# Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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This is an interesting gadget, its a butter knife with small holes in it which makes butter easier to spread. The idea is that you can easily spread butter straight from the fridge using the knife which pushes the butter through the little holes. At £6.00 I would probably buy one, it looks useful.

posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:25:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 18, 2013

This is an interesting idea, it’s a robot that herds cows. It has been tested by a team in Sydney where it was successfully used to move a herd of cows from a field to the dairy. It might even have advantages because the robot allows the cows to move at their own speed helping to reduce lameness amongst the cows.

posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 2:58:46 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 04, 2013

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This is interesting it’s a gadget that irons clothes by forcing out the creases. The clothes are fitted over an inflatable bag which is filled with hot air. It claims to dry and iron a shirt in seven minutes but it does cost £850.

posted on Friday, October 04, 2013 2:36:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 13, 2013

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This is unusual it’s a combination of a hot tub and exercise bike. It is claimed the device can burn over 600 calories per exercise session with users being able to burn 300 calories in 30 minutes. Personally I would rather run as it works better for me but this is an interesting idea.

posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 9:15:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 01, 2013

article-2349976-1A885AA2000005DC-386_634x553This is interesting it’s a foldable washing machine. The machine is able to wash up to five items of clothing at a time and can then be folded up and carried in a bag.

posted on Monday, July 01, 2013 7:00:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 21, 2013

article-2343787-1A60C717000005DC-172_634x583This is a good idea although I feel the marketing behind it is a little sexist. Dubbed man wrap it is for people like myself who are simply rubbish at wrapping gifts. It doesn’t require the use of scissors or tape because it includes a tear off strip on the paper which makes it stick. It looks perfect for those times when you are late for a party trying to wrap the gift in the car on the way there, or is that just me?

posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 12:32:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 20, 2013

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This is interesting, called Yolkr, it’s a device that separates the yolk and the white of an egg. Costing £18 it works by sucking the egg yolk out in one piece leaving the white behind. I’m not sure I would use it enough to merit buying one but it’s a clever idea.

posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:43:38 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 17, 2013

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This is interesting it’s a pair of shorts that use kinetic energy to charge your phone. Aimed at festival goers the shorts use the kinetic energy created by the wearers movements to charge their phone whilst they are moving around. Not sure the shorts are quite me but I might be interested if these were available as jeans.

posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 1:40:05 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 30, 2013

article-0-19FA67E4000005DC-26_634x286This is interesting it’s a bike light that can alert the rider to pot holes. It works by showing a grid made up of standard squares. On a rough road surface the grid will show broken areas that conform to the road layout enabling the cyclist to read the road ahead.

posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:04:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 13, 2013

This is interesting it’s a coat that can make you feel like you are being hugged and plays recordings of typical girlfriend phrases. The coat was invented by Japanese students and simulates the feeling of being hugged from behind whilst also playing recordings through headphones. The engineer said 'The concept of this device is everyone can get the feeling of having a girlfriend.' It’s an interesting idea but I can’t help feeling a little sorry for those who invented it. I wonder if they should spend more time talking to actual women rather than inventing a substitute one.

posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:50:22 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I do often rely on my sat nav when I am in unfamiliar territory but am always surprised to read stories like this. It seems some people blindly follow the directions rather than using a little bit of common sense and looking at their surroundings and road signs. In this extreme example a Belgian woman ended up driving 900 miles after she followed a broken sat nav. She originally set out on what should have been a 38 mile journey to pick up a friend from the train station.

Taking a wrong turn she drove 900 miles and ended up in Zagreb in Croatia. She crossed five borders and would have seen road signs in several different languages but failed to notice the mistake. This was despite having to stop several times to refuel her car and stopping for a roadside nap. She admitted to being distracted during the journey and so continued with the drive only noticing the error when she got to Zagreb and found she was no longer in Belgium.

posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:20:00 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 13, 2013

article-0-16C992B6000005DC-441_634x664This is an interesting idea, it’s a fork which monitors your eating habits and can tell you if you eating too fast. The HAPIfork uses electronic sensors to monitor how much and how fast the user is eating. If you eat too quickly the fork will vibrate and bright lights will flash on the handle. The fork wirelessly connects to your phone to send the information to an app which can help you track the duration of a meal, the number of fork servings and duration of the intervals between the servings.

posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:25:24 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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If you have ever looked at your pets wagging tail with envy then you might want one of these. Created by a Japanese inventor it is a tail for people that wags when the wearer becomes excited. The Tailly is fitted with sensors that monitor the wearer pulse rate, the faster the heart beats the more it wags. I wonder how popular it will prove to be.

posted on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 9:20:33 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I read this article with interest about a man that has apparently created a video baby monitor. Whilst it is a very good idea I don’t think he has created it as such. The monitor can easily be set up by anyone who has the technical knowledge to do so with a basic night vision camera and simple software. I know this because we have been using a similar system since last year when my daughter was born. So it’s a great idea but hardly new and ground breaking.

posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 7:52:07 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 26, 2012

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This is interesting it’s a washable keyboard that costs just £35. It has been designed with drainage holes so that it will dry quickly and can be submerged in up to 28cm of water.

posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 8:57:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 06, 2012

wine_610x407This is an interesting idea, it’s a wine fridge that stores the bottles upright. Aimed at those that want to store opened bottles of wine it is made to take 750ml bottles. The fridge has a large front viewing window so you can see exactly what wine it contains and has room for eight bottles of wine.

posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2012 8:46:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, January 14, 2012

This is interesting, its a dogcam solution that could be used in search and rescue operations. Called paws the application is an acronym for portable, all terrain wireless system. it has been developed by UK firm Wood and Douglas which specialises in wireless broadcast technology applications. It basically involves fitting a wireless camera and harness to the dog which can then search the debris of a disaster zone for any signs of life. It has the advantage that the dog can not only reach places people might not be able to reach but also use its sense of smell to track down any survivors. The information is sent back to the receiving station where the person co-ordinating the rescue can see the live video.

posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 11:34:08 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, May 23, 2011

article-0-0C1972AC00000578-545_634x796This is an interesting idea. It allows you to use a typewriter as a keyboard. It is actually a USB typewriter conversion kit that allows users to type on their computer using an old typewriter keyboard. Quite why someone would want to do this, I don’t know but if it is for you you can buy them at Etsy.com. They sell for between $699 and $899 depending on the model you choose and you can also buy a do it yourself kit for $74.

posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 11:40:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, May 15, 2011

This is interesting, called Leafsnap it’s an iPhone application that is able to identify a tree by it’s leaves. To use the application you need to take a picture of the leaf on a white background. The application then uses face recognition software to identify the species. It is produced by the Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution. It uses the same technology as face recognition software to identify the species. It’s an interesting idea and having tried it, it is useful, however, it currently is mainly US based so is not so good with UK species.

posted on Sunday, May 15, 2011 11:12:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, May 14, 2011

article-0-0BDF368700000578-585_468x351This is interesting it’s a device called a Coffee Joulies which claims to keep your drink at the perfect temperature for up to five hours. The device which resembles a glass bean is placed inside the thermos with the hot drink. It absorbs the extra thermal energy in the drink when it is hot and then releases this energy to keep the drink at an optimum drinking temperature as it starts to cool down. The beans are made of a non toxic material sealed within the stainless steel shell. They only work, however, when the drink is insulated with a lid. It’s an interesting idea, but I do wonder whether they are any more effective than an ordinary thermos.

posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:37:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 22, 2011
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These interesting looking shoes have been created by fashion student Lisa Dillion out of a stale cheese sandwich. The heels are sculpted from a block of cheese whilst a stale sandwich is used as part of the sole. The front of the shoe is also moulded from cheddar and extra cheese has been melted to make the decorations.

posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 12:53:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 06, 2011

