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hardware August 1, 2005 posted by

PIN sharp payments.

Whilst resting in the local pizzeria the other evening I was accosted by a charming young waitress carrying a compact and yet elegantly designed artifact. “Garcon”, says I, for I have been known to speak London with an astonishingly accurate accent, “Garcon, que’est que heck is this thing, pray tell?” “Oh sir”, maid-of-honour like, she replies, as one does when addressing one’s elders in polite society nowadays, ‘Tis a Dione Xplorer Bluetooth Credit Card Payment Terminal. An’ it’s ever so nice, beggin’ your pardon.” What…

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hardware July 22, 2005 posted by

VoIP phones grow up, get a job.

Patton Smartlink 4050 VoIP SIP telephones. You know a tech is gaining traction when the products start looking a bit funky, and the new generation of VoIP phones are getting there. Cool feature sets are a bit of a giveaway too.  Suitable for the corporate desktop or the home/home office, these feature-rich telephones include speaker phone, multi-line support, one-touch dialing, local conferencing capabilities, and a 100-number local phone directory. Full support is provided for local configuration of call handling for busy, call…

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hardware July 20, 2005 posted by

Multi monitor mayhem.

The Trapezia UM200 Multi Monitor Computer System. Confuscious say – many screens make light work. Or something like that. Around $3500.00?  On going through our range of products, one can see how our systems also allow for Multi User as well as Multi Operating Systems to be used simultaneously. Our DCD System provides one with a completely secure system by using two systems (main system and a sub-system) divided physically, while connecting the Main system to an internal network and the Sub-system to…

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hardware July 13, 2005 posted by


The TopChair stair climbing wheelchair. This looks pretty old, but whatever became of this French invention? It looks like a pretty good rival for Kamen’s iBot beast. Max speed 6 mph, range 18 miles. [Thanks Jose]  

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hardware July 8, 2005 posted by

Fish food.

The BiOrb Fish Bowl Aquarium. With or without halogen light. Well it looks nice, doesn’t it? From £70.00.  The biOrb combines the looks of a traditional fish bowl with the performance of a ‘hi-tech’ aquarium. The 60 litre fish bowl incorporates the clever and easy to change filtration system that has been designed to provide maximum benefits to both fish and fish keeper. The biOrb’s stylish, globe shaped design will prove an eye-catching feature in any location.

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hardware July 5, 2005 posted by

Phone Joan.

The NSK 200 GSM/DECT handset. Approved for NATO SECRET. ‘Cause it’s encrypted and has an upside down aerial. Yes it’s old-ish, but it’s important to know about super secret upside down stuff. Really it is.  NSK 200 is a secure GSM/DECT phone approved for NATO SECRET. The NSK 200 provides end-to-end security based on strong encryption. The transparent data channel of the GSM or DECT system is used for transmission. Plaintext calls are made through the ordinary voice channel.

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hardware June 15, 2005 posted by

Flying eyes.

The Tieman Traveller portable magnifier. Bulkier than their pocket products, albeit more versatile. But what a price – £1495.00.  The Traveller is a battery operated, full colour flat screen electronic magnifier with variable magnification. It has been designed to be truly portable giving maximum freedom to the user. Carry the Traveller with you and use it in the supermarket or in librairies. The magnification ranges from 4.5 to 16 times, with continuous linear zoom, without any pre-set steps. Another unique feature…

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hardware June 13, 2005 posted by

Diplomat’s Globe.

The Diplomat’s 32” Globe. No no that’s globe, not glove. Tsk, ignorant peasants. It’s handcrafted. Illuminated even. With mahogany cradle and 20,000 place names. You want a glove, go to a glovery. You want a globe, gimme $5,500.00. Now.   Search the world over and you will not find a better example of the globemaking art. A handcrafted masterpiece, this extraordinary globe features lavish attention to both form and function. Distinctive details include touch-on illumination, rich ten-color cartography and a solid…

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hardware June 8, 2005 posted by

The Patient Monitor.

The Philips IntelliVue MP20 Patient Monitor. It’s come to something when a piece of medical equipment looks good enough to play games on, eh? Bet the price is no fun fest though. Anyway enough of that. Lithium Ion battery pack (5 hours), 10.4” SVGA screen, integrated recorder. Handles ECG, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and other stuff this Ferret doesn’t want to know about. Be cool to carry one of these around with you all day though, wouldn’t it? Just to…like…make…

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hardware June 7, 2005 posted by

Tiger tiger, burning bright.

The Tiger SideCar PlusFour. You’ve got to be seriously addicted to your work rate to want this sitting on your desktop connected to your laptop. That’s all we’ve got to say. No really, that’s all we’ve got to say. $1999.00.  # Enables notebooks to support up to four additional monitors # Compatible with most Windows XP/2000 notebooks # Stable, fast Matrox G450 MMS graphics certified for professional workstation applications  # Supports standard analog computer monitors up to 2048-by-1536 resolution, and digital DVI monitors…

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hardware June 2, 2005 posted by

Money master.

The Counterfeit Money Detector. Wonder how long before we all need keychain version of this puppy?  Auto recognizes Euro, USD and one of the following: British Pound, Japanese Yen, Switzerland France, etc Display the detected banknote’s denominations. High accurate, detects the banknote’s magnetic ink, printing process, optically variable ink, length, paper transparency, etc. Reliable, more than 99.9% accurate, detects high precision counterfeit processed with intaglio printing (also called super dollar).

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hardware June 1, 2005 posted by

Diggin’ those vibrations.

The World Vibrations Radio Station. A radio station in a box. $2850.00. The ClearChannel crusher?  The WorldVibrations Radio Station (WVRS) is a professional quality “radio station in a box” for on-the-air, Internet, corporate network, satellite or in-house broadcasting. It performs most of the functions of a radio station with the exception of transmitter, offering fully automated “on-air” studio, production studio and streaming media encoding in a studio-quiet, low-power consumption package. It is simple to operate; designed to empower communities and…

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hardware May 23, 2005 posted by

Tranquil PC.

The Tranquil PC T2e Media Center. It’s together, man. Laid back. At one with the cosmos and itself. This is the Zen of PCs. Uh? Oh, it’s also quiet apparently. Around £800.00.  The T2e chassis, benefits from over six months of reviews of customer feedback, CAD redesign, and fine tuning. The result of this work is a beautiful unit, with over 30 improvements on the original T2. Often reviewed as a design master piece.

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hardware May 19, 2005 posted by

Get shorty?

The Cable Short Detector look jolly useful. Ex-pecially if you’ve got a short in a cable, I suspect. Otherwise maybe not. Am I blathering? $359.95.   Here’s a way to find cable faults with accuracy. No more guessing where the problem might be. Works on virtually all two or more conductor cables. Just attach the two leads to one end of the cable and take your reading. You’ll know in an instant where your problem is. Accuracy is +/- 2…

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hardware May 18, 2005 posted by

Go, you must.

The Gotive Communicator PDA is rugged in a George Clooney kind of way, feature packed like Brad Pitt (e.g. GSM/GPRS. WLAN, Bluetooth), has a Julia Roberts touch screen and can read smart cards, fingerprints, RFID, barcodes and offer GPS navigation. And it’s…er…Slovakian. What more could you ask for?  Gotive communicators are primarily designed for use in any application where mobile users need to collect and manage information at the point of activity – outside logistics, transportation, field services, utilities, outside…

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