February 27, 2008

Backups, backups, backups. Come on people, you know it’s a disaster just waiting to happen. Your little computer hard drives are spinning tirelessly all day and all night, all the while deteriorating. It’s just a matter of time. Protect yourself and pick up a Western Digital 1TB My Book World Edition network external hard drive. Yes, that’s right, I said network drive. That means you can plug this little baby right into your router or hub without the need for a computer and because it features WD Anywhere Access™ and Data OnHand™, you can access your data from anywhere in the world. You can pick it up over at Buy.com for the bargain price of $254.99 with free shipping!
Being German and a Virgo, it’s safe to say I know a little bit about the desire to keep the clutter down. It’s good to see a company like Bluelounge lending a hand with a product like the SpaceStation. The SpaceStation is a sleek new desk organizer that consists of a long hollow rectangular block with a rubberized top to keep your gadgets in place and a coil system underneath to keep all your cords organized. The block itself floats just above the surface to allow the cords to poke out where they are needed. In addition, the SpaceStation can act as a prop for your portable computer, providing a more ergonomic angle and better airflow. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Bluelounge went ahead and added an internal 4-port USB hub and a rail system on the back that can keep your papers standing upright for easy reference. To me, the SpaceStation is a bargain at $79.95.
Man, it’s like the love child of Ray Eames and “Fast” Eddie Felson. On the surface, the Fusion tables by Aramith feature a beautifully clean, modern design, but underneath they each conceal a secret that would make Andy Capp green with envy. Convertible in just seconds, the Fusion table transforms a highly designed dining table into a high quality billiard or gaming table. It comes in a variety of surface and fabric options and features a real slate bed. The tables also feature an optional spring assisted Easy-Lift system that allows you to raise the Fusion table from the standard 30” dining height to the optimal 33” playing height. In addition, it has a unique system to store the racks, cues and balls right under the table top so this way you don’t have to tell your spouse about the gaming side until after you purchased it. Check out the video.
It looks as though Volkswagen is about to make a big splash next week at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show by announcing a new diesel-electric hybrid flavor of the already popular Rabbit. This new version is promising an astounding 69.9 MPG and will emit just 89g/km of carbon dioxide, besting the already stingy Prius which puts out a mere 104g/km. In addition, this new engine meets all Euro 5 emissions criteria and also passes the Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards here in the US. This standard is considered to be the world’s strictest, and limits emissions of oxides of Nitrogen to 70 mg per mile. So what does that mean? The lower the bin number, the cleaner the vehicle. As an example, the Hummer H2 is a whopping Bin 11.
I don’t know if it’s just the computer nerd in me, but I laughed my ass off when I saw this prank. The New York City based group, Improv Everywhere, had three of their members enter a Starbucks and set up full-blown desktop systems, complete with giant CRT monitors right along side laptop users and began to work. One of the desktops even had a wireless card that allowed them to surf the web. Before you judge me you should watch the video, the reactions are pretty funny. My favorites have to be the girl who actually places the CRT and keyboard on her lap and the use of Windows 95 on one of the computers.