August 2, 2006

the get it
Not a lot of sexiness here, just a plain old, high capacity external hard drive by a reliable company for a ridiculous price. This USB 2.0/Firewire external hard drive from Western Digital spins at a speedy 7200 rpm has 8MB of buffer cache and a whopping 250GB of storage capacity for $99! It also has a few extras like a built-in USB hub and all cables are included (both USB and Firewire). To make this even more ridiculous, it also qualifies for free shipping. Come on, $99, you can find that in change in your sofa.
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10362387&loc=101&sp=1
the gizmo
Anyone familiar with the light-leaking bodies of these Lomo cameras also knows just how artistically this "liability" can affect their shots. They also have the distinct capability of producing these incredibly, brightly saturated colors. For those who aren’t familiar, Lomo is a Soviet-era Russian company that began manufacturing cheap, high quality cameras for the people in 1982. As these cameras became popular outside of the Soviet Union, Lomo began producing other models besides the standard Lomo Kompakt Automat, or L-CA model. These include The Fisheye and the Super Sampler that takes 4 successive frames on a single standard negative with each shot. This year, Lomo has released the Fisheye #2. This new model has vastly surpassed its predecessor. Some of the new features include a metal clad body, a special "B" (bulb) setting (think long extended exposures), standard flash hotshoe, built-in electronic flash and a matching fisheye viewfinder so you can see exactly how your shot will look, all 170 degrees of it!
http://shop.lomography.com/fisheye/
the gorgeous

Gee whiz, who can take this weather? I feel like we’re 3 feet from the sun. But who says you can’t look good and stay cool? From designer Marc Berthier and made by Lexon, comes the Tykho Fan. The Tykho looks cool and will also keep you that way. Its rubber blades allow it to function without those usual ugly safety covers. In addition, it features a two speed motor and comes in some great colors. This fan was also chosen by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris for its permanent collection.

http://www.singulier.com/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?type…
the green

Crijn Bouman, an Industrial Design Engineering student at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, has developed a prototype for the first Hydrogen powered scooter. He calls his graduation project the FHybrid. The FHybrid makes no noise, emits no exhaust fumes, has a top speed of 40 mph, a range of 124 miles and is driven by a 69 Nm motor in the front wheel. The extensive range is aided by energy recovery during braking. This prototype was designed to be hydrogen-powered, but for now the prototype is powered by Lithium-ion batteries, with the help of a special fuel-cell simulator that was specially designed for this project. Apparently, there is a special course and various permits required to build a hydrogen-powered engine. The University is currently developing the Hydrogen engine to fulfill the designer’s original intentions. Hydrogen-smydrogen, I’ll take the electric version. It looks like something the Terminator’s son would be riding!

http://www.fhybrid.com/
the gossip
This is one of those stories that may not even solicit much more than a glance from most people. However, upon closer inspection, you realize the ramifications of such an action could be frightening. Apparently, Stuart Romm deplaned in British Columbia in February of 2004 and was stopped by Canada’s Border Services Agency where his laptop was searched. He was then sent back to the US where his laptop was searched by U.S. Agents. And when I say searched, I really mean searched. They apparently used special software to conduct a forensic scan to retrieve his deleted files and his surfing history where they found child porn. Okay, so he had a criminal background and admitted that he was guilty of child porn surfing, but the important point here is that this past Monday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that agents can search laptops for any reason. When you read a bit further, you discover little tidbits like, "the government may conduct routine searches of persons entering the United States without probable cause, reasonable suspicion, or a warrant." and that "international airports count as border terminals, even if not physically located on a US border". Yikes! This can open up quite a can of worms. Think about it, in this digital age, this could include digital and video cameras as well.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060727-7367.html