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Casio makes printing CD labels easier

Posted in Casio,music by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Casio CW-E60 Title Printer

I never use labels. I’m in the habit of using a sharpie when I burn CDs. The problem is that my writing is terrible. Lucky for me I understand my chicken-scratch most of the time, but sometimes even I’m at a loss. Printing out labels is a hassle. So the Casio CW-E60 Title Printer looks perfect for me. We all want more professional looking CDs.

It features a 200 dpi print resolution and uses a thermal transfer ribbon to print the label on your disc. Plus it comes with easy to use software to design your labels. It will also let you choose from 8 different colored ribbons for your prints. The price isn’t too bad either at $60. Sure beats trying to decipher bad writing.

Star Wars rubber ducks put the force in your tub

Posted in Humor,Star Wars,Toys by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Pond Wars Ducks

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.(And just when you thought it was safe to assume that there were no original Star Wars/toy ideas left) You’ll have some bathtime fun with these strange Pond Wars ducks from a galaxy far far away.

You can get Luke Pondwalker, Pondtrooper, Duck Fader, or Princess Layer. What? No Obi-Quack Kenobi? They light up in a strange way when in contact with water and automatically switch off when out of the water. This may not be exactly how George Lucas envisioned things, but you can get them for £6.95 each.

Keep your data safe with the Maria USB drive

Posted in External Hard Drives,USB by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Virgin Mary USB Drive

Finally, a USB drive for geeks who want to put some religion into their USB port and their lives. Normally it’s only after you’ve lost your important data that you would pray to Holy Mary, Mother Of God. Now you can do it at your leisure and hopefully she will listen and keep your data safe.

It will act as a good reminder to geeks to keep some religion in their lives. When she is hooked up, her red LED heart will beat, indicating how the Holy Mother watches over your computer’s innards. (If only she sang “Turn On Your Heartlight, huh?) Her halo is engraved with the prayer “Oh Maria, keep my data safe!”. So, it must work.

Credit Card sized digital video player

Posted in Digital Video,Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2007

Credit Card sized digital video player

Here’s a PMP that looks pretty nice. It’s also small. About the size of a credit card. For the size, you get alot of features. You can also get this one in two different styles. There’s the Neon M3 with heat sensitive glowing buttons and a 2.4 inch LCD screen, or you can get the Ice with a brushed aluminum finish that sports a slightly larger 2.8 inch display.

Both have bright high-res screens and 8 hour battery life so you can play all of your favorite movies and music and they have a voice recording feature as well as FM radio. Each has 2GB of storage built-in and with a memory card you can expand that.

Solar-powered Aleutia E1 computer

Posted in Computer Components,Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2007

Solar-powered Aleutia E1 computer

The Aleutia E1 is a sturdy environmentally friendly computer built for anyone who wants or needs to live off the grid. Perfect for aid workers in third world countries, or just some guy living in a remote shack. Even with a 10″ display, it only uses 18 watts power. That’s about a quarter of the power used by a typical laptop. It’s not just an energy saver. It’s also built to be tough, with no moving parts and an aluminum case, so it can survive being dropped.

Looking a bit like an old stereo, the Aleutia uses a built-in solar panel to get the juice it needs. Off the grid means no plugging anything in anywhere. It runs Puppy Linux as an OS, and can handle office, web, and multimedia applications. Of course you can do things like listen to mp3′s and make pdf documents, but you can also play Tetris and Risk, which will help kill the boredom of being off the grid.

Scientology gets it’s own scents

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2007

Scientology gets it’s own scents

Maybe Scientologists really are trying to take over the world, one Katie Holmes at a time. A doctor has now begun selling aromatherapy type perfumes with a Scientology slant. However, the Doc claims that Aromatherapy is based on folklore and the diverse general effect of natural oil fragrances. “Scentology IS aromachology, the specific scientifically demonstrated effects of fragrance on mood, mind and behavior.” So does that mean it will make me jump on Oprah’s couch and proclaim that I am in love 100 times?

There are three different Scentology oils at $25 each. Peppermint is supposed to help you with endurance, vanilla is to control your craving, and orange is a “bliss booster.” Kooky as Tom Cruise can be, there is some evidence that certain scents can affect our health in different ways. So if you want to join the ranks of Scientology, and see what the other half smells, $25 is all it will cost.

Dirt Devil finds purpose in pet stains

Posted in Home,Vacuum by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2007

Purpose for Pets Portable Extractor

Looks like Dirt Devil is at it again. You wouldn’t think that there was much room for improvement in vacuum design, but they have managed to come up with something new. A vacuum specifically designed for pet owners who have problem pets.

It’s called the Purpose for Pets Portable Extractor and it boasts that it can easily treat and remove pet stains. It does this with a 3″ scrub brush and blacklight LEDs, which illuminate the hidden pet stains, such as urine, so you can find the source of pet odor in your home and deal with it. It comes with two 8 oz. solutions of Dirt Devil Pet Stain and Odor Remover, as well as Dirt Devil Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner and Shampoo.

Sony rolls out Christmas Rolly

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on November 27th, 2007

Sony rolls out Christmas Rolly

Our favorite dancing egg with built-in speaker, the programmable Rolly is getting a special Christmas Packaging in Japan that preloads six classic Christmas songs, including “Silent Night” and “White Christmas.” Not only do you get Christmas tunes, but it comes with special preset dance routines that will match the music. That’s just how the rolly rolls yo!