This is an interesting idea, it’s a Cloud Girlfriend for lonely men. The idea is that a virtual girlfriend will post updates to your Facebook page making it look as though you are in a long distance relationship. The Social Network Girlfriend website is yet to go live but potential users can register their interest online. The site will ask a user to define their perfect girlfriend before the sites owners bring her into existence. The user will then be able to interact with their new girlfriend through social networks making it look as though they are in a relationship. Real human beings will be employed to act as fake girlfriends with the idea being that the user will appear more desirable because they are not single.

posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 10:31:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 23, 2011

article-1366421-0B2E36A700000578-682_468x626If you don’t like the thought of using “naked” scanners at airports then this may be the solution. It’s a range of underwear which claims to be x-ray proof so that your most private parts don’t show up on airport scanners. The range which includes pants and vests for men and women has been invented by a man called Steve Bradshaw. He claims that they are able to coat body parts whilst still allowing operators to see potentially dangerous objects such as guns, knives and explosives. They work by using a paint made from barium sulphate, aluminium, ground glass and other materials which reflects and scatters the x-rays in a particular area, diffusing the image but also allowing dangerous items to still be seen. It looks like an interesting idea but is still yet to be tested with a scanner.

posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:30:04 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 12, 2011
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This is interesting it’s a device called the Solowheel. It’s like a unicycle and is being hailed as the latest device for commuter's. The user puts their feet on the foldable platforms on either side of the wheel and leans forward to move, back to stop and left or right to turn. It has a top speed of 12 mph and can travel for two hours on a 45 minute charge. The rechargeable battery also recaptures energy when it’s going downhill or slowing down. It certainly looks interesting but with a £975 price tag it’s a little pricy.

posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 11:51:20 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 21, 2011

This is an interesting idea, its an iphone application that allows users to find the nearest place giving out free condoms. Recently launched in New York by the city’s health department it taps into the city’s database of over 1,000 places offering free condoms and gives you directions to the nearest five places. The city has been criticised in the past for the fact that it offers free condoms with some parents believing it encourages children to have sex. In their defence they say they are not promoting sex but rather promoting safer sex. Either way it’s an interesting idea.

posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 10:40:08 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 27, 2010

screen 1 I use Royal Mail’s Smartstamp software for printing most of my postage and whilst most of the postage is printed directly onto the envelope with my laser printer I rely on my trusty Dymo LabelWriter 400 to print postage for larger envelopes. The Dymo does a fairly good job printing onto 99012 (36 x 89mm) labels which look nice when stuck onto a C5 or A4 envelope. One thing that has always frustrated me, however, is that the Dymo has insisted on printing out both a postage label and address label thus using two labels when at times I only require one. Up to now I had assumed that the Dymo printed the double label by default but it seems there is a very easy way to get the machine to print a single postage label without the address. You simply need to select your postage options as normal (shown in the first screenshot) but make sure the “address” placement holder is deleted so that the address window contains no text. The Dymo will then happily print just the one label with your postage on it without the need to waste a second label. I still can’t believe this simple problem has been bugging me for so long.

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posted on Saturday, November 27, 2010 4:01:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 20, 2010

article-0-0BEDF5BB000005DC-260_233x423 At the risk of sounding old I remember when mobile phones were expensive. I am aware of deals for phones that cost in the region of £20 but this one surprised me. It’s a phone available from the Carphone Warehouse that costs only 99p. The pay as you go phone is the cheapest currently available within the UK and customers who buy it will be tied to no contract. The phone is aimed at first time users and contains none of the bells and whistles you would expect to find on more expensive models. It would, however, be fairly useful as a backup phone.

posted on Saturday, November 20, 2010 11:36:53 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 15, 2010

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According to this article Dyson have recently released an attachment that can be used to vacuum your pet. The £40 tool is designed to remove loose hair from your pet quickly before it gets stuck on carpets and furnishings. Unfortunately I don’t think I could use it on my cats, they are terrified of the vacuum cleaner and bolt for the door as soon as I take it out of the cupboard.

posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 11:53:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 14, 2010

According to this article a new speed camera has been developed that can catch drivers for a number of other offences. Not only can they tell whether a driver is going too fast. They will also be able to tell whether a driver is wearing a seatbelt, measure the distance between cars to tell whether someone is tailgating, look for out of date tax discs, note numbers plates and check whether a driver has insurance. The new cameras have been funded by the European commission and developed by a consortium of European universities and research institutes. They are currently being tested in Finland and so far have been given a cautious welcome by UK motoring organisations. As most traffic offences and accidents are caused by drivers with no tax or insurance I wonder whether this might go some way to taking some of these cars of the road. After all these things are legal requirements if you don’t have them, you shouldn’t be driving in the first place.

posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 1:22:17 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 12, 2010

article-1317532-0B775A6C000005DC-105_468x533 According to this article more people are suffering from something called toasted skin syndrome. The problem can be caused by being too close to a heat source such as an electric fire for extended periods of time. Recently, however, there have been a number of cases caused by laptop usage. The picture shows the mottled skin that is caused by the problem. In this case a boy used a laptop for several hours a day and ignored the fact that it was getting hot. When you think that the temperature of a laptop can reach 52C it seems a good precaution to rest your laptop on a book or other surface. The condition whilst it does clear up in some people can cause permanent discolouration of the skin and in some rare cases cancer.

posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:33:24 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 10, 2010

article-1299395-0AA70A62000005DC-724_233x423 This is interesting its a phone called the Amplicom M6000 which has been designed with the elderly and hard of hearing in mind. The phone has a ring tone that can reach 100 decibels for those who struggle to hear a normal mobile phone. The ear piece can be set to a higher volume so that it can be turned up to hear a call without the user needing to wear their hearing aid. The phone is also designed to be simple to use having a large clear keypad and a screen which displays text messages in extra large type. Unlike other phones it doesn’t overcomplicate matters by adding extras like a camera. It does, however, have a SOS button which can be set to ring a relative in an emergency and a motion sensor which can be set to automatically ring 999 if the user falls over. The phone retails at £119.99 and is compatible with all UK operators except the 3 network.

posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:10:22 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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This is interesting its a new design of foldaway bike. It has been designed by Kevin Scott who cam up with the idea of a bendy bike. The bike includes a mechanism which allows the frame to bend meaning it can be bent around a lamppost and locked to itself. It is currently just a prototype but it certainly looks interesting.

posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:24:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 18, 2010

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According to this article a device will soon be available that will allow people to charge their mobile phone whilst cycling. The phone manufacturer Nokia has designed the device which connects to a dynamo. It charges when the wheels turn and comes with a phone holder that straps to the handlebars. To charge the phone you would need to cycle at around four miles an hour. The faster you cycle the more charge your battery will get. Cycling at a speed of 10 miles an hour for 10 minutes would give about 28 minutes of talk time or 37 minutes on standby. The kit will be on sale by the end of the year.

posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 8:56:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 01, 2010

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This is interesting its a new device which is expected to be popular this summer. Previously launched in the US is will soon be available in the UK. The device allows you to make home made ice lollies in just 7 minutes. Called the Zoku it costs £40 and allows you to pour fruit juice into moulds and produce lollies in 7 minutes.

posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 10:53:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 04, 2010

_47746858_009193754-1This replica wine fountain has recently been unveiled at Hampton Court Palace. It is similar to those that would have been used by Henry V111 and has been created after the remains of a 16th century fountain were found at a archaeological dig at the palace in 2008. It stands 13ft high and is made of timber, lead, bronze and gold leaf. The best thing about it, however, is that it is a working replica. At weekends and bank holidays it will serve red and white wine priced at £3.50 a glass. I like the idea of a wine fountain I wonder if I can convince my husband to build one.

posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:48:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, May 01, 2010

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This plane is thought to be the world’s biggest model aircraft. Built by Tony Nijhuis in his garage the aircraft is a scale version of a Boeing B-50 Superfortress. It has a 20ft wingspan and weighs about seven stone. It took two years to make plane and cost around £8,000. The aircraft has 96 batteries that power four electric motors. It can manage around 8 minutes in the air before it needs to be recharged.

posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 2:08:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 30, 2010

