Always Connected – The Good and The Bad.

12 06 2007

Don’t get me wrong, I am a multi-tasker that’s completely addicted to the internet. My computer is always on and when I am away from home I have my handy Cingular 8525 (which, by the way, I love more than any other SmartPhone/PDA I have had) in my hand. The thought of being “unconnected” leaves me with an uneasy queasy feeling inside.

Well, Avis has just introduced WIFI service throughout it’s United States fleet of cars. For a small daily fee, anyone renting a car can surf the internet no matter where they are. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can see the usefulness in the service. I really like that it can be removed from the car and used in your hotels room or wherever else you might end up and I can think of many times while riding along with someone where being able to send some emails or look at Google maps would have been a fantastic amenity but I just can’t fully accept that this is a good thing.

In the back of my mind, I imagine someone driving down a congested highway, checking their MySpace page or stock quotes instead of paying attention to the road ahead. This makes cell phone usage while driving seem so easy. Its a great concept and good technology but Avis has no way of controlling the driver’s responsibility for safety and it seems like it would have a much better place on Amtrak or Greyhound.

I honestly do believe that Avis is trying harder, I just fear for what’s to come. What do you think?

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Around the office….

4 06 2007

We have this joke about the razor industry and their relentless attempts to add more and more blades in creating the ultimate razor. If by ultimate they mean highest priced, they just may be succeeding but I believe anything beyond three blades is pretty uncalled for and a waste of money. So, this cartoon from The New Yorker entitled Crap From The Future really made my day.





Computer Shaving

28 03 2007

USB charging certainly can come in handy but I am on the fence about this one. There is a Rechargeable USB shaver available now through http://usb.brando.com.hk/. Its $22.00 price tag and size makes me really skeptical of it shaving ability. I would be interested to hear if any of you out there have tried it.

Let me know!





Geek vs. Gadget

18 03 2007

I am a big fan of little multipurpose tools. I have no idea why. Their function is never as great as the full size individual tool. I have a great Kershaw carabiner knife (see previous post) that I cannot live without but I won’t get very far trying to get it through airport security.

So I came across this interesting fusion of multipurpose tool, computer gadget and dog tag from Cyber Snipa. This combination of handy tools and a USB flash drive with up to 4GB of storage.





I Cannot Think of a Worse Way to Wake Up

4 03 2007

I am no morning person. The sound of my alarm clock in the morning is worse than the sound of someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard so the Flying Alarm Clock by Hammacher Schlemmer seems like a good contender for the worst invention ever.

This digital alarm clock launches a rotor into the air that flies around the room as the alarm sounds, flying up to 9′ in the air, and will not cease ringing until the rotor is returned to the alarm clock base, compelling even the most stubborn sleepers to get out of bed on time.

Seriously? They want me to hop out of bed to a jolting sound of an alarm and play frisbee?





More Fun With Lasers

27 02 2007

Philips is currently patenting a device that uses light to send hair follicles to sleep, making skin smooth for weeks at a time, without shaving or waxing. Researchers at Philips’ Lab in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, have found that short, weak pulses of near infrared light causes follicles to change from their natural growing state to a dormant state, known as the “telogen phase”.

The Philips device uses light from a halogen lamp. Pulses lasting 15 milliseconds each are filtered so that only 600-950 nanometre wavelengths reach the follicles below. Moving the device slowly over the skin spreads about 15 joules of light energy onto each square centimetre.

A sensor can also be used to automatically adjust treatment intensity to suit different skin and hair types. Three treatment sessions, over the course of two weeks, reduces hair growth by 90%, Philips claims.





Phone Swapping

26 02 2007

If you think that cell phone contract with a company other than Cingular will prevent you from getting a new iPhone without paying ridiculous contract cancellation fees, there may be hope…. Cell Trading.

If your willing to actually give up your current provider for Cingular, try Celltradeusa.com or CellSwapper.com, services that help you transfer your contract responsibility to someone else and effectively walk away without paying a hefty penalty.

All you do is set up a profile listing details about your provider, contract, phone, accessories and any incentives you care to add. Then you wait to be contacted by a Celltrade user who wants to take over your contract.

In other words, it’s a matchmaking service. The actual transfer of contract responsibility, with all its required credit approvals and completion of forms, is handled by you and the other party. There is a nominal fee of $15-20 to actually connect you with interested parties (though you can gauge interest in your plan before paying anything).