I'm Delta Taph (Real Name: David Wilkinson), and this is my mini-blog! I'm a 12-year old ProBlogger from Manchester, in England.
23rd December 2006
I've been busying myself getting ready for Christmas! Not long left now. I've also written a few posts for Profy which I'll post about here.
14th December 2006
Today I was on BBC Radio Manchester and the BBC website. That was really cool! I may also be doing a feature on sometime around Christmas. No word on timings or anything yet, but it sounds great! I felt it was easier to do than the Five Live interview last week, despite this one actually being live! It was great when the weather lady off TV came in. Kind of a shock too! But she's very nice, just like on TV. She told me I was 'brilliant'. Not complaining! =D
13th December 2006
I've just been busy gearing up for tomorrow morning's interview. I've got my notes and all written. I've been listening to Eamonn's shows, and he's really quite funny.
Here it is... I'm breaking the silence at last. I can officially reveal that Vaja, are about to launch a new range of cases! The 'Caddie' series, is great all round, not only for teeing off on the golf course. Like usual, Vaja are using the finest Argentinian leather, hand chosen for it's great finish, and natural aroma. I have it from an insider, that the product page will read as follows...
"Carry your gadget in style. The Caddie collection delivers an unique look and full access to main functions while keeping your device secure. Available only for Motorola Razr V3 & V3i, Palm Treo 700 series and iPod video 30, 60 & 80GB, this collection also includes a very stylish Caddie Leather Bag. Customize your own Caddie model by choosing among several leather colors and embossing your name or logo in the backside. Fully personalizable and made from exquisite high quality Argentine leather."
With any luck, these beauties will be in stock in the Vaja store within a month or so.
What a day! The launch of Vista, and I didn't even manage to push out a post! Well, besides this one. Anyhow, I can confirm that my Vista Ultimate copy will be arriving on the 12th of February. Please note that I've included a little snapshot above, because the bigger image is 1.1MB in size, and those of you (0.121%) who are using dial-up may not wish to see the whole thing. But click on it to see the full thing.
The 'Wow' starts now. In theory... But seriously, Vista is set to be a hit. I'm all for early-adopting it, and in my opinion, Vista will decide the future of Microsoft. I'm hoping to work more closely with the company in future. They still have a great time ahead of them, and us kids need to be educated better, how to use the software, tools and services provided by them in a more streamlined, effective, productive way. At the moment, the only thing the whole of my class knows how to do without fail, is 'Copy & Paste'. Even then, they have trouble rendering the text/images correctly in MS-Word because of some 'table' element in the layout. Shame on you! CSS helps us kids steal your content for homework better. ;) Nope... I'm good. I don't steal stuff.
Anyhow... Vista. Well, as I can't be bothered writing a post today (too tired!), I'll include a list articles below...
Anyhow, I've been a busy man with Techzi.net, and am proud to announce that we're very nearly ready! We have some bugs to iron out, we need to finish Wordpress Integration, Tag some 670 posts, set http://www.techzi.net/ to point to the same place that http://techzi.net/ is pointing to, and then we need to finish all of the individual pages on the site/blog/thingy.
Should be great! If I don't post for a few days, you know why. It'll be worth the wait!
When major supermarket chains go and launch £9 DVD Players, you know that the industry has moved on... And so it has. ASDA, UK-based retailer, are offering the new 'uber cheap player' to anyone and everyone.
"Asda, which is part of the American Wal-mart empire, has launched a major move into home electricals, as have Tesco and Sainsbury's. Around 80,000 of the Durabrand 1005 machines will hit the supermarket's stores. The development is indicative of savage price cuts on gadgets, where prices are now so low that they can be thrown away and replaced." via ThisIsLondon.
I must admit, I had no idea Wal-Mart owned ASDA... I must have missed something major there! O_o
A quick roundup of the 6 Apple 2006 PC vs Mac adverts. Even if you're a PC fan, it's hard to resist liking these adverts.
