October 25, 2006

the get it
I don’t usually like to list two products as the get it, after all, it is meant to feature a single great deal. However, I have found a killer deal on two sizes of the same product, but at different locations. The product is the SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive. The sizes and prices for these flash drives are starting to get as ridiculous as recent hard drive deals and these are no exception. This week I have featured the 4GB and 2GB models for $89 and $44 respectively! That’s 4GB folks for $89! Hello… hello… is this thing on?
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s…
http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=338545…
the gizmo
These days, I am all about the electric. The beauty of electric devices is that you always have the option of providing the power from any source with no change to the device itself. From an electric car to an electric toothbrush, the device really doesn’t care if the power comes from wind, water, corn syrup or unfortunately coal like our beloved State of Pennsylvania. Schwinn is now producing a fantastic new line of electric bikes that also happen to look great. Just look at a pic of this beauty here. The battery is right there behind the seat under the cargo rack. These new bikes will take you about 40 miles on a single charge (farther if you peddle harder). They also feature Protanium lithium polymer batteries that are easily removed for recharging and do so in less than 4 hours. And the best part is that the electric drivetrain only weighs in at about 10 lbs!
http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/intbikes_detail.php?id=897
the gorgeous
Sweet Mary and Joseph, what a beauty this is. From Chevillotte Billiards comes a new multi-functional table designed by Bernard Moise. Chevillotte Billiards has been manufacturing billiard tables for the last 147 years. That’s impressive considering that the first incarnation of our present-day billiard table appeared in 1850! So you say you don’t care about billiards or gaming? That’s okay, that’s taken care of. This table at first glance appears to be a beautiful aluminum and wood veneered table designed in the minimalist style, but that’s just the beginning. In the mood for poker? Invert the tabletop panels to reveal a green felt tabletop for cards. Not in the mood for poker? Simply stow away the tabletop panels in the hidden draws, turn the crank and the top transforms into a pool table while the frame’s aluminum legs simultaneously rise to the proper height for billiards. Oh dear, I can’t go on, I’m overwhelmed with emotion. Just go to the site and check it out in all of its wondrous glory. Once on the site, click the Click here for more link at the bottom to watch a video of the transformation.
http://www.chevillotte.com/en/espace-chevillotte-verytables.php
the green

It’s hard to feel the green while pent up in some sterile office space. I remember my brother’s old firm in the 80s had a great tree and some bamboo right in the center of the office growing clear up to the skylight. I always felt it really added a nice feel to the space. Besides the obvious beauty of flora, it can also be helpful in cleaning and moisturizing the air and most importantly, providing more of that much needed colorless, odorless, gaseous element that we like to call oxygen. Green Fortune, a Swedish company providing products and projects in the field it calls “urban cultivation”, has a great new product called the Plantwall. And yes, you guessed it; it is a wall of ily: ‘Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA”>foliage. According to their site, it is maintained using a drip irrigation system integrated into a “four-layer textile wall”. This system is also responsible for distributing fertilizer so your wall stays nice and healthy. I can’t seem to find any pricing info, but the site states that each wall comes with a one year guarantee and service agreement.

http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/10/16/streamgardens-plantwall/
the gossip
Yeah, who didn’t see this coming down the middle of 5th Avenue in a Mack truck? This week a few members of the nerd elite cracked the new RFID credit cards currently being hocked by our friends at the likes of Visa, MasterCard and American Express. You remember RFID, don’t you? Just a few months ago I talked about it right here regarding the new E-Passports. Well, it didn’t seem so bad if someone could simply get your name from an E-Passport. Especially because the folks at the State Department assured us that a name wouldn’t really get you very far. But I digress, back to the story. These two employees of RSA Security were able to get a name, credit card number and the expiration date using a contraption that they put together for $150. Great, that’ll make it cost prohibitive! I hate to sound like an alarmist but, in this day and age, when you only need a name, number and expiration date to make purchases over the web or telephone, I think someone needs to head back to the drawing board.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/23/business/23card.html?_r=1&oref=slogin