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Monthly Archives: September 2005

We Have A First Sponsor!

Good news guys. Not even 24h and someone already purchased pixels on the banner. This time, it’s our esteemed fellow blogger, Takashi Yamada from YankoDesign. He has just purchased 600 pixels. It’s up there, on the banner.

I’m happy that it’s him. He has a great site with frequent updates. He’s the one who found the Shaking Baby Monitor from a while back, among other things. Give him a visit and show him that he hasn’t wasted his money.

Tell your friends, spread the word. And keep checking back to see just how much and how fast we sell’em.

Zaphod, Multiple Clipboards For All Of Windows

By David Ponce

If you use MS Office, you’ve probably used that fancy clipboard that fits multiple things and adds all sorts of functionality (it’s late, and I can’t write. I’ll deal with my legal department in the morning). Well, now, you can add that same functionality throughout Windows with a bit of free software, The Zaphod by one Billy Chasen.

I kind of like the name, Zaphod. See, Zapod had two heads. And with this piece of code, you can have two clipboards… or more. It’s all seamlessly integrated into the keyboard. There’s no funny interface to deal with and all that jive.

Now, you should know that I haven’t yet tried the thing myself. Maybe someone out there is willing to sacrifice five minutes of his time in the name of accuracy and so forth.

Again, give Zaphod a look.

Yumemi Koubou (Dream Workshop)

By David Ponce

The Japanese are always thinking of wonderful things. This time, it’s a device that purports to give you the ability to control your dreams.

You first decide what you want to dream, then place a related photograph on the screen (e.g. if the dream is to become famous, put the picture of your favorite actor/actress), insert a fragrance in the dispenser, and choose an appropriate background music from the database. Then you must visualize the desired image and pronounce (record) a statement, such as “I want to be famous”.

After all this process, you leave the Dream Workshop near the bed and go to sleep. The device will play the music or the recorded phrase and release the fragrance during 8 hours, along with the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep pattern. And after 8 hours, it wakes you up with soft music and light.

Yeah. Interesting. Right.

You can get it from Yahoo Japan for 2,900 Yen, aka $25.

Story VIA Odd Things From Japan.

Get Off The Phone In A Hurry With

By John

I’m not exactly sure why the people at chose bulky WAV formats over leaner MP3s, but we’ll leave it up to them to think it out at the end of the month, when they get their enormous bandwidth usage bill. What is this site?

Well, somewhat similar in nature to another service recently featured here, this site offers up sound effects for you to play loudly whenever you wish to have an excuse to get off the phone. There’s a bunch of things. From car alarms going off, to jet planes passing by to a ringing doorbell.

Come on. Think about it. You have Annoying Aunt Annie on the phone, and nothing’s getting her off. Suddenly, “someone’s at the door, Auntie, gotta go”.

Eh… not terribly useful, but well, there you have it. Visit Sorry Gotta Go. Story VIA

The Quantum Sleeper

By John

You are frightened. This is you. You are a person who happens to be perpetually frightened.

That’s fine really. It takes all kinds, you know. Of course, to alleviate some of that fear and perhaps get some sleep at night, you might be interested in The Quantum Sleeper. Also known as “The Bunker Bed”.

The Quantum Sleeper Unit is a high-level security system designed for maximum protection in various hostile environments

Quantum Sleepers can also be fitted to provide protection from destructive forces of nature such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.

The Quantum Sleeper is the ultimate in protection, entertainment and communications, “ ALL ROLLED UP IN ONE???.

In other words, it’s a bed that completely encapsulates you. It integrates pretty much all you think you’d need during a period of duress: CD/DVD player, fridge, microwave and PC hookup.

Price is hard to find, so I gave up[-Ed.].

Visit The Quantum Sleeper‘s site. Story VIA

Update: Ah, there we go. Sharp eyed reader JP found the price: $160,000. That’s some expensive paranoia.

The $100,000 Banner

So that’s it guys. This is how we’re going to fund a professional, top-notch redesign of OhGizmo: with the $100,000 Banner.

What’s the idea? Well, let’s just say I was inspired by Alex Tew, of Million Dollar Homepage fame. He is selling adspace on his site, $1 per pixel in 100px blocks. He’s made over $140,000 so far and I’m sure he’ll make his million.

While there already are other cheap copycats around (making money as well!), I’ve at least made an effort to modify his idea a little. In fact, I think I’ve modified it enough to make it better!
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The $100,000 Banner Order Page

So you want to purchase some pixels on the banner? Good, you’ve made the right choice. There are a few things to know before you get started.