Speaking of PCs, I'm getting a new one for my Birthday. Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS, 2GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Due E6600, Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, Office 2007, and a whole lot more... Weighs in at $3500!
In an ever advancing technological world, one of the new things that has started to become very popular in the wonderful world of photography lately, is HDR. There's a great tutorial over at SIC. Pity the skilled photographer has never heard of Klingons though... Perhaps it's not all that popular over in Bangkok.
So it seems that bLaugh, the popular blogging cartoon, is currently down. DOOM ON YOU! But this seems to be something pretty major... All of the cartoons, are displaying in IE as 'little red Xs', which we all know means only one thing. Hosting problems, or the dreaded 'Server Maintenance' dudes! Well... This does suck. The latest comic out was the 'Modern Day Bully', which my daily e-mail from feedburner has pointed out. Else I wouldn't have realised... Check it! Doomed 'alt text', or in IE, a big, fat, red X! By the way, that's not a hot-link to bLaugh... All images there are down. 404 on the homepage too. Google cache is even having trouble rendering the site, because no external files 'exist'. It can't call images or style-sheets up as references, because they simply don't exist. bLaugh is gone... And we're hoping it's only temporary!
Your heard it first at Techzi.
UPDATE: Over 90 minutes later, and still no news from Chris, or any one from the website. We'll let you know when we hear some buzz.
SORTED:I woke up this morning to find the problem 'sorted' out. Glad that all that's been cleared up! Good going Chris, and according to MyBlogLog, you checked out my blog just last night. ;)
I've been eyeing up the Vaja Classic Jacket for MacBook's starting in sizes at 13" and going up to 17". They're looking really spiffy at the moment, and as and when I get myself a new MacBook, count me in with this swish looking leather case!
Using Vaja's own specially made fabric lining, the case protects against everyday bumps and scratches which are the usual side affects found with such sleek and portable cases. The Vaja logo, as usual, is inlaid with Sterling Silver 925, and optional graphical/text personalization can be requested, and will be laser cut to your standards. Why do I love Vaja? It's so you. You decide every aspect of your case, from the little tabs on the side, to the size of your inner pockets on the bags. To the type of Argentinian Leather hide used, and the colour combination requested, it seems Vaja do their best to cater for everyone's needs.
Another classic from bLaugh. Seriously, this content rocks! They have more ideas than a forest faerie canoing. That doesn't actually make any sense what so ever though. aka, They seem to have more ideas than me.
These past two or three days, I've not had much time for Techzi admittedly. What started off as a wild idea, has really impacted on me, and now I'm taking it as seriously as Techzi. This idea is big. This startup is big. This will be big. If any of you in the magazine/newspaper/printing/publishing industry are interested, let me know who you are, and where you work.
I'm teaming up with some of the biggest names in Blogging for this one. They're attacking my ideas and contributing themselves, and at the moment, it looks great.
By the way, I should really credit Tony Hung for the b5media logo. Don't be getting any ideas from it yet either... Nothing official has been said yet. Kinda... ;)
Social Spamming, as Timo Heuer, German Web 2.0 critique puts it. I'm strongly against Timo on this one. On his blog, he highlighted a conversation he'd had with 'X', a user of LinkedIn, who presumably asked to remain anonymous. Unless his real name is indeed X.
Upim: LinkedIn’s mission is to connect people and business partner and not to contact with someone you don’t really know… X: It’s not spamming though. It’s part of a business model. And I am making an effort to get to know all these people. And LinkedIn strives to connect people with similar areas of interest and create possible business ties. Upim: Spamming is a business model? X: It’s not spamming. Upim: It is X: It’s not Upim: Of course it is X: Another contact. =) It’s not. Read the LinkedIn homepage. They aim to connect people. I’m not spamming. I’m making an effort to connect. Upim: contacts are people you know… that’s my understanding of it X: And I’m making contacts. I’m making an effort to get to know these people. I’m making an effort to add them in the first place. I’m making the effort to connect. Upim: I would delete your invitation as fast as possible ;) X: Really? Isn’t the point of LinkedIn to connect people though? Got another acceptance. Maybe I’ll hit 200 before I go to bed. =D Upim: Maybe it’s a addiction to collect contacts? Web 3.0 = Web 2.0 + collections of contacts?"
