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11. 8.2006

Fujitsu makes me a happy Johnny with the P1610

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Last Easter I was at a rockin' party in Indianapolis. Sitting around a campfire with my internet friends from around the country, knocking back a couple of brewskies, and telling stories of heroic deeds. My buddy Elle asked if I wanted to see her new laptop, and pulled a Fujitsu P1500 out of her purse. I'll admit that I fell in love with her laptop instantly. I've been waiting for the new model before making a decision, and Fujitsu has made me a very happy Johnny.

Fujitsu has updated their smallest LifeBook convertible tablet line with a speed bump. The new P1610 runs a U1400 Core Solo at 1.2 GHz. The most redeeming feature of the P series is size. At ~9x7 inches it's only a little larger than a paperback and sports a tiny 8.9 inch WXGA LCD. That's 1366 x 768, and quite a bit better than the 1024 x 600 resolution of previous models.

While some tablets offer active screens with a magnetic stylus, the Fujitsu tablets have stuck with a passive screen. An active screen needs a specialized "no contact" stylus for input, but a passive screen will work with any blunt object that makes contact. In case of a misplaced stylus there's always the emergency finger poke with a passive touch screen.

Engadget's Dr. Paul Miller gave prudent advice with his counsel to ditch the standard three cell battery for the upgraded six cell. The prime reason for buying an ultra portable is always having a ready machine so it's disappointing that the original battery only provides 3.5 hours of charge. The double size six cell will last for seven and that's a bit more useful.

The full package carries an 80 gig hard drive, Bluetooth, and a gig of RAM. My only complaints are that the RAM capacity maxes out at one gigabyte, and that there isn't an optional battery powered docking station for adding a DVD drive on those days when I do want to travel heavy.

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11. 8.2006

Bluetooth watch

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Just in time for its sister companyís release of Casino Royale, Sony Ericsson has introduced a new gadget even James Bond would be proud of - the MBW-100 Bluetooth Watch.

This beautifully designed timepiece ushers in a whole new chapter in Bluetooth accessories by providing the most discreet way to date to manage your cell phone. Imagine you are in a meeting with M and the Minister of Defence [sic] and Felix Leiter calls on your mobile to chat. With your phone pocketed away and in silent mode, reaching to answer it would be noticeably disruptive to your meeting. Instead, your timepiece discreetly vibrates to alert you to an incoming call. With only a slight turn of you wrist, your watch displays your callerís number (or name if the number is stored in your phonebook). A discreet press of the crown and Felix is sent to voicemail for a later callback.

Other features of the MBW-100 include incoming text message notification and play/pause control of music functions. It will also alert you if you have traveled out of range of your cell phone, which is handy if you are the type to forget your phone somewhere.

The watch itself is a beauty. Designed in conjunction with watch giant Fossil, itís got a sleek steel case with a polished/brushed bracelet and features a scratch-resistant mineral glass crystal. The crystal has an anti-glare coating to make the display easy to read. And, oh yeahÖ it even tells time!!! Actually, it will display the date and time from your phone, so you can easily set and synchronize the time on your wrist. The watch is a bit heavy (which is a positive in my book since it makes it feel more substantial), so it may take a little getting used to for some.

Comes with charger/cradle and retails for $399 on the Sony Ericsson site.

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11. 8.2006

Thinkgeek Bluetooth Retro Handset: It's not a Pokia

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So you dig those high fashion Pokia (Now Hulger) handsets but don't like the high end price tag? For $39.99 you can get your hands on the "poor man's" equivalent by ThinkGeek. The ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset will get you up and away from your teensy little mobile, giving you that old skool feel of chatting it up on a generic dial phone. Not cool, you may say, but then you're just not appreciative of the "geek" aesthetic, are you? The old-style handset works at up to 30ft from your mobile, charges via USB, works with Bluetooth V1.0, 1.1, 1.2, and allows you to both make and recieve calls. Your purchase comes with the Handset, USB cable, and Instructions. The pretty phone that comes with the promo picture, however, is not included!

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11. 8.2006

Designer bandages

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Next time you sprain your ankle or twist your wrist, you can sport one of these cool looking elastic bandages instead of the usual not-so-pretty ones.

Fabian Seibert is the designer behind these funky bandages and the swarovsky bling plasters, which can both be purchased directly on the site (between 18.00Ä and 22.50Ä for the bandages and 9.90Ä for a plaster three pack).

If you ask me, definitely worth having to keep that sprained ankle in place on a hot summer day.

