Thursday, June 29, 2006

Tivoli iYiYi

Tivoli Audio -- Home of the Henry Kloss Model One Radio

Available in white or black with rubberized knobs, the iYiYi system with its universal docking station and seven dock adapters is a perfect match for any iPod model. It also features an auto-brightness blue backlit LCD display with Radio Data System (RDS) information where available. The LCD shows the station tuning as well as the digital clock, whose functions include alarm and 20-minute sleep timer that can be set to wake to an iPod or AM/FM radio. There is an auxiliary input and stereo headphone output as well as a mixing input to permit audio from a computer to be mixed in with another source. The internal transformer eliminates the clumsy “wall wart” power supply. The credit card-sized remote controls the iPod when docked with access to the iPod menu, as well as the iYiYi. "This" I'd buy.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Change Parallels Desktop 1.0's caching strategy

there is a problem with Parallels Desktop 1.0. It uses Mac OS X's default caching strategies for huge files such as the operating system images (hard disk files) and SAV files (session saves). Over time, almost all of your RAM will fill up with data from these files, leaving little room for your other applications.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Boot Camp or Parallels

Guide for Choosing Boot Camp or Parallels to Run Windows on an Apple MacBook

Turn the clock back to January 22nd 2006 and to a competition started by enthusiasts to have Windows XP and OS X coexisting on a Mac. Donations were taken and steadily the prize fund grew to a whopping $13,854. 2 months went by with no success then in March 2006 it was announced the competition was over. No sooner had the prize money been handed over had Apple announced their own solution to XP on a Mac, a far more elegant solution and one that consumers could feel a lot more comfortable with.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Open Source Mac Application Alternatives

Free Programs for your Mac

Do you want programs like Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, or Office, but their prices don’t fit into your budget? If so, the programs listed below are all FREE open source alternatives to these programs (and others).

Running WindowsXP, MAC OS X & Linux Ubuntu on a PowerBookPro


This is an early review of the Parallels Desktop for Mac, a virtual machine package (similar to Xen or VMware) that lets you run "guest" operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Linux on your Intel-based Mac. Unlike older Windows-on-Mac emulation software, such as VirtualPC, the Parallels package runs at nearly full speed. Unlike Apple's own Bootcamp software, Parallels lets you start a guest operating system without rebooting. You can even have more than one virtual machine running at the same time, if you have lots of RAM.


The PC Boot Process - Windows XP.

Just what it says folks, step by step boot process, to keep fair with Apple's OS X Boot Process.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Roadside America

Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions

Everyone has heard of the World's Largest Ball of Twine and the odd assortment of Americana that dots much of the American Highway System. But what about the Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida? Or, say, the Stevedore Man in Everett, Washington. These and many more quirky, but fun sights can be found and mapped over at Roadside America, a site dedicated to American arcana.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Glass Art

Summer means INSECTS!!!

My work is inspired by themes from nature and the collective unconscious. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I spent my time exploring the space beneath logs and rocks or reading science fiction and comic books. Between these pastimes, I developed quite an active imagination.

Mac OS X System Startup

What happens when you switch on that Mac

This page briefly describes the sequence of events that happen when Mac OS X boots.

How To Create Your Own Planet

Planet Tutorial

Using just one texture in Photoshop, I'm going to teach you how to make a planet that looks somewhat realistic although, in the end, whether it looks realistic or not is entirely up to you and the way you play with settings.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Image Panels Floating Over a Ghosted Image

Layers Magazine

“Is there a way to create a transparent look within InDesign using an image in the background with panels floating above it which contain the same image perfectly lined up with the original image beneath?” I always say that I learn as much about various applications from other users questions as I do from actually using the programs myself on a daily basis. This question not only made me think, the answer lead to the following tutorial.

Not Your Father's VW

But it could be.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it'd come to this. What a great way to travel! Wigwam here we come.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

31 Ports!

31 Port USB Hub!

This unique mod combines nine USB hubs for an ultra, uber USB hub ready for global domination. Unfortunately, there aren't specific instructions about how to do the technical wiring, but I'm sure the smarties that read this would be able to figure out how to pull this 31 port USB hub off.