Timo e-mailed me the full transcript, and truth be told, 'X' makes a far more compelling argument than Timo. In addition, recently I myself have done a bit of what Timo calls 'social spamming'. That said, it's really helped with a new top secret project I've undertaken. I'm dying to tell you what it is, and will make an official announcement in a later post.
Photoshoppers... Get out your brushes. Nope. Apple haven't given a drop-bomb hint on a new product in the works, but 100Worth is inviting you to concept design what you believe the next Apple product might be. My personal favourite, somewhat reminding me of the other days fiasco, the iPottie. Or in the UK, should we call it the iPotty? International grammar... Mad stuff.
And of course, if Apple were to do a re-make of the original Rubix Cube, making it white and slamming on a few Apple logos would definitely sell a few million. Imagine the slogan... 10,000 different combinations. 9,996 ways to complete it. How fast can you do it? The Apple iCube. See sense in life. Ironic coughing attack over... But seriously, some of these designs are inspiring and thought provoking. Companies should throw competitions like this once in a while, offering cash prizes for the winner(s). Who knows? Maybe they'll become the next Apple? ;)
And before I go, the ingeniously named, iSmell. Click on all the pictures for bigger views.
Today, in an official Apple press release, it was announced that the iPhone is to incorporate some spiffy new features. I won't rant and rave like usual, but I'll let you check it yourself.
My favourite comment on YouTube? "This looks like a spoof to me" and another comment by someone either trying to be funny, or is just plain stupid. In it, they were discussing all of the features, and then asked why Apple said it was hard to use as a phone.
Some people these days! Good grief. When I were a lad...
Yesterday, I promised you I'd post a bit of the article I wrote at Profy.com...
ZCubes . Something I covered a while back very briefly. When covering it, I'd only gotten a feel for just a few of the portal's many features, and Parag Marthur, the company's VP of Product Management, invited myself and Svetlana Gladkova to join them, and find out more about the advanced features that ZCubes incorporates.
Currently, ZCubes full features are only available to those of you using Internet Explorer, and I know for a fact, that if Profy's readers are anything like my own, then most of you will be using Firefox. Well worry no more! When talking with Parag, it was revealed that Firefox will be fully supported sometime soon! We were told to expect it 'within a month' or so, and with any luck, we'll be able to report on it right here at Profy.
“Imagine a net with n dimensions. Web N.0 - Not just 1, 2 or 3. But n. Yes, that includes time. It is possible. It is clear that the face of the Internet is quite static, with minor dynamics introduced by primitive technologies like AJAX. Truly flexible Internet is created when you enter n dimensions of bit matter, organized by the whims and fancies of the user - not the creator.” Last time I looked at the startup, I loved the slogan, and still do. But having witnessed the raw power that ZCubes holds, with practicality, functionality, speed and design, I can now say, that I am a true believer. As, I suspect, is Svetlana, as she told me in a Skype chat that she guessed she will be "a fan of ZCubes" too!
So what got me so hyped in the 30-minute interview that has changed my mind so much? Various things, which when doing my initial review of ZCubes, weren't available, and I wasn't aware of. For example, using Google or Yahoo Image search, you can drag and drop pictures right into your ZCubes home page, just like you can with a real desktop! Except that with ZCubes, you can edit the image directly. You can apply effects, and add filters, such as 'Engrave', which applies a stone-like effect, reminiscent of Photoshop's distortion filters. You can also drag and drop videos from Google Search, YouTube, and many other online media websites.
We were also shown, how the ZCubes browser pane is synchronized to work flawlessly with the YubNub service. For example, if you wanted to directly search Amazon.com for a book on Web 2.0, you'd type in the ZCubes search box, 'am web2.0 book", and instantly, the Amazon Search results will be streamed into your window.