According to this article 3D televisions have recently gone on sale at John Lewis. Their flagship store has started selling a Samsung 47 inch 3D TV. The TV is on sale for £1,800 but in order to experience the full effect you will also need to purchase a pair of 3D glasses which cost £200. This could get a little expensive if you have to buy glasses for the whole family. Apparently you will also need to own a Blu Ray player in order to watch anything in 3D as there will be no other content available until Sky launches their 3D channel in June. I’m not sure I will be splashing out on one just yet.

posted on Friday, April 30, 2010 9:51:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, March 21, 2010

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This new design for the British plug has recently won the Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award for 2010. It was designed by British student Min-Kyu Choi. It measures just 1cm thick compared with the standard size of 4.5cm and has a fold away design. The two bottom pins of the plug can rotate 90 degrees whilst the top pin remains static meaning it can be easily collapsed to fit inside a laptop case.

posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 11:39:02 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 11, 2010

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This interesting looking device could help treat people who suffer from migraines. The hand held device emits a single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation which disrupts the electrical events in the brain which cause the symptoms of migraine. In a trial 40% of patients who used the device were pain free for hours afterwards. Trials have shown it to be more effective than placebo treatment with more patients being pain free up to 48 hours afterwards. More research is needed before the device is likely to be available to patients.

posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010 8:40:41 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 25, 2010

article-1252032-0859D3D2000005DC-478_468x366 These rockets have been made by inventor John Coker. He had the idea after a friend remarked that his rockets looked a bit like crayons. The over sized pack of rocket crayons was soon born. They took several years to build  and do pretty much what you would expect rockets to do whilst looking like crayons.

posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:02:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A dermatologist has developed a application for the iPhone which he claims can get rid of wrinkles and acne whilst you talk on the phone. Called AcneApp The application costs $1.99 and uses blue and red light to help kill bacteria and promote collagen growth. There is some scepticism over whether the product actually works as it is yet to undergo clinical study but its an interesting idea.

posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:24:17 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 08, 2010

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This is interesting, its a machine that supposedly turns waste paper from the office into toilet roll. Called the “White Goat” the machine could not be described as portable, it is 6ft tall and weighs in at 94st. It can create a new toilet roll from 40 sheets of A4 paper in around 30 minutes. Waste paper is fed into a shredder, untangled and then dissolved in a pulper. The wet paper is then thinned out and dried before being wound into toilet paper.

posted on Monday, February 08, 2010 10:58:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 02, 2010

article-1245285-07F377BB000005DC-182_306x477 According to this article Dyson have just launched a mini version of its vacuum cleaner. Designed for those who live in small flats or apartments the City DC26 is small enough to store in a bookcase but has all the features you would expect from the bigger model. At £250 its not cheap but I would certainly find this useful for cleaning awkward places like the stairs where I find lifting my larger Dyson a little difficult.

posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2010 8:10:55 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 31, 2010

According to this article we will soon be able to watch 3D football matches in our living rooms. Sky have begun testing its technology by filming some matches in 3D and have promised that football will be a major part of its 3D channel content. In order to watch the 3D matches you will need to have a Sky HD set top box and wear 3D glasses but with many TV manufactures launching their 3D models this year it seems TV could be set to get a little bit more exciting.

posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:28:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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According to this article this is the world’s largest TV. Recently unveiled by Panasonic it measures 152 inches. If you want one it is likely to have a fairly hefty price tag and you will need a large living room as you need to be seated between 25ft and 38ft away from it to enjoy optimum viewing.

posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:02:06 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, December 29, 2009

article-1238493-07B52DB5000005DC-670_634x529This is an interesting idea, its a see through toaster. The toaster cooks the bread between two sheets of glass so that it is possible to see how well done your toast is and prevent you burning it. It currently only take one slice of bread at a time, however, so may not be that practical for day to use.

posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 2:17:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 06, 2009

I get several thousand spam messages a day so tend to notice the latest trends. It seems that emails pretending to be from Facebook are becoming more popular at the moment and whilst other spam does still outnumber them, I am currently getting a few hundred a day. The emails tend to ask you to log in to update your details and do look like genuine Facebook emails so I can see how some people might be fooled. Bear in mind, though just as you would never click on an email to update an account or change details for a bank account the same applies to Facebook. I have noticed a number of people whose Facebook accounts have been compromised recently, I wonder whether its because they were fooled by one of these emails or whether their account was compromised by another method.

posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 10:19:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 22, 2009

article-0-06CF4134000005DC-860_468x286 This interesting looking device is a bracelet that will tell you when you are too stressed. The bracelet is supposed to feel the emotional state of the wearer by measuring the way you sweat. It then sends radio signals to the bowl which changes colour depending on the users feelings. The bowl starts off yellow but gradually turns orange and finally red when the user becomes stressed.

posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:41:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, October 21, 2009

article-1220382-06D1E36B000005DC-181_468x561 Fans of the Wii might be interested in this new gadget which is due to be released in 2010. Called the Cyberbike it looks like an exercise bike. It comes with a cycling sports game but will also be compatible with Mario Kart. The game that comes with the bike will feature 18 different circuits and have several options including Fitness, Story and Multiplayer. I can see that it might be more interesting than using a conventional exercise bike but I’m wondering if like my exercise bike which lies forgotten at the bake of the garage this might also be a gadget that ultimately ends up gathering dust once the initial appeal has worn off.

posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:44:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, September 28, 2009

article-0-06790DE7000005DC-507_468x321 This is interesting its a watch that contains a satellite positioning system which can locate the wearer to within ten feet. Aimed at parents who want to keep an eye on their children, the brightly coloured watch costs £149.99. Parents will be able to see their child’s location on Google maps by texting a special number. They will also be able to set up safe zones in which the children can play and receive an alert when the children go outside the area. The device is made by a company called Lok8u. I’m not sure how practical it is for children as they would soon learn to take it off but I would be interested in getting one of these for cats. Having emailed the company that makes these I have found out that a cat version is due to be released in the new year.

posted on Monday, September 28, 2009 12:09:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, September 25, 2009

I was watching Watchdog last week and was interested to see a feature about a fault with the PS3. The problem starts when a yellow light appears on the console after which it no longer works. Dubbed the yellow light of death the issue appears to affect machines that are just part their warranty date. The Watchdog programme approached three commercial repair technicians who tried to fix a small number of consoles and managed to revive all but one of them, so if your PS3 has the issue there are people who can resolve it for you. What I find surprisingly though is that Sony refuse to acknowledge the problem denying that there is a manufacturing fault. So far my PS3 is still ok but I would be interested to hear from anyone who has experienced the problem and whether you managed to fix it.

posted on Friday, September 25, 2009 11:45:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 19, 2009

article-1213851-0674DE3C000005DC-372_634x366 This is interesting its some pictures taken by a man in Surrey of bats flying over his garden pond. To get the pictures he rigged up this rather elaborate set up using a digital camera that listens for ultrasonic squeaks and an infrared beam to trigger flash  lamps when a bat flew near the water. The first picture shows how he set up his equipment and the second is one of the pictures that he took.

