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I’m not sure why I haven’t seen or heard of this console before, but it sounds like eleventy hundred and thirty different kinds of awesome. Meet the Pandora, a gaming console handheld PC hybrid. According to the official website, the Pandora is

fast enough to emulate many other systems, run a full desktop, access the internet via FireFox and play games such as Quake3.

If that doesn’t sound pretty darn cool, I don’t know what does! The machine is slightly bigger than a Nintendo DS, and the battery clocks in at around 10 hours. The good news, is that the Pandora is now in production! Expect to see it retail for around $330.

[Link: Pandora web site]

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It’s amazing what you can get your fans to do, innit? Must have taken a good deal of coordination from the director, but it’s still a cool vid nonetheless.

[Link via Neatorama]

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This really funky bit of advertising was for Wordsworth books by Saatchi and Saatchi AtPlay, and has a brochure come alive to visually depict what the words on the page are-it’s so cool it’s practically geek. I’ll let you watch the video to better understand what I mean (you’ll need to click through to see it; I can’t seem to link to it from here). The coolest part is that this took place in the V&A Waterfront right here in my hometown!

The advertising is being called “augmented reality”, and I suspect we’ll start seeing a lot of this in months to come. I like the direction that advertising is going: it’s becoming more than just telling consumers what and where and why, and actually involving consumers. What do you think about this?

[Link: Cherryflava.com - Wordsworth books goes freaky trippy with SA's first brochure that comes alive]

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The Linux share of computers around the world is increasing, and people are beginning to notice that there are more operating systems than just “Microsoft” and “Apple”. My personal tendency is toward Linux, mostly because, unlike Windows, it doesn’t treat you like an idiot. The best thing about it? It’s free. Anyhow, it seems that the French national police have discovered that they can cut their IT costs by an amazing 70% simply by making the switch from Windows to Linux.

According to the article:

Until 2004, a large part of the IT budget was spent on software licences — between 12,000 and 15,000 licenses each year. In 2004, an accountant in the Gendarmerie Nationale tried OpenOffice and, after finding it a surprisingly competent replacement for its paid counterpart, started pushing for it to be adopted within the organization instead of Microsoft Office.

After a while, the police force completely switched over to OpenOffice for all their office needs along with adopting Thunderbird for email and Firefox for browsing. The switch was easy and required little to no training since the open source apps had a similar interface to the paid ones.

In 2007, they decided to go one step further and switch to an open operating system.

Now that’s gotta hurt Microsoft’s pocket just a little bit. Still, that’s a minor loss compared to entire countries (Russia and Cuba, for example) abandoning Microsoft altogether.

My personal recommendation is that you at the VERY least go take a look at what the fuss is all about. If you head over to the Ubuntu website, you can ask them to ship you a free Ubuntu Linux CD. Not a trial version, but a full, working operating system. Best thing? You can try it before you install it and see if you like it.

[Link: Unixmen - French police switch from Windows to Linux]

[Link: Unixmen - Cuba says 'No More Microsoft', joins the Linux bandwagon]

[Link: OSNews - Russia to develop nationwide alternative to Windows]

[Link: Ubuntu Linux]

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Well, not really, but it IS sung to Beauty and The Beast’s “Bonjour” (or whatever the first track in that movie is). And almost all of it is true, don’t you think?

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It comes to just over 127 years, btw. I’m impressed that this guy managed to get Vista running on a calculator–why would it take so long otherwise?
[Via Digg]

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InventorSpot blog have an article that details a new bit of functional technology in the form of a watch that you wear on your fingernail and lights up when pressed. Bad news is that the watch hasn’t officially been released to market yet, but I’m hoping it shows up really soon.

The miniature watch is translucent, and designed to fit the average fingernail. The display of the watch includes the time, date and AM/PM indictor which appears in clear format until lit up. This strange watch for your fingernail becomes even trendier at nighttime, as each design lights up in a different color when the tip of the fingernail watch is pressed.[...]Wearable gadget fanatics and the fashion forward can consider wearing a tiny watch on every fingernail, with each watch programmed to a different time zone around the world.

Now that is seriously awesome! I want one!

[Link: InventorSpot - World's smallest watch for your finger nail]

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Apparently it is expected, and quite typical, for the work laptops to experience the blue screen of death. I just had my second, in as many months. Crazily, a shift reboot seems to cure all (at least on the surface). This time round, though, I got this message when I logged back on again.

Microsoft has me by my balls

Pray, where do I click to check online?

Bear in mind that I am currently online posting this, and Windows aint checking for no online solution *snap snap snap*

April fool?

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I love these :)

I was happily working in Visio, and did the unthinkable … yes, I tried to … wait for it .. copy and paste a shape from one page to another.

Gasp!  Shock! How could I! Should have known better!

Visio dies quickly; and then this error pops up:

MicroSoft killed Microsoft?

Obviously, I need to click the link to MicroSoft Update, as so strongly encouraged by this message. So, yes, I click the link.

Guess what:

Words fail me

April fool!

Deep sigh.

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Wireless laser mouse

Dunno if this is old news to the rest of you, but I just discovered that my mouse can scroll in eight directions! I’m not sure if this is some hidden feature that mice have always had, or if it’s something new, but I welcome the ability to finally be able to scroll sideways :)

The 8-way scrolling works in Internet Explorer 6 and Opera 9; Firefox (2.0.0.14) is limited to 4-way scrolling. Either way, it meets my needs.

To access the “new” directions, simply click the middle button (scroll wheel), and then move the mouse left, right, or diagonally. (Of course, this only works when you have a horizontal scroll bar.)

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