Archive for May, 2007

Fancy footwork gives you an edge with the Fragpedal

Fancy footwork gives you an edge with the Fragpedal

If you've got a mouse with more buttons than you ever thought possible, a sweet gaming keyboard, but are still looking for that extra edge, you you might think about using your feet to do some of the work.

The Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal is actually two pedals, each containing two buttons. That gives you a total of four buttons, but limitless possibilities. The buttons can be set to any key, but they take things a step further and allow you to set it so that how you press the buttons controls what key is triggered.

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Lego flash drive – not just a DIY project anymore

Lego flash drive – not just a DIY project anymore

If you're looking for a more unique flash drive, or possibly one that could be easily hidden in plain sight from would-be data thieves. Check out this Lego flash drive.

It seems that the people over at Zip Zip saw enough of those DIY projects where people were converting old Lego bricks into flash drives that they decided to mass produce them.

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SlashGear Review: Linutop’s fanless Linux PC

SlashGear Review: Linutop’s fanless Linux PC

Much to my shame, Linux is something of a mystery to me. Actually, I think they should teach at least the basics of it in school computing classes, alongside English and at least one foreign language (though don't ask me about my French abilities either), but this is neither time nor place for my election campaigning. And so I look on with maudlin self-disgust at promises of Dell laptops with Linux pre-installed, or clever thumb-drives and Live CDs that offer a chance to fiddle with the OS without ruining your everyday copy of Windows; I inevitably fold when faced with some sort of command prompt. Perhaps, then, you'll wonder why I was so keen to try the Linutop, a surprisingly compact and silent diskless computer that runs a specially tweaked version of xubuntu.

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Roboquad spider-robot gets pre-orders and commercial

Roboquad spider-robot gets pre-orders and commercial

As much as I admire the technology inside Wow Wee's latest, the Roboquad, there's something about a scuttling spider-robot that freaks me out.  Perhaps it's partly to do with the degree of AI that makes him inquisitive all of his own accord.  Using the supplied remote control would be one thing, but having it suddenly dash out from under a chair would be quite another!  Anyway, courtesy of our friends over at Robots Rule we've got the first Roboquad commercial:

 

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Jeff Hawkins on the Palm Foleo

Jeff Hawkins on the Palm Foleo

Palm just finished up their webcast a little while ago, and after seeing what it can do and how easy it is to use, I may have to get one of these when they come out. I'll give you the highlights of the webcast.

Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm talked at length about the overall focus of the company. 15 years ago they started Palm with the idea that the future was in mobile computing. They wanted to build a device that could do many of the same functions that a desktop or laptop computer could do, but small enough to fit into your pocket.

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Walt Mossberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates on Technology at WSJ: All Things Digital

Walt Mossberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates on Technology at WSJ: All Things Digital

Get ready for the BIG BASH between Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Walt Mossberg! Live blogging!

7:21pm Showing old videos...IBM, Microsoft, Apple...nothing too exciting yet.

7:25 "2007 Together Here"

It's actually Walk, Kara, Steve, and Gates from left to right.

Walt introducing some folks in the audience

Kara jumps in and asks whats up with the cat fight and who's done what for the computing industry? Jobs first to answer by saying Bill built the first software for the industry - focusing on the software before anyone else had a clue. Building a company is hard, getting the right talent and keeping them. Bill has been staying with it for all these years.

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Branded USB keys unlock online content

Branded USB keys unlock online content

Here's a new twist on an old idea. We've seen USB (and even serial) dongles before that you need to keep plugged into a PC in order for a certain application to work. QiGO LLC has put a spin on that idea and has begun producing USB drives that unlock premium internet content.

The devices are being officially launched at the D5 conference where our own Vincent is today. The first thing I notice about them is that they look pretty cool, not boring like the dongles we're used to seeing. The end of the USB key will have a logo that depicts what type of content it unlocks.

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