Friday, March 31, 2006

Water Cannon Electric Boat

Water Cannon Electric Boat at Hammacher Schlemmer

This is a rechargeable electric watercraft powerful enough for riders to navigate lakes and ponds for up to six hours per charge, and it has a built-in motorized water canon that can continuously spray a stream of water up to 35'. The compact, center-mounted 12-volt motor runs on a standard deep cycle marine battery and charger (available at stores that sell outdoor sporting equipment), and provides nimble maneuverability at speeds up to 3 1/2 miles per hour

New Disney Powered USB keys

Akihabara News

You've got to admit these new Disney USB drive keychains are pretty darn cute. Donald and Daisy the Stitch and Toy Story Alien ones if they ever hit the US. They come with either 256 or 512 MB of storage, no idea how much they cost.

Hello Kitty USB key V2

Akihabara News

Hello Kitty's beloved white Persian cat and the silver necklace she wears has the key to Kitty's jewelry box

Excel add in ASAP Utilities

Add ins for Microsoft Excel 97, XP, 2000, 2003. Numbering, decompiler, add time in excel, statistics, data analysis, statistical, hours excell add in. Excel addin erstellen. XP freeware 20

Excel seems to be that multi-purpose application that is used for everything from household budgeting to rudimentary database applications like phone lists or inventory systems, to complex forecasting and analysis functions. Given the ubiquitous nature of Excel, it's no wonder that ASAP-Utilities came to be. ASAP-Utilities is a package of over 300 macros and scripts (commonly called 'utilities' by the creator) to automate common tasks and make difficult processes in Excel much more manageable.
Incredibly, this huge library of helpful additions are provided for free. There is a 110 page PDF file available for instructions on how to get the most out of the utilities provided, and there is even a blog in support of ASAP-Utilities and Excel in general. - 101 Fabulous Freebies - 101 Fabulous Freebies

PC World has published an article called 101 Fabulous Freebies which is a round-up of apps, web sites, and services that you can use for free. Their "outrageously useful" tools are broken up into categories like "Tune Up," "Find It," and "Lock It Up," and they're fairly well-chosen, though I'm sure most readers could think of at least a couple things they've left out. It also includes some welcome round-ups of RSS readers, webmail, blogging tools, and video sharing sites.

Identifont - identify fonts and typefaces

Identifont - identify fonts and typefaces

This is a cool concept, that appears to work pretty well. If you've got a font that you're dying to find but you don't know the name of it, head on over to Identifont. Indentifont uses a series of graphical questions to narrow down the list of possible fonts to the specific one you are searching for.

iPod Hi Fi connections

Xitel - Precision Audio Technology

An easy and affordable solution for getting the music on your iPod into your stereo (or boombox or home theater system) with high fidelity sound, the Xitel HiFi Link works with all dockable iPod models, including the nano and iPod with Video—which means the device not only works with audio, but also pictures and video. Gold-plated, line-level outputs are designed for superior sound and image quality, and charging and remote control functionality are nice extras.

Paper Table Lamp, Faux-Wood Veneer

Paper Table Lamp, Faux-Wood Veneer - Wal-Mart

There’s a certain amount of kitschy humor at play in a wood veneer paper lampshade (or in the name of this piece), and although we’re not quite sure the designer intended it, we think it works. The chrome-finished steel frame is sufficiently understated, and the piece comes off looking exactly like what you might expect to find at the point where Wal-Mart and modernism meet.

Stagger Shelf by Brave Space

Stagger Shelf made from bamboo.

While this Brave Space Stagger Shelf is a bit pricey ($2350), you get what you pay for. Made with vertical grain bamboo, with a non-toxic finish, the unit is as progressively designed as it is appealing to look at. A striking option for shelving, this piece can easily act as the centrepiece of a wall.

DOSBox, a x86 emulator with DOS

Play Spacequest/KingsQuest/PoliceQuest/Leisure Suit Larry et. al.!:

"DOSBox is a DOS-emulator that uses the SDL-library which makes DOSBox very easy to port to different platforms. DOSBox has already been ported to many different platforms, such as Windows, BeOS, Linux, MacOS X...

DOSBox also emulates CPU:286/386 realmode/protected mode, Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS, Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA graphics, a SoundBlaster/Gravis Ultra Sound card for excellent sound compatibility with older games...

You can 're-live' the good old days with the help of DOSBox, it can run plenty of the old classics that don't run on your new computer!

DOSBox is totally free of charge and OpenSource."

