May 24, 2006

the get it
Got a small memory card you say? Feeling inadequate? It was bound to happen. As the mega pixels in cameras go up, so does the need for storage. Get yourself a high speed 1GB SD card from Kingston. This deal is for a USB SD card reader that includes a 1GB SD card. Maybe you don’t need the card reader but this combination deal is cheaper than if you bought the card by itself. The card is currently listed at $41, but if you buy it with the reader, it is listed at $24.95 after rebates plus free shipping! Get a great deal on more memory and by using the reader you can give your camera batteries a break to boot!
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=202418944&adid=17662
the gizmo
Iomega has just announced a new line of USB 2.0 high capacity mini hard drives. These babies come in 20GB, 40GB and 60GB capacities and weigh in at a mere 3.5 ounces. More importantly they are both PC and Mac compatible, require no external power supply (that’s right, it draws off of the USB port) and include free backup software for Windows users. They also include a "stylish leather carrying case". I have looked around and there doesn’t seem to be any price discounting just yet, but they are not priced that bad when you consider the convenience. The 20GB, 40GB and 60GB are currently listed at $139.95, $199.95 and $259.95 respectively.
http://www.iomega.com/direct/products/family.jsp?FOLDER…
the gorgeous
Each week this category is reserved strictly for products that stand out for their pure aesthetic value. However, this week I had to make an exception for this triple threat product. This 24" monitor from Dell is simple and beautiful in its design, is extremely highly rated and lastly, is priced incredibly low. Monitors in this class include Sony’s 23-inch SDM-232 and Apple’s 23-inch Cinema HD, priced at around $1,000 and $1,300 respectively. Right now Dell is featuring this monitor (UltraSharp 2405FPW) for $759! This monitor is packed full of features. Some of the highlights include excellent image quality, a slew of memory card slots (Compact Flash I and II, SD, MMC, Memory stick, and Smart Media), a built-in 4 port USB hub, multiple video inputs (DVI, VGA, composite, component and S-video), picture-in-picture (PIP) and a full range of adjustability options. Here you can see how well Dell has integrated the inputs into the bezel of the monitor. If you are looking for a large wide screen HD monitor this is the time and this is the one to get.
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs…
the green

Hydrogen power, you hear a lot about it these days, but is it really a viable alternative? It’s a real catch 22. On one hand, it burns clean with water vapor being its only byproduct, but on the other, it is derived primarily from fossil fuels and requires a significant amount of energy to produce it. Currently, this is done through a process that requires extremely high temperatures that make it only practical on an industrial scale. Well that all may be changing. Virent Energy Systems, a small company in Madison Wisconsin, has developed a process to generate hydrogen at relatively low temperatures and with liquids rather than high temperature steam. More importantly, their process is fueled by a type of corn syrup similar to the type used in soft drinks. Get the juicy details here.

http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=16841&ch=biotech
the gossip
Yesterday pictures of the $100 laptop intended to bridge the technological divide in developing countries appeared. These machines are being developed through the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, a non-profit organization dedicated to "to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves". This program originally began at MIT. Is it me or do these look a little satanic? Between the color scheme and those little horns, it’s a bit strange.
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/05/23/first_photos_of_mits.html