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09 February 2006 @ 11:44 am

Talk about taking piracy to the next level. For years the only hinderance between the quick and painless transfer of files is a direct transmission between mediums, i.e. USB flash drive to USB flash drive, or CD to CD. There's always been the need to have a computer as an intermediary for the data to reside in before being republished to new media. I-O Data may have the answer to this fundamental problem with the DVR-UW8DP, an external DVD burner with two, count 'em, two burners for direct disc copies without the need for a computer. It can't copy DRM'd DVD's, but how long do you think that's going to last? Available next month in Japan for about $448 (~P24,000), so ask yourself if you really want to pay that much to save yourself just a few more moments of pira-- I mean, backing up your data.

Arr, matey [Akihabara News]
09 February 2006 @ 10:26 am
I can't even begin to describe how amazing this little guy is. It puts together two of the highest life priorities of a growing boy: cars and freaking cool robots. Transformers, GoBots, Voltes V, Bioman - the list goes on and on with just how awesome the result is when you mix them together. The figure so elegantly posed before you is a creation that does just that. The WR-07 is a transforming car/robot designed by Himeji Soft Works in Japan, and it's just mind boggling how all our Transformer dreams have now hit paydirt and is now a product of technology rather than science fiction. But what are you still doing here reading my stupid blog? Go watch the video at the link! Man, can you imagine something like this being built to scale as a real vehicle? Pimp. My. Ride.

A Car And A Robot Are A Boy's Dreams [Robots Dreams]
09 February 2006 @ 01:11 am
Made the jump from CRT to LCD, but eternally frustrated by stuck pixels? You know the ones, they're the pixels that are stuck at a specific color like red, green, or blue, and are different from the black ones - those have died and gone to liquid crystal heaven. You may have heard about an article on WikiHow recently on a possible fix for the situation, which involves a damp cloth and some rubbing action, but if that doesn't work, then maybe this program can. It's called UDPixel, and though the tiny screenshot of it doesn't really say much, it tries to repair the stuck pixels by making the display undergo rapid color changes to force them to "get with the program," so to speak, and corrects the problem by properly circulating the liquid inside them (liquid crystals work through a combination of this liquid and the backlight of your monitor). It's not 100% guaranteed to work, but as the creator says himself - what have you got to lose by letting it run a few hours?

Official site
How to Fix a Stuck Pixel on an LCD Monitor [WikiHow]
08 February 2006 @ 11:21 pm
Like any growing Filipino techie, I grew up watching MacGyver, the "real world" hacker who made us believe that one could really disarm terrorist nukes with just paper clips and rubber bands. Well he's back, folks, and I'm sure you've all missed him as much as I have. Here now is MasterCard's Super Bowl XL commercial, and MacGyver is at it again with his own priceless brand of technology - sans the infamous mullet. Great to see you again, Mac! Full clip of the commercial as well as additional behind-the-scenes footage at the link. What I don't understand is why the A-Team theme is playing in my head whenever I play back the commercial. Guess I'm off to look for Mac's original theme.

MacGyver Returns - A Narrow Escape [MasterCard]
08 February 2006 @ 11:02 pm
Enough said. Goodbye shuffle - I guess people like the Front Row remote better than you now.

The Apple Store
08 February 2006 @ 10:49 pm
Sigh. Got into some trouble at work this week, so I'll have to offer my humble apologies for the lack of posts. But everything cleared up today, so I'll get right to it! Little known fact: I always have to have either a high quality set of speakers, or an equally nice pair of headphones. Every moment in my life has its own little soundtrack, and that soundtrack has to come through clear and just perfect. So, on my List of Favorite Techie Things, excellent peripherals come first, and powerful audio mediums a solid second. This pair right here is the Sony MDR-Z900HD, the high-definition successor to the MDR-Z900 before it, and bumps up its pappy's original 5Hz-30kHz range to an eardrum-shattering 5Hz-80kHz. My only problem with this (common) headphone design is the fact that the cans are very, very likely to break off from the head strap with continued use (I'm looking at you, A4Tech). No details on the price, but I must say Sony's doing a good job in the headphone department. Check out the second link for a list of locally available cans that offer great value and quality for their price.

HD Audio headset from Sony [Akihabara News]
Sony Philippines headphone lineup
05 February 2006 @ 07:00 pm
Winamp v5.13
  • Fixed critical security vulnerability
  • Yes, I still use Winamp. The "Lite" version is still, in my opinion, the fastest MP3 player out there. And yes, I do use iTunes now, but only for ripping CDs because my new drive for some reason gimps ripping with Audiograbber.
04 February 2006 @ 11:17 pm

See you in hell on 04.21.06. Let's hope it doesn't suck.

Trailer page [Apple]
03 February 2006 @ 04:15 am
The USB memory stick stick by OOOMS product design. I think the joke tells itself. Comes in more shapes and sizes than you can shake a sti--ah, screw it.

Official site [OOOMS product design]
03 February 2006 @ 03:59 am
My friends and I had a good laugh while going through the ten bizarre USB drives I'd posted up a month back. Well Fosfor Gadgets, the blog behind the original list, has come up with a new one, this time tackling the strange and mystical world of USB-powered devices. There's certainly some "Huh?" material on the list (USB flower pot speaker, anyone?), but some of them were just plain cool for no reason, like the self-destuct button that's apparently used for blocking access to applications, and is shown here in all its old-fashioned nuclear missle launcher glory. See more 5 volt devices to cool your appendages and warm up other body parts at the link - and don't forget to check out those commercials on the right side of the blog, too - they're pretty neat despite being completely off topic. Like me, right now.

Top 10 weirdest USB devices ever [Fosfor Gadgets]