Carol of the Bells Light Show

December 25, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household, Lifestyle

Let us thank YouTube, because not all of us have enough money to foot the electric bill for 54,000+ lights:

Merry Christmas dear readers!


What are You Doing Online?!?

December 24, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Announcements

If you’re reading this post, set for publication after 6pm on December 24, 2008, then I have all the right in the world to ask what are you doing online?!

Where I come from, we party on Christmas Eve. Even those who’ve got work during the day disconnect from everything else, and clear the night for a night of alcohol, debauchery, and gift-giving!

So I suggest you do the same now. Stop straining your eyes, stop staying on top of what’s happening on the internets. Stand up and leave the computer (you are of course, welcome to download torrents, since they don’t need your direct supervision anyway). Give yourself a break now, especially since you’ve probably got no work tomorrow. Enjoy your Christmas Eve!

Crumper Loo Roll: Field Test

December 23, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

So I never planned on opening—much less using—the Crumpler Loo Roll, which is basically toilet paper enjoying the same marketing that supports Crumpler’s pricey bags. But nature really did call just before I was about to attend a wedding, and I was thankful I kept the roll in my car. Read more

Simple Hack Turns Cellphone into Blood Disease Detector

December 23, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Digital Cameras, Lifestyle

Serving mankind: Cheap technology to replace an expensive setup, via a cellphone slightly modified to quickly detect diseases in blodd samples. Apparently, testing blood for deadly diseases (like Malaria, HIV,etc.) requires specialized equipment and labor, which is probably why not everyone can enjoy the luxury of the early diagnosis needed to improve chances of recovery.

And that’s why a recent invention via a UCLA research team seems so promising. Using an off-the-shelf gadget like a cellphone’s built-in camera, and an easy to apply filter, the whole roundabout blood testing thing has been reduced to an automated science. Easy to implement, won’t break the bank, and frees up labor for other important tasks. Never did an invention sound so useful. And look! Sony Ericsson gets free exposure as well!

(image and further details from Wired)

Wii Athletes Get Injured Too

December 22, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Announcements

Or to be more accurate, cause injuries. Wiis also do a great job of exposing adults as uncoordinated fogeys:

C’mon! Any net-savvy youngster knows that mere wrist flicks do a better job than swinging wildly!


Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds is Perhaps First Laptop With Built-in Second Display and Color Calibrator

December 22, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Announcements

As reviewed by PC Magazine, the Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds is definitely “far from elegant” yet also features “some very special capabilities”. That’s because aside from a 10-inch portrait screen that slides out from this 17″ behemoth, the W700ds also has a Wacom tablet and color calibrator built-in.

You’ve also got five USB ports, FireWire, a built-in webcam, and thanks to the laptop’s size, a numeric keypad as well. But what will really make jaws drop are the 2.53Ghz Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a dedicated Nvidia Quadro FX 3700M—industry-grade power for professionals.

So in short, the W700ds is definitely a great choice for creative types, and you’ll really need to be creative to raise the $4,240 you’ll need to buy this baby. Also, this laptop is large and heavy enough to kill via blunt-force trauma.

(Image and the full review available at PC Magazine)

Hybrid Disc Promises Content for Blu-Ray and DVD Players

December 20, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Announcements

Makes a lot of sense: Tokyo-based company Infinity Storage Media will be releasing the world’s first hybrid DVD/Blu-Ray title. The special discs will obviously run on DVD and Blu-Ray players, a feat made possible thanks to a special layering technique that makes content available to both a DVD and Blu-Ray lasers. A visual aid explaining everything—as well as disc pricing info—will be available to those who continue. Read more

iTouchMidi Turns Your iPhone or iPod touch into a Beatpad

December 20, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Check it out, a video detailing how iTouchMidi works:

(itouchmidi.com, via Gearfuse)

Blast Knuckles Provide a Million Volts on-the-go

December 19, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

With a promised stun power of 950,000 volts, these blast knuckles are probably to shock anyone into submission. At least long enough for you to get away, that is. This self-defense gadget seems better because you can already place it on your fist as you walk home, ready to react quickly to any threats.

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?), the blast knuckles aren’t legal in all fifty states in the US, so Americans should do a little research before plopping down approximately $50. Still these are definitely a great tool to have around if ever you find yourself walking home alone after those rowdy holiday celebrations. (image and source story from Popgadget).

32GB Kingston Flash Drive Reviewed

December 19, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Peripherals

There’s usually a point where carrying around a portable hard disk makes more sense than trying to cram as many gigabytes into as small a volume as possible. But the Kingston Data Traveler 150 looks like a good buy for anyone wanting to store a lot of data (32GB) within their pocket—and copy it to and from USB-capable devices quickly:

The Kingston family’s latest USB flash drive addition comes to the market with great read and average write performance, great for those of you looking for vast amounts of easily portable storage space without necessarily breaking the bank either. Built with a solid case and a great look I applaud Kingston’s continuous ability to offer some of the finest and most robust flash drive designs on the market and thus the Data Traveler 150 naturally comes highly recommended.

One aspect reviewer everythingUSB should’ve covered was reliability. What’s the point of 32GB of memory, if even a minor, data-wiping error is likely?

(image and full review from everythingUSB)

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