Archive for April, 2007

Wow. Coincidence? :: ‘Kryptonite’ discovered in mine – Superman gets himself insured

April 29, 2007

I won’t go too far into it.. read the story here.

Cheapest gps yet?

April 29, 2007

with a 3.5″ screen and using a 1gb sd card with maps of the lower 48 states this is pretty impressive for $200. Most car gps’s are around $500-$2000. So this is an impressive step. Sure, it may be one of those made in korea town in Taiwan but hey. If it works.. J general complaint is loading time is a bit slow, but initial load of a minute or so is about average for cold starting a gps unit from a few years ago. Totally worth the savings. Otherwise looks pretty standard. Heck, if I didn’t already have gps in my prius, this would be vying for top fo the list. (next would be a tom-tom-go) but it’d be a fight of $ vs what ever the tom tom has that this doesn’t. I assume there’s something…. Oh, heck. You can buy it here..

Oiy. How to keep people from touching your mouse

April 29, 2007

yup, that’s a real live dead mouse (ohio speak 😉 )
I’m not saying nuthin else here. Want to know more? Check out the site that makes these things.

Cool new swimming thing

April 29, 2007

yup, that’s what it looks like. If you have a small pool and want to do laps this is the thing for you. Wear a belt connected to a pole near the edge that is also strapped beyond the edge of the pool. Allowing you to swim in place and.. well, if not so much doing a lap, then just kind of… well, swimming in place. Yup. Well, what can I say not much to it. But it’s nice for those of us who can only afford hot tubs. (which is still richer than my blood) but hey. It gives me hope. J

Photo gps

April 29, 2007

Ok, so this isn’t new stuff. But it’s always been kind of interesting to me. It’s a gps phot logger type of thing.

they have been around for years but this is one of the smallest ones I’ve seen. I’ll need to do some more research on this but the basic concept is that it’ll somehow sync with your camera, then as you take pictures (you may have to click a button on this thing too (?) and when you get to a pc it’ll sync it’s gps data with the photos taken at each spot. Then there are online things like google maps and flickr that can work together to show your pictures and the areas they were taken. That’s pretty damn neat. And an interesting new way to organize your photos. Must also be pretty nice for people vacationing people uploading photos and friends and family being able to see things from the grand canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the place with the giant heads, etc…
oh, and only about $100

Pirate dogs

April 26, 2007

To answer my own question… ninja dogs…

April 26, 2007

Ninja dog wannabes?

Pirate cats

April 26, 2007

seems there are more and more of these guys around recently.. I wonder if there are pirate dogs? Or.. that natural enemy of pirates and cats… ninja dogs.

New power ranger? NO! rent-a-robot!

April 25, 2007

yes, you heard correctly. Except it wasn’t quiet 100% correct. It’s not so much a robot as a power suit. And it’s rentable for just under $600 a month. <more info here>.

Sucker tech

April 22, 2007

no, not the pron kind, nor the kind that helps you climb walls. Not even super leeches.. (hmm.. I should search for that on the net…) this is tech that has come out several times in the past and never succeeded. Well, this time around it has a few advantages over past versions from different companies.. First, and most importantly, you don’t need to write on a tablet or on special paper (thi has been a big rawback of previous attempts) oh, holy heck, I totally just realized you may not know what I’m talking about. This pen will write on paper and also transmit what it wrote to that flash drive you see ther which can then be imported into your pc, and translated into text and all sorts of stuff. Now.. the sucker tech title is because of the various attempts to bring this kind of tech to the world before. They all worked btu they all failed. Wil lthis one succeed? Geeks love this kind of stuff because it means they might put away their keyboards and mice and work with nothing but a pen. Even this rendition isn’t wquiet to that level yet, but it’s taking strides. First of all, it doesn’t require special paper or tablet to write on. That’s huge. The pen will send your notes (up to 1000 pages in its initial 512 mb capacity usb stick) that’s really cool.

Update! I looked around their site and these people are more on the ball than I originally thought. They’re thinking! Yay! (it’s so rare nowadays)..

also shows they’re rtying to make these pens so they can see what part of the screen they are pointing at and act as a touch-finger on non touchscreen screens. That’s super cool!
also, on another page of their site they’re talking about these pens as mice. This is all right on track. Exactly the kind of stuff thtat can catapult them into being purchased by just about everyone.
I mean.. if I can get a regular laptop instead of a tablet and still have tablet like functionality for much less money, why not? And instead of buying a graphics tablet I can just use this pen on my table top. This is really really cool. I just hope they keep the price low. I think if they do that (under $100) these things will end up on every office desk and home pc. If they’re more expensive, people will still buy them, but it will interfere with market penetration as a lot of people will say, “hmm.. 10$ mouse, or $200 pen thing? I can live without it” but at under $100 it’s xmas gift worthy and much more justifiable. J well.. as you can see.. my inner geek has been suckered in. I just hope the thing works.