Infact, so much was discussed at the conference, it would literally take me hours to type it all up, and look at all of the features in-depth, so instead, I'll pick perhaps my favourite things. Fill Paterns. So what are these 'fill paterns'? Well, I'll do better than explain all about it, I'll even show you! This Fill Pattern has been used to fill in the inside of a shape. I've used the 3D Drawing tool to write the 'Profy' & 'Web 2.0' bits, but the shape was created by ZCubes, by simply entering the URL of the image into the side panel.
And there you have it. Only part of the ZCubes review, with more coming soon. Sourced from Profy, written by me.
It seems like these photos have been around for years, but only now, have any of the big blogs got wind of this! Engadget are reporting on what they claim is 'quite possibly the most badass iPod case ever'.
Of course, we've seen Gameboy Emulators for the iPod and such before, but never actually an entirely styled iPod mod. Check all of the spiffy photos at Flickr! via Engadget.
Just after the blogosphere has recovered from the plethora of hype concerning the Macworld 2007 release of the iPhone, some credible sources are suggesting that Apple is planning an event this coming February in which some exciting new details and information on the Leopard OS development will be released. Stay tuned... I've got a feeling something big is coming. Okay, perhaps not half as big as the jazz concerning the iPhone, but any new major OS launch has to be big, right?
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo & Vodafone. Not often of such big, and competing companies collaborating on such a major project as this. But it seems that the companies have teamed together, in the hope of creating a 'Code Of Conduct'.
"Technology companies have come under fire for providing equipment or software that permits governments to censor information or monitor the online or offline activities of their citizens. For example, last year, Google's approach to the China market was criticized over its creation of a censored, local version of its search engine. A Yahoo subsidiary was cited by human rights groups for working with Chinese police to identify political activists, who were ultimately arrested and prosecuted for posting anti-government opinions and information online. The parties involved said that they would develop a framework that would hold signatories accountable for their actions in the areas of freedom of expression and privacy rights." [PCW]
Amongst the four afformentioned companies, a large froup of organizations will also be chiming in with their thoughts, opinions and ideas. The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School; Business for Social Responsibility; Electronic Frontier Foundation; Human Rights Watch; and Reporters Without Borders are just a few currently known to be participating. via Engadget. Sourced from PCW.
The Nike iPod Watch. It's been in the news a heck of a lot lately, and it seems that just a few minutes ago, iLounge got themselves some exclusive photos and details on the gadget.
Owners of non-Nano iPods (or those of you yet to get an iPod), will most likely be looking forward to the launch of Nike's Speed+ watch, which will, according to Gizmodo, "save you the trouble of buying another iPod". On top of the Speed+ watch, it has been reported that Nike has three other watches in the making, to go along nicely with their new range of gadgets.
The first one, Nike's so called Flight+, will have a release date of May 1st, and will retail for around $129. "The volume and track controls are built into a 'rocking bezel' around the Electroluminiscent backlit screen". The watch will be available in two colors, each able to "play back the Nike + iPod voice feedback".
The second device retails for $50, coming in at just $79. The lower-end 'bracelet', known as Amp+, has a simple in-built LED display, which can either show the current time, or the status control for your iPod. Some sources also cite that there is a possibilty that an iPod shuffle control pad will come included, allowing you to "adjust volume, playback, or call up the Nike Sport kit stuff". Also retails on May 1.
The third one, Aero+, appears to be an exact replica of Flight+, except it is modeled and coloured to appeal more to the male audience that Flight+ doesn't grab. Aero+ is alot less feminine looking, and comes in two colors also. Same launch date as the others, and like Flight+ is also set to retail for $129.
My sincere apologies for not posting today, I've been very busy, writing an in-depth report on ZCubes. I attended an online conference today with the VP of Product Management there, and had lots to write about. Expect a fat juicy post tomorrow! Hope you can wait that long anyhow. =)
David signing out for tonight. I'm off to watch Battestart Galactica. I recorded last Tuesdays.
