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Mmm…wonder if it works?

diy February 8, 2005 posted by

Smart radio.

The DIY smart Radio Station using iTunes.  A while ago I read a tip somewhere about how to make a few smart playlists work with each other to make a mix of music for a smaller iPod. After thinking for a short time I realized I could make a perfect little ever-changing radio station out of iTunes with a similar methodology…The core here is that you’re going to have to rate all of your music for this to work. Unrated…

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hmm..interesting February 7, 2005 posted by

Wash day ooze?

Apparently a Brit boffin in Australia has discovered that you can clean clothes using just water, and no soap. The secret lies in ‘de-gassing’ the water first, which sounds rather dodgy really.  Richard Pashley, a professor of physical chemistry at the Australian National University in Canberra, has discovered that when tiny air “particles” are removed from water – a process known as “de-gassing” – the water lifts oily stains from the surface of clothes, allowing soap-free cleaning. Prof Pashley said that the technique was…

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hardware February 4, 2005 posted by

VR vroom.

The new Vortek VR arcade machine. PC based, boom mounted virtual reality headset booth with networking built in. You will not believe just how dorky people look when they’re playing this thing. Dance Revolution? Pah! [Thanks Kevin at The Stinger Report]

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hmm..interesting February 1, 2005 posted by

eBay BBS.

Want it Now. So eBay has just introduced a bulletin board type app which lets buyers post details of things they are looking for. Sellers can then send them a link to their auction. Needs to be email driven really, but still a neat idea.

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hmm..interesting January 31, 2005 posted by


Rulers. The complete list of all rulers of this small chunk of rock dating back to 1700 or so. The Internet at its finest!  This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. Also included are the subdivisions of various countries (the links are at the bottom of the respective country entries), as…

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hmm..interesting January 27, 2005 posted by

Health Buddy.

Health Buddy. The home as hospital. The future of health care? Discuss.   The Health Buddy 2 is the cornerstone of the Health Buddy system, which integrates home health monitoring technology with clinical information databases, Internet-enabled decision support tools, health management programs and content development tools. The Health Buddy system addresses more than 45 disease states and engages in dialogue with patients that allow health care providers to identify those at risk and provide care that can prevent hospital admissions.

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Gadgets January 27, 2005 posted by

Talk to the digit, the face ain’t…

The Talking Timer. The world’s first deliberately annoying gadget? $19.99.  The trouble with ordinary clocks and timers is that unless they’re in your line of sight, you never know how much time is left before the alarm rings. But that’s not so with the Talking Timer, a revolutionary device that announces how much time is left, eliminating the need to visually check for yourself. Using a pleasant, human voice, the talking timer announces the remaining time every hour, every ten…

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hmm..interesting January 27, 2005 posted by


Mapr. Maps + photos via Flickr = Mapr. Pretty cool way of looking at the world (OK, so the US only at the moment) via everyday snapshots taken by the public. It’s still beta, as can be seen from the fact that a photo from Richmond Park here in London has been wrongly attributed to a town called Deer in Arkansas. Oh well, I’m sure it’ll get better.    Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take. By adding…

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hmm..interesting January 24, 2005 posted by

Delicious library.

Delicious Library. Interesting $40.00 program for cataloguing your books, movies, music collections etc. What’s novel is the fact that you can use a digital camera or barcode scanner to import all  the details. Saves ya having to input everything in by hand, which is.a.good.thing!  Quickly importing your stuff into Delicious Library doesn’t require a dedicated barcode scanner – you can use any QuickTime-supported digital video camera, like your Apple iSight. Just hold the barcode on the back of any book,…

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hmm..interesting January 24, 2005 posted by


Fink. Open Source software port to the Apple Mac. Interesting in light of the new Mac mini release methinks! Could we be seeing the start of a mass geek move to the Apple platform? Answers on a one button mouse to…  As a result, we have two main goals. First, to modify existing Open Source software so that it will compile and run on Mac OS X. (This process is called porting.) Second, to make the results available to casual users as a…

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hmm..interesting January 21, 2005 posted by

Force feedback?

The Datatec SRComm [Google translate] is a black box flight recorder for cars. Stores things like acceleration, steering wheel action and braking using GPS and a passel of sensors. And saves data onto Memory Stick. How long before these are mandatory, driven by insurance premium pressure or law?

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hmm..interesting January 21, 2005 posted by

Your podness!

Is podcasting the new CB radio, or does it have legs? Time will tell. In the meantime some stuff on the subject: Podcasting is cool. Podcasting sucks. I’m not sure, I think it’s… no wait… Who cares, come to our Podcast Expo anyway. We need the money. Just shut up, download our free Sparks! prog and record podcasts ad nauseum. Pah, what you really need is our iPodder program.

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hmm..interesting January 19, 2005 posted by

Prop puppies.

  Screen Used. Feel the need to buy a collectible movie prop? How about Wolverine’s claw for $7,499.00? Or Ethan Hunt’s bullets from Mission Impossible 2 for $699.00 […is that each? – Ed]. Or even a prototype Light Sabre from Phantom Menace for $8,499.00? Got cash or PayPal? Nice site design too, lads!  ScreenUsed is run by three collectors, Desi DosSantos, Jeff Castillo, and Stephan Lokotsch. They have been collecting screen used props and wardrobe for a combined 38 years….

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