The minimum amount for a purchase is 100 pixels. Until November 26th, 2005, this will cost $50. Each additional block of 100px is $50. Anything under this amount would make the respective icon meaningless and would make it unduly hard for a visitor to click on.

No animated GIFs. Imagine an entire banner with animations!

No links to pornographic or offensive material. Should you change your website to one of a pornographic or offensive nature after your order has been processed, you will forfeit your spot without refund.

You will have a spot on the banner for 12 months. After this time, your space will be re-allocated to another sponsor. If you wish to extend your time beyond 12 months, you can do so by pre-purchasing some additional adspace.

You are free to rotate your icons at any time. Contact me and send me the new pixels, and I will make the change.

You are free to move your ad around, as long as there are free spots.

And that’s all there is to it. Each order will be processed individually, until such time that an “automated” system is implemented. Payments can be made through Paypal.

To get started, make your payment using the button below. Once that is done, send an email to editor at ohgizmo {dot} com with the following:

Your icon, made up of little (10px by 10px) blocks. Remember, nothing animated, and please keep the format to gif or jpeg.

Where you would like it to go. To do this, count squares. Eg. Five from the left and two down.

What text you would like to show when people mouseover. This is important, as it’s your only “pitch” but can only be 50 characters in length.

Finally, what website you would like us to link to. Make sure it starts with “http://”

That’s all there is to it, folks. Enjoy!

The $100,000 Banner

One fine morning in early September 2005, a young British fellow by the name of Alex Tew woke up with a fantastic idea: to make a million dollars selling a million pixels at $1 each, in blocks of 100. He would sell these blocks as adspace and promise his sponsors a spot for a minimum of five years. Thus was born The Million Dollar Homepage.

The concept was explosively ingenious. Word of mouth spread like wildfire and within three weeks he had amassed over $140,000 ($140,200 as of Sept. 25th, 2005). As of writing, traffic is still pouring in, and his daily Alexa rank hovers at around 800. Curiosity at the sheer audacity of his plan, and most importantly, astonishment at his success is driving hordes of onlookers to the site for a peek, and I, for one, have no doubt he will achieve his stated goal.

Copycats are already popping up and making money as well. For proof, visit The Million Penny Homepage. Now, I believe this phenomenon can teach us an important lesson: “Per-pixel” advertising is an economically viable advertising model. For this reason, I’ve decided to launch my own, modified and improved version of the concept:

The $100,000 Banner

That’s right, you can now purchase adspace on for a dollar a pixel, in blocks of 100 and you can keep that space for one year.

Why improved? Aren’t I just another copycat, banking on someone else’s brilliant idea? Well, yes and no. Consider the advantages of buying space on OhGizmo’s $100,000 Banner:

The Million Dollar Homepage does not provide any real content. The huge traffic spike it is experiencing right now is a consequence of people’s curiosity. Once the novelty aspect will have worn off, there will be no other incentive to visit the page, diminishing the value of the sponsors’ investments.

-We produce quality content. We have increased our readership from 50 daily visitors to 7,000 in four months, without the use of any gimmick and expect this number to keep rising over time. Our Alexa rank currently stands at 41,777. We receive over 230,000 unique visitors a months, totalling over 360,000 page views. In a year’s time, these numbers will be even higher, not lower.

-You get space for 12 months. Our current advertising model gives you a spot for $20 a week or around $1000 a year. For a tenth of the price, you can be featured on Of course, you only get a 100 pixel (10px by 10px) block, yet it is clear from The Million Dollar Homepage’s success that this form of advertising drives traffic to sponsors in a way that traditional methods don’t. People will come to the site everyday and think: “I wonder who bought some adspace on today…” Obviously, you can purchase larger blocks and drive even more traffic to your site.

-The size constraints actually spur creativity in a way that traditional banners don’t.

-For the first two months, we will offer a 50% rebate on the pixels. That’s right, until November 26th, 2005, you can purchase a 100 pixel block on the $100,000 Banner for $50, instead of $100.

So that’s it folks. Call it an investment. Call it an experiement in alternate advertising. Call it anything you like. I can guarantee you will be able to drive serious amounts of traffic to your site, and do so for at least a year. More if you re-order.

To place your order, visit this page.

The No-Hands Mouse

By Jennifer

Switching from the keyboard to the mouse can eat up precious time. Since the hands should stay on the keyboard how about controlling the mouse with your feet? This device consists of 2 controllers, one for movement the other for clicks, and has a Y connector so you can keep your normal mouse if you wish.

Price: Buy $315.95, Rent (er, alright…) $19.00. Right here.