June 14, 2006

the get it
These external hard drives are just getting ridiculous. Day by day they get cheaper, stronger and faster, kind of like a discounted Steve Austin. This drive has a capacity of 200GB, spins at 7200rpm, has an 8MB cache buffer size, is USB 2.0 and comes preloaded with backup software for OneTouch backups. Staples online currently has this drive for the low low price of $139 w/free shipping! You can pick this up for the same price at your local Staples but you will have to pay tax. $139, come on, that’s your bar bill.
http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay…
the gizmo
What an amazing concept, and as always, so simple. Coming soon are the Timestrip Smart Labels. Basically, these are intelligent labels that automatically monitor lapse time with a range of 1 day to up to 6 months. They use "capillary action" that allows a tinted liquid to move through the porous material of the label at a consistent rate. You can affix these little wonders to any perishable food container and activate them once you open the container. From that point, you will have a precise idea of just how long the container was open. Now what you do with that information is up to you. You know who you are, leaving those mystery containers in the fridge. Sniff, sniff… "It’s still good".
http://www.timestrip.com/home.html
the gorgeous
From A-Zone International, a Taiwanese company, comes a beautiful marriage of classic analogue with high-tech digital technology. The iPod sits in a silver docking station with wooden trim, and next to it sits a matching amp with three illuminated glass valves on top. Tube amps have always been regarded by audiophiles as the cat’s pajamas, producing a "warm" sound that digital technology cannot reproduce. The system also includes two 50 Watt-per-channel speakers. It all comes in a glossy black, wood or a leather finish. The iPod Dock Valve Station sells for €699 ($895) in Germany and is reported to be available in the US very soon.
http://ipastudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3066
the green

This new product comes to us from Gerald Van Decker, an alumnus of the University of Waterloo. This product simply recovers the heat from draining hot water that is normally lost. It accomplishes this by transferring the heat from the warm water traveling inside of the pipes to the cold water flowing through the outer coils. The real beauty of this is that this device is made of copper, has no moving parts and requires no maintenance. The developer claims that "With the residential installation of the pipe, the typical water temperature rise would be from 10 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius".

http://alumni.uwaterloo.ca/alumni/e-newsletter/2006/june/gerald_van_decker.html
the gossip
This week in the Swedish town of Götene, a WiMAX base station was activated and apparently all hell broke loose. The local emergency room was flooded with calls reporting various symptoms such as headaches, difficulty breathing, blurry vision and even two cases of heart arrhythmia. This being an extreme case of hypochondria (the residents new the towers were going up) or a genuine health risk, you decide. I don’t mean to alarm anyone but this is the same technology that is being used to distribute wireless internet access on a citywide basis here in America. Not being able to accurately type the sound Curly makes when distressed, I will simply resort to a "Holy Gazookas"!
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=32320