Archive for April, 2007

No Vibrating Pet Massager for my dogs!

No Vibrating Pet Massager for my dogs!

It’s disturbing to know that there is people out there that’ll buy this vibrating pet massager for their dogs. If my dogs (Taz & Oscar) think I’m getting this for them, they have another thing coming. Their daily activities involve sleeping; walking from the couch to the food and water bowl, back to the couch and occasional pit stops to the backyard for a pit stop. Unless your pets have some sort of chronic aches or live an active pet lifestyle, this product isn’t really for you, or is it? Should you get one, just make sure you close your windows and the blinds; god knows what your neighbors will think of you.

The Total Health Vibrating Pet Massage cost $5.95, and it’s alleged to relieves sore muscles, tension, and “stimulate” oil glands for healthier skin and coat.

Continue Reading...

Unboxing the HTC Advantage

Unboxing the HTC Advantage

I’m still on the fence with the HTC Advantage (formerly known as the Athena and briefly, the Ameo), mainly because I’ve asked myself why would I need such a device that acts like my smartphone except much larger? I’ve heard HTC’s justification but don’t quit buy it, yet. Possibly a hands on when it finally arrives stateside this summer, may make me think differently.

The HTC Advantage sports a built-in GPS powered by TomTom software for the European market while it’s still unknown for the US market. Other HTC given features include quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE plus HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100). I remember seeing the Advantage all over the T-Mobile booth at CeBIT – so it’s likely T-Mobile USA will launch the device here.

Continue Reading...

Cheap HD DVD player on the way?

Cheap HD DVD player on the way?

It seems like ever week we're hearing new evidence of either HD DVD or Blu-ray pulling ahead in the format war. This week is no different. Apparently Wal-Mart has teamed up with a Chinese manufacturer to make an inexpensive HD DVD player.

How inexpensive? Try $299. Granted, Wal-Mart isn't exactly known for carrying products of the highest quality, but for $299, it makes being an early adopter just a little bit easier.

Sadly, the machines aren't due to actually be released until 2008. That's still a long way away and many factors can turn the tide.

HD-DVD Wins: $299 Player On The Way [via crunchgear]

The Echo Bot: to scare all those that dares to cross its path

The Echo Bot: to scare all those that dares to cross its path

Feeling a little mischievous? The Echo Bot will definitely help you think of a whole new round of pranks.

The Echo Bot is a small robot that will record up to 10 seconds of whatever your heart desires. The when someone walks within one meter of it, it will echo what you said. It has accordion style legs so you can rap it around the leg of your desk and little suction cups to attach to smooth surfaces.

One logical use would be to attach it to your trashcan to scare your dog from tearing into it. Although the design isn’t exactly stealthy, it is fun. It is priced at about $20.

The Voice Messenger with Style [via funniest gadgets]

Girly Gamer Gear

Girly Gamer Gear

More and more girly gamers are getting outraged over the way they are treated. We get these games that are supposedly targeted at us that are pure fluff. Some of us are getting annoyed at the gamer apparel for women.

Continue Reading...

More gist for the Dell Tablet PC rumour-mill; D420-based convertible coming in October?

More gist for the Dell Tablet PC rumour-mill; D420-based convertible coming in October?

Last October I wrote about the (perpetual) rumour that hardware behemoth Dell were planning a Tablet PC come Vista SP1; back then it was based on a blabbermouth Dell rep at a school conference, now a mysterious jkontherun reader has approached James with some information of their own.

Apparently in the September/October 2007 timeframe (later than the previous rumour, which indicated the end of Spring) we can expect to see a convertible Tablet based on the Latitude D420 notebook design and thus compatible with all existing D420 accessories.  It seems to be positioned as the final swan-song for the range, since the rumour goes that it will be the last model in the D series.

Continue Reading...

Custom arcade cabinet

Custom arcade cabinet

One of the things I miss about my childhood is going to the arcade. We used to have one inside our mall, but when they converted it into a strip mall, the arcade disappeared. So now I'm determined to build my own arcade machine, purely for nostalgic reasons.

Continue Reading...