Archive for the ‘Gadgets & Toys’ Category

Nokia enters the netbook market. Nokia calls it the Booklet 3G, I’d say it look or concept is a lot like the Foleo  … perhaps done better. I am not saying it’s done right yet because I still need to dig up the specs and the price.

Engadget reported it to run Windows7 which to me running the Booklet would be the same as ant netbook. I’ll stop here and add more comments as more information about this Nokia mini laptop surfaces …

via Engadget by Tim Stevens on 8/24/09

Nokia introduces Booklet 3G 'mini laptop'

Nokia rocked the world this morning by introducing its spin on the laptop, called the Booklet 3G. If you’re the rude sort you could call it a fancy netbook, what with its Atom processor and 10.1-inch display, but that screen is higher res than your average Eee, and it also sports integrated 3G wireless and a hot-swappable SIM card, so it’s definitely trying to define its own niche. It looks to be running Windows 7, which isn’t particularly netbooky, and also has integrated A-GPS with a copy of Ovi Maps, HDMI output, a rated 12 hour battery life, and the usual Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, all in a 2cm (.78 inch), 2.7lb aluminum body that’s understated, sophisticated, and should make most Nokia fans very happy — Nokia fans who are looking for a tiny laptop, anyway. No word on anticipated release date or price just yet, but we’ll be learning more at Nokia World 09 on September 2. We promise not to make too many Foleo references.

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butter bell

Butter Bell …

This is the first time I see such a storage for butter. And it’s stored upside down, dipped in water. I know, it’s difficult to comprehend with my limited vocabulary but just click on the video below. This butter storage gadget (if you could call it that) maintains the butter temperature at a few degrees below room temperature making it easily spreadable anytime. Pick up the butter bell, turn it over and you have a creamy spreadable butter. Just watch the video, you’ll get it.

There you go … you learn something every day.


via Lifehacker by Jason Fitzpatrick on 8/22/09

A great idea. I would get one for myself if I can find one locally.

If it twists and fold like the car window sun shade, I can keep one in my bag for spare in case I get caught up in rain … light rain. However, heavy KL thunderstorms won’t be much help with this gadget.

I’d put this as a good unitasker.


via CrunchGear by Devin Coldewey on 8/18/09

Giving a kid an umbrella is like giving them an expensive, spiky club. One press of a button and whoop, there go eight kids eyes! I’d prefer not to give them that option until they’re old enough to accept the responsibility (some adults still aren’t) — so I’m hoping this delightful hat will be around when I’ve got kids.


I don’t think much explanation is necessary: it’s a hat that flares out into an umbrella shape, protecting the body from evil raindrops and freeing the hands for mischief. It’s not for sale yet, but the creator is hoping to get a distributor. Among the advantages listed:

1. Execellence
Ufocap doesn’t have a handle. So you can keep it in a bag like an umbrella.

Stop — you had me at “execellence.”

[via Everlasting Blort and Neatorama]

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Water to fight infection …

This is indeed good news. Now, if only the people with symptoms and are supposed to observe a self quarantine at home do so honestly. Stay home, you get your much needed rest and you help keep the spreading of this swine flu at bay.

Do your bit for the community. Sacrifice the shopping mall for 1 week … the Pasar Ramadhan even.

via CrunchGear on 8/20/09


The swine flu (aka H1N1) isn’t really a hot topic anymore (when compared to the situation a few months ago), but it still remains a big problem. Today Sanyo of all companies made an announcement in Tokyo (press release in English), claiming their “electrolyzed water technology” has proven to be actually effective in fighting the nasty virus.

Sanyo claims that their new technology, jointly developed with the Gunma Prefectural Institute of Public Health and Environmental Sciences in central Japan, is at least 99% effective in suppressing infectivity for H1N1 (the virus was exposed to electrolyzed water for ten minutes after which this viral infectivity reduction effect was observed). A mixture with tap water served as an example for a viral infectivity residual ratio of 100%.


Sanyo says their water destroys the “spikes” of the swine flu viruses, which then can’t stick to human cells anymore to cause the illness.

The company is pretty active in the field of “virus neutralization”. In June 2008, for example, it presented a “virus washer system” that’s now in place in a number of movie theaters in Japan and kills off odors, bacteria, viruses and pollen even in large spaces.

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Yeah … it’s confusing initially. Once you get used to the dials and settings on the camera, you and the camera are 1.

Just go shoot.

via Gizmodo on 8/19/09

Here’s the rest of Canon’s new army of cameras—they don’t do anything crazy, like project baby photos or have an LCD up front take pictures of yourself, but they’re not too shabby. The G11 is ginormous, though.

The G11’s vari-angle screen seems plenty bright, but it makes an already huge camera even huger when it’s all splayed out like a tumor growth. It’s heavy too. And complicated. Look at all those dials!

The SD980’s touchscreen is responsive enough, but the interface is confusing—sometimes it’s touchable, sometimes it’s not. And it uses strange drag gestures, like in playback mode, you hold down for a second, then slowly swipe down, which brings up options to the left or right—swipe left to delete or swipe right for another feature. Confusing and weird. If you’re gonna go touch, go all the way.

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I’d love to see this battery on the shelves soon.
Waiting for a battery to charge is reduced to only 30 minutes … WOW!

I use this a lot to power my gadgets … Digicam, electric shaver, hair clipper, DSLR, speedlight (Flash), Ultrasonic cleaner … etc.

The short charging time could save my electricity bill as well

via CrunchGear by Matt Burns on 8/11/09


Sony has developed a new type of lithium ion batteries that you want. Serious. These things are impressive.

Sony press release

The Olivine-type lithium iron phosphate used in this new battery is extremely suited for use as a cathode material due to its robust crystal structure and stable performance, even at high temperatures. By combining this new cathode material with Sony’s proprietary particle design technology that minimizes electrical resistance to deliver high power output, and also leveraging the cell structure design technology Sony accrued developing its current “Fortelion series” lithium ion secondary battery line-up, Sony has realized a high power density of 1800W/kg and extended life span of approximately 2,000 charge-discharge cycles.

Didja get that? Nope. Who cares about the technology behind it.

All you should care about is that these suckers can be 99% recharged within 30 minutes and can provide an 80% capacity after 2,000 charge-discharge cycles. Sony is aiming to put these batteries within power tools and such, but maybe we’ll eventually see them available for purchase in AA form. John is always complaining that he can’t use his “toys” because his rechargeables are forever slow.

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Data Transfer

Posted: 24 July, 2009 in Gadgets & Toys, Tech & The Net

Moving files from an old 200GB HDD to a new 500GB HDD. The old 200GB needs to be reformatted and ‘repurposed’ to become an external storage.

This is first time fiddling with Hard Disks. Usually I’ll send it to a shop and get someone to do it. I guess, after a long time of learning by watching people do it, only now I have the courage to do this simple operation.

Doing something different, doing something I don’t understand much about was the reason I could think of not doing this earlier. Another reason … okay, I admit it … I was chicken. I was afraid I’d break my computer.

The transfer would take about 220 minutes, as displayed on the monitor. That’s another four hours to go. I’ll sleep on it and check it out in the morning.

I know some would laugh reading this, but this 42 year old man actually feels proud of himself … I learned something new. A transfer of knowledge … a data transfer.