Another gadget you can plug into your desktop or laptop USB port that can be considered to be somehow "useful".
USB Mini Vacuum With Retractable Cable allows you to clear the dust in those places which are difficult to clean on your desk. Retractable cable avoids tangle of cables. 2 in 1 cleaning tool prevents loss of vacuum cleaning attachments. Here comes together with a bright LED light which lets you focus on the cleaning place.
There are two working modes for this vacuum cleaner, Normal Stage (DC+5V at 18,000 RPM) and Turbo Stage (DC +5V at 24,000 RPM). The cost of one unit is only (US $14).
Toshiba announced yesterday in Tokyo the forthcoming introduction of TransMemory USB Flash Memories that will bring U3 platform technology into the company's USB lineup and introduce a special-edition high-capacity USB memory. The four models in the TransMemory U3 series will be launched on the global market at the end of November, while the TransMemory 16GB Limited Edition will be available from the end of December, exclusively through Toshiba's online shop.
The TransMemory 16GB Limited Edition meets demand for large-capacity data storage with its 16GB capacity. It also supports a password-based security protection system for USB memories that can be downloaded for free from Pocket Media, Toshiba's memory card information site. Toshiba will continue to introduce large capacity models into the TransMemory lineup and make them available in the world market.
The new TransMemory series will be exhibited at the IFA 2006, the world's largest consumer electronics trade fair, which will be held at Berlin, Germany, from September 1 to 6, 2006.
This is no longer hold true! Textbooks need an urgent update! Why? Because Pluto ,1400 miles in diameter, has lost its status as a planet.
At a meeting in Prague last week, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930. From 1975 until 2005, astronomers knew of only one moon for Pluto. However, in mid-2005, using the cameras on the Hubble Space Telescope, they were able to see 2 other moons for Pluto, Nix & Hydra.
The astronomical union came up with historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight after weeks of debate and public speculation.
Astronomers redefined what makes up a planet, and Pluto no longer fits the bill:
Orbit the sun.
Be large enough for its own gravity to compact it into a round shape.
Have its own clear and distinct orbital path.
Pluto is then automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune's so it will now be classified in a new category as a "dwarf planet."
DM2 Windows Enhancer: Must Have For All Windows Users
I totally love this great Windows mate program. I believe that it is a must to have for all Windows users. DM2 is free and very small to download (only 136KB).
DM2 provides several Windows enhancements that may help in every-day work. One of the nicest and most popular features of DM2 is minimizing windows to floating icons® (unique feature!) freeing both task bar and tray bar space. Moreover, DM2 can manipulate windows in various ways: minimize to tray, make them standing always on-top over all other windows, roll to caption, resize, align to screen borders, hide, set the opacity etc. DM2 also helps with Open/Save dialog boxes, by providing user-defined menu with favorites and recent files and folders. Plenty of program's settings options will satisfy most of requirements.
And that is not all! DM2 also supports custom plugins, which further enhances the program and that usually covers some more specific functionalities. So, from this aspect, one may think of DM2 as a small, but robust manager for all kind of plugins. Find what you need, plug it in, and use it:)
Another good feature is the VirtualDesktop. Virtual Desktop mimic multiple desktops functionality. Each desktop has its own set of open windows. Therefore, it is possible to organize working windows across several desktops, making every-day work significantly easier! For example, you can put all your internet-based programs on one virtual desktop, all development related on the second one, and even some simple games on the third one:) By switching active virtual desktop all it's windows will disappear while new set of windows related to new virtual desktop appears. Very handy!
Go ahead! Download DM2 and enhance your windows accessibility and experience!
Ultraviolet Bread Box: Bread Protection Against Mold
I loved this project developed and created by Jared Bouch from Inventgeek.com. This is how Jared described his project ...
