August 29, 2007

[THE GET IT]
Apple madness!! This week MacMall is offering up to a $100 rebate on the new iMac. This deal includes $50 off the 20″ 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1GB 250GB SuperDrive 2400XT, $75 off the 20″ 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1GB 320GB SuperDrive 2600Pro, $100 off the 24″ 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1GB 320GB SuperDrive 2600Pro and $100 off the 24″ 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme 2GB 500GB SuperDrive 2600Pro. Okay, so $100 doesn’t sound like much, but we’re talking about Apple here. These types of deals don’t come around that often. In addition to these rebates, they are offering Parallels Desktop 3.0 for a mere $9.99 for that easy transition from Windows.
http://www.macmall.com/macmall/families/newimac…
[THE GIZMO]
Ahhh, sometimes it’s so refreshing to come across a gadget that is simple, effective and inexpensive. To quote Dr. Koichi Kawana, “Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means.” Well, Cool Feet, the new product from BlueLounge Design surely fits the bill. You see, today’s laptops can produce quite a bit of heat and since they sit flat, that heats tends to build up. As a result, the market has produced all sorts of contraptions using fans and elaborate stands that aren’t exactly what you would call portable. BlueLounge took the simple approach by creating small “feet” that temporarily affix to the bottom of your laptop with suction cups. This also produces a comfortable ergonomic angle for the keyboard. A set of 4 of these will put you back a whole $12.95! Bluelounge is also the maker of Cableyoyo, another inexpensive, simple approach to the ubiquitous cord fiasco.
http://www.bluelounge.com/coolfeet.php
[THE GORGEOUS]
I know, I know, those new iMacs sure are purdy, all shiny and happy, but they aren’t the only game in town. There are some others out there doing some beautiful and innovative things with all-in-one desktops. Take Sony’s new VAIO LT Series. It’s a beautifully designed all-in-one PC with some surprises up its sleeve. Besides the usual goodies like a robust processor, an impressive 22″ XBRITE-HiColor display, nicely designed wireless keyboard and mouse, it also features an interesting approach to TV/computer integration. The LT series allows you to use the display as a television without having to boot up the computer. However, once the computer is booted up, you can flip back and forth between your computer and television. In addition, the top-flight model is High Definition and features a Blu-ray drive. If you’re not familiar with Blu-ray, it is an optical disc format that allows you to record up to 50GB of media on a single disc! The LT is chock full of other goodies as well, so if you have the time, take a look.
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores…
[THE GREEN]
Jeebus! What isn’t made out of bamboo these days? It’s sustainable, durable and its production requires less energy than other traditional hardwoods. We’ve seen flooring, bowls, utensils and even a bike, just to name a few. Looking to take it one step further, Roof, the manufacturer of stylish and innovative motorcycle helmets, has announced the R06 Bamboo. The R06’s outer shell is constructed entirely of bamboo fibers and before you ask, yes, it has passed all European E22/05 safety requirements. I’m not sure how that stacks up to our own DOT, but I would imagine it is adequate to protect that dome of yours. They will become available later this month as a limited edition at a cost of £189.
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/08/bamboo_crash…
[THE GOSSIP]
Never underestimate the sex drive of a teenager. When the Australian Federal Government ponied up $84 million to develop a filter that parents could download to filter out porn and nationally blacklisted sites, they thought it was money well spent. Not so. Tom Wood (heh heh heh…he said wood), a 16 year old student of a southeast Melbourne private school, cracked it in just over 30 minutes. He then promptly released it to his fellow horny teens over the web. To make matters worse, his method ensures that the filter’s toolbar icon remain visible, leading parents to believe it is still functioning. The Government’s response? A new filter that Tom swiftly cracked in another 40 minutes!
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599…