October 11, 2006

the get it
Netgear’s Cable/DSL 54 Mbps Wireless Router is a real standout in the room of wireless routers. It features a true firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention. It also features four 100 Mbps local area network ports in addition to its 54 Mbps wireless connectivity, Smart Wizard auto-detection for ISP connection configuration and a free 8-PC license of Freedom Zero-Knowledge Systems (a $240 value) which prevents applications from sending your personal information over the Internet and blocks ads. Buy.com is featuring this router for the bargain basement price of $19.99. That’s after a $10 rebate and another $10 off if you use Google Checkout.
the gizmo
HOLUX, the Taiwan-based GPS product provider, has trimmed down their latest GPS receiver to "roughly the height of a key". And because it is Bluetooth and USB enabled, this baby can be connected to a wide variety of devices. This includes some cell phones and most PDAs and computers. That means you could throw this in your glove box, pocket or purse, or simply put it on a key chain and it could be used wirelessly through Bluetooth by multiple devices. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that will last for 8 hours and uses the SiRF Star III architecture, the latest, fastest GPS system on the market. Despite all of their technological prowess, HOLUX needs to get someone to take a look at the marketing materials on their website. Although I imagine this may be just a case of lost in translation, the site states that "The compact, stylish and handy GPSlim240 is easy to carry and can be worn across the chest. It attracts modern young women and young urban professionals who pay attention to their personal style". Here is a nice review of the GPSlim240 from Mobility Site.
the gorgeous

Olivier Gregoire, the French product designer, has put a spin on a product you rarely see spun. He has designed a toaster that in appearance is somewhat of the anti-toaster. It stands in sharp contrast to those shiny, smooth chromed bombs that we all grew up with. Inspired by the creased metal designs of Frank Gehry, Olivier wanted to create a toaster with style that would "result in an alternative eating experience". I’m not sure it would inspire "an alternative eating experience" for me, but I would love if this would go into production.

the green

Every once in a while you come across a product that really doesn’t serve that great of a purpose, but at the same time you really don’t mind. The Chikuno Cube is just that type of product. It’s an air purifier made entirely of compressed bamboo charcoal and comes in the shape of a small honeycomb-patterned cube that is actually quite attractive. It is meant to replace that old box of baking soda in your fridge or those bizarre overly perfumed plug-in types. However, I don’t know what baffles me more, the magical air purifying powers it apparently possess or the Haiku-like product description that appears on Chikuno’s website. There is also a strange photo of a cat which seems a bit out of place. Anyway, courtesy of the Google Translator, here is your Haiku for the day.

the gossip
We’ve all been there. You’re just about to pay for that new electronic gadget or appliance and all you’re thinking about is getting it home, ripping it open and giving it a go. Then that awkward moment occurs… "Would you like to purchase our extended warranty?" Quickly avert your eyes. Must not look into their eyes, must not look into their eyes. Thankfully, some employees just leave it at that. However, every once in a while you get that hard seller who takes you through the trials and tribulations of some sort of bizarre scenario involving your new iPod and an anvil that results in a sad face for you. Seriously, if you ever have wondered about the value of those warranties, read on McDuff. The Washington Post has a nice piece here with some great information and lots of answers.