Thursday, September 28, 2006


Xoro Freeview DVD tablet

A must have gadget if you spend time on the road; the Freeview DVD tablet:

It is only slightly larger than a normal a DVD case but it comes with:

  • A super slim, portable mega multimedia machine, a DVD player and Freeview TV in one.

  • It can play DVD, VCD, SVCD, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Video, MPEG-4 Video, AUDIO-CD, JPEG, and Kodak Picture CDs.

  • A DVB-T receiver module with an Automatic Channel Scan, Electronic Programme Guide and Teletext.

  • A Multi-Regional System.

  • An integrated card reader for SD, MMC and MS memories.

  • It can be used as a digital photo frame.

  • USB port connections which can be used for external devices such as MP3 players, hard drives and digital cameras.

  • Video In and Out cables.

  • An in-car charger to plug into your cigarette lighter.

The really cool feature is that it supports DVB-T. It has way better quality than the DBV-H signals you can watch on some mobile phones and a it is completely free :-)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Max Biaggi will be back on bike #3

Max Biaggi is back on bike #3, but this time in the World Superbike championship with team Alstare Suzuki

Max was stuck without a MotoGP team this year as he upset most of the bike manufacturers and teams. He has signed a 2 year contract with the team that won the championship in 2005. It will be interesting to see how it goes as no Italian has ever won the SBK World  Championship.


Hipi-2200: Windows Mobible 5.0 dual mode SIP and GSM

The hipi-2200 is the world’s first SIP-based Windows Mobile 5.0 dual-mode handset:

The hipi-2200 allows transparent transitions from WiFi networks to GSM and between WiFi Access Points. A great solution for companies as employees can make free internal VoIP calls to colleagues when they have WiFi coverage and use GSM otherwise.

The device has all the usual Windows Mobile 5.0 features as well as:

  • 2.0 mega pixel camera

  • Support for quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and Class-10 GPRS;

  • Support for 802.11g WLAN and comprehensive SIP-based VoIP functionality over WLAN;

  • Greater than 4 hour talk time, 3-4 hours for VoIP call and 6-7 hours for GSM;

  • Up to 100 hour standby time with both GSM and WLAN radios active;

  • Seamless WLAN AP-to-AP roaming in both active talking mode and idle mode;

  • Seamless handover between GSM and VoIP;

  • Always-on WLAN and support for seamless handover between WLAN and GPRS for data applications such as email and internet browsing;

  • Comprehensive security support such as VPN, VoIP over VPN, 802.1x, WPA and WEP; For example the hipi-2200 supports logging on to a corporate internal IP-PBX from a hotspot or home over VPN, essentially allowing users to take their company phone with them on the road with the same call features and number; 

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

The foldable Mini Bluetooth Keyboard keyboard is only 95x70x13mm when folded:

It works with most devices:

  • Pocket PC(Pocket PC 2003 / Windows Mobile 5.0)

  • Plam OS

  • Symbian 6.0/UIQ

  • Windows 2000/XP

Usefull but not as cool as the Bluetooth virtual keyboard

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Tea Cube & Space Cube

The Tea Cube  (left) is slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Space Cube (right):

The SEMC5701A (Tea Cube) has a 333Mhz CPU, 16MB of flash memory and 64MB of RAM. It is tiny: 52mm x 52mm x 45mm but it still manages to pack a lot of ports including 100Mbit Ethernet, USB 2.0, speaker, microphone and serial port. The video port supports up to 1208x1024 resolution with 65K colors.

Any smaller and you can start wearing your PC as jewelery.

Via Epic Empire

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Cool Tool: Foxit PDF Reader 2.0

The free Foxit Reader standard edition is small and fast and lets you annotate PDF documents. No annoying "Welcome" screen while the reader loads in the background. They also have a mobile edition for Windows Mobile/CE devices.

But the best feature of them all; it is stable. I have lost track of how many times Adobe Acrobat Reader has crashed on my PC bringing Internet Explorer down with it. Foxit Reader, on the other hand, is rock solid. I have used the 1.3 edition for a long time and I just upgraded to 2.0.

The pro pack ($39) is needed to save modified PDF files or convert the whole document to a simple text file.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Cool tool: Folder Marker

I have seen all sorts of workarounds in the past too mark which folders are important; renaming folders to start with underscore (_) so they show up first, using numbers or complex hierarchies. FolderMarker is so simple that it is just brilliant; it lets you change the Windows folder icons:

Use predefined icons like "High Priority", "Planned Work" or choose our own icons or colors. A Getting Things Done approach to the file system. Just right click on the folder to change the icon of any folder.


Wednesday, September 13, 2006


LaCie safe HD with finger print protection

The latest LaCie SAFE external hard disks support up to 10 fingerprints and five different with different privileges. A simple finger swipe locks and unlocks the drive.  In addition to the to biometric access control they come with an internal firmware called “Drive Lock” that prevents data from being accessed if removed from the case and plugged in to another machine. The high end Mobile Editions can also encrypts the data.


  • Protect confidential data from unauthorized use
  • Capacities of 40-120GB (Mobile Edition, with Encryption), 160-500GB (Desktop Edition)
  • Ideal for parental control and protecting intellectual property
  • Biometric access means only registered users can lock or unlock the drive
  • Internal drive lock prevents intruders from accessing data
  • External chain lock port allows owners to attach to a desk (chain sold separately)
  • Register and customize access for up to five users
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hard drive for PC and/or Mac
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Comes with LaCie Backup Software for PC/Mac


Meet the all new iPods

Apple has just launched the latest members of the iPod family:

From left to right:

  • iPod: The fifth generation iPod is 30% thinner and the 60% brighter display gives album art, photos, and video extra oomph.

  • iPod Nano: Looks like the older version but it has a 40% brighter display and an impressive 24 hours battery life

  • iPod Shuffle:  The shuffle has been completely redesigned. The new version is built like a clip which makes it a snap to to carry.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006


Nazionale Piloti plays in Monza this evening

Today there will be a charity football match between the Nazionale Piloti and the Grande Fratello Team in Monza at 20:30. Max Biaggi will be there and other stars like Michael Schumacher normally play as well.

More info regarding the event and ticket prices at the Nazionale Piloti site

  • Grandstand 10,00 €

  • Corner 5,00 €

  • Kids up to 13 years 2,00 €