November 8, 2006

the get it
Time to upgrade that old iPod or maybe pick up a stocking stuffer for the holidays! PC Connection currently has the 30GB and 80GB video iPods for the fantastic price of $219 and $309! Both have rebates ($30 and $40) that expire 11/30/2006, so act soon. I won’t bore you with all the details. Everyone knows the iPod story by now; 20,000 songs, up to 25,000 photos, and up to 100 hours of video or any combination of each. PC Connection is also featuring free shipping for orders over $249.
http://www.pcconnection.com/ProductDetail?Sku=6816924
http://www.pcconnection.com/ProductDetail?Sku=7009817
the gizmo
Another great product from Logitech. One disadvantage of today’s smaller desktops and proliferation of laptops is that they have become so small, we now find ourselves in some incredibly bad positions of posture. I don’t know about you, but most of the time I find myself hunched over my laptop looking like Senor Quasimodo of Notre Dame fame. I hate to break the news, but the correct position for your monitor is to have your eyes directly in line with the top 1/3 of your monitor. Where are you staring right now? For those of you with laptops, the new Alto from Logitech is here to help. It is a combination keyboard and laptop stand that allows you to position your monitor in a position to keep your spine on the straight and narrow. In addition to being a full keyboard, it also features three high-speed USB 2.0 ports, one-touch media hotkeys and claims to work with "virtually any notebook". It also folds up into a nice compact package for toting around with the rest of your gear. Here is a nice shot of it in action.
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2166…
the gorgeous

I must confess that I have a bit of a watch fetish. When I was younger, I would scourer auction houses in search of any unique timepiece. I just wish I would have run into something like this back then. Created in 1810 by an unknown watchmaker, this timepiece is titled Momento Mori, which apparently translates from Latin as "Remember you are mortal, remember you will die, remember your death". Yikes, lighten up. Anyway, this piece is beautifully unique in every way. The Momento Mori is a gold pocket watch encased in a miniature skull constructed from 18k gold. It also features hinged doors that crack open the cranium to tell time and diamonds adorning the eyes and teeth. This nearly 200 year old gem recently sold for $16,000.

http://watchismo.blogspot.com/2006/10/momento-mori-death-watch…
the green

It seems that Yamaha has developed a fuel cell scooter that is now in a private beta program. It is slated to be the first fuel cell scooter to be made commercially available. This new scooter, dubbed the FC-me, utilizes a new liquid methanol-water solution as its fuel in place of the more common hydrogen fuel cell. According to Yamaha, it is difficult to make a compact fuel cell system that uses hydrogen. Apparently this model is based on the "FC06 PROTO" prototype and has surpassed it in energy conversion by 1.5 times. Unfortunately the press release (page down to see the FC-me) from Yamaha is not very specific about the where and when of its commercial release. Nonetheless, it is pretty sweet.

http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/yamahas_nearlyavailable_fuel_cell_scooter…
the gossip

Not wanting to be upstaged by other US cities currently implementing citywide WiFi, the metropolis of St. Louis Park, Minnesota has a plan in place to provide the country’s first solar powered citywide WiFi network. The plan is to place 400 solar panels, the size of a stop sign, some 20 to 30 feet up in the air on existing public infrastructure. It will not in anyway be connected to the city’s power grid. 30 years of weather was studied and it was determined that not only does the city get enough sun, even in the darkest December weeks the solar panels would have still functioned. The cost savings are expected to be in the $40,000 to $50,000 range. Once operational, residents will be able to choose 128kbps for $15/month or 1mbps for $20.

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/754747.html