 

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posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009 1:14:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, September 11, 2009

article-1212333-065BB883000005DC-172_468x305 Staff at a computer company in South Africa are using pigeons to transfer data between offices because it it quicker than broadband. They say that it takes six hours to transfer four gigabytes of encrypted data from Durban to their call centre 50 miles away. In contrast it takes a pigeon with a memory card attached to its leg, just an hour to make the journey. The pigeons do face some problems, however, such as getting eaten by predators on route.

posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 8:02:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 30, 2009

This is interesting its a device that has been made by two Kenyan students which allows bicycle riders to charge their phone whilst cycling. The dynamo powered charger is designed to help people in rural areas who do not have electricity. According to the article people in some villages have to travel long distances to shops where they are charged $2 to charge their phone from a car battery or solar panel. The device is small enough to fit into a pocket along with a mobile phone. In Kenya bicycles are sold with a dynamo which is attached to the back wheel to power the lights. The lead can be switched to plug into the charger instead to power the device. It takes about an hour of pedalling to fully charge a mobile phone.

posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:06:20 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 15, 2009

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Sony have released two new phones that are made from recycled plastic. The phone are made from old CD cases and water bottles and have been launched as an eco friendly option for customers. The GreenHeart C901 and Naite both feature a camera, video streaming, bluetooth and WAP article-1190791-05359DFC000005DC-127_468x337 and work as a conventional phone would. The only difference is that the casing is made from 50 per cent recycled plastic. Both phones also include a low power charger and an in phone e-manual which reduces paper usage by 90 per cent. They also include an application that allows you to work out how much greenhouse gas emissions you can save by choosing to walk somewhere rather than using your car.

posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 8:54:39 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 14, 2009

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Robots can do many useful things, now it appears that there is one that can cook pancakes. The robot which has been invented in Japan stirs the ingredients before pouring the batter onto a heated cooking pan and then flipping them using its spatulas before serving. Very useful but what I am waiting for is a house cleaning robot.

posted on Sunday, June 14, 2009 11:20:46 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 12, 2009

article-1191606-054299B8000005DC-994_468x360 This is an interesting idea, its a mini microwave from Heinz that is designed to be used at your desk. The microwave can be charged from your laptop and is large enough to heat a small pot of food or a mug or soup. It has been made for Heinz snap pots and is just 7.4 inches tall by 6.2 inches wide. At around £100 its not cheap but I can see that it would be quite a useful gadget to have at work.

posted on Friday, June 12, 2009 8:49:06 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 16, 2009

catdoor1-medium This is interesting its a Tweeting cat door (pictured left) that has been made by a programmer to track his cats. The cats each have a RFID tag attached to their collars. When they go near the cat door the RFID reader reads the tag and if the cat is authorised a servo unlocks the cat door. Each time there is a cat door event a Twitter message is sent as well as a picture of the cat that has activated the flap. You can check out the updates at the following link.

posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:11:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 30, 2009

According to this article the Nintendo Wii has now become the fastest selling games console in history surpassing even the Playstation 2. Since the launch of the Wii in 2006 Nintendo have sold more than 50 million consoles. The Wii seems to be doing well because it appeals to families and casual users who perhaps are not your average Playstation or Xbox gamers and if this article is to believed figures suggest that 20 per cent of Wii owners in the US have no other games console in their home. I find this quite interesting, I own a Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and like all the consoles for different reasons. I do, however, play the Wii considerably less than the other two, it seems to only be used when we have friends around and want something that does require conventional gaming controls. I prefer my Playstation 3 for my SingStar games and for Tombraider and my Xbox 360 is used for more serious games such as Gears of War and Splinter Cell.

posted on Monday, March 30, 2009 7:53:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, March 29, 2009

article-1164445-04121693000005DC-171_468x325 This is interesting its a TV that turns itself off when no one is watching it. The new Sony Bravia WE5 Eco TV includes something called a smart presence sensor that will turn the TV off if it no longer detects any movement in the room. The TV detects the movement and body heat of anyone sitting within range of the screen. If the viewer falls asleep or leaves the room the sensor can detect this and switched the picture mode off reducing the power consumption. The set then remains idle for 30 minutes before switching itself off completely. It’s an interesting idea, but I wonder how well it copes with people who sit still for long periods of time and also how it deals with pets moving about the house.

posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009 12:08:23 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 19, 2009

article-1162662-03F1EF31000005DC-150_468x312 This is slightly odd, its about a computer programmer who installed a USB in his prosthetic finger. He lost the original finger in a motorcycle accident and naturally decided to make his new prosthetic finger more useful than a normal finger by adding a USB drive to it. The prosthetic initially looks like a normal finger until the nail is pulled back revealing the USB drive inside. He can now store photos, movies and other useful files on the drive and plug it into his computer to use as an additional hard drive.

posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 11:14:53 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 26, 2009

PD*27155414 This is interesting, its a portable sandwich toaster which has been invented by a Korean designer. It is designed to allow users to heat up their lunchtime sandwich without the need for a grill or a toaster. It works by producing heat via nanotechnology using moleculer sized tubes of carbon. It then spreads this heat using the ceramic unit until the bread is toasted. Unfortunately it appears to have a few flaws, it can only toast one side at a time and it only toasts part of the sandwich at the time. It's an interesting idea and perhaps if it were the size of a slice of bread might be a little more practical.

posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:09:09 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 09, 2009

If you use Twitter you might want to check out an article from the Time Online which lists the 50 most popular celebrities on Twitter. Stephen Fry, Russell Brand, Britney Spears and John Cleese are just a few that you might be interested to follow.

posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 3:28:24 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, February 07, 2009

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This is rather strange its a cardboard PC. It is made from 12 cardboard panels which are stuck together using non toxic adhesive. When the PC reaches the end of its life the cardboard body can be taken apart and recycled and the internal components are designed to be easily dismantled. I wonder how hot this thing gets, it does have a dedicated internal venting chamber but I'm not entirely sure putting a flammable material around a PC is such a good idea.

posted on Saturday, February 07, 2009 10:53:35 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 03, 2009

article-1131447-033ADD2C000005DC-864_468x271 This is quite cool its the world's fastest electric car. Created by Shelby Supercars the Ultimate Aero EV can reach speeds of 208mph and can accelerate to 60mph in 2.5 seconds. It is possible to charge the cars batteries in just 10 minutes from the mains, the car then has a range of between 150 and 200 miles before it needs recharging.

posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 2:14:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 16, 2009

Marks and Spencer and Next are to sell handbag sized laptops for just £99. The laptops are made by Elonex a small British computer maker. They will go on sale in both stores from February. The laptops are an attempt to attract female shoppers to cheap computers and have a seven inch screen. They have limited memory but are capable of surfing the internet, reading email etc and can also be used to access your home or work computer remotely. It seems that this mini laptop is targeted at people that might want a PDA but that perhaps would rather have all the functionally you can get with a laptop. It will be interesting to see how many they sell.

posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 9:42:55 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 11, 2009

According to this article netbooks are the next "must have" item. The smaller laptops seem to be selling surprisingly well with Acer selling half a million of its Aspire one units just in December in the US. The company is now predicting that it will sell between 12 and 13 million of the notebooks by the end of the year. Asus, another manufacturer of notebooks have also seen strong sales and expect to sell over 7 million units this year. With sales of these smaller lower budget laptops taking off many of the the big name brands such as Hewlet Packard, Dell and Sony are also starting to release models. The British manufacturer Elonex will also start selling a handbag sized laptop in M&S next month. The model is aimed at the lower end market and particularly at women buyers. I can see the appeal of these smaller laptops, my husband has just purchased one so that he can work on the train on the way to work and it certainly is small and fits this purpose perfectly.

posted on Sunday, January 11, 2009 3:36:25 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, January 03, 2009

We went to PC World today to look for a new laptop and found just what we were looking for in the discounted ex display section. It was priced at £279.99, the only catch was that it had no power adaptor, but for us this wasn't an issue as we had a spare one lying around at home. Rather than just buying the discounted model we first had a look at the full priced ones and were surprised to find that despite the sale model having no power adaptor it was actually the same price as the full priced brand new laptop. Obviously PC World in this instance were trying to pull a fast one and were expecting customers not to question whether they were getting a discount. On questioning the sales rep, we were told that he could give us an additional £20 discount off the ex display model but for the sake of £20 we decided to opt for the brand new one.

posted on Saturday, January 03, 2009 5:19:14 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, December 27, 2008

After completing Gears of War some time ago I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Gears of War 2 but had put off buying it, in case I received it for Christmas. I did receive the game as a gift from my husband and we tried it out for the first time today. We like to play in the co-op mode as we find it makes for a better game. So far I am not disappointed. We have successfully avoided mortar attacks to go underground to try and defeat the locusts and most recently have managed to survive being eaten by a giant worm. This game is more challenging then the last but it looks like it will provide many hours of great gaming, I better get back to it, whilst I have some holiday time to spare.

posted on Saturday, December 27, 2008 1:19:33 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, December 26, 2008