A great new Apple advert. I wish they'd elaborated more on all the different features though. I really have to go and get myself a MacBook Pro now... That said, Vista isn't all that bad. Infact, with readyboost, it's great! But Macs are still more user friendly.
And while I'm here, here's an old-time favourite.
They really have a talented team at Mac. Kudos to you! Pity that the same can't be said about Microsoft... O_o Or maybe that's just Ballmer.
Utter rubbish... I've been very pro-Microsoft lately, and am even going out my way to get myself Vista Ultimate edition, but this, is ridiculous. 'People won't buy the iPhone because it has no keyboard'. Steve Ballmer? Are you listening? Are you stupid!?!? Seriously... You will regret it when the iPhone becomes the best-selling phone in the world, and judging by the hype, the stats, and the people I know (Even those who don't have iPods! =O Shock horror!) are raving about the iPhone.
'Apple is selling zero phones a year.' Genius this guy... Think he's realized they've not launched yet? "He lies right out his own ass on numbers regarding the Zune, saying it has 25 percent of the high-end MP3 player market (over $250)." Too right... And Steve Ballmer, can you say to me with a straight face that you truly believe that you will ever overthrow the iPod? Please... People will buy the latest iPod, because it is the iPhone... People will buy the iPhone, because it rocks! Apple have the upperhand by far when it comes to design, and the best Microsoft can do, is give us photos of toilets... Sheesh!
In addition, Ballmer raves about how 'expensive' the iPhone is... Reckon he's seen the spec sheet? For what it does, it massively eclipses all the other current MS offerings by far, on the bang for buck ratio, the overall appeal, and the general snazzyness factor.
Heck... I'm still up for Vista thought. But keep the Zune out of it! My mobile devices all belong to Apple. The best thing about it from Bill Gates' point of view? He's still making several hundred dollars a second. Perhaps I should stop writing, and starting begging him... I know he's on my Skype list somewhere... Ah yes! Right above Colbert Low, and below Amit Agarwal. Sourced from CrunchGear.
Microsoft have indeed, unveiled their very own eToilet. Full compatibility with the Zune is promised, and the toilet packs in a powerful array of additional smart loo features not usually found.
The in-built thermostat warms the normally cold toilet seat, a delay-mechanism prevents flushing while in the shower, and the toilet's composition gauge will make helpful, dietary suggestions, based on the makeup of the brown stuff that goes into it's basin, and for those of you that forget, the toilet automatically puts down the lid when you're finished.
Bill Gates, speaking at an invite-only party at CES in Las Vegas, said that "Americans spend an average of two weeks per year in the bathroom and as part of Microsoft's efforts to continue to make inroads in the home, we fully plan to capitalize on that time."
So what does he mean? He means a 21" touchscreen monitor infused into the toilet lid! The lid simply flips round, and viola! There you have it. Your own in-loo entertainment hub. No word yet on whether this thing runs Vista yet though. From what I can see, it's XP on the photo. Sourced from CrunchGear. By the way, I've got a hunch that this thing may be fake. ;)
Just when you though that 1060P might be good enough, Westinghouse came out ans spoiled all the fun. Despite there being no 2160P Double-HD content available, the company is marketing the 52-inch monster at 'designers & professionals'. The $50,000 price tag kind of suggested that it wasn't marketed at everyday Joes. I'd be crashing the Techzi budget if I said I was going to buy and test one of these TVs, so I won't even get my hopes up.
That said, until some 2160P content gets released, I'm not really sure what use the TV would be, or how you could test it lives up to it's "Uber" branding. We all know how hyped Westinghouse got about their TVs, but according to Gadgetell, at CES, they barely got a mention. Weird, huh? Perhaps they thought people would prefer a 120-inch Full-HD TV that they can see the benefits on, rather than a 52-incher costing more, which has no current benefits.
Last night, once I'd left my PC to do homework, 11-year old blogger, Timothy Williams, wrote a post on Techzi, asking for money. He stated that he wanted to 'get rich quick' and was hoping that you guys would willing to give him money.