Thursday, March 30, 2006


UNLOCK those files you'd like to delete.

You know those dreaded "Access Denied" and "Sharing Violation" errors that accompany locked files? Today I have a solution. A free Windows utility that will help you escape the locked file menace and let you get rid of the stupid things and get on with your life. Unlocker, gives you a context menu item that displays a list of locking processes and lets you kill the process or just unlock the file.

The Quickest, Easiest, Movie 2 iPod

Cheapest, well if ya gotta pay for it.

This application is a simple little tool with one purpose: convert Quicktime-compatible video into a format and resolution that's ideal for the iPod video. Since it's Quicktime-based, it even supports third-party codecs like DivX. Once converted, just drop the videos into iTunes and they'll sync to your iPod. For less than ten bucks, this is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to convert video for use on your iPod

Just about the Coolest

Balloon sculptures ever.

The site is in Russian, however, the pictures say a 1000 words.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Listen to those LPs again.

LPs are making a comeback. Not that CD manufacturers and Internet download sites should lose any sleep, but many people out there — including those firmly rooted in the iPod generation — are enjoying vinyl recordings and their rich musical sound once again. But most HiFi equipment is now missing that PHONO selection. Choose AUX, plug YOUR LP Player into this box and you're off!

Maximum volume limit on iPod

Responsibility out the window.

Lets sue everyone 'cause you can crank your iPod and go deaf! Dumb Asses, turn the volume down already.

Zettel'z 5

Same Scale as a large chandelier.

Giving off a mixture of direct and diffused light that is completely customizable, this Zettel’z 5 lamp, designed by Ingo Maurer aims at “a blend of art, sculpture and light.” The lamp comes with 31 pre-printed sheets of Japanese notepaper featuring the designer’s drawings, along with an additional 49 blank sheets to be used as you see fit. The cards can all be clipped onto stainless steel wire cables that protrude from the top of the heat-resistant, frosted glass bulb that protects the cards from heat. I envision perhaps along with the japanese notepaper, pictures of family, pets, friends. Hang from the foyer and make a grand statement.

Surprising Expiration Dates

Singles Guide to expiration dates.

Certain items in your house practically scream “toss me” when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on the Cheddar? A sure sign it needs to be put out of its misery. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes. But what about that jar of olives or Maraschino cherries that has resided in your refrigerator since before the birth of your kindergartner? Or the innumerable nonedibles lurking deep within your cabinets and closets: stockpiled shampoo and toothpaste, seldom-used silver polish? How do you know when their primes have passed?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Spam Cube

Plug it in. Stop spam. No subscription fee.

Say "Hi" to the Spam Cube™. Just plug in this powerful little tool and you'll completely protect up to four computers in your home from spam. Our proprietary built-in anti-spam technology stops spam so there's no subscription fee and it's easy to install. It also works with all operating systems and virtually every email program.

Desktop Backgrounds For Designers

Desktop Backgrounds For Designers

Lots and lots of places for backgrounds.

Nasal Cleansing

Welcome to The Neti Pot Company sells neti pots, which you fill with warm salt water and pour into one nostril until it pours out the other nostril.

Conjoined Bears

Patricia Waller:Bilder

Oh Yeah... Love the shark with the leg in its mouth.

Don't Listen to Internet Music a lot but have an iPod?

Welcome to personalised radio. You can skip songs you don't like, and your musical profile updates accordingly. Audioscrobbler will send the name of every song you play on your computer to This effortlessly populates your profile to play radio you like and make personalised recommendations!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Windows Is So Slow, but Why?

Basically, Baggage

Windows carries the baggage of its past. As Windows has grown, the technical challenge has become increasingly daunting. Several thousand engineers have labored to build and test Windows Vista, a sprawling, complex software construction project with 50 million lines of code, or more than 40 percent larger than Windows XP.

M2L Cube

Cube; It's About Genuine Design

Versatile cabinet range made up of individual units which can be placed side by side, stacked or wall hung or as a room divider. Available with hinged doors, glass doors or open fronts. TV and Bar elements available. Optional inserts for CD storage, utensils, bottles and dishes. Stacked cabinets can be turned 90, 180 or 270 degrees.



