Monthly Archives: December 2011

Free Software December 14, 2011 posted by

Open Letter To Mozilla – Please Stop Chasing The Version Rainbow and Fix Your Firefox Web Browser

I used toadorethe Firefox web browser. Now all I seem to do is spend time moaning when it hangs for seconds at a time, moves like treacle or worse just crashes on me. Do a search for Firefox sucks and you’ll get back 8,340,000 results, which is incredible for a product that just a few years ago was phenomenally stable and popular. What happened guys? How could you let a poster child of the open source movement become a Windows…

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Free Software December 13, 2011 posted by

Knobroom lets you use a MIDI controller in Adobe Lightroom

If you’ve spent much time on photo manipulation, you know how accurate you have to be with some of those settings. And you know just how much of a pain in the neck it can be to go through each setting that needs changed and move the little slider with your mouse. Wouldn’t it be easier if you just had a physical knob that you could adjust, like musicians do with their audio mixes? Well if you use Adobe Lightroom,…

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Knobroom lets you use a MIDI controller in Adobe Lightroom
Fun & Games December 13, 2011 posted by

Superplexus is the intimidating big brother of Labyrinth

While I grew up playing a lot of video games, we had plenty of other toys that weren’t powered by electricity. One of my favorites was my Labyrinth game. If you’re not familiar with it, it was a wooden box that could be rotated on two different axises. On the surface was a maze which you would navigate with a marble. The trick was that you had to use the handles to rotate the box in order to move the…

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Superplexus is the intimidating big brother of Labyrinth
Fun & Games December 13, 2011 posted by

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader lamps let you choose your side of The Force

There’s always that one thing that a couple argues about constantly. If they’ve been together for a while, it’s usually something silly that most people find amusing. Maybe it’s the side of the sink that one of them sets their dirty dishes. Or perhaps it’s which side of The Force would really have the upper hand. Well if you’re the type of couple that likes to debate the philosophies behind Jedi and Sith, then these matching lightsaber lamps might be…

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Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader lamps let you choose your side of The Force
hmm..interesting December 13, 2011 posted by

Connect your circuits with this Conductive Paint

If there’s one thing that almost all electronic devices need, it’s that copper wire to transfer the energy from one place to another. Sure, there are other conductive metals will work for wire, but what if you could get rid of it altogether? I know, it sounds crazy, but stick with me. I propose that for your next electronic project, you just paint the connections you need.

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Connect your circuits with this Conductive Paint
Fun & Games December 13, 2011 posted by

Blow On Blow Off Light Switch can be controlled by blowing on it

Back in the days before electricity, your lighting was generally provided a fireplace or candle (unless it was daylight out, that is). When you finally went to sleep at night, you’d generally just blow out the candle. If you want to recreate some of that 19th century magic, you can get a light switch that you turn off in the same manner. That’s right, someone created a light switch that is controlled by your breath. This one isn’t meant to…

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Blow On Blow Off Light Switch can be controlled by blowing on it
Gadgets December 12, 2011 posted by

Cobra Tire Tool helps you effortlessly remove bike tires

I don’t spend a lot of time on my bike these days, so repairing damaged tires doesn’t happen too often. However, for those of you that deal with this on a semi-regular basis, you know how much of a pain it can be to even get that flat tire off rim. You’ll also instantly see the appeal of this Cobra Tire Tool.

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Cobra Tire Tool helps you effortlessly remove bike tires
Gadgets December 12, 2011 posted by

GuitarConnect Pro lets you record your guitar sessions on your iOS device

If you’re a musician who likes to play when the mood strikes them, you might find it a bit difficult to record your inspirational riffs when you’re not near a computer. Sure, you can bust out a tape recorder, but it’s not going to do your music justice, especially if you’re strumming an electric guitar. Well, if you have an iOS device, why not record your music straight to it?

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GuitarConnect Pro lets you record your guitar sessions on your iOS device
cool tech December 12, 2011 posted by

NAO Next Gen may be small, but it’s making strides in the robot world

For the longest time, it has been apparent that robots are the future. It first started with book, and then movies about the artificial creatures, but these days scientists are hard at work making functional robots. Aldebaran Robotics is a company with a similar vision. They have just released their latest version of the NAO robot, which is touted to be one of the most advanced bots out there.

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NAO Next Gen may be small, but it’s making strides in the robot world
Free Software December 12, 2011 posted by

Show your support with the Occupy Everywhere Banner

You can’t hardly look at the news these days without catching wind of the Occupy Wall Street movement. If you’re a supporter of the cause, there are plenty of ways that you can do so, without pitching a tent in a local park. Sure, some might say that is the better way to go, but just because you’re protesting doesn’t mean that your bills stop coming in. If you have a website of your own and want to show where…

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Show your support with the Occupy Everywhere Banner
cool tech December 12, 2011 posted by

Zapata Flyboard gives you more control and costs less than previous jetpacks

If you asked someone a century ago what life would be like today, they’d probably tell you that we all will have jetpacks and flying cars. Sadly, there are few such devices in existence today. We don’t really have any flying cars that will get you around, and the few jetpacks that we have are so expensive that few people will ever own one. However, a new water jetpack has been released that costs only a fraction of previous ones.

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Zapata Flyboard gives you more control and costs less than previous jetpacks
reprise December 11, 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. Optrix HD turns your iPhone into a POV camera – If you ski, snowboard, skateboard… The K1 Syringe – a one-time only solution – A World Health Organization study… Traxas X0-1 car can hit 100mph in under 5 seconds – What would you say if I told you… Use Pancake.io to create URLs for your Dropbox files – With tools like Dropbox,…

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Free Software December 10, 2011 posted by

Free Games Corner – Sugar, Sugar, Kikka and super cute Home Sheep Home 2

Hi, I’m Graeme, and I regularly write about free games and nonsense over at lazylaces.com. Recently I was approached by a ferrety looking fellow wondering if I might like to share some of the free web games goodness here at The Red Ferret Journal. So here I am. How could I resist? Especially when he threatened me so convincingly. Anyway, enough about that, let’s proceed game-wards… First up this week is Sugar, Sugar The Christmas Special from BonteGames, a game…

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Free Games Corner – Sugar, Sugar, Kikka and super cute Home Sheep Home 2
Fun & Games December 10, 2011 posted by

ThinkGeek’s Electronic Drum Machine Shirt goes to 11

If you have a musical beat flowing through your veins, then you’re always looking for a way to let it out. Maybe you’re humming a tune throughout the day, or perhaps you’ve got a couple of pens and you’re beating on every solid surface within your reach. Well it sounds like what you need is to get your hands on ThinkGeek’s new Electronic Drum Machine Shirt. We’ve seen other musical shirts in the past, but this one blows the others…

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ThinkGeek’s Electronic Drum Machine Shirt goes to 11