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Monthly Archives: January 2006

TopDesk 1.4 Bring “Expose” Functionality To Windows

By David Ponce

In my rather inelegant opinion, the most fascinating feature of Mac OSX, is “Expose”. For those (very unfortunate) of you who’ve never seen Expose, it’s this feature that lets you tile, at the press of a button, all the windows you’re using so that you can quickly jump to the one you need. It’s very appealing, visually, and also happens to help, productivity-wise.

Well, Windows lubbers rejoice, for company Otaku Software has released TopDesk 1.4. This program purports to do the same. It requires Windows XP, so, um, if there ever was a reason to upgrade, here you have it.

You can set the program to tile on the press of one of three hotkeys. Alternatively, you can set hotspots that will trigger the tiling function or, finally, via one click on a floating button.

I haven’t tried it yet, but I will right after I publish this here article. I’ll let you know how it goes.


[TopDesk 1.4] VIA [Digg]

The Escargot Kitchen Timer

By David Ponce

Well, here’s an idea. It’s a kitchen timer called “Escargot”, (which, appropriately, means “snail” in French). You wind it up to the desired time, and put it down on a counter. It will then advance slowly, like a snail, until your time has elapsed.

Hopefully, there will be no slime trail. Availability and price are murky concepts at this time.

[Ikonee’s Escargot] VIA [Seihin-World] VIA [BookofJoe]

MiniStatements Car Desk

By David Ponce

With $4,400, you could put a down payment on a new car. Or buy a decent shape used car.


Buy a desk made from what looks like an old Mini. Whether a reproduction (of the Mini), or the real thing, it’s not clear. You’re invited to direct your inquiries to [email protected].

VIA [Chip Chick]

Indiana Jones Animated GIF

By David Ponce

They keep makin’em, we’ll keep postin’em. First it was Star Wars – A New Hope, then The Empire Strikes Back and just lately, Ghostbusters, all as animated GIFs.

Well, here’s another: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.

The madness has to stop one day, but until then, there’s nothing quite as geeky as a full length movie in animated GIF format.

[Indiana Jones Animated GIF] VIA [TeamDroid]

A Flower Printer

By David Ponce

You can bet your right kidney that florists the world over are scrambling over themselves to place an order on this here item as we speak. It’s a very special printer that prints… on flowers. That’s right. It uses some sort of unknown magical process to print any custom image on the delicate petals of any flower.

The unit is large, at 17.4″ X 11.6″ X 10.7″ and 25lbs. And it comes with “5 bottles of preparing oil”. I’m not sure what this means. Do the flowers have to be prepared? Or is the oil for the machine?

So many questions, so few answers. Nevertheless, there you have it. A $1,250 flower printer.

[Compact Impact’s Flower Printer] VIA [The Raw Feed]

Company Makes Custom, Hand-Crafted Cryptex(es?)

By David Ponce

If you’ve read “The DaVinci Code” (you filthy atheist), then you know what a Cryptex is. If you haven’t, the skinny is that it’s a somewhat ancient way of storing sensitive documents and keeping them from being read by the wrong people. It was allegedly used by the master DaVinci himself and the way they work is a little intricate to explain in limited space. Alternatively, it is a purely imaginary creation by author Dan Brown. You can read up on it here.

Whether they were real or not, they are now. Company is selling custom, hand-made versions of the things, with some models fetching as much as $1,065.

Oh, and by the way, I’ve been told that I’m a filthy atheist too!

[] VIA [Retro Thing]

KISS Releases The DP-600, An HD Capable Network Media Player

By David Ponce

It’s not the first time we mention a KISS player. Last time it was for the DP-558, a networkable DVD player that had the distinction of being able to play nearly every format under the sun: DVD, VCD, SVCD, MPEG-2, DivX, XviD, MPEG-4, Audio CD, WMA, MP3, OGG. It did this either on disc media, or streaming over the network.

Well, KISS Technology announced last week a new addition to their media player lineup – the DP-600 High Definition Media Player. What’s changed, of course, is the addition of HD support, at 1080p.

There are a ton of other features available on the DP-600 including a user interface which provides access to KiSS?s Online Portal, access to an online Electronic Program Guide (although there is no Hard Drive in this model to record television shows but it does indicate where KiSS is going with all of this), web radio content, online weather, stock chart information, and finally online gaming.

No word on price yet.

[KISS Technology] VIA [Krunker]

The Smokey Amp, A Guitar Amplifier In A Cigarette Pack

By David Ponce

Yes, yes, this is not new. You may send a support ticket to “editor” at this domain with “Please fix old news problem or I’ll sue!” in the subject line. For the rest of you who don’t give a crap, you should know there’s a company out there that makes some really cool guitar amps from recycled cigarette packs.

The Smokey Amp, uses a square (9V?) battery, boasts a smashing 0.5W of output and is made from real recycled cigarette packs. Despite the low power, most reviewers on the site are almost frothing at the mouth at the quality/price ratio.

You should check it out.

[Smokey Amp] VIA []

EMC’s DMX-3, World’s First Petabyte Storage System

By David Ponce

Don’t know if there are any Fortune 500 CTOs reading this site. Just in case though, listen up. Company EMC just announced the world’s first petabyte storage array: the Symmetrix DMX-3. That’s peta, as in 1,024 terabytes. As in over a million gigabytes.

The machine is physically large, featuring up to 9 cabinets and it achieves this monstrous capacity by packing loads of hard drives. The petabyte system uses 500GB hard drives, and sports an astonishing 2,400 to achieve petabyte capacity.

Of course, they cost about an arm and a leg. The entry-level version of the DMX-3, which features a mere 96 drives costs $250,000. This suggests that the full 2,400 drive petabyte monster should be somewhere around $4million.

Chump change.

[EMC Symmetrix DMX-3] VIA [ZDNet UK]