There have been several overly cruel alarm clocks pop up, the Sonic Boom alarm has been probably the worst, that is until now. This clock appears perfectly innocent, but it actually uses a bit of negative reinforcement to get your rear out of bed.
Every three minutes after it goes off, if you don't shut it off, it will make random phone calls from your cellphone. That's right, have a number you're hanging onto for sentimental reasons but would never call, it may get dialed.
Even worse is if you happen to wake up someone that wasn't ready to be awake yet. I'm fairly sure that this would be extremely effective to have you bolting to shut it off in time. This is still a concept design though, so the world is safe for the moment. It was created by Alice Wang.
If you're just itching to get your art out there and on some kind of a product, these little Alba Make Art Clocks are a nice chance. Plus for those without artistic ability you can pick up unique looking clocks without having any artistic skill.
They had already released the clocks with art already on them, but suddenly decided to give other artists a shot. This seems to be a limited release since there are only 25 of the plain white clocks that will be released so you'll have to get to them quick.
I wouldn’t even think of overclocking these DDR2-1150 memory chips considering they already require the use of an intense system of metal fins to dissipate heat and water cooling seems to be highly recommended with two lines going in and two going out of each stick’s processor-worthy heatsink. If you absolutely have to be on the bleeding edge of technology and you haven’t already switched to a board with DDR3 on it, these are the chips for you.
I thought for sure this guide was going to involve DIP switches when I read that this computer only has a 433MHz processor. But it didn’t, its all software, or more precisely, firmware based.
The requirements are quite low too, you must have an OLPC, you must have a developer key or have disabled security prior to this hack, and you must be perfectly OK with bricking your OLPC if you screw up. The upside is that there is at least one report of someone overclocking their OLPC to 566/233 without having any issues such as system instability or overheating.
[Photo Credit: Aaron]