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  • Blog Post: Magpie: Looxcie Wearable Camera

    Stevecla suggested that this Bloggie camera from Sony might be a good replacement for his Flip and sure, it’s pretty and all that, but I’d suggest that this delicious Looxcie is the way to go. It won’t be embarrassing for an evangelist on the move – no sir.
  • Blog Post: World’s First 3D Printed Car

    Awesome spot by Mirko – the Urbee Hybrid chassis was printed on a 3D printer.  I have only one thing to say: “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot”.
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – Pod 5 – Pens

    In a break from the norm, pencil case 5 contains pens and pencils: A biro. Some nice sketching pens of various thicknesses A bunch of felt tips Some Sharpies A load of whiteboard pens And that’s it – the Mobile Road Warrior kit in several pods. What’s in your backpack?
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – Pod 4 – Miscellany

    This is the “everything else” kit: 2 HD Webcams SD (and other) Card Readers USB Memory Stick A few spare business cards A universal socket adaptor (with 2 USB charging points)
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior - Pod 3 - Camera

    Spare lenses for cameras usually end up in the camera bag, but there’s plenty of other bits and pieces in another piece of essential evangelism kit: Gorillapod tripod Microphones: wireless lapel and battery pack, gun and surround. Headphones Almost a mobile studio – the lighting wouldn’t fit in.
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – Pod 2 – Chargers

    Boring but essential is the charging pod. Contents include: Mini-USB charging kit (plugs and cables) USB Cables Specialist battery chargers for Sony and Canon cameras Standard 3-pin plug and 2-pin power cable Next upgrade for this would be a universal set of pins and maybe solar power and spare battery...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – Pod 1 – Presenting

    Every evangelist needs to be able to “put the show on right here” so Pod 1 is all about presenting. Contents include: Samsung SP-H03 Pico Projector   - which has internal memory so can carry a bunch of presentations too. Kensington Clicker – getting old and not a patch on @mtaulty ’s lucky charm...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – The Gerry Anderson Plan

    On the road my kit consists of the new laptop, and aforementioned cameras: the Canon S90 , the Sony NEX-5 and Sony HDR-XR500VE (and a Windows Phone 7 once the handsets are available). Aside from the big stuff though, there’s always a bunch of smaller bits and pieces to hold it all together. I use the...
  • Blog Post: Magpie: Sony Vaio Z12V9E/X

    Ah yes – finally I have a new laptop. And it’s a peach. Thanks to LaptopsDirect for another great delivery and thanks to Sony for building it in the first place. It’s packing a Core i7 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB SSD, stonking graphics and it’s tiny 13” screen has a 1600x900 resolution. Sweet. It also...
  • Blog Post: Extendable Backpack

    This month's Wired is most excellent as not only does it contain the story behind Kinect (and bulletproof custard - I've always wondered why that's not been used in armour before…), but it's also got an extended Fetish section which will serve as a handy Christmas Wishlist for me to send to the family...
  • Blog Post: Magpie: Samsung SP-H03 Pico Projector

    Couldn't resist buying one of these bad boys on the way back to the UK yesterday - the Samsung SP-H03 portable projector. It's a tiny little cube, does 16:9 at 854x480, has 1GB of internal memory and it's a joyful little cube of fun. ( Better review here ). Then @markjo has to spoil the fun by saying...
  • Blog Post: Tagtiles at #picnic10

    There was a bunch of interesting stuff at Picnic10 but this was probably my favourite toy (a serious toy in this case). Essentially it's a small friendly PC under the hood that looks like an old electronic battleship game and uses objects with RFID tags to enable 3D educational experiences. It's cool...
  • Blog Post: PEN Story

    Not sure how I missed these videos but discovered them via SwissMiss and they are awesome. I opted for the Sony over the Olympus, but hey ho. PEN Story
  • Blog Post: Cooking for Geeks

    Like cooking? Like science? Like mixing them up a bit? Well, the inspirational and insightful Danah Boyd ( @zephoria ) points us to the interesting looking “Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks and Good Food ”. It gets some excellent reviews too. To paraphrase and pulverise an obscure in-joke...
  • Blog Post: Almost Getting It

    I just ordered an excellent new pair of Air Max 95 customised via the Nike Store . The customisation stuff is excellent (and not exclusive to Nike of course) and breathes new life into shopping for trainers (sneakers to my American friends). I’m a bit of a trainer aficionado but my lack of proximity...
  • Blog Post: Magpie: @sony NEX-VG10E

    Did I mention how much I really love my NEX-5 ? Well, I do. Anyway, I would surely love to use one of these fellas (which use the same E lens system) for a bit of video work. Actually, the NEX-5 video has been great – in particular the sound of the inbuilt mic (seriously) has been really good even at...
  • Blog Post: Excellent Business Card Idea

    Talking of identity, @andspo pointed me at this excellent idea for a minimal business card . Beautiful. Of course you’ve got to have the domain etc. to make this work, but if you’re starting up it’s definitely worth bearing in mind. By the by, if you’d prefer @andspo to change his Twitter handle to ...
  • Blog Post: Rough Guide to the Internet 2000

    As I was saying in this post , I remembered about a post (or rather a series of posts) that I was going to do at the start of the year as it was 10 years since 2000 and I just happened to unearth my old copy of “ The Internet – Rough Guide 2000 ” whilst spring cleaning. If you like reminiscing, then...
  • Blog Post: Bad Chewbacca

    Took me a couple of minutes to recognise Chewie… at least I think that’s who it is (via FailBlog )
  • Blog Post: More Media Center: Dual Hauppauge 4000 DVB-S2 Cards

    In the latest - and hopefully final - part of the Media Center saga, I've also pushed a second Hauppauge WinTV-HVR4000 card into the machine so I get the multi-channel recording from the satellite channels I can receive (a la Sky+). Phew - just in time for Sky Player to become available in Media Center...
  • Blog Post: Asus EEE 1101HA

    I bought a replacement netbook recently: my old MSI Wind didn't really have the battery life I wanted but it worked fine otherwise. Picking a netbook should be fairly straightforward as the specs are all the same but I was particularly attracted to the EEE 1101HA because of the advertised battery life...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Touch Surface with Physics Engine

    Fresh up on the YouTube Channel is this awesome piece of work from the guys in the Microsoft Technology Centre . I’ve talked about the value the MTC for a business before . This particular work was by Dave and Andy who are some of the smartest guys I know. I know they’re really smart because even Mike...
  • Blog Post: Unboxing RoundTable

    I came across this great set of photos   from Rich showing the “unboxing of a RoundTable device” whilst I was surfing about today. Excellent stuff. RoundTable is not quite as portable as a web cam, but you’ve seen nothing until you’ve unboxed a Surface device , as my buddies Will and Dan will attest...
  • Blog Post: Smart Free Apps for Windows Mobile

    Nice to see a list of free apps for Windows Mobile on Mashable . A few new ones in there for me. Although my Twitter app of choice is TinyTwitter . As James points out: Incidentally I’m told that the launch sales of Samsung’s Omnia phone were better than the equivalent for the iPhone. The Omnia isn’t...
  • Blog Post: All I Want For Christmas

    Talking of @Stevecla , he’s pointed out some cool bits of tech that – for anyone who is listening and has reserved “Christmas Budget for Marc” – I would love to get my hands on. A Pico Pocket Projector from Optoma These handy cable tidys from Proporta I’d also like to add the Flip Mino HD camera (actually...
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