Tuesday, February 28, 2006


A Mathemagical road

The knot driver:

"In the spring issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer, Michael Kleber, a topologist at MIT, waxed enthusiastic about [the interchange's] 'non-trivial braiding': while it is possible to just lift I-95 up and away from I-695, the northbound lane of I-95 braids both over, and then under, the southbound lane, making it impossible to pull them apart without cutting one of the lanes."


Cool car wallpapers

TopGear has hundreds of free wallpapers with cool cars and motorbikes in various sizes

Monday, February 27, 2006


Destroy that site

Destroy any site with netdisaster and get back at the web site that drives you nuts. A whole range of tools & weapons are available like bomb, chainsaw, gun, flood, meteor, acid and many many more

Note: Flash required

Thanks Marco


Dilbert advice for graduates

Scott Adams has a great list of Dilbert advice for graduates:

  • Teamwork is what you call it when you trick other people into ignoring their priorities in favor of yours.

  • It is better to be an “expert” than it is to do actual work.

The comments have loads of great suggestions as well like this principle for meetings:

  • Avoid if possible

  • Slip out if given a chance (A pre-arranged call usually works)

  • Sudoku – a good way to entertain yourself while looking like your taking notes

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Free WiFi in San Francisco to be powered by Google

Free WiFi in San Francisco to be powered by Google

Google Inc. has teamed up with EarthLink Inc. to craft a citywide Wi-Fi proposal for San Francisco
The Mountain View, California, search engine company proposed building a network at no cost to the city and offering a free service supported by targeted, location-based advertising. EarthLink, also the network owner and operator in Philadelphia's controversial citywide Wi-Fi plan, submitted its own response at that time.
EarthLink would provide a subscription-based service with throughput of about 1M bps (bits per second) while Google would offer a free service at about 300K bps


Friday, February 24, 2006


Make your own howerboard for £150

Make your own howerboard using a leaf blower engine and plywood

Thanks for the tip Marco. [Via MAKE:Blog]

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Let the pop stars sing your message for you

Why send a boring e-mail when you can have your message sung by pop stars:

By typing in a text of any kind you can get it sung for you by some of the world's greatest pop stars. A database of sung words has been built up and is supposed to be gradually growing through the users' own interaction. If you find a word missing in our sound vocabulary, just tell us, and we will extract the word from a song of your choice, and add it to our database.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Blue Flash: a DIY backyard roller coaster

John Ivers built the "Blue Flash" roller coaster in his backyard:

Listen to the interview on The Next Big Thing or get more information and pictures of the “Blue Flash“ here.

Thanks for the tip Marco


Microsoft Office Communicator Goes Mobile

Microsoft Office Communicator Goes Mobile:

Based on the user interface of the Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 desktop client, Communicator Mobile is a unified communications client that provides information workers with a premier mobile collaboration experience through native integration of mobile applications with enterprise-grade, real-time communications tools. The client goes beyond simple voice services, incorporating connected communication modes such as security-enhanced instant messaging (IM), presence awareness and integrated Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony.


New Lambo MurciƩlago

The new Lambo Murciélago is one cool looking car


TopGear survival guide

The TopGear Survival Guide does not explain how to survive rush hour but how to do, and survive, strange things with your car:

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Kong Is King

Peter Jackson blogged the production of King Kong on Kong Is King giving a great behind-the-scenes look at creating the movie. I thought the activity on the site would stop after the movie was released, but the site is still active with news about the movie and the actors.

Monday, February 20, 2006


Keyboard for kids

A computer keyboard made especially for kids. It is the same size as a normal keyboard but the keys are larger as the num pad has been removed and it is a lot more colorful than the standard and boring grey keyboard.


Send a mail to your future self

FutureMe lets you send a mail to yourself, or anybody else, in the future. The concept is very simple: enter the message and specify the date you want to receive it. FutureMe stores the mail and sends it at the specified date. Most people set the message to arrive in three years and many use it to keep track of their goals/wishes.


Build your own game chair

Play in style with your very own game chair:

This all started after a discussion revealed that the reason we don’t play driving games more is because it’s just not much fun to play with a PS2 controller. Wheel/pedal controllers are better, but you still feel pretty silly chasing pedals around the carpet while steering with a wheel attached to a TV dinner tray.

So we thought, “Why don’t we just build a little chassis? It can’t be that hard!”

Step by step instructions with plenty of pictures.

Via The Red Ferret Journal


Turn your optical mouse into a scanner

Don't know what to do with your old optical mouse, or do you want to see the world from the mouse's point of view? This site has the build instructions and source code you need:

One of the more obvious features of a mouse, however, is that it can detect movement. Combine this with the just-aquired imaging features, and we have a ghetto b&w handscanner.