"This project came from a challenge I was given by a fan of InventGeek. Basically they chose the most common place and mundane item they could think of and challenged me to improve it in a practical way. So how do you improve a bread box? Well for starters I how about making it more useful than just a nice place to put your bread and we are not talking about putting a computer in it. After modding out our bread box I think we have come up with something terribly practical. Worst case then we have come up with a really clever science fair project for you your kid to do.
We put our bread box to a test. Not just once, but 3 times. We took 2 identical breadboxes, one modified and one unmodified. We used rolls from the same bag for each test (new bags of rolls for each test) and we picked up some extra bags at our local bakery. Each time we got the same results. The roll left in the bag in the unmodified bread box molded up in about 2 weeks. The roll in the UV box never molded up the same way and eventually dried out. Now this does not mean that the bread box will prevent the mold from growing. In fact molds can grow inside the roll quite happily. The molds surfaces are just for reproduction. But we found that it gave us a regular and predictable increase of self life of the foods we put in this of about 50%."
Jared also indicated that this concept can be used in other applications ...
"This is a great proof of concept idea. Ultraviolet lights are really good at sterilizing different environments. Possible in your fridge or in your dish washer for instance. Or even water proofing one and placing it in the door to your washing machine."
Read the details of Jared's project in Inventgeek.com and follow the procedures and directions to create your own ultraviolet bread box. According to Jared, the total cost of assembling an ultraviolet bread box is $65 and it only takes one hour to create one.
Virtuoso Violin: World's First Self-Playing Violin
“Virtuoso” is claimed to be the world’s first self-playing violin. Developed by Paroutaud Music Laboratories, the Virtuoso violin was invented by TV and film scorer Fred Paroutaud and the late Dr. Thomas Paine, administrator of NASA during the Apollo moon flights and the former president of Northrop Corporation.
This new self-playing violin is available for purchase for $17,500 from QRS Music.
Writely Opened To The Public (No Invitations Needed)
Google acquired Writely back in March 2006. Writely is a web-based word processor. Shortly after that, Google released the beta version of Writely to users with invitations. Now after 5 months, Writely is finally opened to the public to try and use despite that it is still beta.
Writely is a great tool for sharing word documents with multiple users authorized using their email addresses.
Yahoo announced Monday August 7th a new product to help Web users create specialized search engines. Yahoo! Search Builder allows users to select a set of trusted sites to search across, and then add the search engine to their sites.
As far as I know, Google doesn't offer a similar product, although they do have Google Personalized Search, which returns search terms based on your previous queries.
Yahoo's new product places the company squarely into competition with companies that provide specialized search products, such as Rollyo and Eurekster.
Yahoo expects the service will appeal to publishers that want to attract visitors by offering specialized search engines that limit results to a specific area. For example, the publisher of gadgets blog could build a search engine that returns results only from sites devoted to gadgets.
Yahoo will also provide publishers with statistics about their search engine, such as the most popular queries and the overall usage level.
Plextor will soon release PX-OE100E also known as the (PlexEraser). The only function of PlexEraser is to destroy CDs and DVDs. With this drive, you can totally and perminantly destroy a CD or a DVD without the need to do that manually through scratching and risking yourself trying to break it.
The PlexEraser can destroy a CD or single DVD layer in 3 minutes and a double DVD layer in 6 minutes. Plextor Japan plans to ship the PLEXERASER PX-OE100E in mid September for about 25,000 Yen (US $218). No word yet on whether or not it will make its way to the US.
Sony Electronics announced Tuesday August 1st a GPS device that puts your pictures on the map.
Using time and location recordings from Sony’s GPS-CS1 GPS device and the time stamp from a Sony digital still camera or camcorder, photo buffs can plot their digital images to a map and pinpoint exactly where they’ve been.
The 12-channel GPS unit is 3-½ inches long, weighs two ounces, and is sold with a carabineer to easily attach to a backpack or a belt loop.
“Whether you’re traveling to the Seven Wonders of the World, or just wondering where to buy your next house, our new GPS device can track your journey,” said David Johns, product manager for digital camera accessories at Sony Electronics. “Adding a geographic context to your digital images helps organize and make use of your photos in entirely new ways.”
