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Monthly Archives: January 2005

Shower Shock, when there’s no time for coffee

ThinkGeek is featuring an interesting article for those of you that are chronically hurried in the morning.Shower Shock, Caffeinated soap Or those of you that have a penchant for efficiency. Or more simply, those of you that are quite lazy and would rather do two things in one go whenever possible. Behold Shower Shock, caffeinated soap.

You read right. It’s a vegetable based glycerine soap that packs caffeine. And no, you don’t eat it. The caffeine gets absorbed through your skin. Each bar is good for about 12 servings… er, showers, each one at 200 miligrams of caffeine.

And that, my friends, is very cool.

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rapidVoIP: Internet telephony at its best

rapidbox For those of you not in the know, there’s this great company called Skype that allows you to make phone calls with your computer. It’s free software, and the calls too are free… as long as the user you’re calling also uses Skype software. Apparently, some fancy algorythm actually increases the usually poor quality of the calls. If you plan to call a landline though… well, then who cares since it’s not free anymore. They claim it’s cheap but they lost me at the “it’s not free” part.

Whatever the case, they’re making quite a buzz and now another company has come out with a router you can use with Skype. The company is called rapidVoIP and the router a rapidbox, and it allows you to connect your regular phone to it so you can make calls, either PC to PC, or with SkypoeOut (the not-free option) to a landline. The cool part is that both regular phone calls and Skype phone calls can be made with the same phone. Just press * to switch modes. It even has another jack so you can plug in a fax as well.

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PlusDeck: Save your old cassettes

So, since you got an iPod, you blissfully broke away from the iron shackles of CD ownership. No longer did you have to trawl your massive collection of disks everywhere, bent over like Quasimodo. It was liberating, to say the least.

PlusDeckBut, tell me my friend… do you remember what you used to listen to, before you even discovered CDs? Have you forgotten all the hours of melodious delight provided you by your ever faithful cassettes? They haven’t forgotten you, even if you have. They’re still around somewhere, gathering dust, and they would like nothing more than an opportunity to make the jump into that shiny white box you now so lovingly carry around with you everywhere. Dont you feel sorry for abandoning them this way?

Well now, my friend, you have a chance to make things right. With PlusDeck from Korean manufacturer BTO, you can ressussitate those tapes and make MP3s out of each and every wretchedly forgotten track. It fits into a 5.25 inch bay drive on your computer. It makes WAVs or MP3s. It’s compatible with Win 95 to XP.

So as you see, there’s really no excuse anymore.

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For the most discerning enophile

I once found out that everything has a name, no matter how banal. Fear of being scratched is “amychophobia”. Fear of freedom (!) is “eleutherophobia”.Enomatic wine tap Conversely, such mundane things as the love of flowers is referred to in academia as “anthophilia”. Which brings me to my point, that the love of wine also has a designated term. If the thought of spending more than 24 hours away from your most beloved bottle of wine gives you cold sweats, you’re most likely an “enophile”. Either that, or you should start considering a program with the number 12 in it.

Whatever the case, if you’ve got some money to throw around, you might want to consider this product by Tuscany based company Enomatic. The short of it, is it’s a wine tap. One that keeps up to 16 of your wine bottles fresh for weeks with Nitrogen gas. One with computer programmed volume control, automatic spout cleaning and electronic push button operation with back-lit displays. Nifty stuff…

Kind of makes me want to take up wine drinking. Well… more wine drinking. Well… and getting sort of rich first. And… ah, never mind.

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Microsoft lauches free anti-spyware program

Free Microsoft anti-spyware softwareYou know what they say, “When it’s free, it tastes better!” Indeed it does and this time, it’s anti-spyware software from none other than Microsoft. About time something from them comes for free.

Now, there is a catch. It will only install on machines with a genuine Windows. They will check and give you the boot if your Windows is not kosher. Now that makes me wonder… why do such a thing? Shouldn’t anti-spyware software be free altogether? Clean OS or not? I mean, isn’t the reason it’s so easy for some spyware to get cosy in my machine because Microsoft made it so darn easy for people to use it’s OS without knowing what they’re doing? You know them… clicking away willy-nilly, installing God Knows What and the kitchen sink all over the system. And you know, someone should be held accountable for such recklessness. Who better than Microsoft.

So I say, make it free and available to all. The world will be a better place for it.

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Petsmobility: Keep track of your puppy

So you like your pet. No, no, you really like your pet. You like him enough to spend Heaven knows how much to keep track of him every second of every hour. And you know what? You’re proud of it.PetMobility Cell Phone

Here’s how this works. You program the collar to recognise your phone number (like your cell’s). Then you attach the collar to your pet. You go to work. You go on the internet. With the GPS unit, you know where your pet is at any time. You get lonely. You miss him. You dial the collar’s number. It recognizes yours and answers. You chat away and get a fuzzy warm feeling.

Fun, no? Well, PetsMobility Network seems to think so. They’re banking on the $34.3 billion pet and pet related expenditure maket ($34.3 billion???!?!) to make a pretty penny from this. And you know what? I bet they will.

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WiFi Seeker, 50$ signal finder

Wifi seekerThis one’s pretty self-explanatory. You’re out traipsing around the city and you’d like to know if there’s a WiFi connection without having to remove your laptop from it’s carrying case. Simply press the button on the WiFi Seeker, and it’ll let you know if there’s anything within 300 meters. It’ll even give you signal strength, from 1(bad) to 4(good).

The downside is you have no idea what the name of the connection is, or even if you can use it. That’s when you pop your baby out to find out. At 50$ and attached to your keychain, not a bad thing to have, if only to save yourself the trouble of fetching and booting the laptop.

Oh yeah… and it’s kind of fugly.

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Old News, DVP642 is cinephile’s best friend

DVP642 Divx playerWe the good folk at OhGizmo! would never condone such illegal activities as downloading movies from the internet. To do so would be tentamount to murdering whole film carpenter’s families, as some commercials make explicitely clear. That being said, I find it necessary to write a couple of lines about the best darn Divx enabled DVD player on the market right now.

It’s the Philips DVP642. Why the best? Well, it plays Divx and Xvid is why (as well as regular DVDs)! And it’s 70$; 50$ refurbished. It’s been out for a while, and there are quite a few other players that do the same thing out there. Still not at this price though.

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VersaLaser, from thought to object in 10k$

If you have ten big ones lying around, this little toy could be very useful to you. Not to mention fun. Versalaser materials printer

The idea behind this is quite simple. Think your object through, scan or draw it, input raw material into VersaLaser’s hungry mouth and wait a little. Soon enough, out comes your shiny new widget, freshly carved by ten thousand dollars’ worth of impossibly powerful CO2 laser fury.

Now, if it were me, I’d play around with it for two hours and run out of things to make. But that’s just me.

Not an awful lot more to be said about this, so there you have it.

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