Exotic Coach unveils yet another exclusive luxury vehicle. Presenting the LimoJet.™ A one-of-a-kind custom jet converted into the utmost unique limo experience. This monster is created by Jetmousine LLC, a custom manufacturer of patent-pending Jetmousines, Learmousines and LimoJets for the transportation, corporate and high net worth market.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Anonymity complete GUIDE

Secret Surfing:

Nowadays, everyone wants privacy on the web, because no matter where you go, someone could be watching you. Someone like your employer, someone trying to hack your system, companies gathering all your info to sell to yet other companies, or even the government, may be on your track while you peacefully surf the web. Thus, anonymity on the web means being able to use all of its services with no concern about someone snooping on your data.

CD or DVD dispenser

CD or DVD dispenser

WTF? Is this why we are all so fat? An auto CD/DVD Dispenser? Because it's just too hard to untwist those canisters?

Gadgets, Gear and Good Things from Japan...

Digital World Tokyo - Gadgets, Gear and Good Things from Japan...:

Thermaltake's giddy iFlash Mini is a 2,000rpm, 80mm fan with an LED that shows the ambient temperature in 'attractive' glowing red, along with a rotating company logo, no less. This stunning achievement is upstaged, however, by the company's Big Daddy iFlash 12, a 120mm version that spins in red, blue and, ugh, green. The extravaganza of color does take a toll on the fan's performance, which wilts to a paltry 1,600rpm.

LyngSat - Lyngemark Satellite

LyngSat - Lyngemark Satellite

Free Satellite stations, All you need is a dish.

Programmable Beverage Containers

Programmable Beverage Containers:

Programmable Beverage Containers : Surface buttons on bottles release colors, flavors, fragrances, and one or two doses of caffeine.

Eight great iPod hacks

Playlist: Eight great iPod hacks, mods and tricks:

The iPod is a deeply personal device. The music, contacts, calendars and notes you store on it reveal much about your personality. From playcounts to playlists, our iPods can tell others what we enjoy, how we think and even who we are. But if you truly want to transform your iPod into an engine of extreme personal expression, why not customize it? "

It's good to be sure...

Ctrl-Alt-Del, read the taskmanager, enter in the file name you don't know, it tells you.

A load of C.R.A.P.

A load of C.R.A.P.:

ZDNet Executive Editor David Berlind suggests that CRAP or Content, Restriction, Annulment, and Protection, is a catchier phrase than DRM - Digital Rights Management. Why does he think this technology is crap? Once you've bought music or other content to play on one device, it won't play on any other device because of the proprietary layer of CRAP.

Unchi *Turd* Hat

Unchi *Poop* Hat

The Japanese aren't shy about bodily secretions and have a sense of humor about them unparalleled. And with their ability to make anything cute and cuddly, they have made even poo an irresistible fashion trend. This joke poo hat has the unmistakable color and shape of dung. With a black elastic strap to keep it firmly on your head, this plush poop is 5.5" wide at the base and 4" high. A fun party item or just wear it to make everyone around you think you've gone crazy. A hilarious item that is made in Japan... where else?

Install OSX Tiger on Intel Machines

(or USB Drives) Using Only Windows Software

Many of the guides for installing OSX Tiger are complicated and use linux. You can install OSX using public-domain free windows only tools.
If you wish to install OSX tiger to your intel machine or usb drive, you can follow these few steps. Be careful because you can kill your hard drive if you are not careful.

XP: Get Updates No Matter What

Or Change your Product Key

If your windows installation has issues, or for some other unmentionable reason is unable to get updates from the windows server, this is what you need to do.

Stream Your Media thru Any Web-Enabled Device

Orb Networks Home

Orb takes the home out of home entertainment! Orb gives you secure access to your digital media from your home computer through a simple Web interface. Stream your live TV, photos, music and videos to any Web-enabled device.

Forget Spinners

These people pimp your ride in style

Spinners are out! With the PimpStar's built-in full color LED lights, microprocessor and wireless modem, you can display virtually any image, including text, graphics, logos, and even digital photos!
Oh, and at the link, there's a movie.

Making An Operating System Faster

10 Things Apple Did To Make Mac OS X Faster

The performance of computer hardware typically increases monotonically with time. Even if the same could be said of software, the rate at which software performance improves is usually very slow compared to that of hardware. In fact, many might opine that there is plenty of software whose performance has deteriorated consistently with time. Moreover, it is rather difficult to establish an objective performance metric for software as complex as an operating system: a "faster OS" is a very subjective, context dependent phrase. - Free computer books - Free computer books

Just what it says folks, free computer books. The categories look mostly like programming type.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Kellog's Cereal Now with Mad Cow Disease!

