Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Continue Time: The Best Damn Clock Ever

July 20, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

Continue Time: The Best Damn Clock Ever

Really awesome: Continue Time is a clock with only one hand, which isn’t as limiting as it sounds. You see, the single arm is broken into three segments, which rotate independently to represent the hour, minutes, and seconds respectively. So while the hour hand pivots on the clock mechanism, the minute hand pivots on the hour hand, and the second hand pivots on the minute hand!
Yes, that was pretty confusing. Here’s a video to clear things up:
Due to the clock’s unorthodox form factor, and for the sake of creativity, Continue Time has no casing, exposing its mechanical innards as a …read more

DIY USB Fan

July 17, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

DIY USB Fan

This is an old hack/mod, but it works pretty well. Here’s what you need:

An old desktop case fan
1 USB cable
A piece of stiff wire
Some electrical tape
A pair of pliers
Cutter

Here are the steps to take:

Cut of one end of the USB cable, and unsheathe the main cord it to reveal a red and black wires. These two wires pull power from a computer’s USB port.
The next step is really simple: Strip the red and black wires of the USB and the old desktop fan, then twist them together. Red to red and black to black of course
Get some electrical tape, and …read more

DYMO LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo Unboxing

July 15, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household, workplace

DYMO LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo Unboxing

So you’ve been introduced to the DYMO LabelWriter 450 line, which is basically a duo of specialized printers designed to facilitate label printing. With the arrival of a unit for review, the higher-end Twin Turbo variant, we can finally see what comes in the box:

The DYMO LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo
Quick Start Guide
Manual
Software CD
Starter Address Label roll
Starter DYMO Stamps Postage Label roll
Power cord
Power adapter
USB cable

Within the unit itself are two label spools. It’s easy to notice the smokey translucency of the cover, and how it facilitates determining how much label supply is left. Also prominent are the jagged edges of both …read more

DYMO LabelWriter 450 Specs

July 11, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

DYMO LabelWriter 450 Specs

DYMO’s pushing a new LabelWriter line, and the company’s sending me a review unit to check out. For now, let’s be content with some product photography and specs:
DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo ($139.99)

Prints fast – up to 71 labels per minute (more than any competitor on the market)
Create labels directly from text in Microsoft Word or Outlook and other programs
Includes easy to use DYMO Label Software that makes it simple to design professional looking labels and manage address books
Quickly create a “one-off” label with the Quick Print widget
Correct US addresses and ZIP+4® codes with included Address Fixer software (Requires Internet connection)
Convert …read more

Key + Keyring Combo is Win

July 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

Key + Keyring Combo is Win

Now this makes total sense: combine a working key with a keyring, and you’ve got a key that can hold your other keys! The official name, “Split Ring Key” sounds so boring though, too technical. so let’s call it the Key Keyring!

Currently for sale at Amron Experimental at $7.00 for a pack of two blanks, the Key Keyring is designed to work with standard key cutters. It’s unclear though where Amron can ship to, and the least they can do is offer bundle discounts for large order quantities. How does $600 for a thousand pieces sound? No word on where …read more

The New, “Anti-Stab” Kitchen Knife Design

June 17, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

The New, “Anti-Stab” Kitchen Knife Design

Yes, we’ve all seen movie characters get blinded by rage pick up a kitchen knife and become murderers. Turns out that scene happens more often in real-life than we like to think, but if a new kitchen knife design takes off, kitchen stabbings could drop significantly.
Debuting in the UK, the anti-stab kitchen knife can still slice and dice, but is tremendously less effective as a stabbing weapon thanks to its redesigned tip. There’s still a pointy tip to facilitate cutting through produce or poultry, though it’s now below a blunt nub which will probably only break skin in the hands …read more

Wireless Gadgets Allow Warantless Searches?

May 21, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

Wireless Gadgets Allow Warantless Searches?

Apparently, thanks to ubiquitous equipment like cordless phones, baby monitors, and something called “cell phones” and “wireless routers”, the FCC can demand access to American homes.
That’s because the FCC claims that newer gadgets that use radio waves (or are subject to the same rules that have dictated the government agency’s actions in decades past. In other words, the power to search for non-certified equipment and pirate broadcasters without a warrant.
There’s a reason why the FCC wields such authority. After all, it was created to ensure that transmitting and broadcasting entities play nice and within the allotted frequencies, and prevent the …read more

Study Ball Chains People to Their Work

May 14, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

Study Ball Chains People to Their Work

Straight from a Spanish mind comes an elementary way of ensuring you keep working—or that your kid does his homework. The Study Ball is literally a ball and chain contraption that automatically unlocks after a preset time.
Modern touches include a red LED clock showing how much time is left, and the apparently skin-friendly non-abrasive shackle. The classic ball remains though, and is relatively a bit hard to move around at 20-something pounds (or 9.5 kilograms for those on the metric scale).
Oh, and in case you’re curious, the ball’s diameter is 10.6 inches (27 cm) and chain length is …read more

Why Pencil Sharpeners and Animals Should Never Mix

March 15, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

Why Pencil Sharpeners and Animals Should Never Mix

I think it’s really hard to package pencil sharpeners in any organic form. Positioning the hole on the side calls for a hefty animal, while mimicking nature—placing the holes where they naturally occur—is just asking for it. Case in point: the Sharp-End Pencil Sharpener:

Dog variant available to those who read more.

18-Device Universal Remotes from One For All: Worth the Price?

February 26, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household, Peripherals

18-Device Universal Remotes from One For All: Worth the Price?

The straightforwardly-named One for All recently came out with two universal remote controls, both featuring a 2.2″ color display. The Xsight Colour URC 8602 and Xsight Touch 8603 are practically similar, right down to their ability to control up to 18 other devices, save for iPod-like touch controls on the latter model (yes, another victim of iPhone mania). The Touch also runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, while the Colour depends on 3 triple As.
Both variants’ small screens apparently preclude the need for a manual, since all relevant information will end up on-screen, updated as necessary. One For All also …read more

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