At Techzi, we have a moderation system. Our writers make posts, then save them as drafts, for me to moderate and post if I see fit. Unless there is some really hot news which one of our writers think is a 'must-post-now' article, then it should be saved as a draft.
Not what Timothy did! Without my knowledge or consent, he wrote the post, asking for money from you guys, and to me, from what he'd written, it sounded like I was endorsing it. I assure you that neither myself, Techzi, or any of the other guys here were affiliated with that whatsoever. Timothy's post, and account have been deleted. Whether this will be a temporary measure, it remains to be seen, but once we move to Wordpress, I have decided that ALL posts will be moderated to avoid any incidents like this.
I hope the few thousand of you who visited Techzi last night weren't put off by this, and we apologize profusely. Timothy abused our trust, my trust, and attempted to gain financially from it. He knew the rules... He broke them.
I'm waiting for him to come back online now to see if we can sort something out. That said, I have to admit I'm rather worried about both my blog's reputation with you guys, and what lasting effects it will have. I'm not sure if any of you guys donated to Timothy or not, as I deleted the post from school, where I noticed it, and where flash wasn't installed. Sorry about all this!
On a side note, Timothy succesfully dropped our main feed subscribers by 21 in less than 10 hours. Congratulations man... You've done me proud.
I dare say that message containing the words 'Apple' and 'Linux' are marked as spam amongst the 620,000 other odd messages he receives every day. Dilbert doesn't care though, and manages to make a very funny scene out of it. But seriously guys... I think Bill Gates is better than he seems.
In other news, Robert Scoble said this about me... 'You write extremely well for a 12-year-old. I was reading your blog and not realizing your age. My son just turned 13 and he doesn’t write this well.' Cool, huh? That said, I turn 13 this coming February. Anyone got any suggestions on what I could ask for? Anyone feel like giving me anything? ;) Feel free to drop me an e-mail at David [at] Techzi [dot] net
"Rechargeable batteries are great! They power all our favorite gadgets. Without them, we'd be tossing all these alkaline batteries and their caustic chemicals back into the environment, and that's a recipe for bad times.
The problem with rechargeables is the myriad plugs, ports, sockets and bays you need to have around to keep them filled with electrons. Oh, the battery's dead, but where's that dang recharger? Sound familiar? Then, one day, an enterprising geek built the charger into the battery. Not just any charger, mind you. They used a standard USB port built right into the battery.
Now, when your batteries are flatlining, pop the cap, and jam 'em into your nearest ubiquitous USB port. Whether it's on your computer, laptop, monitor or powered USB hub, all you need is 250mA of juice from your universal serial bus, and a little patience. In just a few hours, you'll have 1300mAH of power!"
So as you can see, very good stuff. Head on over and check them out yourselves!
Two little tid-bits of car-related geek news. For those of you who have the money, Toshiba have released their concept 'Bat Mobile' car, that is apparently one of the most eco-friendly cars ever designed. "The eco-friendly prototype has a modular polycarbonate body, which allows you to change the look of the car according to your fancy. Top-it-all, the chassis of the car is also recyclable." The Honda Extreme is a dual-cockpit design that looks set to take the world by storm. Check it out!
And it seems there will be no Aston Martin for Bond in his next film. A Bond Fan Site, has it direct, that instead, Bond will be driving the equally as classy Jaguar XF. Sweet stuff! Sourced from BornRich.
Technically, I did write this article, but I wrote it for Profy.com... Here goes anyway. I found it an interesting one, so I do hope it's relevant/enjoyable.
Read/Write Web just published a very interesting article, on the top domain names of 2006. It was interesting to see who made it into the list, and the incredible amounts they sold for. In actual selling value, in first place came Cameras.com, fetching $1.5million! Second place, came Blue.com, Bike.com & Wrestling.com, with just a third of that $1.5million, each of these domains still cashed in for a whopping $500,000!