To arrange your pictures geographically, import the logged data from the GPS device, using the supplied USB cable, and then download the digital images to a computer. The supplied GPS Image Tracker software synchronizes the images on your digital camera with the latitude, longitude and time readings from the GPS-CS1 device.
Once synchronized, your photos can become virtual push pins on an online map by activating the Picture Motion Browser software bundled with the latest Sony cameras and camcorders released after July. You can easily add new photos and coordinates to the mapping web site, courtesy of Google Maps, and showcase years of globe-trotting.
The GPS-CS1 GPS device will be available next month for about $150 at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores.
007 USB Flash Drive: Combination Of Digital Security With Mechanical Security
It is a great design and a good example of how to combine digital security with mechanical security to protect your data in a USB flash drive.
First, this 007 USB Flash Drive is physically secured with an analogue security of a bike lock. Not only that this lock covers the USB port, but also ties the lock to an object (like a desk) via a steel cable.
Now if someone managed to guess the three digits combination of the security lock, then he has next to break through the second level of security which is the software password to access the data.
Don't start looking to purchase the 007 USB Flash Drive online. This USB Flash Drive is just a design concept and it's not a reality yet ... so you will not find this anywhere in any store. Maybe one day this design will be adobted and converted into a reality.
Los Angeles-based Innovative Card Technologies, or InCard, has found a way to build a display, battery and password-generating chip into a card, such as a credit card. The technology competes with tokens, such as those sold by RSA Security, Vasco and VeriSign.
The DisplayCard with One Time Password (OTP) is one of InCard’s and nCryptone’s latest creations. The DisplayCard, developed in partnership with nCryptone, is the first and only card to utilize our exciting new One Time Password (OTP) technology. Using an embedded chip and an in-card display, an OTP is generated and displayed simply by pressing a button on the card. The OTP is authenticated by a secure server to confirm that the genuine cardholder is the one making the transaction. The DisplayCard gives the ultimate in card security.
Embedded display generates OTP at push of a button
OTP generated with complex algorithm
Person must have physical card to generate OTP
OTP is authenticated and confirms that card holder is initiating online transaction
Can be combined with PIN for 2 factor authentication
Environmentally safe to throw away
"We took a form factor that was awkward and fat and miniaturized it," Alan Finkelstein, InCard's chief executive officer, said in an interview. "The current tokens are clumsy and can only do one thing well, issue the one-time password. Our card can be your credit card, your employee ID card and give you access to buildings."
I was told about this book by one of my readers and was encouraged to read this book. Actually the suggestion came from an American Jew and I was surprised to be encouraged to read such a book about such a sensative topic. What attracted me to read the book next is the positive reviews I read from Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble.
The story of "An Unordinary Death: The Life of a Suicide Bomber" is fiction, but the feelings, memories and sequence of events are built on real history and political situations making it hard to distinguish between fiction and reality.
The author of this book is "Khalilah" Christina Sabra who grew up in Southern California, where she converted to Islam. She studied Criminal Justice at California State University at Los Angeles and did her graduate work at UCLA in the field of Paralegal Studies. After teaching for several years she temporarily worked as a humanitarian relief worker in refugee camps in Afghanistan and taught English as a Second Language in Beirut, Lebanon. In the years since, she has worked with several civil rights organizations. She hopes that "An Unordinary Death" will not only reveal itself as a fictional work but as a tool of education. Click here to listen to the author talking about her book.
The Foreword of the book is written by Maj. Stav Adivi from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reserves. He is a member of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and an active member in the Israeli Community of Human Rights. As a major in the IDF reserves he was one of the highest-ranking officers who signed the Combatants Letter of "Courage to Refuse". This letter declares the refusal to participate in the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people in the territories of the West Bank and Gaza. Click here to watch an interview with Maj. Stav Adivi.
