesofInterest has compiled a list of some of the best portable programs currently available. Most…

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Add the best free portable apps to your USB drive
heh heh! October 7, 2011 posted by

Light Pull is a night light for your overhead lamp

There are times when you walk into your room after it’s dark out and realize that you left the switch on, but pulled the cord for the light. This means you have to stumble through the pitch black room and hope you find the cord before you fall over something. The Light Pull is here to remedy this situation. This is really just a light bulb shaped pull for your cord that glows in the dark, not an actual functioning…

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Light Pull is a night light for your overhead lamp
nice idea... October 7, 2011 posted by

An escalator that curves

Escalators are everywhere – taking people up and down in airports, shopping malls, even museums. There’s a decidedly revolutionary concept called the Levytator that will be both energy efficient and aesthetically amazing. This new escalator will be curved, rather than the traditional style. Developed by City University London emeritus professor of mechanical engineering Jack Levy, the so-called Levytator will be a continuous loop of curved modules. These innovative steps can go up, flatten, and curve around, then straighten out and…

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An escalator that curves
Fun & Games October 6, 2011 posted by

Night Vision Goggles look cool, help you see at night

Nothing says “super spy” like a pair of night vision goggles. Of course, a good pair is going to cost you a lot of money, which means it will only be worth the investment if you are actually a secret agent. Otherwise, you might want to check out these cheaper Night Vision Goggles w/ LED Lights. These aren’t technically night vision goggles, in the true sense of the term. However the green tinted glasses combined with the blue LEDs should…

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Night Vision Goggles look cool, help you see at night
Gadgets October 6, 2011 posted by

Cordless Motion Activated Light

As winter is approaching, the days are becoming shorter, and it’s going to get darker a lot faster in the evenings. While cooler weather is appreciated, those of us who get home later in the evening aren’t going to be happy, as we won’t be able to see when we’re trying to get to the door. No one wants to have to remember to flip a switch on and leave an outdoor light on all day while you’re at work….

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Cordless Motion Activated Light
Free Software October 6, 2011 posted by

Use ZXing to decode barcodes without a smartphone

We’re starting to see QR codes getting used more and more often these days. Heck, I was just at Denny’s this morning, and I saw them on my placemat. If you have a smartphone, you can easily use an app to decode it, and see whatever it is the company is trying to get you to look at. However, what do you do if you don’t have a smarphone? If you have a way to get a picture of the…

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Use ZXing to decode barcodes without a smartphone