But this makes me wonder... What makes a domain name worth it's chips? Is it something easy to remember, that sticks in people's minds? Is a single word, which people may randomly type in, in the hope of finding something relevant to the word? Is it something short, or is it something with a meaning?
In the test, the Domain Name Values Weekly site quizzed thirty experts, on the subject of the buying and selling domain names, and asked them to find out the Top 20 Domain Transactions of 2006. According to Read/Write Web, the main criteria "wasn't most money paid, but best long-term value (4+ years)". So here are the results.
If you're wondering what the numbers in the brackets represent, it's the number of first place votes that the panel of experts gave each individual domain name. Of course, some of the commenters at R/WW have pointed out that the list isn't actually correct. Apparently, Voka.com sold for a humoungous $3million along with Wiki.com, who also sold for $3million. 'Wii.com also has great potential. I heard that sold for something like $200k - $500k'.
It just to show, that even after the .com bubble burst, there's still room for snazzy names in Web 2.0. That said, most Web 2.0 websites pick a simple word 'Tech' for example, and add on a few random letters, 'zi'. Which is exactly what I did, and Techzi was born. The bubble may have burst, but domains aren't going to stop trading hands any time soon. Written by David Wilkinson for Profy.com.
We proudly present to you, the non-existent iPhone Shuffle! Thanks Gizmodo. And no... It seems that the fake photoshops have not stopped. Ah well. We can live in hope. But now we need a new Apple product to speculate, make fakes of, and create hype around the rumour mill. Anyone got any ideas?
A Windows Vista Readboost Optimized USB drive? Count us in. There's un-deniable evidence that the technology works, and is worth it's chips, so anything that can enhance it further is definitely on my must have list.
That said, I'm hoping that a rig with an Intel Core 2 CPU, a Nvidia 8800 GPU and 2GB of high-frequency DDR2 RAM will hold up Vista nicely anyhow. If not, for $99, I can pick myself up an optimized drive myself. But if I was going to a LAN party, there's another USB drive tailor made for me, and oh! Look! A 16GB drive too. Sweet stuff! Sourced from Gadgetell.
Not that I'm a fan of listening to music in the bath, but the new Submarine Radio from I Want One Of Those looks set to become a big hit worldwide. Now you can listen to classics such as 'The Sardines', and 'Yellow Submarine' (Quite literally!), in style! That said, the last 'bath radio' I purchased, decided it would conk out when I flipped it upside down and forced it under water. They advertised it as 'splash resistant'. Hmph! No matter. Coming from a reputable re-seller like IWOOT, means you can buy in confidence. *AHEM!* The Sub runs off two Triple-A (AAA) batteries. Sourced from OhGizmo!
There's no denying that we've seen some wacky fridges in our time at Techzi. Fridges with 20" monitors in-built, fridges that stream your RSS feeds on demand, and fridges that really can't make their mind up whether they were born to be an in-kitchen entertainment system or not. Yanko (Hey! Sounds like a yoghurt brand!), claim that their new design will be the future.
"It is a fridge design, combining with a tree branch shape storage system and several single fridges, which tried to bring the memory of tree house in our childhood to the kitchen in daily life. One fridge has holes and pattern on the door as a fruit shelf. People can pick up a fruit from a tree. Another is like a bird house. Doors can slide away when a hand is placed in front of it. It's funny how one can draw out an egg from a bird's nest. There is also a special device designed at the foot of the door, when people step on it, a wheel with small motor will slide the door open."
Above you can see the new Dell CES Concept design. via Engadget.
We've been left wondering these past few days. Did Dell fire the imaginative designer that brought us the 'Black Monitor 1', 'Black Monitor 2', and 'Black Monitor 3', after images of the beautifully designed and crafted Dell 2702WFP monitor, and then the new Dell CES Concept design emerged? Both portray exceptional quality of material, and design, and both look fitting to suit a modernized, unique environment. Until we get confirmation that the concept is actually going ahead though, we'll be left experiment with 2707WFP, seeing how far we can push it till it cracks.