Maj. Stav Adivi says in the foreword, "An Unordinary Death may be fiction, but it is fact that all the years spent in social and political limbo with continious fighting and economic deprivation have brought this particular cluster of angry people to a chronic state of anxiety and aggression, and others to despair and hopelessness. Overcrowding, poor healthcare, lack of facilities for basic hygiene, continious hunger, and other depriviations worsen this horrible situation."
Overall, the book is worth reading to explore the mind of a Palastinian suicide bomber and what kind of life he/she is living as a part of this neglected and oppressed community in their own homeland.
Actually Ms. Khalilah Christina Sabra was kind enough to email me to describe to me her point of view of the Israeli-Palastinians conflict ...
The problem is seeded in the fact that for almost a half of a century there has been one continuous explanation after another in favor of Jewish aggression. Most of the discussion has been focused on, (1) a rationale for Israeli internal security; 2) American political interest, 3) or Israel being the only “democracy” existing in that area. Seldom, however, is the focus on the efficacious action of this “democracy” in maintaining a policy of ethnic cleansing of Arabs and preserving polarity between non-Jews by excessive use of force with the expressed goal of dominating and the hoarding of geographical advantages, while ignoring the fact that a real democracy does not display a gross indifference for human life. This kind of so-called defense and democracy sidesteps humanity and ethics, both, in their exact forms.
Tagging the Israeli actions as defensive immediately extricates the executors from their actions that run counter to all acceptability and human propriety, and leaves the area wide open for blaming the victim for his own destruction . The actions of the Israelis, therefore, do not seem criminal, violent and unreasonable, nor does the loud violence of death, destruction and emotional misery. Sadly enough, all of it works in concert to create for those watching the bloodshed, a sense of justice and manageable acceptance of military exploitation. The conscience of our leaders are guilt free, along with our own, and we the citizens of this grand democracy can live within our shell, the cushioned casement that protect us from acute perceptions of the things we do not wish to understand.
To ascribe the title of democracy to Israel, as it exists, is to utter a linguistic lie that despoils authenticity. Historically we have failed willingly and miserably to do real justice to the various concepts relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and now we do so with the horrific events that have transpired in Lebanon. If we were to analytically deconstruct the concept “terrorism” we might come to feel that we are debarred from being disturbed by resistance groups like Hezbollah. We might suddenly become horrified by missiles descending on civilians, decapitated children, and blood flowing beyond burned bodies. We may concede that it is Israel is capable from creating the same kind of aggression it was liberated from after World War II and that Palestinians and Lebanese alike are genuinely trying to escape from the insufferable feeling of authority and control by a government that uses a point in history to justify its unholy acts of war and anti-Semitism. It is the Arab neighbors of the Zionists and who are condemned by their ethnicity to be an unequal part, parceled into unsafe territories by an avowed enemy who seeks control with American made artillery and crudely flaunts its power of destruction.
Wisdom must allow that there is no mechanistic submission to this kind of fate and we should not assume that Hezbollah should act a manner other than the course it is taking?
Ms. Khalilah Christina Sabra also described her point of view and reactions to the current war in Lebanon which she was lucky enough to be able to escape from few days ago ...
I cannot help but remember a Lebanese woman shrieking in a voice that echoed her recognition of the cold blooded murder of almost her entire family, which included four children and her husband, on the streets of Tyre.
I think that same willingness to destroy civil life in Palestine has found it way back into Lebaonon.
The hideous act of Israeli initiated terrorism has been a non-stop replay of shock and grief on every news channel, as the crimes against civilians are vividly described by the journalists who write daily about the relatives that mourn their dead or cry out for help for those who lay wounded on the streets.
Death seems inevitable in an ill-fated process in which the deaths babies have become an acceptable norm for the Israelis who murder with malice; no matter how hard several governments have discouraged the murderous manifestation of Israeli bombs.