Via hack a day

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Wooden digital clock

A great looking wooden digital clock

...until the numbers illuminate, the Wooden Clock looks exactly like a regular block of wood - albeit a smooth, sanded, slightly Swedish-looking one. And don't bother asking us how it works 'cos we haven't got a clue. All we know is that digital numbers look seriously cool glowing against a natural-looking wooden background.


Play sweet music using Microsoft Excel

Play music using this drum pad implemented in Microsoft Excel.


Free calls to landlines using Voice over IP

Several VoIP providers are offering free incoming phone numbers and free calls to land lines:

They offer free calls to the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.

I am a happy Skype user but it looks like an interesting offer.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Rooms painted in 3D patterns

This is neat: the rooms are painted so patterns appear when you look from a certain angle.


iBoxer: iPod underwear

The perfect “gadget“ for you if you cannot live without your iPod for a single minute: the iBoxer


Soople: advanced Google search made easy

Soople makes it easy using the advanced search features of Google. Just specify what you are looking for in one of the many text boxes and hit search to find:

  • News

  • Music

  • Images

  • Movies

  • Definitions

  • Books

  • Video

  • Search in multiple sites

  • Stocks

  • Fedex/UPS/patent numbers

Monday, February 13, 2006


New WiFi VoIP handset from Linksys

Linksys should start shipping the WIP300 VoIP handset this week. The mobile phone like unit supports the SIP 2 VoIP standard over WiFi and it can access your e-mail via POP 3 and SMTP. It can also receive SMS text messages if supported by the ISP.

More details in The Reg


Say what you really think about the other driver

Why show the finger when you can use a Vehicle Courteous Message Display:

The  “Vehicle Courteous Message Display” (VCMD), a new US/Canada patented invention, is a device designed to help drivers communicate when the need arises. Mainly, it includes a small remote control and an electronic display panel. The small remote control may be placed in the desired location for easy access. Preprogrammed words, phrases, signs or combined messages are stored in a read/write memory section of the electronic display panel. It is easy to use. Messages may be displayed with the simple press of a button. The display panel may be mounted on/near the rearview window of an automobile.

The basic version comes pre-programmed with four words; of “THANKS”, “SORRY”, “PLEASE”, and “HELP”.  The advanced version can be programmed to say whatever you want...

Friday, February 10, 2006


Flash fun: Dodge the blue blocks

Dodge the blue blocks is a very simple Flash game for killing some time. Drag the red block and avoid the blue ones as long as you can.


SkyView Virtual Observatory

SkyView is a Virtual Observatory on the Net that generates images of any part of the sky at wavelengths in all regimes from Radio to Gamma-Ray. They also have a Java version so you can get SkyView's capabilities offline without going through SkyView's Web site

Thursday, February 9, 2006


Isuzu Gemini: dancing in Paris

This medley of ads for the 1985-1989 Isuzu Gemini shows some pretty impressive driving. No computer graphics but some manual aids

You can download the whole file here.

Thanks for the tip Paolo


Piaggio 3 wheeled scooter

The three-wheel scooter by Piaggio looks weird as it has two front wheels for increased stability;

The front axle has a special system which means it works in the same way as a normal two-wheel bike. Thus the two front wheels both incline when the scooter takes a corner and riders do not therefore need any specific training to use the machine.

For the time being Piaggio have presented two single cylinder versions of the prototype, a 250cc model and a 500cc model.


Lemmings - web edition

The javascript version of Lemmings brings back a lot of fond memories. Give it a try if you're too young to know what I'm talking about. The first levels are easy but it quickly gets more challenging.

Thanks for the tip Marco.


The Whisky PC

What does an engineer do after draining a bottle of Ballantine's? Build a PC inside it

Thanks for the tip Pier


Amazing pool trick shots

This video shows some impressive pool trick shots.


Windows RG (Really Good Edition)

Windows RG (Really Good Edition) :-)

Wednesday, February 8, 2006


Must have Firefox Hacks

Must have hacks for Firefox:


Mobile digital scanner using a camera phone

I frequently take pictures of white boards during meetings to document complex scenarios. The Digitizer3 Mobile Scanner looks like a great solution for smaller documents:

With any high-resolution camera phone and on any wireless network, Digitizer3 makes the mission-critical business tasks of reproducing and sending documents totally mobile, placing them in your pocket!

Thanks for the tip Marco


Step by step instructions to create ring tones from MP3 files

The article is old but it shows you, step by step, how to create ring tones for your cell phone from MP3 files using free tools like Audacity and Lame

Tuesday, February 7, 2006


Build your own noise canceling head phones

I play music to relax but having a set of noise canceling headphones would be great:

Noise cancellation works by placing microphones close to the ear and then playing the recorded sound out of phase causing destructive interference. Commercial headphones have the mics and power supplies built into the headphones.