One of the presents I received this Christmas was Rockband for the Xbox. I have wanted this game for a while and it was a real surprise when my husband appeared with a huge box on Christmas morning. After putting together the instruments I had a go at the drums and Rory tried the guitar before switching over and trying the other instruments. Both instruments took a little bit of getting used with the singing being the easiest and least challenging part. After a little practice, however, this game gets really addictive. I haven't quite mastered the guitar but I am starting to get quite good at the drums. This is a game that appeals to all ages as well. Rory's parents spent Christmas with us and we formed a band with me doing the singing, Rory's mum and dad taking turns at manning the drums and Rory on lead guitar. Despite it being quite an expensive game I can see we are going to have hours of fun with this. Once we have exhausted the songs on the original disk I will be off to the music song to download more.

posted on Friday, December 26, 2008 1:31:51 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 25, 2008

I would like to wish all my readers a happy Christmas. I have received lots of new toys today and will be reviewing these in the coming days so watch this space.

posted on Thursday, December 25, 2008 12:49:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 28, 2008

article-1089899-0282EA1C000005DC-486_468x671According to this article this is the first ever digital camera with a built in printer. The camera is the new Xiao digital camera made by Polaroid. Users can take pictures and then print them using the thermal printing technology. The device has a five megapixel camera and can print a two by three inch picture in around 45 seconds. It can also receive and print images from other digital cameras and mobile phones. It costs £239 for the device and £6 for 20 sheets of paper but is not yet available outside of Japan.

posted on Friday, November 28, 2008 2:38:22 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 21, 2008

I am the first one to plead guilty to playing too many games and have frequently played right through the night crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning. I have never quite managed to play for 24 hours straight and to be honest I think it would be beyond my endurance levels to stay awake for that amount of time. This story comes from Sweden where a 15 year old boy suffered what appeared to be an epileptic seizure after playing World of Warcraft for 24 hours. The boy and his friends had played all day and all night eating meals at their computers before the fifteen year suffered a seizure. Doctors told the father than his son's bodily systems had been disrupted by a combination of sleep deprivation, lack of food and playing the computer game for a long period. The boy is expected to make a full recovery and the father has said he will limit the amount of time his son is allowed to play computer games. He also warned other parents about the dangers of extended game playing.

posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 9:19:08 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Like many other people I have often thought about satisfying it would be to spend time tracking down spammers and killing them but have also wondered how much effect it would actually have. This article gave me new hope. According to the article after one company was closed down email spam dropped by 75%. The company McColo.com is believed to host some of the largest spam operations and has been turning a blind eye to a number of criminal organisation. Two major internet providers cut off internet access to the company last week in what has been called an unprecedented move. It is estimated that spam rates fell by up to 75% shortly after the company's servers were disconnected. Unfortunately the levels of spam have since picked up again as other spammers fill the void. This goes to show that my plan to track down spammers and kill them, could in theory be effective, now where can I buy a ninja outfit?

posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 10:43:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This is interesting its a device to stop cold callers. Ironically it was invented by two ex telemarketers. The device is called TrueCall and it works by downloading information on commercial and scam numbers form the internet and preventing them from getting in contact with you. It can also block calls from people that you don't want to speak to. The system intercepts all calls and if it recognises them as a friend or family of the user it lets them through as normal. However, if the callers number is identified as a telemarketer or nuisance caller the device answers it with an automated message and the phone does not ring at all. Its not cheap at £99 but it looks like it could a solution to unwanted sales calls.

posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 8:33:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm not sure if anybody else finds them irritating but after recently installing Skype on a new computer, I found that it automatically adds call buttons to web pages when it thinks something is a phone number. It appears that this is a plug in that is installed for use with Firefox. It took me ages to find out where to turn it off but eventually I found it hiding in the tools menu under extensions. After disabling the Skype extension for Firefox those annoying buttons have gone and I am much happier.

posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 12:50:05 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 10, 2008

This is an interesting idea, its a parental control system for cars called MyKey. The idea is that parents will able to set limits such as adding a top speed that should not be exceeded and setting how the loud the stereo can go. Ford will introduce the controls on some US makes of car that will be go on sale in 2010. The Ford Focus will be the first car to include the MyKey system but it is likely to become a standard feature. The main feature of the system is that you can set the top speed of the car to 80mph. It also has other options such as setting a volume limit of the car stereo, making the car sound an alert if the passengers do not wear a seatbelt and setting warning tones if the car goes faster than 45, 55 or 65mph. The system is aimed at new drivers but I do wonder how many new drivers can afford a brand new car. The cars I had when I started driving struggled to go more than 80mph downhill with a following wind. In fact my current car would probably need a push.

posted on Friday, October 10, 2008 8:21:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 07, 2008

This mobile phone built by Japanese firm Sharp Corp will allow people to unlock the door of their car and start their engine without using an ignition key. Cars equipped with the system will be able to sense when the correct key is nearby and will allow the engine to be unlocked. They will also allow the engine to be started once the device is inside the car. Nissan has shipped a million cars with the technology in Japan since 2002.

posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2008 8:45:24 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 01, 2008

article-1040187-0220637A00000578-970_634x500 I always loved going to the doctors surgery when I was younger because it was one of the few places around that had a rocking horse. This gadget has been described as a rocking horse for the wealthy. It is in fact a simulator which lets people ride in their own home. The virtual reality riding machine includes a mechanical horse with electronic sensors and a screen. It allows users to trot, canter and perform various dressage manoeuvres but unlike a real horse produces no mess and does not require feeding. Its an interesting concept but personally I think the real thing is much better. For me part of the joy of riding was building up a mutual relationship with my horse and of course the fact that you can never predict what a real horse will do, no matter how well you know it. Its an interesting variation on the rocking horse, though but not cheap at just under £40,000.

posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 7:06:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 21, 2008

According to this article you might have a long wait for PS3 movie downloads if you live in the UK. Although the service has just been launched in North America the European market is unlikely to get it until sometime next year. Apparently the issue is that Sony needs to sort out its country specific content before they launch it in Europe. The exact dates for specific European countries will be announced later this year.

posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 8:34:59 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 27, 2008

I had a very unproductive weekend last week because I have been revisiting some of my old computer games that I have never got around to completing. The main reason for doing this is because I am feeling a little poor at the moment so rather than spending money on new movies or box office films I thought I would make use of what I have already. That said, my husband is obviously not feeling poor because another box arrived today with a Playstation 3 inside. I'm not sure where he managed to find it because its one of the 60GB versions which will also play Playstation 2 games (yes I have already tried it, even though I am meant to be working). I expect there will soon be more details on Rory's blog shortly as well as a more technical view of my new laptop. I see another unproductive weekend ahead.

posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 4:09:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 26, 2008

It was our wedding anniversary a few days ago and I was surprised to receive a parcel from my husband. I was even more surprised to find that it contained a new laptop from Dell. Its a Dell Inspiron and it makes my old laptop look very inferior. I am currently busy installing everything, so am still mainly working on my old machine for now. So far I am very pleased with the new one, its certainly a lot faster and it has the advantage that it doesn't constantly overheat and of course its nice and new and shiny.

posted on Thursday, June 26, 2008 3:09:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 17, 2008

article-0-0194471B00000578-676_468x339 This is BMW's latest concept car and surprisingly it is made of cloth. The cars skin is made of an expansion resistant textile which stretches across movable metal wires controlled by hydraulics. The car is more flexible than a car with a metal skin and it is able to change shape at a touch of a button to suit the owners mood.

posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 2:48:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Sunday, June 15, 2008
I have been out in the garden stalking dragonflies with my camera and managed to get a few quite good pictures. I did have to crawl on the grass to get a good shot but am quite pleased with the results.







posted on Sunday, June 15, 2008 5:14:36 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [4] Trackback
# Thursday, June 12, 2008

I am slightly happier today after my bad day yesterday. My laptop is alive once more, for how long I'm not sure, but for now it works. I might still look into purchasing a new one soon, as the problems appear to be caused by it simply overheating.

posted on Thursday, June 12, 2008 10:58:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I have had a really bad day. It started when I turned my laptop on this morning, only to get a blue screen of death moments later. The laptop appears to have died completely and I'm not sure whether it will live another day, it depends on whether my husband can do anything to fix it. In the meantime I have been using a really old really slow computer. It doesn't have most of the software on it that I need to complete my day to day work and I am also unable to access most of my email. It has been a very frustrating day. My only consolation is that I don't store any work locally so whilst I am inconvenienced I have not lost any data. If my laptop is dead though, I might have several more frustrating days ahead whilst I wait for a new one to be delivered. Watch this space, will the laptop live again? Who knows?

posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 6:36:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 08, 2008



Robin seen through a hole in the fence in my garden. Taken with my Nikon D40.
posted on Sunday, June 08, 2008 4:22:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rose I'm still playing with new Nikon D40 and in just a few weeks have already taken hundreds of pictures. Rather than bore people with the details, in future I will just post a selection of the better ones every week or so with a short caption. Starting with the picture on the left which I was quite pleased with.

