Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Dell XPS M1710: An Impressive Gaming Notebook

The Dell XPS M1710 is heavy at 4kg but an impressive gaming laptop:

From its sleek design to its CPU, graphics processor, display, memory and disk drives, the Dell XPS M1710 screams speed. "Our" M1710 came with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU, an Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics processor with 512 MB of DDR3 memory, a 17" 1920 x 1200 display, 2 GB of 677 MHz DDR2 memory and a 100 GB 7200 rpm SATA hard disk drive.


Wild West Flash game

Test your reactions with an Old West shoot-em-up

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


LighTalk II

Make sure your message is noticed in meetings and at parties with the LighTalk II:

Picture this: you are in a meeting, bored out of your mind. So you doodle on your note pad, pretending to take notes. Suddenly, you realize you might have created the world's greatest doodle and you need to share it with your equally bored coworker on the other side of the table. Pull out your LighTalk II; problem solved.

With a push of a button, the LighTalk II has scanned the image into its memory. Flip the switch to the display mode, and wave the pen-shaped LighTalk II back and forth like an upside down pendulum. Your image will be created in the air by a strip of orangey LEDs, and all will be amazed. Persistence of vision at it's best. But this is version 2.0, which has some incredible new features. Apart from holding four more scans than version 1, you now have the ability to display one message after another in Continuous Display Mode. Also, with the new IR feature, you can "beam" your drawings and messages straight into a friend's LighTalk II. Now, not only can you flash your doodle, you can share it too!

  • Scanning Area: 4" x 7"

  • Image scans best when drawn with a black marker (.2" thick)

  • LighTalk II dimensions: 8.5" long, 1" diameter

  • Black Unit Color with Red-Orange LEDs

  • Continuous Display Mode - cycles through all 8 messages

  • "Beam" images to another LighTalk II unit

  • Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included) for over 10 hours of continuous display

  • Includes: LighTalk II, wrist strap, and instructions [download PDF version]


Monday, May 22, 2006


You've got (monk) mail

Say what you really think with Monk Mail:


Google Trends: see what the world is searching for

Goggle Trends:

With Goggle Trends, you can compare the world's interest in your favorite topics. Enter up to five topics and see how often they've been searched for on Goggle over time. Google Trends also displays how frequently your topics have appeared in Google News stories, and which geographic regions have searched for them most often.

Google Trends analyzes a portion of Google web searches to compute how many searches have been done for the terms you enter relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. We then show you a graph with the results -- our search-volume graph.


Find the hottest WiFi hot spot with WiFi Graph

WiFi Graph:

"WiFi Graph" let you spot neighboring Wireless LAN Access Points and their connectivity. With proprietary scanning technology, Access Point information is updated every second so you can always rely on it. IT security professionals can also use our XML-based logs to analyze the invisible network.


  • Locate the *hottest* spot within seconds!

  • Connectivity chart is updated every 2 seconds to reflect real-time changes

  • Support VGA screen and scrollable display

  • Display unlimited charts at once

  • Display relative measurements

  • Limited support on GPS

  • Chart history compares connectivity for different locations

  • XML logging for network analysis


OI The One Binary Watch

Binary Watch from OI The One:

Looking for something different? Then these Men's LED Watches are probably perfect for you. A mad way to tell the time, yet completely cool:

Functions: Time (binary style – for further instructions on telling binary time on OI The One watches please go here)
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 38x30x11mm, 90g
Dial & Display Description: Black with blue LED lighting
Strap: Black genuine leather with stainless steel buckle
Water Resistant: 30m
Warranty: 1 year worldwide OI The One guarantee

Friday, May 19, 2006


What does your name mean?

Name central has a searchable database of 25.000 names that explains their meaning. Did you for example know that Michael means Gift from God?


Top 10 strangest and coolest robots

TechBlog covers the top 10 strangest and coolest robots.


Papipo phone for kids

Akihabara News covers Papipo:

Bandai and Willcom present this Papipo, a PHS phone that uses the WSIM from Willcom. It has a 128x128 screen, a 0.3MP camera, it measures 52x29.9x101mm and weighs 100g. It will come with an anti-spam filter and a system that blocks certain people from communicating with your child.


Open Source Stellarium

Stellarium is available for Linux, Mac OSx and Windows:



  • over 120,000 stars from the Hipparcos catalogue with info

  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations

  • images of nebulae

  • realistic Milky Way

  • very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset

  • the planets and their satellites


  • a powerful zoom

  • time control

  • multilingual interface

  • scripting to record and play your own shows

  • fisheye projection for planetarium domes

  • spheric mirror projection for your own dome

  • graphical interface and extensive keyboard control


  • equatorial and azimuthal grids

  • star twinkling

  • shooting stars

  • eclipse simulation

  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection


  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts...


The exercise friendly phone: Nokia 5500 Sport

The Nokia 5500 Sport:

Pitched at joggers and the like, the handset boasts a work-out mode that will time runs and plan your exercise schedule. It even contains a pedometer. A push of a button flips the handset into music mode, and again into phone mode. The 5500 uses MicroSD cards for music storage and it supports many of the most popular formats, Nokia said.

The handset also boasts that ability to read out text messages. It'll do the same with pedometer and work-out progress information.