Get your Breakfast with Beef or Pork

Mar 24, USA (HPI) Kellog's breakfast cereal adulterated with beef products.
The following information comes from the Kellog's website, where information reveals that several of the popular snack products that appear to be vegetarian are actually not.
Gelatin is used to help the texture of the product and is derived from either beef or pork. Kellogg's (R) Frosted Mini-Wheats (R) and Kellogg's (R) Rice Krispies Treats (R) cereals contain type B gelatin, which is derived from beef.
Whenever marshmallow ingredients are present in a Kellogg's (R)cereal brand, the marshmallow contains type A gelatin, which is derived from pork. Kellogg's (R) Krave (TM) Snack Bars also contain type A gelatin derived from pork sources. Read on.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Pill Shaped Clock Radio


The Gellule comes in an array of colors and performs its radio/buzzer alarm clock function with aplomb. It sports a LCD display, snooze button and radio. Under the direction of designer Pascal Bardel, the Gellule is a capsule-shaped clock that is bound to take its place in any self-respecting, chic bedroom.

Geek to Live: Set up a home wireless network - Lifehacker

Geek to Live: Set up a home wireless network - Lifehacker

Today I’m going to go over the steps to setting up a passworded wifi network with a regular old home cable modem.
Note: If you’re the family computer technician, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now because you’ve set up half a dozen wifi networks for your friends and family. This article isn’t for you - it’s for sending to your brother-in-law in Boise who calls you about getting wireless internet at home.

Solar Powered UAV

Solar Powered UAV : Start Flying

The ultra-light aircraft is solar-electric powered, autonomous and is designed to fly at altitudes as high as 132,000ft (25 miles/40km), above normal commercial air-lanes and most weather. The platform is capable of continuous operation through the use of solar power and low drag aerodynamics. The combination of solar panels on the upper wing surface and rechargeable batteries allows Zephyr to be flown for durations of many weeks and even months. United Solar Ovonic’s lightweight solar cells have been incorporated into the Zephyr which is powered by approximately 1 kW of United Solar’s lightweight thin film PV.

Is it OK ... to use a dishwasher?

This Dishwasher is more efficient than you!

The most efficient dishwashers on the market use less energy and water than the most slap-dash human dishwashers. In between these two extremes matters become a little less clear cut. It's worth looking at the testing method quickly to see how the results can vary.

For the small of space! Believe it or not, this dishwasher is about the size of a LARGE microwave. Fits plates up to 11 inches easily, larger items require some creative use of space. Features a stainless steel, odor-resistant interior & high-powered wash cycles (45 minutes duration).

Clicky here for a link to the new dishwasher

KTA [ Loblolly House ]

KTA [ Loblolly House ]

Built entirely off-site and elevated on concrete piles.

Jamie 'must back squirrel-eating'

Yum... squirrel-eating'

Yep, time to club to death as many of the little grey buggers as you can to save the native British red squirrel. Shove 'em in the pot and ignore the squeals of our children!

Linspire Mini

eHomeUpgrade Linspire Mini

Chalk one up for the Linux guys. Linspire, the creators of the Debian/GNU Linux based Linspire OS, showcased a self-branded mini PC at CES 2006 that somehow slipped under the radar. According to TUX Magazine, the sweet little $399 (approx.) PC takes its looks from Apple's Mac mini but the similarities end there.

Linspire Mini

eHomeUpgrade Linspire Mini

Chalk one up for the Linux guys. Linspire, the creators of the Debian/GNU Linux based Linspire OS, showcased a self-branded miniPC at CES 2006 that somehow slipped under the radar. According to TUX Magazine, the sweet little $399 (approx.) PC takes its looks from Apple's Mac mini but the similarities end there.

Thursday, March 23, 2006



Wow, you could spend all day here. Everything's in Dutch, however, it's easy to navigate the pages to view the pictures.

Configuring a free VPN solution in your home:

VPNs or Virtual Private Networks

VPNs or Virtual Private Networks continue to increase in popularity due to the rise of inexpensive, high capacity Internet connectivity. Therefore lots of people are now using secure VPNs in order to connect to their home based networks as well as their office networks. If you have stumbled across this article and do not know the meaning of the term VPN it would be as follows:

A VPN is used to connect multiple private networks securely across an unsecured public network like the Internet. A private network in this case would be a network in which the traffic is not freely accessible by the public. If we break down the meaning of Virtual Private Network in the instance explained above it would be as follows. The two end points of this "network" are private networks that are seamlessly connected across a public network in which neither private network knows about, creating a "Virtual Private Network" between them.

And here is another link to another how-to.