From An Unordinary Death: [The Israeli leader will say] “The refugee camps are filled with vicious terrorists who wish to destabilize the government of Israel.” What he will not tell you, because he refuses to acknowledge it himself, is that the refugee camps are also filled with starving children, hopeless men and weeping women; they are full of illiterate orphans in Nablus, homeless families in Jenin and crippled people in Hebron. Sharon, consistent with his own racist, hard-line stance, has always refused to deal with their torment, their hunger or their hopelessness, but he would have to deal with the consequences of such torment, which might eventually lead to a bomb exploding inside a café across the street from his home, in the privileged, sheltered and segregated street in Tel Aviv.
For those of you Israelis who are weak and feel powerless to change the direction of your government, there is something that you can do. When you pray to your God, I want you to ask him to help those who are less privileged than you, because you took everything away from them. You took from them indirectly if not directly. I want you to close your eyes and think of those who live in the West Bank and Gaza, within the hot and crowded refugee camps of Jenin and Khan Younis. Think about the children who go to sleep hungry and do not have warm clothes in the winter. I want you to feel remorse about the babies who have been blown away by your missiles or dismembered by your high tech weapons. The chances are that most of you will never know any of our children nor witness their tears. You will never observe the horror in their eyes when they see blood flowing from some part of their bodies and do not know why. And chances are that they will never know that you felt a little ashamed about the lives that they were forced to live. Never mind. There is something you can do. You can teach your children that it wrong to take or even accept what does not belong to them and to feel genuine concern about people who are oppressed and who are your victims.
To the Americans, I wish to say that you live in an open and sometimes compassionate country, but which can also be murderous and aggressive. I know that some of your politicians will have you believe that we hate you, but we don’t. We only hate what you allow to be done to our people, what you allow your weapons of mass destruction to do to our homes and to the people that we love. We hate that your ears remain deaf when it comes to the voices of our dying. Worst of all, we hate the way that you’ve divorced yourselves from the ideals that you espouse from the behavior that you demonstrate when you give Sharon the military hardware he uses to kill us, even as we sleep. A long time ago we used to petition your leaders for some merciful intervention, but they refused us. Instead they answered our pleas by giving the Israelis even more sophisticated artillery, knowing that these weapons made for war would be used on civilians. Do you not see that you bear some of the responsibility for our man-made hell? When we asked for intervention, we were not asking you to help us; we were asking you to save our lives! You did the opposite!
Yet, the majority of you believe that the United States is a “peace loving” country. Your president says it. Your constitution provides for it. Your people pledge themselves to it and feel at ease with the idea that this is true. So why did America sell weapons to a government that used them to kill off a selected part of its population and step on every part of our human decency?
I will tell you why. You did it to protect your interest; so you made our country a fortress for the Israelis. For their protection you gave them your experts who pore over satellites twenty-four hours a day, looking to destroy the resistance. Just because your government decided to commit itself to the Israelis, it didn’t mean you had to shut up and salute. Doesn’t your constitution provide for your freedom of speech? Is there no public scrutiny over missiles falling on babies’ heads?
Still you have not stopped us, even though both the American and Israeli governments thought that they had their feet solidly on our Palestinian necks.
Windows Vista won't be released until earlier next year at the best, but at least Windows Vista soft drink is currently Microsoft campus' refrigerators.
Special-edition cans of Talking Rain Lemon-Lime sparkling water, sporting the logo for the upcoming operating system, have been stocked among the other free sodas available to the company's employees. It's a promotion for the preliminary version of the program, pointing employees to an internal Windows Vista site.
So now at least we know that Microsoft is serious about the release of Windows Vista.
Directed Electronics One Mile Range 2-Way Keychain Remote Starter
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If you live in a very safe area (no thieves around).
If you usually park your car about a mile a way from where you live.
If you don't like waking up few minutes earlier to warm up your car.
If you live in a freezing area where it takes long time to warm up your car.