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Don't break the bottle

Don't break the bottle is a neat gift for wine lovers:

Don't Break the Bottle is an ingenious puzzle - simply lock the bottle up in the puzzle, and hand it over to the lucky recipient. At first sight it appears laughably simple to open, but first impressions are deceptive. It's hugely entertaining watching the recipient go from cocky to puzzled to deeply frustrated - especially whilst everyone else is chipping in with their advice... "No, loop that bit over there, slip that toggle round the whatsit" etc. They'll feel they deserve every last drop if they do finally manage to crack it. If they don't, aside from you crowing, you can put them out of their misery as it does come with release instructions.


Cool tool: SyncToy

SyncToy is available as a free download. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers:

There are new sources of files coming from every direction: digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops. Increasingly, computer users are using different folders, drives, and even different computers (such as a laptop and a desktop) to store and retrieve files. Yet managing hundreds or thousands of files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to get copies of files from one place; in other cases there is a need to keep two storage locations exactly in sync. Some users manage files manually, dragging and dropping from one place to another and keeping a mental card catalog in their heads. Others use one or more applications to provide this functionality for them.

Now there is an easier way. SyncToy, a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows XP, is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without added complexity. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of folders at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another. Unlike other applications, SyncToy actually keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Transparent Toaster

The Transparent Toaster looks great and would be useful to avoid surprises:

A shame it does not toast (yet):

This transparent toaster allows you to see the bread while it is toasting so you never surprised by toast that comes out too dark. This idea is based on the transparent heating glass featured in this issue. Although the glass does not currently get hot enough to toast bread, some day this application may be possible. The concept was developed by the Inventables Concept Studio.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


The Cool Or What link blog has a new home

The Cool Or What link blog has a new, and permanent, home address: The RSS feed has not changed:

Thursday, May 4, 2006


Who links to your site?

Curious to see who links to your site? Who links to me uses several search engines to find out who links to your site.


PC Cigarette Adapter and Beverage Holder

Why add a new hard disk when you can pimp your PC with a cigarette adapter and beverage holder:

The Thermaltake X-Ray is great for any home or office, allowing you to use cigarette adaptor accessories outside of your car. Besides that with the Thermaltake X-Ray you always have a place to keep your drinks, at home, and more importantly at LAN Parties. Now you don't have to worry about mixing drinks up with the people around.


  • Use car accessories (charge Mobile phone, PDA Notebook etc.. )

  • Beverage tray

  • Convenient for LAN party gamers

  • Fits for 5.25" drive bay

  • Lightweight with aluminum & plastic housing

  • Model: Thermaltake X-Ray


SanDisk Sansa c150 2GB MP3 player

The Register has a in depth review of the SanDisk Sansa c150 2GB MP3 player:


  • Plays MP3, WMA, and Audible audio files

  • By capacity, holds large number of MP3/WMA songs and hours of playback

  • Color screen (up to 64,000 colors) displays cover art and photo thumbnails

  • Easy-to-use interface for sorting and playing back your music

  • Digital FM tuner with 20 preset stations

  • FM ‘on the fly’ recording and voice recording

  • Supports Subscription Music Stores

  • Includes one AAA replaceable battery for up to 15 hours of battery life (Battery Life Based on Continuous, Standard Playback, 128 Kb MP3 file)

  • High-speed USB2.0 for fast and easy file transfer

Wednesday, May 3, 2006


Football World Cup 2006 on your PDA

Get the latest results from the 2006 Football World Cup directly on your Mobile:

Keep in touch with every match, watch online scores and results from an authorized provider, get always fresh news and commentaries right from the stadium.

Online Coverage:

  • World Cup News from an Authorized Provider

  • Results

  • Cards and Goals Statistics

  • Match Reports

Rich Historic Data:

  • Historical Statistics

  • Reports and Tables from all World Cup Tournaments

  • Portraits of Famous Players

Tournament Description:

  • Match Schedule

  • Calendar

  • Description of Teams

  • Description of Host Cities and Stadiums

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Laser "chess"

A neat high tech strategy game with simple rules:

There are four types of playing pieces, and two of them have mirrors. Game play is simple, and easy to learn, as there are only 3 movement choices. The goal is to eliminate your opponent's Pharaoh. And, you eliminate the Pharaoh just like they did in olden times - by firing a red laser! Each side of the board is equipped with its own laser, which you press after your turn. The laser bounces from mirror to mirror (always shooting off at a 90 degree angle). If the laser hits any piece on a non-reflective surface, that piece is removed from play. If you eliminate your opponent's Pharaoh, you win. If you eliminate your own Pharaoh, you will be mocked for all time.


Radio Controlled UFO

The X-UFO by SilverLit  looks pretty cool:

It has a range of 100m indoors or outside in clam conditions. One red and three blue flashing LED lights indicate when the gyro is up to to speed and helps orientation. The lights also make it look like a real UFO, especially when flown in the dark. The UFO is factory assembled and Ready To Fly and comes with a four channel proportional radio control that allows three dimensional control; take off, hover, descend, spin left, spin right, pitch forward, pitch backward, pitch left, pitch right.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006


The best Internet spoofs

Not everything few things you read on the net is true. Wired has collected some of the best hoaxes in the 10 Best Internet Spoofs

Soon after 9/11, a picture circulated through e-mail of a guy on top of the World Trade Center. The date stamp was 9/11/01, and in the background a plane was seen hurtling toward him.


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