Archive for May, 2009

Google Wave

May 31st, 2009 No comments

There are a lot of different communication platforms to choose from: email, facebook, twitter. Google Wave is a very promising new unified communication tool that combines all these and more.

What Is Wave?

Google Wave allows people to communicate and collaborate using objects like rich text, photos, videos, maps, and twitter. But also share these conversations with other participants at any point. The new participant can then watch a playback of the history of the communication.

Wave is also live so a person on the receiving end can see letter for letter what is being typed for real-time communication.

Converter takes your old pics and makes them digital

May 29th, 2009 No comments

If you have lots and lots of pictures from the pre-digital age, then you know what a pain it is to try to get them organized.  I have boxes and boxes of pics of my supermodel girlfriends from back in the day when supermodels were just getting started.  I’ve been wanting to scan them in for blackmail…err…I mean archival purposes.  But using a conventional scanner is a royal pain.  Well from those random gadgeteers at Hammacher Schlemmer comes this nifty gadget.


Rather than scanning the picture, the Photograph to Digital Picture Converter (nifty name I know) actually just takes a 5MP picture of your picture.  The snapshot can be as high as 1800dpi in resolution and up to 10bit color.  The digital files transfer over to your XP/Vista PC via USB, where you can tag and label and file them as neat as you please.  Tres cool, tres simple.  Now where did I put those pictures of Cindy before she became famous….??

Flipping for the Flip

May 29th, 2009 1 comment

I was roaming downtown Austin during the annual Pecan Street Fair a few weeks ago to go see a DJ friend of mine and the band he was performing with. Said DJ gave my boyfriend a tiny gadget and asked him to film the set so he could post it up on his website. It was the size of a cell phone and captured video in HD. I was instantly in love. It was the Flip MinoHD.


I currently use the Panasonic HDC-HS9. It’s got a 60 GB built in hard drive, a 3CCD sensor and the video is full 1920×1080 resolution. But even at it’s soda can size it’s cumbersome to carry around all the time. I only take it out when I know I’m going to use it. I wouldn’t just carry it around with me on the off chance that I might see something film worthy. Especially not on my bike (one crash and that’s a thousand bucks I won’t be getting back). The Flip MinoHD, however, is so tiny I could keep it on me at all times. It’s got 4GB of memory for about an hour’s worth of footage and it takes totally acceptable video, in HD, that is perfect for web broadcasts. And it’s already in H.264 format!
It seems a bit like a waste to use my Panasonic for stuff I’m just putting up online anyway. That should be reserved for something a little more serious.
The Flip MinoHD is $229.99 and comes in two colors, silver and black. They have a non HD version and a few other models as well to suit your needs and budget. And both versions of the Mino are “designable”.
Check it out: The Flip

DTXTR translates tweenspeak

May 28th, 2009 No comments

Via TechCrunch comes word of a new tool from LG called DTXTR (de-text-er).  It’s being (humorously) described as a translater of the texting language used by tweens and teens as shorthand for long phrases that would be painful to thumb-type.

dtxtrTo translate, you enter the tweentongue phrase on the left or the English phrase on the right.  You then click the DTXTR button to get the proper translation.

dtxtr-2I will say that the dictionary is pretty limited and relies on user-inputted updates to its terminology database.  However, it did give me a new tweenword to describe my newly teen daughter.  😀

via TechCrunch

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The Tech Waste problem

May 28th, 2009 1 comment

I was recently unpacking my plethora of boxes that have been in storage for the last year. About four of them contained nothing but empty CD jewel cases. Since I have no idea where I can possibly store them these days I decided to do a bit of research to see how I could ecologically dispose of them. After all I don’t want 30 lbs of plastic ending up in the already massive Great Pacific Garbage Patch that has been developing in the pacific for the last several decades.

To my dismay I found no place locally that could (or would?) recycle these things, not even in my very ecologically aware city.
What I did find was GreenDisk.
Green Disk logo
GreenDisk allows you to ship your tech waste to them and they will not only destroy sensitive data (as on CDs, DVDs, and hard drives) but will dispose of your tech waste in an ecologically friendly way (i.e. recycling).
You do have to pay them, but the fee is nominal. For up to 20 lbs of waste (including disks, DVDs, jewel cases, printer cartridges, cables, iPods, digital cameras, cell phones, etc) it is only $6.95 plus shipping. Since mine was all media the shipping of a 28 lb box was about $13 using the US Postal Service.
So $20 total and my conscience is clear.
For amounts over 30 lbs they have a different pricing system as well as special rates for large tech wasters (e.g. companies). They also take all forms of computers and computer related items like scanners and printers.
So yeah, if you can’t find local places to recycle your tech waste (because local is always better if you can get it), then please, for the love of all that’s green, go to these guys:-)

Travel Honey GPS detector finds your parked car

May 27th, 2009 1 comment

While I am elephantine in many ways,  memory is not one of them.  I am constantly wracking my brain when it comes to remembering where I’ve placed my keys or my wallet or my girlfriend.  And finding my ride in a megamall parking lot is a royal pain.  Until now.


Travel Honey GPS detector

This handy dandy little gadget is a multifunction GPS tagger and location finder.  Can’t remember where you parked your car?  Well just remember to hold down its little locator button before you leave your car.  A two-second press will lock the current GPS coordinates into its little brain.  Then when you’ve loaded yourself down with consumerism goodies, use the direction finder to navigate yourself back to the set coordinates (and your car).

But that’s not all.  It is connectable (and rechargable) via a micr0-USB port.  When connected, the dongle acts as a GPS unit for your PC, meaning you can use software like Streets and Trips to navigate yourself to your next megamall destination.  It is constantly recording your GPS coordinates so you can plot all that data using Google Maps or Google Earth.  It even provides software to allow you to attach pictures to GPS points.


Travel Honey GPS detector

All that for only $54.  A bargain.

First Store 4 U GPS Receiver + Location Finder + Data Logger + Photo Tagger

Via Chinavasion via Geekalerts via DVICE.

Multi-tune Vitamin

May 27th, 2009 No comments

I’ll be the first to admit that my love for my iPod is nearly boundless. And the new Shuffle design has me practically giddy. 1.8″ by .3″ and the new VoiceOver feature is going to be hard to beat.
However, there’s got to be room for more than just Apple style. A new MP3 player is about to come on to the market that while probably not giving the Shuffle a run for its money should at least make the playing field more interesting.
Introducing The Vitamin from iXing

ixing vitamin

Designed by Sangnam Park, this little pill is actually an MP3 player. It supports only MP3 and WMA files (which means I’m not getting it since my entire library is in AAC format, a far superior format to MP3 imo). It also has a 30 channel FM tuner, though seriously I don’t really know anyone that listens to the radio anymore. Even I get my NPR via the internet these days.
Other than the novelty of its looks I really don’t think it can outdo the Shuffle. But I do think style is a valid consideration when shopping for an MP3 player so I can’t count it out just yet. I honestly like the design. To change tracks you just twist the pill one way, or to go back a track, twist it the other way. I also like the display, which the Shuffle lacks.
I don’t know yet how they are going to manage volume control (possibly on the head phones themselves?).
Also there is no info on the capacity, at least none that I could find. But it should hold a minimum of 1000 songs (or appox. 4 GB) if it wants to be competitive.

via Gizmodo