 

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posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 2:55:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sky ceiling This is an interesting idea, its a ceiling that recreates the effect of a sunny day indoors. Called a SkyCeiling the ceiling creates the illusion that you are underneath a sunny sky and can be used to brighten up a room even it has no windows. It works by using high resolution photographs of the sky and overhanging trees which are suspended from the ceiling to create a 3 D effect. The photos are produced on transparent tiles and are lit from behind with high powered fluorescent lights. The system can be programmed to mimic the time of the day and different seasons. It is expected to be popular with offices and hospitals where it could be used to reduce stress and boost feelings of well being.

posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 4:41:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, April 27, 2008

This is an interesting idea, a suit that can be worn and washed in the shower. It is made from fast drying Australian merino wool and is designed for the Asian market. It is aimed primarily at businessmen who are required to wear a suit in the humidity of an Asian summer. At the end of the day all you need to do is hose the suit down in the shower and hang it up to dry. It regains its shape and is ready to wear again the next morning without the need for dry cleaning.

posted on Sunday, April 27, 2008 3:03:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 14, 2008
This article suggests that colour blind gamers are forgotten by game developers. According to the article games often rely on colours to differentiate between characters, for example the good guys might wear green and the bad guys brown. This seems to pose a problem with people who are colour blind and the article quotes one of their readers who says:

"One specific gaming example that always frustrates me is Battlefield 2142. I love the game, but the flags of the two teams are not distinct enough on the HUD, at least to me. I honestly can't tell you what color they are. Red, green, yellow, brown?" he told Ars. "I usually end up trying to distinguish them by brightness because one looks slightly brighter to me, but that is so slight it's still tough."

This was confirmed by my husband who is colour blind and says he has the same problem with several games. The solution according to the article is to use more drastic contrasts between colours and to use patterns and shapes rather than relying on simply making things two different colours.

posted on Monday, April 14, 2008 5:30:01 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 02, 2008
A survey suggests that being out of mobile phone contact can be as stressful as moving house or breaking up with a partner for one in every five users. Running out of battery or not having enough credit also cause stress for mobile phone users. Apparently men are more affected by losing mobile phone contact than woman. The survey found that 48% of women and 58% of men admitted to feelings of anxiety and more then 20% of people questioned said they never switched off their mobiles. 9% of users said having their phone switched off made them feel anxious. The Post Office has published a guide to reducing these symptoms of stress. It recommends leaving loved ones an alternative contact number and making a back up list of your contacts in case your phone is stolen.

posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 3:32:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This article suggests that solar powered clothing could be coming to the shops soon. Fujitsu Siemens are working on incorporating flexible solar cells into items of clothing and say the device could only take a year to perfect. The solar cells would work by converting light into energy which would then be used to power devices such as mobile phones or MP3 players. It sounds interesting although as sunlight is required, it might not work so well here in the UK, after all we don’t see the sun very often. It could be a good device to take on holiday though.

posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 6:01:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Sat Nav trolley could soon be coming to Britain. The device will help shoppers by guiding them around the store to the items they want to buy. It will also suggest recipe ideas based on the food that you put into them. The trolley is made by Media Cart in conjunction with Microsoft and could be in UK supermarkets by 2009. It will also be able to download your shopping list and plot the quickest route around the store, depending on what you want to purchase. The trolleys are fitted with a location device so they know where in the store, they can they work out what the best route is from the current location to the product the customer requires. It seems like an interesting idea, I wonder how well they work in practice.

posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:53:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 17, 2008
These rather strange looking glasses can help you find things. You just need to tell them what you are looking for and they will play a video to show you the last time you saw the item. The built in camera takes a constant record of everything the user sees, with the display inside identifying the items scanned. It’s an interesting idea but obviously this experimental model is a little bulky for everyday use.

posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 10:13:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 15, 2008
Questions are being asked about the safety of the lithium batteries used in iPods after a customer in Japan reported an incident where their iPod gave off sparks. The Apple iPod nano started emitting sparks whilst it was being recharged. The problem was put down to the battery used in the device. A spokesman for Apple has said that the company is aware of the incident but that no one was available to comment. Japan’s government has ordered Apple to investigate the incident which affected the older Apple iPod nano with the model number MA099J/A. Apple has previously warned that iPods might overheat while being charged in certain carrying cases. Information on its website advises: "Charging your iPod, iPod nano or iPod shuffle while in certain carrying cases may generate excess heat, which can affect battery capacity.

posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 3:48:20 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Thursday, March 13, 2008
This is an interesting idea, a mobile phone that also helps to keep you fit. It is called miCoach and is being marketed as the latest “must have” accessory for your mobile phone. Basically it monitors your heart rate, tells you how fast you are running and how many calories you are burning during your workout. The device allows you to find your own fitness level and a goal to generate a series of workouts. It also has helpful motivational comments to let you know how you are doing and lets you customise a music playlist to match your workout.

posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:08:41 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 07, 2008
If you find it hard to keep track of exactly how beers you have had, you might want to try this beer counting bottle opener. The gadget is called the Beer Tracker and records the number of times it is used to lift the lid on a bottle. It keeps track of the number of beers opened with a digital display, unfortunately though it only seems practical for the beers you drink at home, so won’t help for trips to the pub.

posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 2:35:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 15, 2008
My phone comes with a GPS system but what I find slightly irritating is it is like most systems geared towards drivers. I have used it on several occasions to try and find my way when I have been walking somewhere and although it does usually get me there it doesn’t always chose the best route when you are on foot. I read with interest this article that Nokia are introducing a digital map system for its phones that gives real time walking directions. The system will be available on its Series 60 and Series 40 phones and according to Nokia is the first pedestrian navigation system on a mobile phone. It will be interesting to see how popular it proves to be and whether other companies will start providing a similar service.

posted on Friday, February 15, 2008 3:20:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 11, 2008
I got a new phone for Christmas a MDA Vario III on a contract with T-Mobile and have been learning how to use it. It has lots of cool features such as mobile versions Outlook, Internet Explorer, Word and Excel as well as a tilting qwerty keyboard. It also has Bluetooth and a 3 mega pixel camera. So far I have found the phone very easy to use and it’s great to be able to see all of my email whilst I’m away from my computer. It certainly makes it a lot easier to keep track of everything and I can use time that would usually be wasted to catch up on a bit of work. Another advantage is that as a new customer and having my phone on a web and walk contract I now get free access to over 1,200 WiFi hotspots, that’s according to this article.

posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 2:59:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 06, 2007
Our new oven and hobs arrived last Monday and I am really glad to see the back of the old one. The only problem is I had got used to having to heat the old oven for an hour before using it and then having to cook everything on the highest temperature. Now I have an oven that works perfectly I am finding I have to be careful with cooking times and pay a bit more attention when I am cooking. We have had a few burnt offerings this week, but I think I am just starting to get the hang of it.