Symbian Spy Phones

The Spy Safetyphone extends the normal Nokia Symbian based phones with 007 like features:

  • Monitoring camera

  • One-way audio: incoming calls and eavesdropping

  • Recording high quality sound

  • Wireless connection with other mobile phones or e-mail

  • Encrypted SMS (Kryptext)

  • Anti-theft

Supported phones so far: Nokia 6600, Nokia 7610, Nokia 3230


Dual screen laptop

People are more more productive with bigger screens so the dual screen laptop should be great for road worriors:

The screens themselves are integrated with mini PCI Type III slots for wireless, a CompactFlash card slot, internal speaker and headphone jack, internal microphone, a wireless LAN (802.11b/g) antenna and run Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional.


The Frisk MP3 Player

Why mod your MP3 player when you can buy an alread modded Frisk MP3 Player:

  • 256MB storage

  • Radio

  • Display

  • USB port


Monday, February 6, 2006


iDoom for iPod nano

iDoom now available on iPod nano

Check check, check out the vid ‘cause performance is rockin’ compared to the previous release we saw running on older gen iPods. Caution: this requires iPodLinux (podzilla) which is a fairly risk free install in our experience but could void your warranty.


No, it's not going down

Watching the FLIP, The weirdest research lab structure, move into position is impressive:

The lab starts off as a regular ship but when it reaches its destination it ‘flips’ so that most of the ship sinks leaving the end of the ship standing above the water. Once flipped walls become floors and ceilings and whilst some furniture rotates during the flipping process others are built twice so that one of them is always in the correct position


Lego block hard drives by LaCie

LaCie Brick: hard drive as Lego block

The LaCie Brick is available in red, white and blue, in capacities from 160GB to 500GB, and prices from $120 to $400. And, yes, they stack just like real Legos, making the idea of picking up several smaller drives rather than one big device very tempting.


The secrets behind fire breathing

How Fire Breathing Works

Jugglers, magicians, acrobats and sideshow performers have something in common -- they make astounding or difficult tricks look very easy. Fire breathers, who often specialize in one of these forms of entertainment, amaze people because they seem to exhale a plume of fire as though it were as easy as taking a breath.

But fire breathing is the most dangerous of all the fire arts. People who breathe fire professionally have to go to great lengths to keep themselves and their audiences safe. And since the process involves fire and flammable, toxic fuel, fire breathing accidents can be deadly.




Pass phrases are way better than complex codes for one reason; you do not have to write them down to remember them.


A lock with a password. Much easier to remember. Because there are only 10 letters per ring, you are limited to a mere 1,000 dictionary words and names. I could not program my usual password, or my favorite names, but I did code in a memorable nonsense word, of which many abound.



I have looked all over the place for one of these. Let me know if you find someone in Europe shipping it for a decent price.


Yes, this little thing really will fix your flat. Even huge pick-up and SUV tires. No need to jack up. Just press the nozzle -- whizzzz -- and it repairs and re-inflates your tire. You definitely should carry one in your car or truck. At $5 it is cheaper than getting your tire repaired at a shop.

But that's not the best thing it offers. This amazing can of stuff will also PREVENT flats and slow leaks. Fix-A-Flat inserts a complex liquid into your tire. Leaking air instantly polymerizes it to plug up any hole. This magic material is similar to the stuff which keeps bicycle tires intact -- see the amazing video in this review. Although I have not used the industrial version of this invention, farmers and the army use a similar compound to keep their gigantic tires going.



Replace Acrobat Reader with FoxIt Reader

Bye Bye Acrobat Reader:

Back in 2003 I said that the most common crash I saw in Internet Explorer was usually thanks to acrord32.exe. Now, thanks to Omar, Scott and the awesome FoxIt Reader, Acrobat is off my machine for good.


Tap a song

Song Search and Retrieval by Tapping

This site lets you search for a song, by tapping the rhythm of its words (lyrics).

Let's say you have a song stuck in your head, and you don't know the name of it. Never fear! Load up our search screen, and try tapping the rhythm of the song on your space bar while humming the tune. Tap the space bar for each syllable that you sing. It's that simple!

You can watch a video of how to tap the song Jingle Bells.

After you tap the rhythm, we'll show you a list of matching songs. If we can't identify your song, you can teach our system by entering the song name.

Click here to start.

