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03.12.2008

Gets Rid of Wall-Warts - Tributaries Power Strip

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Do you have unsightly wall-warts? I didn't even know I had this problem until I got the new T12 Power strip which replaces those bulky AC plugs, also known as wall-warts. Who knew?

This serious power strip offers great flexibility, as eight of the 12 plugs can be rotated up to 90 degrees. Handy (though Gizmodo calls it overkill) in one convenient package, the T12 offers a highly effective "4320 joules of surge suppression" and noise filtering for AC power, and signal-line protection for telecomm (RJ-11), network (RJ-45), and cable, antenna, and satellite (F-connector) signals.

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03.12.2008

Mini digital camera looks like a twin lens Rolleiflex

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The more we get away from traditional camera designs, with sleeker, smaller digital cameras, the more nostalgic I get about old film cameras. This miniature digital camera, the Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5.0 from Komomura Corp., is modelled after the legendary twin lens Rolleiflex, which were everywhere a few decades ago, and are still sold today. The 5 megapixel retro camera is priced at 43,050 Japanese Yen (about $420).

Via Nikkei Weekly (subscription).

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03.12.2008

See Jane Work - SALE!

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I swear, my favorite 4 letters spell "SALE!" And one of my favorite organizational sites, See Jane Work, is having a big sale so I just had to share. Stock up on colorful stationery, handy desk collectors, magazine holders in different flavors, the popular "Mom Agenda," totes, Allex scissors . . .

But get there fast since the goodies won't last!


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03.11.2008

Need for speed - new Logitech keyboard and mouse

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Over time I've upgraded everything on my desktop -- bumped up the memory, bought a new monitor, treated it to a new back-up system, but I was still hacking away on my old keyboard. So when Logitech sent me the new MX 5000 keyboard-and-mouse combination, it was perfect timing.

I'm still testing it, but here's what I already am addicted to:

- The Bluetooth feature for the keyboard and mouse. The MX 5500 desktops receiver can also be used as a Bluetooth hub, enabling other Bluetooth devices, such as a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or a PDA, to connect to a computer through the hub. The wireless feature allows you to use the MX 5500 Revolution desktop at a distance of up to 30 feet from your PC.

- The built-in LCD screen which shows the time and date, calculator, temperature, website favorites, a keystroke counter, email updates and media information, such as band and song titles.

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03.10.2008

Lenovo X300- IBM's answer to the MacBook Air

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I've been lusting for a MacAir since it was released but as a longtime PC user, I've resisted because I keep hoping that someone makes an ultraportable notebook PC that's just as light and thin, with an integrated optical drive.

IBM has answered with the Lenovo X300, which definitely doesn't look as sleek and sexy as the MacBook Air, but is arguably more functional, and even weighs a bit less. The X300 has a 13.3" LED backlit display, which is lighter, thinner, and easier to view than regular LCDs, an optionally built-in optical drive (the MacAir has an external optical option only), options for built-in 3G connectivity with GPS, and up to 10 hours battery life in a package that starts at under 3 lbs. The X300 also has a full-size keyboard, with some lighted keys (the MacAir has a fully backlit keyboard), and 3 USB ports (the MacAir has just one).

The X300 has an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 64 GB solid state drive, and blessedly, comes with Windows XP Professional, instead of buggy, bloated Vista. The X300 starts at about $2500, which is substantially more than the least expensive MacAir.

The X300 is impressive on specs, not so spectacular in looks or pricing, but provides an option for people looking for a fast, lightweight machine that you can stick in a manila envelope.

Available from the Lenovo Shop.
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03.10.2008

Breeza deodorizing toilet seat

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As part of our long-standing tradition of bringing you the best in toilet technology, we'd like to present the Breeza deodorizing toilet seat. The Breeza has a 4-part deodorizing system which starts when the sensors detect a "deodorizing opportunity" as someone sits down. At this point, the fan kicks in, which sucks up the odors. Then, the carbon filter absorbs the odors. As a final step, the Breeza's fragrance vents deliver a subtle (so they say) waft of natural extracts to give the air a sweet scent.

