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04. 3.2008

Lynda.com online tech courses now with closed captioning

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04. 3.2008

Luxury iPhones in 24 carat gold

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If a plain ordinary iPhone is just too pedestrian for you, there's always the option to get one in a 24 carat gold casing from UK company Goldstriker. The 24ct full gold 16GB iPhone goes for a mere 899GBP (about $1780 USD), but if you're one of those cost-conscious rich people, you can go for the partly gold version (which looks the same to my uncultured eyes) for just 599GBP (about $1190 USD).

Or how about this one in 24ct and leather (to be released in a limited edition of just 250 units next month)? Makes my iPhone, customized only with Sanrio stickers, look cheap, which I suppose is the point.
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Via textually.org.

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04. 3.2008

New scanning systems mean you literally "punch in" for work (kind of)

Don't hate me for saying this, but I've never had a "proper job." I waitressed for a while (aka: worst summer of my life), worked in my Dad's factory for a week, and stacked shelves in a drugstore. I've also been a student and now I work from home in my pajamas. So this story doesn't really apply to me, but I still thought it was interesting - maybe because I have sympathy for all you wage slaves who trudge to work and punch in at some ungodly hour of the morning.

The one advantage of old clocking in systems was that you could, in a pinch, get one of your friends to clock in for you (or at least, if you were a character on Laverne and Shirley you could).

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But now an increasing number of places - from Dunkin' Donuts to The New York City Parks Department - are installing biometric time clocks such as the one above, where employees must have their fingerprints scanned when they start and leave work.

According to USA Today, some employees are annoyed at this new development and say they feel spied on. But employers feel it boosts productivity, and consulting firm The International Biometric Group estimates that this industry will be worth more than $1 billion by 2011.

In other words, it may be just a matter of time before my freelance clients all send me some kind of monitoring device to make sure I'm not just LOLCat-ing my day away . . . (But seriously, how clever is this one?)

Picture via Super Warehouse.

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04. 3.2008

Nexcopy lets you copy to 20 USB drives at once

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What would you do if you had to copy a couple of hundred megs of data to 20 USB drives in under 5 minutes? That’s easy, right? But look at the constraint – you have only one PC. Now, that’s a toughie.

The Nexcopy USB duplicator allows you to copy as much as 250MB of data to 20 USB drives in one shot. In under 4 minutes. Now, who can beat that? For companies, this device can save much time and effort, for example, when duplicating official data on USB drives for distribution among employees. Or for a company marketing a new product during a promotional campaign.

This giant USB duplicator with equally giant possibilities sells at a pricey $1299.

Via OhGizmo.

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04. 3.2008

Inexpensive Garfield MP3 player

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There are three things I've always liked about Garfield: his love for Pooky (his teddy bear), the way he looks when tucked into his bed, and his appetite for pans of lasagna. Today I think I'll add a fourth thing: the cost of his MP3 player.

The Garfield MP3 player may only have 256MB of internal flash memory, but it's got an SD card slot, comes with matching earbuds, has a built-in microphone for voice recordings, and is only $8. For an additional $6, Surplus Computers will even give you a free 1GB SD card.

Beat that, Nermal!

Via Chip Chick.

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