If the above applies to you, then you might be interested in reading about this new gadget. Directed Electronics, designer and marketer of consumer branded vehicle security and convenience systems in the US, had announced earlier this year the one mile range 2-Way keychain remotes using spread spectrum technology, marketed under the Viper, Python and Clifford brands.
The remotes not only start your car, but can pop your trunk or hood, sound your alarm, unlock your doors, and honk your horn. According to SCI FI Tech, those starters will be available in August starting at a $550.
The Attractive, Inviting & Dangerous Self Destruction Button USB Hub
The Self Destruction Button USB hub comes with four ports in the back for all your USB-connectivity goodness, but the main draw comes from all the stuff on top. There's two flickable switches, a turnable key, and a protected self-destruct button!
But don't let your imaginations go wild ... all you get by pressing the middle button is a "Kill Kill Kill" audio file from your computer. Disappointing, huh? Believe me, it is better this way. You don't want someone purposly wipe out your hard drive by pressing this attractive and inviting button, do you?
The Self Destruct Button USB hub is available online at GeekStuff4U.com for $62 plus $25 shipping
SanDisk introduced yesterday a 2-gigabyte (GB) microSD card – the largest capacity of the world’s smallest removable flash memory card – to meet demand for a new generation of MP3 music phones, including the forthcoming Verizon Wireless Chocolate by LG mobile phone.
The card, which is sold with an adapter that enables it to fit into a standard-size SD slot of other devices, will debut in the U.S. exclusively at 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores for the next 60 days. Internationally, it will be sold by a variety of mobile retailers.
The Verizon Wireless Chocolate phone is available today on the Verizon Wireless website (www.verizonwireless.com) and will be in Verizon Wireless stores on Aug. 7. The SanDisk 2GB microSD card will be sold by Verizon Wireless for $99.99.
David Bullitt, SanDisk retail product marketing manager for mobile cards, said additional manufacturers will support the 2GB SanDisk microSD card with new models that will be introduced between now and the end of the year. The microSD card was invented by SanDisk under the name of TransFlash but became a new standard last year when the form factor was adopted by the SD Card Association.
“SanDisk and msystems, over the past 18 years, have been leading innovators in the flash storage market. This strategic acquisition will give us the critical mass and complementary products, customers, channels, technology and manufacturing base to take our shared vision to the next level. The NAND flash data storage business is in its early stages and we believe the market opportunity is largely untapped,” said Eli Harari, Chairman and CEO of SanDisk. “msystems is a leader in flash memory systems addressing mobile, portable and embedded markets and they have a strong team, significant IP and important OEM customers. SanDisk has a record of creating new market categories, world-class manufacturing capabilities and leading market share in the retail channel. Both companies are noted for their relentless innovation, and this acquisition is intended to further accelerate our pace of innovation. In the near term, this transaction better positions SanDisk to serve the expanding storage needs of handset manufacturers and mobile network operators. In the long term, the combination with msystems will be a catalyst in the development of next generation flash enabled consumer applications. We are extremely excited about joining forces with the msystems team to achieve our shared vision. We are committed to serving msystems’ OEM customers after the transaction closes.”
“From mDOC to megaSIM, from U3 to x4, msystems is creating new markets through innovation,” said Dov Moran, President and Chief Executive Officer of msystems. “We are truly proud of our achievements to date. This strategic deal will enable us to continue supporting our OEM customers, to whom we remain fully committed, and strengthen our innovation and product offering with SanDisk’s leading edge, low-cost fab capacity. This deal has synergy at its core, encompassing people, technology, products and customers. Based on our shared vision, as well as our teams’ history of successful and fruitful cooperation, I am confident we can succeed in achieving the goals we set for ourselves. I also believe that SanDisk’s extensive silicon expertise will prove itself as a strong catalyst to productizing our revolutionary x4 technology as well as other future innovations.”
Worth mentioning that SanDisk & msystems were the two main companies backing the new U3 platform for USB flash drives since it's been founded in 2004.