The Breeza Warm adds a seat-warming feature with an adjustable temperature setting.

Most of the world hasn't caught up with the super-toilets of Japan, but the Breeza can bring you a step closer for just $129 from Amazon.


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03.10.2008

Naming my baby MyLyssA or Jasyn

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We're all familiar with people who give their kids hippy, happy names like "Moon" and "River," and those at the other extreme who give their unsuspecting offspring first names that are actually weighty surnames like "Montgomery" and "Emerson." In each case, the named person has nothing to say about it, and has to carry the given name, along with its baggage of expectations, upon his psyche for the rest of his life.

So now, what do we make of the new trend in naming babies that comes out of the loose and appalling way we spell words in emails and SMS? According to Thaindian News:

Most parents these days are drawing on the cool SMS and email spellings, by eschewing traditional spellings for versions such as Alex-Zander, Cam’ron, Emma-Lee, Ozkah, Thaillah and Ameleiyah.

Social analyst Mark McCrindle looked at Australian births in 2007 and discovered that the name Jayden was registered spelt in 12 ways, Aidan in nine ways, and Amelia and Tahlia in eight ways.

"Most" parents are doing this? Really? On purpose or just because they can't spell anymore? And doesn't this trend undermine our ability to find people on the Internet?

One needs to take certain things for granted in this life. Call me old-fashioned, but Michael should be spelled "Michael" and Mary should be "Mary."

Via textually.org.

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03.10.2008

Are you suffering from social network fatigue? Take our poll.

When people refer to Facebook fatigue and more generally "social network fatigue," it can mean two different things, either that (1) you're bored with social networking and are spending less time with it, or (2) you're generally exhausted from spending too much time keeping up with online interactions with your friends and updating your information. Web 2.0 Asia suggests that social network fatigue hit Korea and Japan a little earlier, in the same way that certain tech trends hit and then decline in Asia ahead of the U.S. and Europe. Apparently, Cyworld in Korea and and Mixi in Japan, have been losing their appeal with users for whom the novelty of online networking has worn off.

Take our poll and let us know where you stand.

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Links to articles about social network fatigue:
'Facebook vatigue' kicks in as people tire of social networks
, The Register.
Facebook Fatigue, Economist.com.
Facebook Fatigue: There Is Hope, Portfolio.com.

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03. 9.2008

Protect your surfing secrets with the USB Smart Privacy Mouse

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Maybe you were just surfing around for your next career or were up to something more sinful, when your boss decides to show up behind your back, literally. Instead of painstakingly trying to revive a decent screen on your PC, and in the process look like a silly baboon, you can now make a swift and smart move using the USB Smart Privacy Mouse and convince him that you were really being a sincere employee.

The USB Smart Privacy Mouse, as you must have already guessed, is for the wily amongst us. It has a “secret” button that can be configured to conceal any (and all) programs that you would consider private and instead bring up “decent” programs in times of need. So let’s say you are on a chat application, bitching about your boss and the devil himself walks in to say hello. Hit the button on the Smart Privacy Mouse, and voila – the screen displays the time report that you have been working so hard on. Happy boss, happy you. Smart indeed. Get wicked at $19.99.

Via The Red Ferret Journal.

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03. 7.2008

Fashionation Eco-Speakers are green and lean

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Fashionation's inexpensive Eco-Speakers are tiny 3.25-inch cubes and made from recycled materials. They are also lightweight, fold flat for portability, come in several colors and patterns, and need no batteries because they draw a bit of power from your iPod or MP3 player.

What's not to love? Well, Eco-Speakers are exceptionally portable because they have no amplifier. And you know what that means: less than wonderful sound.

So are you willing to trade great music sound for speakers that are ecologically sound, also cheap and snazzy? Only you can decide. Fortunately, an experiment won't set you back much. Fashionation's list price is $14.95, but a search will cut that down substantially. I've seen Eco-Speakers for as little as $9.99. They come in several patterns and colors including the inevitable pink (shown), purple, blue, aqua, red, and (of course) green.

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