If only Greg Brady had one of these...!

Treat your minor cuts, scrapes and scratches with the incredible healing power of a Lucky Tiki designer bandage.

And if a cool bandage isn't enough to dry up your tears, how about a FREE TOY!

Includes a small toy to help make even the ouchiest owies feel all better in no time


Rubber Undies

Stretch the limits of your imagination...rubber bands don't have to be boring! Use Handy Bands just like ordinary elastics - on bundles, in your hair, to organize your life. They'll always return to their original cool contours.

Monday, June 12, 2006

iPod Docking station

Marantz Europe

The iPod has become an integral part of people’s lives, gaining iconic status along the way. With its latest product, leading consumer electronics marque Marantz, hopes to integrate this incredible design even further.

If you’re looking for a nice universal iPod dock you might be interested in the new Marantz IS201. The cool thing with this dock is due to the fact that it’s universal which means that you can plug in your iPod to any equipment you might have (well, not literally). It will be available in the end of June.

Along with the dock you get a nice remote, S-Video output, audio output, RS-232c output - and if you plug it into a TV or any other display you can view photos you might have on your iPod.

Elvis Camera

Perfect for that trip to Graceland!

Take pictures that look as though Elvis is right next to you with the Elvis Camera! Picture the King as a surfer serenading you by tropical moonlight— as a handsome G.I. taking you for a stroll in the park. Follow the simple instructions, making certain to center your subject in the frame, then develop as you would any other disposable camera. Your 4" x 6" photos will magically feature 4 each of 6 different Elvis scenes--starring you! 24 exposures; built-in flash.

Google Earth

Now for Mac & Linux!

Despite being mostly a Windows boy myself, I'm really glad to see Google moving some of its apps to other platforms. Today Google announced the availability of Google Earth 4 Beta, which is a free download not just for Windows, but also for Mac OS X (yes, it's a universal binary) and Linux. Aside from going multi-platform, Google Earth 4 sports a new, sleeker interface, support for textured building models with SketchUp integration, and some KML improvements. Head over to the beta site to grab the new release.

Minty Boost!

USB charger for your gadgets

This project details a small & simple, but very powerful USB charger for your mp3 player, camera, cell phone, and just about any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge!

Rock Album Cover Tote Bag

with interchangeable panel

Here's a groovin', versatile tote with both style and room to spare. Its velcro-enclosed clear vinyl sides hold two different authentic record jackets. Ours have Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Aerosmith, Joplin, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd or Kiss on one side and a random rock favorite on the second side. When you want a new look, exchange them for covers in your collection. Two amplifier knobs (that still turn) decorate the sides and the two-inch wide shoulder strap is adjustable. Because the album covers are drawn from many sources, we cannot fill specific requests for rock artists.

Nintendo Monopoly

Now you're playing with power!

The most recognizable and unforgettable characters in the video game industry have teamed up to bring you the Nintendo Collector’s Edition of the world’s most popular board game, MONOPOLY. No controllers are necessary this time as you join forces with Mario, Luigi, Link, Zelda, Kirby and others on a quest to defeat your opponents and own it all.

Modern Cabana

Not a shed; a living space.

Everyone needs their space: Space to think, to read, to play, to entertain, to rest, to work, to sleep, to lounge and to live; each space being as unique as its occupant. Before Modern Cabana, options for increasing living space were limited. Adding a room or building a separate unit required permits and costly work with a contractor.

Salad Sunrise

Oil & Vinegar

Bringing oil and vinegar into a single container is an often-attempted tableware design that rarely works smoothly, which makes this clever design pictured above all the more uniquely functional and great to look at. The piece allows for users to measure out exactly how much of each they want while separating the oil from the vinegar without the use of two compartments. The Salad Sunrise oil and vinegar bottle, designed by Arnout Visser, allows the vinegar to sit on top of the oil because of the different molecular structures of each substance. One nozzle is attached to the bottom of the pyrex glass container, and another to the top, each allowing for separate pouring of oil or vinegar.