It ships on December 19th but can be preordered on December 12th by the Japanese. Looks like it will sell for the equivalent of $386 with 1 Gig of memory, which is just a bit higher then the standard edition.

Sony’s NW-E013 Walkman for the ladies

Posted in music,Sony,Walkman by Conner Flynn on November 27th, 2007

Sony’s NW-E013 Walkman

Sony’s new NW-E013 Walkman is obviously geared toward the ladies and they are sure to be a hit. The design is certainly pretty enough and I imagine that women will find them quite appealing as far as mp3 players go. In fact, the more you look at them, they kind of look like high tech lipstick cases. They have 1-gigabyte of memory and come in sky blue, hot pink, and other girlly colors.

Sony even went so far as to create a set of little carrying cases with straps for these devices. It costs 10,980 yen or $101.52 starting December 19th. Considering what some women pay for shoes alone, I’d say that’s a bargain. It should also be noted that this would be a great Christmas gift that she should absolutely love.

“I Look” interactive eyeball speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2007

“I Look” interactive eyeball speakers

I don’t know about you, but when I look at the “I Look” speakers, I see something that looks alot like teletubbie technology. This must be their way of taking over the world since Tubbie custard failed to do the trick.

It’s a new and possibly creepy way to enjoy tunes on your mp3 player. These interactive eyeballs light up, flash, and move to the beat. And if you clap your hands, they will look in your direction. Hopefully, you won’t be hypnotised and do their bidding. The manufacturer even claims that they light up with millions of color patterns.

ezSECU external hard drive case has touchscreen

Posted in Hard Drives,Security by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2007

ezSECU external hard drive case features touchscreen

We all want to protect our data, but you really shouldn’t use a fingerprint reader. Someone can just knock you out or worse, take the finger. Instead, just enter a secret PIN number with the ezSECU ez850 external drive enclosure from IOTEK. It will ask you for the special PIN number each time you access it.

It’s compact and easy to take with you since it only supports 2.5 inch SATA hard drives. I’m assuming that it uses a rechargeable battery to power the screen. It’s size is 79.5 x 129.7 x 23mm and it’s compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS 9.2 and beyond. Nice looking, isn’t it? It could save your fingers.

R2-D2 laundry basket robs droids of dignity

Posted in Home,Sci-Fi,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2007

R2-D2 laundry basket

There’s been a slew of R2-D2 items to come onto the market recently. Some of which must leave the little droid sobbing electronically in a corner somewhere. I must admit, I had never before thought about putting my socks and shirts, not to mention my un-mentionables into an R2 unit. It just doesn’t seem proper to degrade a droid that way. That’s why I’m convinced that this laundry basket must have been made by Jawas.

These are Japan imports. You get a set of two. One classic blue R2-D2 and one red R2-D1. This way, you can sort all of your nastiness into light side and dark side piles, then throw them in, disgracing our favorite droid.

Christmas decorations sponge up the holiday Joy

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2007

Christmas decorations sponge up the holiday Joy

Leave it to the Japanese to make Christmas decorations and paper look like a thing of magic. Just put the bare framework with the folded paper attached into the petrie type dish and add water. After a few hours what you have are nicely detailed Christmas decorations that have sprung forth as if they were some intelligent and creative flowers.

Apparently these are a Japan only item for the moment, but they are so cool and intriguing that they have to come to the U.S. at some point in the near future. It’s kinda like a Chia Pet, without the gardening aspect. Now if they could only do this with real Christmas trees, that would make life alot easier. They even have a Valentine’s day version.

boynq iCube II adds color & style

Posted in iPod Accessories,Speakers by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2007

boynq’s iCube II speaker and docking system

boynq’s iCube II speaker and docking system gives off some retro vibes, thanks to hot colors and nicely detailed design. The award winning company is known for such attention to detail. Even the packaging for the one above is eye catching, matching the product. It’s from boynq’s Pour Femme collection, which I believe translates to “for her”.

They do have a more manly option as well. The “Pour Homme” version of the iCube II. Truth is they are both eye candy, with subtle curves mixed with the right sized knobs. The large knob in the center even lights up. The connections are of course located in back. Line in, line out, iPod USB connection and the DC power in. It will allow you to charge and sync your iPod, connect the iPod shuffle and other audio devices and connect to your home stereo.

A mystery Mii leads to Diivorce

Posted in News,Nintendo,Wii by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2007

A mystery Mii leads to Diivorce

In a strange bit of Nintendo Wii/Mii news is the tale of the soldier serving in Iraq who sent his Wii home to the states just before he was headed home himself. When he got home his friends told him that his wife might have been less then faithful while he was away. His wife claimed she’d only kissed the suspect, a professional bowler, one time.

He might have dismissed it perhaps, but then he visited the Mii channel and saw a Mii that he didn’t create. Then he went into the Wii message board and saw the calendar option that showed the many nights his wife’s Mii and this other Mii played Wii bowling together. The Pro bowler’s Mii bore a striking resemblance to the man. So the husband has now filed for divorce.