Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Electric books

Lots of people are blogging about

Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

I won't say much about it other than it would be interesting to know what operating system it has and how long before it is hacked?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Christmas Gadgets

The Christmas season is approaching. Rapidly. It usually sneaks up on us, but this year we'll be ready for it. Soon it will be time to put up decorations and lights. Using the most gadgets possible.

We have had a very small tree for the last few years. We bought it when we were moving around a lot and needed something easy to move. It stands about 30 cm tall and has fibre optics in the branches lit by alternating red and white lights in the base.

We're thinking of getting something a bit bigger this year (so we can fit more gadget presents under it). Any suggestions for customizing, upgrading or generally improving on the standard garden variety tree would be appreciated.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Rube Goldberg'ed web page

Visit for a funny Rube Goldberg.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

My FireFox Gadgets

A while ago I changed to FireFox as my primary browser.

I have Safari, Opera, IE7 and others installed for checking web design. I use SlimBrowser for online banking because some of the banks I use insist on reformatting the browser window to their design or using those annoying click-on-this-jumping-around-numeric-keypad-to-enter-your-pin and SlimBrowser somehow bypasses these annoyances.

The great thing about FireFox is the customization ability that it gives. As a web developer, I find the ColorZilla, Firebug and Web Developer extensions are very useful. I have information in the status bar so I can always keep up to date with the current weather from Forecastfox, the song that is currently playing in my media players with FoxyTunes, the time in places I know people with FoxClocks and the balance of my earnings with Adsense Notifier. I also use the sidebar for language translation tools (I have shortcuts opening in the sidebar for a couple of dictionary websites using their mobile interfaces), Calculator and Bookmarks.

I've customized the menu with gadgets for posting to the various Web 2.0 sites I use such as blogs, Squidoo lenses and my bookmarks.

Here's a list of the FireFox gadgets that I currently use:

Plugins (15):

  • ActiveTouch General Plugin Container
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Google Updater
  • iTunes Application Detector
  • Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U3
  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • Microsoft® DRM
  • Mozilla Default Plug-in
  • QuickTime Plug-in 7.2
  • RealJukebox NS Plugin
  • RealPlayer Version Plugin
  • RealPlayer(tm) G2 LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In (32-bit)
  • Shockwave Flash
  • Shockwave for Director
  • Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library
This list was generated with the InfoLister extension and this blog entry was published with ScribeFire.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hello I'm PC and I'm Mac

Apparently I am Windows XP. My wife is OS X. We're usually compatible!

You are Windows XP.  Under your bright and cheerful exterior is a strong and stable personality.  You have a tendency to do more than what is asked or even desired.
Which OS are You?

Friday, November 2, 2007


Here are some cool gadgety toys to stick on the fridge and build interesting contraptions with.