Dont Bother Me

YouTube - Dont Bother Me

"Smidget" puts on an awesome freestyle DDR Pump It Up routine good enough to impress all the girls at the mall. Way cool!

Pulp Covers

for Classic Books

Slate commissioned designers to produce six vintage pulp-fiction covers for classic novels like Moby Dick ("Primitive Pirate Passions Were a Prelude to Death!"), The Iliad ("Gore! Greeks! Glory!") and Alice in Wonderland ("One girl's drug-induced descent into dreamland debauchery"). The results are lovely.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


The Universal Video Converter for Mac.

Converting a bunch of AVI files to a DVD shouldn't require a Computer Science degree.Getting movies from your digital camera to your iPod shouldn't take hours.Wading through a sea of video formats shouldn't pull you under.VisualHub bridges the gap between numerous complicated video formatting standards, and people that just want to get the job done - just what you would expect from the Mac.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tau Bed

John Kelly Furniture

Simple, sleek and elegant - the Tau Bed from John Kelly. The whole Tau series is Made from bamboo veneer available in natural or ebony finish.

Firefox for Mac

Download Now

Firefox for the Mac, Intel Mac, PPC Mac. Universal versions of Firefox that work on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macintosh computers
Firefox 1.5 has an intuitive interface and blocks viruses, spyware, and popup ads. It delivers Web pages faster than ever. And it’s easy to install and import your favorites. Packed with useful features like tabbed browsing, Live Bookmarks, and an integrated Search bar, Firefox will change the way you experience the Web, for the better.

Meteorite Collision


Meteorite collision simulation. When the meteorite collides with the earth......
What happens when meteorite collide with each other? We tried to find the answers: Simulation Experiment. we presumed that the collision happened with the earth in order for lucid distance and location. The diameter of the meteorite is slightly bigger than the breadth of Honshu Japan. The collision point is located at the 3,000km south from Japan in the ocean.

Watch it shred


Watch a shredder shred a BMW to pieces!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Welcome to the Santa Monica Pier

Welcome to the Santa Monica Pier

Having spent a few years of my days living the good life in California, I couldn't help but call out this nice little ditty on the Santa Monica Pier. The pier, lets face it, is a cheesy, cheesy place. A tourist destination that has gone to seed, but it's still got some appeal. It's as fine a place as any to take a sunset stroll and check out the surfers and the various goofy folk who come over from Venice Beach.

The pier was built in 1912, and is pretty much the last of the many amusement parks that once lined this waterfront. There's skeeball and arcade games and also an historic carousel that is nice if you've just made a purchase up in Humboldt County (you know who you are). There's also a "kid-friendly" roller coaster, and a couple of nice little restaurants still around. I'm not saying to spend all your time here, but it's a good place to check out if you're making a trip to la-la land.

Mini Micro Rice Bowl


The ceramic bowl has 2 indicator lines on the inside to let you kow how much rice and how much water you need to cook the perfect serving of rice. Let it stand for 15 minutes (did you know that rice tastes best if it's soaked in water for awhile?) and cook it in the microwave on a low setting for another 15 minutes. Take it out and eat. Of course you can just buy one of those ready-to-eat microwaveable rice bowls that you can get at your Asian grocery store, but that gets pricey and I'd like to think that I'm not THAT lazy.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Welcome to Pando

Thanks for Sharing

Pando lets you send your home videos, giant presentations and entire folders of original quality photos to anyone with an email address.

Inside the Ferrari Factory


Ferrari’s production process is, indeed, a curious combination of old-world craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. Come up on the front entrance, and it looks like nothing much has changed since the factory was built after the Second World War: many of the original offices are still being used and the color scheme is the same as it once was.

Atomic Brand Names

Atomic Brand Names

A Visa Platinum credit card doesn't contain platinum and Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila doesn't contain gold. The use of the word "platinum" or "gold" is meant to indicate that the product represents something of value, something of high quality. In the early 1900s, radium was more valuable than gold and platinum. As such, the term "Radium" was incorporated into the brand names of any number of products even when these products didn't actually contain radium. The same was true for the term "X-Ray." The products shown here, unlike those in the Quack Cure section of the collection, made no claim that they incorporated radioactive material.