And that's about it... If you'd like to check out the afformentioned 'Black Box' range, check out the horrific designs on Google. A simple search should reveal the most shocking results. Check it. It's a CRT! =O
Image ironically hosted by Dell. And yes. I hotlinked. Thanks lads!
10 layer HD media? Yes ladies and gentlemen, we have it, and we owe it all to Ritek. Available in both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray flavours, these delicious discs offer up to 250GB of storage... Not bad a for a few inches of... Well... Whatever these new fangled discs are constructed out of. Who knows... Perhaps corn? Back to the point, Ritek have really pulled a rabbit out of the hat with this one.
The Blackberry Pearl was one of the most celebrated gadgets of 2006. TMobile have finally done us the favour of leaking some pictures of what the white version will look like. I have to admit, not what I was expecting, but spiffy none-the-less. The white pearl just doesn't seem the same to me though... I'm sticking with the black one, until the iPhone of course.
The Nintendo Wii is taken for a spin and made portable... Now you can play your Wii on your DS! If your TV gets broken by a flying remote or something... Hmph.
At least you could do it, if the guys showed you how. No matter, someone is bound to post a video on YouTube, which will inevitably get Dugg by 2000 people who'll never end up carrying out the hack. Weird. Sourced from Technabob.
Not much to say about this really, except that my good friend, Mark Seremet has, landed himself over $50,000,000 for his startup, Wallhogs, which I reviewed on Profy not all that long ago! Check the deal info... All I can say is that Mark is one smart guy!
He sold his startup for the worth of a quarter of Digg's value. Mark, you never cease to amaze me! Who is Mark? Well, founder of Take Two Interactive. The people who created the legendary Elder Scrolls, and Grand Theft Auto series. You know what I'm talking about now.
Anyhow, Mark was one of the two $500 donators in the Techzi Fundraiser, held the other day. More info on that coming soon... In the mean-time, cheers mate, and good luck!
UPDATE: I feel rather stupid... Wallhogs wasn't sold at all. =P
R2D2, perhaps one of Star Wars most loved characters, has just made his big break in the Gadget world. Though it's likely that only die-hard Star Wars fans (I'm looking at you Chris!) will want to pay over the odds for this home entertainment thing, I can see it making the top 20 wackiest Gadgets '07 this year.
All that said, it's not that wacky when you compare it to little wooden nuns, who when thrown at walls, sing songs, but there you have it. So what can this fella do? Well, slot in a DVD, and R2 will project the movie (80" 'n' all!) onto a surface of your choice. No widescreen though. Bummer, 'eh?
What else though? Well, for starters, an iPod docking station, a USB 2.0 connector and wirelesss FM audio are just a few other features that lil' old R2 packs in. Of course, as Ubergizmo point out, $2500 could be better spent buying a 32" HDTV (Here in the UK, you can get yourself a 42" for the same price! =O), a hybrid BluRay/HD-DVD player and an iPod dock, for much less.
Of course, doubling as a hoover would have given it that little bit extra, but heck. No hoover.
Specifications: • Image Sensor:LCoS • Resolution: 800 x 600 • Brightness: 1200 lumens • Contrast Ratio: 500 to 1 • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 • Signal: S-Video/Composite • Memory Slots: SD/MMC, Memory Stick, Smart Media • iPod compatibilitiy: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, mini, photo • Millenium Falcon remote control included
So like we said... No hoover. UPDATE: Sorry... You Americans didn't know what a 'hoover' was. Mad! A Vacuum Cleaner!?! Still not making sense? Try Wikipedia.
Don't get me wrong, there's been plenty of things to write about today, but I've been very busy.
So I just had to go and pick the tackiest thing of the bunch. Ubergizmo noticed some truly hideous designs over at CES, and posted a few of them on their blog. Admittedly, I'm rather fond of the one below, but the sequin studded 'girly keyboard', the tacky plastic 'camouflage keyboard' and the plastic wood keyboard really did fail to impress.
No word on who made these yet though, just a handful of 'creative Chinese designers'. Go figure...