It worked on my first attempt


Microsoft Codename Max

Keep up to date with the evolution of the product on the Microsoft Max blog

Microsoft® Codename Max is not
like any other product. That's because it's not a product—it's your opportunity to try an exciting new user experience from Microsoft. Max is built on the next-generation WinFX Runtime Components technology that will drive the development of Windows Vista® applications. Today Max lets you make lists of your photos and turn them into beautiful slide shows to share with your family and friends. Tomorrow...who knows?


Burn visible images onto data CDs

Neat idea:

Burning visible images onto CD-Rs with data (beta)
By carefully choosing the right 1s and 0s to burn to a CD, it is possible to burn
visible images on normal CD-Rs. These images rely on the fact that the 1s
and 0s created by pits in the CDs surface reflect light differently.


One Wikipedia to go please

Combine the power of the mobile Wikipedia with the encarta@conversagent.com MSN Messenger buddy and you will never be at loss for an answer

Carry the Wikipedia with you everywhere
you can obtain the entire Wikipedia in a mobile format that you can put on a storage card. It's big (about 400 MB without images and over 1 GB with) but it's the whole enchilada. You can buy the currently available image or roll your own. You can find complete instructions on how to do that and then keep your image up to date on this web site. Platforms supported- Windows, Pocket PC, Palm, EPOC, Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones.


Flash game: Bow Man

Got a few minutes before the next meeting?

Bow Man: A Flash Timewaster
Got 10 minutes to kill before that next meeting? Check out Bow Man, a Flash-based game that offers an addictive combination of simplicity and challenge.
The arterial spray is an excellent touch.
Play now


Top 10 MP3 players

How Stuff Works reviews the top 10 MP3 players

Top 10 MP3 Players
Choosing an MP3 player can be daunting. We've rounded up the top Flash, built-in memory and hard-drive-based players.


Cellphone For Kids Under 10 years

Teddyfone; cute but...

Teddyfone - Another Cellphone For Kids Under 10
...this new Teddyfone is definitely something that struck my attention, mainly because of the age that its being marketed for.

If you happen to check out the Teddyfone website you will see the image of a girl, apparently no older than 4, with her Teddyfone. What you also see is the mention of Child Safety. Now the Child Safety thing is a plus and the fact that the fone comes with a free subscription to KidsOK.net tracking service is good, but what I still can't figure out is... where are these kids under 10 that they have the need for a cell phone?
I guess maybe I'm speaking more on the lines of a parent then a consumer. But what is the message that this sends out? Trust me, I am in now way an advocate of perfect parenting (recalls the time that her son rolled off the bed because pillows weren't properly placed.)


Portable USB Keychains

Is this cool or what? Bring everything you need with you on a USB key; OS, configuration, e-mail, music etc:

Portable USB Keychains - The Future?
One idea involves running a virtual machine directly off of the keychain, which brings up some really neat possibilities. I can totally grok the idea of bringing your entire "OS" and applications with you - similar to the way that Portable CE works, but imagine that for a full Windows installation. Since I don't want to deal with breaking any EULA's, I won't post instructions, but it's pretty straightforward to use a Virtual Machine, such as QEMU, load it up with Windows XP and run XP-Lite on it to get your OS image down to around 500mb. Other VM's, such as Virtual PC or VMWare Player are a bit more complicated to run from a keychain, since they have device drivers that need to be installed, etc.
One one hand, I really like the concept of portable VM's. With them, you can pretty much use any application you want in the VM and not have to worry about machine configuration (it'll always be the same), and you can handle "non-portable" applications easily (i.e., its like it's own real machine). On the other hand, I'd rather have the ability to have 'richer' experiences from the USB drive - imagine having a small portable MP4 enabled video player (no codec hell) stored on your iPod Video. Plug it into any PC and you could watch your videos on it through the mass storage interface.


Write a message on your bicycle wheel

This cool hack prints a text message on your bicycle wheel:

bicycle wheel pov
here is a slick hack involving a bicycle wheel and a persistence of vision toy.one thing that’s really cool about this one is there is a second led row that blinks out bitmaps backwards on one side of the wheel. this lets you print out text messages and have them be readable from both sides. it appears to work really well



Fax Toy: Random Stuff Sent From Your Fax Machine

Fax Toy.

You can fax something interesting to 1-510-545-0990 (your boss will never notice... maybe) and it should appear here within a couple of minutes. (The number is in Northern California, USA. Long distance charges may apply.) Keep it clean & legal.


Opera Mini

Opera Mini has been available for a while in a limited beta in the Scandinavian countries. It's great news that is finally available for the rest of the world

Opera Mini now available:

Opera is the best browser on small devices bar none and Opera Mini is now available for cell phones. Opera Mini is free and can be downloaded for a large number of cell phones from the Opera Mini web site.