Virtual PC


Parallels has offered up the final test version of Parallels Desktop for Mac, their virtualization software that allows you to run almost any OS right within Mac OS X. With this version, however, Parallels has increased the app's final price to $79.99, as they have incorporated their Compressor Server tool (due to user feedback) into the software package for streamlining and optimizing your virtual machines and the amount of disk space they occupy. The beta testing pre-order price of $39.99 is still in place, and probably more appetizing than ever.



And in keeping with finding MAC Bloat;
WhatSize is a simple tool that allows the user to quickly measure the size in bytes of a given folder and all subfolders and files within it. You would be surprised at how many useless files might be laying around on your hard disks. The files and folders are automatically sorted by size, with the biggest sizes first.

While the app is measuring a folder the user can browse the files within that folder and immediately see the size in bytes. Hidden files, cache files, directories will all show up with their corresponding size. This application is similar to NeXTSTEP, DarkForest.

Once the measuring of a folder has ended the user can also view the information by filtering for particular file sizes or types. The user can also move unwanted files and folder in the corresponding Trash bin similar to the Finder’s Delete button.


Recently my second laptop died. I replaced the drive from 15gig to 30gig and I thought I'd like to try one of the new OS X intel based OS'. I learned that there is a program out there that will slim down the install of OS X. One simple way is to get rid of all those languages that you don't use which are installed by default with OS X (if you hit 'Customize' while installing OS X you can really cut down on the bloat by only installing the languages and print drivers that you will use).
Monolingual is a freeware app that deletes all those other pesky languages from your Mac (just be careful not to delete the language you use because the only way to get them back is to reinstall OS X).I just ran it on my Macbook and it freed up 2.4 gigs of space, though it did take about 30 minutes to run.Update: Be careful to only remove the extraneous languages from your Mac using this program. Uncheck all the 'Architecture' options, otherwise you'll break Rosetta and blame me (and no one wants that).

Disk Order

Mac Software for perfect file management

Disk Order is an advanced Finder replacement with built-in FTP client and ability to handle archives like plain folders. This makes file management much easier and faster then it has been before, because now you won't have to launch separate application to connect to FTP server or extract some files out of .zip, .gz, .tgz or other type of archives. All these tasks may be performed withing Disk Order with just few mouse clicks. Also, Disk Order offer all usual features, such as Get Info, Copy/Move/Delete, View, Edit and so on. Disk Order is fast and stable, works great on both Intel-based and PowerPC macs.

The Free iPod Book 2.0

Download Now!

Our iPod lovin' friends at iLounge have toiled for many long, sleepless nights to birth the Free iPod Book 2.0. How much does it cost? It is free (crazy, huh?) and available in PDF format (which is my favorite portable document format). This 194 page monster of a free download covers all things iPod and iTunes, including reviews, tips, tricks, and much more.What are you waiting for? Download it now!


Codewave Software

MyTunesRSS is a free app for iTunes and Windows (or OSX) users that allows you to access your iTunes music collection from any browser. Spotted by TUAW a couple weeks ago, MyTunesRSS supports MP3 and unprotected AAC files and creates RSS feeds from existing iTunes playlists that you can listen to via any device with a web browser (even one without iTunes). If you’re looking for a little more control over the music, you may want to check out PlayerPal [Windows users only; free trial/$20 registered version], which allows you to manipulate iTunes from your handheld

Vietnamese spiders

Spiders of Vietnam.

Photographer Richard Seaman shows us some of the spiders he came across during a recent trip to Vietnam. Be sure to check out some of his other pics.

Willard Wigan

Micro Sculptor

Willard Wigan was born in Birmingham, England in 1957 and is the creator of the smallest works of art on earth. From being a traumatised and unrecognised dyslexic child, he is now emerging as the most globally celebrated micro-miniaturist of all time and is literally capable of turning a spec of dust into a vision of true beauty. Here is Elvis on the head of a pin!

Windows uses 20% of your bandwidth

get it back

Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for its own purposes (suspect for updates and interrogating your machine etc..) Here’s how to get it back.