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11. 8.2006

Foot in the door


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Little did we know that when people were advising us to "get a foot in the door" they meant it literally. While looking right at home in a fashionista's trendy apartment, this sexy stiletto is actually a rubberized doorstop. This Manolo Blahnik of door wedges will only set you back $9.95, much less than those high heels you've been drooling over.

Available at Firebox.

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11. 8.2006

An auto-measure carousel for your spices

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Yes, just as kids do, spices love taking a ride on a carousel.

This is a spice rack which can hold 8 spice bottles that rotate, and the most important feature is the auto-measure ability. With this feature, you can do away with measuring spoons while dispensing spices, as each spice bottle is designed to dispense its contents exactly a quarter teaspoon at a time. Eliminates the clutter caused by extra measuring spoons in your kitchen. But if you donít want to use the auto-measure feature, the bottles also have pop tops for shaking and pouring. Additionally, the entire carousel can be mounted under a cabinet to save storage space.

The auto-measure feature seems pretty interesting to me. And I would be very happy to see it implemented for other kitchen utilities as well. For example, if my coffee flask could pour out exactly one cup of coffee at a time, I could just pour away without having to monitor the level. Small pleasures. Check out the Auto-Measure Spice Carousel available at Tiny Living for $32.95.

Via Cribcandy.

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11. 7.2006

Lockpicking basics

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I'm a firm believer in the "renaissance man" style of teaching. Everyone should know a a little bit about everything. It leads to a well rounded person with varied interests and lots of life experiences. The teachers of America are responsible for the amusing stories told at the cocktail parties of tomorrow. In the interests of mutual education I present: Lock picking!

The most famous underground work on the subject was done by an MIT student, and he's affectionately been "Ted the Tool" to his kinsmen. Every hacker with a toolbelt knows his name; even if his poorly photocopied treatise didn't make him wealthy it did make him infamous. The only problem with Ted's how-to lesson was that it was only exceptionally useful if you already understood the basic theory involved and just needed refreshers on the internal mechanics of locks.

Locksport International has produced a successor to The Tool's work. "A Locksport Primer" is a simple guide to starter lock picking techniques in graphic novel form. The guide explains the basic techniques of the locksmith's trade with lots of photographs and word bubbles! It makes fun work out of lifting bound pins and re-keying a lock cylinder.

The discussion on tool making is some of the most concise that I have ever seen. Trying to fabricate lock pick tools can be intimidating, but the LSI tutorial makes it fun and simple. Handmade lock picks aren't guaranteed to work better than the mass produced versions, but they are cheaper and worth a lot more street cred.

I would encourage the LSI to keep producing these guides. I have sixteen books on the subject, and I still found it educational. Good job, guys.

Shout out to Hack A Day for the link.

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11. 7.2006

Find out what people are wearing at shareyourlook.com

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Here's another way people are embracing putting up aspects of themselves on the Internet.

The website "Share Your Look" is half photo share site and half street fashion site. Currently in beta, the site contains the typical social networking features: commenting, ratings, and tagging. The sort features are also interesting, as you can organize the entries by nationality, most recent, most viewed, among others.

Via Fashion PSFK.

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11. 7.2006

Chinese SUV

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While looking like one of those adorable cartoon vehicles in the movie "Cars," this is actually a photo of the Chinese Liebao (Chinese for "Cheetah") SUV which was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show.

The company, Chang Feng, will bring out four vehicles next year, at least that's the rumor -- two Liebao branded pickup trucks and two SUVs. Look for them at NAIAS 2007.

Via Auto Blog.

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11. 7.2006

Jolt yourself out of sleep with the Fire Bell alarm clock

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Consider this alarm clock to be a sequel to the one I wrote about earlier, and what a harsh way to finish the sequence!

One look at the specs of the clock (in fact just one look at the clock) and you know that this baby will not let you ignore her. Imagine her scrrrr-ee-aa-ming at you on the top of her voice during the wee hours of the morning when all that you want to accomplish is within the confines of your dream world. Apart from the high decibel range, the clock has the usual tiny LCD screen and snooze feature.

Though I'm tempted to try all types of waking devices to help me get out of bed in the morning, I hold back because I believe it can't be healthy to have harsh noises waking me up. To support this belief, studies have also shown that the body wakes itself up by a series of internally (and precisely) timed signals in the morning as it is just getting adjusted to the needs of a new day. Harsh noises therefore disrupt this rhythm, and even if you do manage to get up, you only end up feeling groggy for the rest of the day.

This apart, if you still want to try the Fire Bell alarm clock, it's available from Spilsbury at $14.95. And be assured that for the price that you pay, you get only noise.

Via The Red Ferret Journal.

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