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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Resident Evil The Umbrella Chronicles Shot Blaster


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Nothing beats being able to actually use a plastic gun to shoot virtual people and monsters.  That is, as opposed to using a regular controller, for me it’s far more therapeutic.  Which says all kinds of things about my personality.  The sad thing is that the Wii typically has such boring guns to go with the Wiimote.  Although the bright white is nice and keeps things simple, their guns could really use a little more creative flare.  This new Resident Evil Shot Blaster isn’t over the top, but it at least isn’t plain white or white with blue details.  Plus it’s another way to show your love of Resident Evil.  You can purchase the gun for $29.95 online from Capcom.

[ Capcom ] VIA [ GamerFront ]

Bayonet + Brass Knuckles + Handgun = The Apache

Apache Gun (Images courtesy Hell in a Handbasket)
By Andrew Liszewski

This may look like another steampunk creation cooked up by someone desperately trying to keep the trend alive, but it’s not. The Apache gun was an actual weapon produced somewhere between 1870 to 1900. As we all know, advances in pocket technology only reached their stride sometime after 1915, so before that time the only way a man could carry all three of these weapons at once was to combine them into a single contraption known as the Apache. At least I’m pretty sure that’s why it was created.

Oddly enough, when folded up the Apache measures just 1.5 inches across, making it almost impossible for a grown person to actually use it as a set of brass knuckles. And that bayonet is even shorter, so if you wanted to inflict some actual damage with it you not only had to be close to your target, but extremely persistent as well. In fact many gun collectors still aren’t really sure what the designer of the Apache was thinking, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less desirable. According to Hell in a Handbasket, the surviving examples are considered valuable antiques and usually start around $4,000.

[ Hell in a Handbasket – Is That an Apache in Your Pocket? ] VIA [ ALBOTAS ]

OhGizmo! Review – Oral-B Triumph Electric Toothbrush With Wireless SmartGuide

Oral-B Triumph Electric Toothbrush With Wireless SmartGuide (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Once a privilege only enjoyed by kings, presidents and software magnates, electric toothbrushes have come down in price over the years to the point where you can now pick up a basic model for around $10. However, those looking to pimp out their bathroom with the latest in high-tech gear will be happy to know that there are still electric toothbrushes on the market that cost well over a Benjamin. Like the Oral-B Triumph for example, which currently sits at the top of the heap when it comes to consumer-level dental care. But is it worth the investment? Check out my full review after the jump for those answers, and more!

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Build Your Own R/C Nerf Tank

By Chris Scott Barr

Sometimes I miss the days when I was a kid. Sure school was boring, but it was perfectly normal to run around and shoot your sibling with Nerf guns all day long. Actually I have a Nerf gun sitting on my desk, and I shoot my brother whenever he comes over, so nevermind. Heck, now that I’m an adult I have the resources and intelligence to to take things to the next level and create my very own remote control Nerf tank.

A guy by the name of Travis Schmidt decided to put his robotic skills to good use by creating this cool little R/C Nerf tank. It’s got just about everything you’d want including a laser sight, wireless camera and on-board speakers for “psychological warfare.” Head over to the Instructable site for directions on how to build your own. Oh, and if you’ve got a girlfriend that will actually let you build an R/C Nerf tank, here’s a tip: Don’t shoot her with it!

[ Instructables ] VIA [ BotJunkie ]

ZipHolder Keeps Your Pants Zipped When You’ve Eaten Too Much


By Chris Scott Barr

Have you ever sat down to a meal that’s so delicious that you can’t stop eating? Sure, it’s not something that I do very often, but Thanksgiving dinner and those “all you can eat” pancake dinners really test my self control. It’s during these times that my pants always seem to fit a little too tight. Unbuttoning them always seems like a good idea, until I remember that the zipper will just come undone, leaving me somewhat exposed. However, a new scientific breakthrough may change all of that.

Alright, “scientific breakthrough” might be something of an exaggeration. The ZipHolder is actually this little strap that goes between your zipper and button. This gives you the comfort of unbuttoning your pants without the indecent exposure. If you’ve got a belt on, no one will even notice it’s there. Simple, yet effective. At $7 it’s cheap to boot.

[ ZipHolder ] VIA [ UberReview ]

OQO Model 2+ Shipping Not Likely


By Shane McGlaun

Before the netbook revolution, if you wanted a tiny and very portable computer you had to go with a 12-inch notebook or move down to the even smaller UMPC often sporting screens of 7-inches or so wide. The catch was that the tiny computers offered keyboards typically only suitable for thumb typing.

Among the UMPCs on the market was the OQO Model 2. At CES 2009 OQO unveiled its Model 2+ that added an Intel Atom processor and offered a touchscreen as well. The machine was slick, but still had the tiny thumb keyboard that was a deal killer for me.

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Sharp Mebius Dual LCD Netbook Coming Stateside


By Shane McGlaun

I am a big netbook fan, I like the portability of the machines and every netbook I have tried was capable of doing everything I need a computer to do this side of gaming. With the glut of netbooks on the market, manufacturers are trying everything from bright colors to odd features to set their virtually identical machines apart from the pack.

One of the strangest features I have seen on a netbook is the secondary LCD/track pad that is on the Sharp Mebius NJ netbook I talked about last week. The small secondary display accepts handwriting and turns it into text on the screen as well. If you liked the cool factor of the NJ netbook, you can get one here in America soon.

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Axxana Phoenix Black Box = Serious Data Protection

Axxana Phoenix Black Box (Images courtesy Axxana)
By Andrew Liszewski

Are you serious about backing up and protecting your company’s data? I mean really, really serious? Because if you are, you’ll want to take a look at Axxana’s Phoenix System which includes this nearly indestructible Black Box solid-state disk array. It’s designed to sit on-site and in the event of a worst-case-scenario it’s built to withstand earthquake level shocks up to 40 G’s and 5,000 pounds of pressure in case this thing gets buried in rubble.

In terms of fire, it can also endure direct flames with a temperature of 2000 degrees F for an hour, or 450 F for up to 6 hours. It can even survive being submerged up to 30 feet underwater, in the event your corporate HQ goes all Atlantis. And for an added bit of peace of mind the Phoenix Black Box is also equipped with wi-fi and 3G antennas allowing you to remotely retrieve your data should you not have access to the array. As for the cost? Well not surprisingly it’s not listed on the Axxana website, but anyone seriously interested in this type of data protection probably wouldn’t be concerned with the price anyways.

[ Axxana Phoenix System ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Guy Builds Batman Forever Batmobile Replica In His Garage – Doesn’t Realize It Was One Of The Crappier Batman Movies

Bob Causey's Batmobile (Images courtesy TechEBlog)
By Andrew Liszewski

Now that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale have shown us how Batman movies are supposed to be, it’s hard to watch the previous 4 films without cringing. And that’s why I’m a bit confused as to why sculptor Bob Causey has put so much time and effort into creating a drivable replica of the Batmobile seen in Batman Forever, arguably where the original series of films first took a turn for the worse. Now I’m not knocking his craftsmanship or attention to detail, since this replica has a full working interior and a retractable hard top, but given the choice, I’d definitely go with the homebrew Tumbler instead.

[ TechEBlog – Sculptor Builds Working Batman Forever Batmobile in Garage ]