posted on Thursday, December 06, 2007 3:59:12 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, December 02, 2007
My husband came home with a Tom Tom yesterday which he had purchased as an early Christmas present for himself. We tried it out on a short journey from Egham to Maidenhead and found it performed quite well. You can read more about it here on my husband’s blog. Personally I found the best feature of the device was that it warns you where all the speed cameras are before you reach them which is really useful and could stop you getting any fines.

posted on Sunday, December 02, 2007 3:20:04 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 24, 2007
The Wii zapper has just been released in the US. It costs $20 and comes with a free game, Link’s Crossbow Training. The gun basically houses the Wii remote and nunchuk as shown in the picture. It looks quite interesting, although without trying it, I can’t quite figure out how the controls would work. This review however, gives it quite a favourable write up. I may get one when its released in the UK, watch this space.

posted on Saturday, November 24, 2007 1:19:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 23, 2007
I have been looking around at digital SLR cameras in the hope I can persuade my husband to buy me one for Christmas. This article is quite useful and offers an overview of five of the top selling cameras. Now, I wonder whether my husband might read this blog post.

posted on Friday, November 23, 2007 11:54:43 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If you can’t remember where you parked your car, this new parking idea could help. Due to be introduced at Heathrow it allows customers to see where their car is located when they insert their parking ticket into a machine. The machine then displays a 3D map showing you where to find your vehicle in the car park. The system will be installed at Terminal 5 when it opens in March and looks like it could be really useful. Personally I can never remember where I have parked when I do the shopping, let alone trying to find the car, when I come back from holiday.

posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 12:20:45 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 19, 2007
This is an interesting concept but so simple it make me wonder why all pizza places don’t already do it. Papa John’s restaurants in the US have started taking pizza orders by text. You first have to register online to create an account; you can then set up several favourite orders that you can text in, anytime you are feeling a bit peckish. I wonder whether this will take off in the UK.

posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 7:21:32 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 13, 2007
BT has claimed its place as the UK broadband market leader. It has added double the amount of new customers that its nearest rival the Carphone Warehouse has in the last three months. BT now has over 4 million broadband customers compared to the Carphone Warhouse which now has around 2.5 million.

posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 5:37:39 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The Post Office is due to launch a broadband service. The service is aimed mainly at first time users and will be targeted at home phone customers. The service will be launched with a £10m advertising campaign featuring Westlife. The Post Office currently has around 400,000 home phone customers and makes around 10% of its earnings from this side of the business. It will be interesting to see whether this takes off.

posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11:55:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, October 17, 2007
McDonald’s are going to introduce high speed wireless internet access to most of its 1,200 UK restaurants by the end of the year. Customers will be able to use their laptops, mobile phones or games consoles within the fast food outlets. There are likely to be no restrictions on how long you can use the service for.

posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 8:52:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 12, 2007
I read this article about a computerised pillow designed to stop snoring. The pillow is attached to a computer which analyses snoring noises, it then reduces or enlarges compartments within the pillow to help nasal airflow and minimise snoring. I wonder what it does with a really bad case of snoring that it can’t stop; maybe it gives up and suffocates the user…Job done.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 10:50:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 05, 2007
Sony has announced that they are releasing a cut price version of the PS3. It will retail for £299 but will be without many of the essential features in the full version. The cut down version will not be backwards compatible with the previous consoles and has a 40GB hard disk rather than 60GB. It also has fewer USB ports than the full version. The price of the 60GB model has also been reduced from £425 to £349. I still don't think I would buy a version that is not backwards compatible, no matter how cheap it gets.

posted on Friday, October 05, 2007 7:13:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 04, 2007
BT have confirmed that they will create a partnership with Fon, a company which was founded in Spain in 2006. Fon’s users currently agree to share their Wi-Fi connectivity through a separate secure channel. They can either have a 50% cut of the fees charged to their visitor or alternatively to surf other users connections for free. However, their expansion has been limited by ISPs who do not allow the sharing of broadband connections. BT has now given its approval to do this and has effectively extended its OpenZone network across 3 million BT Home Hubs, or the proportion of those that agree to share their broadband connection. They have not currently said whether they will offer a reduction in rates to customers that do agree to do this but it is likely that those customers will have access to BT’s new wireless network and Fon’s global network of around 200,000 hot spots. It all sounds very interesting and as a BT Broadband customer, I am interested to see how it work.

posted on Thursday, October 04, 2007 6:44:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, October 01, 2007
It is rumoured that Microsoft are looking at taking a stake in Facebook. According to some reports they are considering paying between $300 million and $500 million for a 5% stake in the website. The news, if true could potentially start a bidding war between Microsoft and Google. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive has already refused a takeover approach by Yahoo and has said he wants the group to stay independent. It will be interesting to watch where this goes.

posted on Monday, October 01, 2007 10:59:19 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, September 28, 2007
Wii Sports has been nominated for the 2007 British Academy Video Awards. It has been nominated for game of the year, innovation and multiplayer. Personally I love this game, I particularly like the way that it forces you to do some exercise instead of just sitting on your bottom, and the game always goes down great at parties. Wii Sports faces some stiff competition in the form of Gears of War amongst others, but it’s great to see Nintendo back in the game, so to speak.

posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 5:18:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 22, 2007
My current desktop computer is starting to get a little old and is now a little slow for what I need it for. After my recent positive experience with Dell, and the fact that I already have a rather a good Dell laptop that has served me well for the last few years, I naturally looked there first. I found a really good deal on a desktop machine that comes complete with a 17 inch flat screen monitor, keyboard and mouse for just over £300. It looks like Dell is going to be getting some more of my hard earned cash.

posted on Saturday, September 22, 2007 12:51:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, September 21, 2007
I recently purchased a new colour laser printer from Dell. After much deliberation and looking at several printers including an all in one printer scanner copier, I decided to go with the Dell 1320C. The printer is Dells lowest priced colour laser printer and after I had customised it to be network ready it cost a very reasonable £260. The printer came complete with a pack of high yield toner and a three year warranty. At that price I must admit I was not expecting great things from the machine. However, it has really surprised me. The print quality is excellent, especially when printing photographs. I tested it by printing a picture of Oscar and could see all the individual hairs on the cat. Another thing that amazed me was the speed of the printer. I currently also have a HP laser printer which is designed for large print jobs and is very quick, to my surprise the Dell was just as fast. I tested the two together printing 75 pages and within just over five minutes they had both completed the job within minutes of each other. To sum up this is a really nice printer especially when you take into consideration the price. The only issue I have had, it that the toner does not last very long, as its only designed to print 2000 pages on one set of cartridges. It still works out at around 9p a printed page, so is quite good value for money.

posted on Friday, September 21, 2007 3:05:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 27, 2007
Microsoft has started renting its Office suite to users in South Africa. Instead of buying the software users will be able to use it on a pre-pay basis by paying $30 a month. The system is aimed at people who cannot afford to spend $700 for the software. It will be interesting to see whether this works in South Africa, as many users simply use pirated versions of the software so may not be prepared to pay for it.

posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 1:18:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I was checking out some new phones because mine is getting a bit old. Having had good experiences with Nokia handsets in the past I was looking at the Nokia N95. The phone has a 5 megapixel camera, GPRS and a PDA and is one of the few phones to support a 4GB memory card. The N95 Memory Card can be used for storing music, pictures and movies which is useful. For me by far the most important feature of this phone is that I can set it up to access my email when not able to access my computer. The GPRS function should also come in useful.

posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 5:45:29 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 23, 2007

The TV remote could soon be a thing of the past. Scientists in Australia have invented a device that allows viewers to control the TV by using simple hand gestures. The gadget includes a camera that can recognise hand gestures and could be easily incorporated into set top boxes. A clenched fist turns the TV on, a thumbs up sign controls the volume and a sideways sign can change channels.

posted on Monday, July 23, 2007 7:30:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 19, 2007

Retailers are now starting to offer free laptops as incentives to customers who sign two year broadband contracts. PC World was the first to introduce the offer, giving free laptops to people who signed up for a two year contract with Orange broadband. Now the Carphone Warehouse has introduced a deal to give a Dell laptop to each customer who signs up with AOL Broadband and signs a contract for 24 months.

posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007 7:01:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A boy who brought a Playstation 2 on Ebay was surprised when he received a parcel containing 65,400 Euros, that’s about £44,000. The boy parents contacted the police who are now trying to find out who owns the money. If no one claims it the boy’s family may be able to apply to have it returned to them. Now that I think about I remember posting a large sum of money to Norfolk last week, I wonder if they will believe me.

posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 6:37:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 16, 2007

Parts of London are to get free Wi-Fi as part of a new scheme. The scheme will cover most of London from Millbank in central London to Greenwich. To use the service for free users will need to agree to view a paid advert every 15 minutes whilst they are using it. If they don't want to view the adverts then the service will charged an an hourly rate.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 7:26:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 13, 2007

PC World is going to start selling mini robots. The robots can record images and sound from their surroundings, so make effective remote-controlled spying devices. They will also be able to transmit messages back to their owners over wireless broadband.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 6:30:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 06, 2007

When I got my bread maker around six years ago I thought at the time it would be one of those gadgets that you use a few times and then it gets pushed to the back of the cupboard. During the first two or three years we used it to make all of our bread and never purchased any bread in the supermarket. Whilst we don't use it quite that often more, preferring to only make fresh bread at the weekends, it still gets put to regular use in the making of pizza dough. I like the fact that its so easy. Just put the flour, yeast, salt, sugar and water into the bread maker and leave it whilst you do something else. After an hour or so, you have perfect pizza dough. Then just add the toppings of your choice. I added tomato, mozzarella, red peppers and pepperoni to mine. Pictured here is the result before I put it the oven. When this bread maker eventually dies I will be sure to replace it. Certainly a gadget I can't do without.

posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 6:59:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Saturday, May 19, 2007

I am writing this from a bar in Ireland after connecting to BT Openzone. You simply pick up the local wireless network and purchase a voucher from BT for the time you want to spend on the internet. A great tool for geeks everywhere.

posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 2:28:50 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, May 18, 2007

Back in March I came across this gale proof umbrella and I decided to purchase one. Surprisingly I have managed to get through two months without having the need to use an umbrella. Today the umbrella was finally put to the test. I did use it in a fairly strong wind, although I'm not sure whether it was quite gale force 10 and the umbrella stood up quite well keeping its shape and keeping me dry, whereas my friends using conventional umbrellas ended up considerably wetter due to the fact theirs collapsed in the wind.

posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 2:22:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 21, 2007

I found this article about a solar powered BBQ. Basically it reflects the suns rays from the mirror onto the cooking area providing heat without smoke or flames. I'm not convinced it would work that well in the UK; it seems whenever we light a BBQ we spend most of the day sitting outside with the umbrella trying to protect the fire from the rain. Still, its an interesting idea.

posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 1:12:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I came across this post about a magnetic clothes hanger. It seems like an interesting idea for light weight clothes but I find it difficult to see how it would handle heavy items such as outdoor coats or jeans. I also find it easy with conventional coat hangers to slide the items along the rail, presumably with this device you would need to detach the device and then reattach it in its new position. Interesting idea but not for me.

posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:47:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 14, 2007

Do you have problems using chopsticks? Then you need the chork. Basically it’s a meant to be a cross between a pair of chopsticks and a fork. Personally I can’t see why its hailed as a new idea, its really a large pair of tweezers.

 

posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 12:42:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 02, 2007

Do you have a spare £130,000? If the answer is yes then you could spend it on one of these cool rocket packs. Called Rocket Belts they can reach speeds of up to 60mph and can launch you as high as 300ft into the air. So, the only thing about this product that is not cool is the price tag. I think I have a bit of saving to do before I can afford one.

posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 12:13:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 31, 2007

Tired of not being able to hit those shots on Wii Bowling? You need this cool Wii Playing Robot. Made of Lego and including two motors it is able to bowl a perfect game every time.

posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 3:44:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 24, 2007

I found this interesting article on The Independents website. A new mobile phone company called Blyk is going to offer free voice and text services to customers who sign up to receive adverts on their phones. I can see how this service may appeal to people wanting to cut their monthly phone bill. Personally I rarely use my mobile phone and have it on a “pay as you go” contract so for me large bills are not a problem. I have noticed that recently I am receiving frequent text messages advertising services that are of no interest to me. There is nothing more irritating than reading through your texts thinking they might be important and finding they are what I have started to refer to as phone spam. I get enough spam through email without starting to get it on my phone.

posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 12:01:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 15, 2007

It was my husband’s birthday yesterday and as one of his presents I gave him these cool mini tanks from iwantoneofthose.com. The tanks have infra red guns and when you hit your opponent their tank spins around before becoming invincible for several seconds. Each tank has five lives, once you have been hit five times you need to reset the tanks before starting another game. After playing with the tanks for nearly a day and recharging them several times (battery life can be a little short) we discovered it was very hard to hit your opponent. We eventually realised that we had forgotten to remove the covers over the sensor points on the tanks although the instructions supplied with the tanks don’t appear to cover this. Anyway sensor covers removed and we were happily shooting each others tanks on our improvised terrain made of CD boxes.

posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 6:47:40 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 07, 2007

It will soon be possible to download music and games from the ATM as well as top up your mobile phone and print photographs. The company Max Box who owns around 1,400 cash machines in the United Kingdom is due to introduce these new services this spring. Max Box currently has most of their cash machines in areas such as garage forecourts and convenience stores and the majority charge a fee for withdrawing cash. The new services will also be fee based. Personally although I find this article interesting I don’t think I would use it as I can already top up my mobile phone online as well as download music on my current broadband service. This service is likely to appeal more to those with a dial up internet connection (yes there are still some of you out there) who don’t have always have access to the internet. I think I would probably only use it myself if my mobile phone ran low on credit and I needed to top it up urgently even then the cheaper option would probably be to buy a top up card.

posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 10:43:35 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Monday, March 05, 2007

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I came across this interesting umbrella today. http://www.senzumbrellas.com/ It claims to be able to withstand winds of up to gale force 10 without being pushed inside out. It also has a cut away front section so that you can see where you are going and cuts down on the risk of running headlong into a lamppost. The extended rear portion is designed to stop the rain running off and dripping onto your back. Apparently this new design has been tested in wind tunnels and approved by aerodynamics experts who have also worked on the wings of planes and speed skating outfits. Not owning one myself I’m not sure whether they are really as great as the manufacturer claims but needing a new umbrella (as mine met its death in a storm at the weekend) I think I will try one of these out. Watch this space where my review will follow. If nothing else it’s still worth visiting the website to see the “case study: what’s wrongs with my old umbrella” which shows humorous clips of people using umbrellas in strong wind.

posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 2:48:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 01, 2007

The government has recently brought in tougher penalties for people who use a mobile phone whilst driving. These new penalties apply to using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving; so it is still possible to use a hands free set with your phone. The fine has now doubled from £30 to £60 and it is also possible that three points could be added to your licence if you are caught.

I’m not sure that these changes are going to have any effect on drivers that persistently drive whilst using a mobile. As someone who uses my car rarely I find that my safety as a pedestrian has been compromised on numerous occasions by drivers who are simply having a good chat on their phone and are more intent on the conversation than watching the road. There has been legislation in place to fine these people since 2003 and I still see just as many drivers flouting the law. Only the other day a driver failed to notice me on a pedestrian crossing because he was talking on his mobile and was lucky to stop before hitting me. Of course the driver seemed to think that this was my fault.

The fact is that even with this legislation in place and even if people were to obey it, you still have the option to use a hands free set with your mobile whilst driving. Independent research shows that this can be as dangerous as driving whilst drunk because it reduces you concentration and awareness of your surroundings. While I appreciate that it is reassuring to have a mobile phone with you whilst driving in case you get lost or break down I think that this legislation needs to be still tougher to discourage drivers from putting others in danger. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6382077.stm

posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 10:19:46 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback