Archive for February, 2009

Italy to build the world’s largest suspension bridge

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

Italy will forge ahead with a controversial plan to build the world’s largest suspension bridge, a massive structure which will arch between the mainland and Sicily, the government said on Wednesday.

via Italy to build the world’s largest suspension bridge between Calabria and Sicily – Telegraph.

Wind up Totoro

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

This is a really cute and fun Totoro toy. Totoro in the rain with his leaf-hat and umbrella is one of my favorite scenes, and now that same Totoro can hop around my table.

It stands about three inches tall and is made of plastic. It looks somewhat like an old tin toy in style, but it isn’t. The umbrella is removable, although there is no real reason to take it out. Being an official Studio Ghibli product, the quality is excellent and looks just like Totoro.

The wind-up action is the basic hop-hop-hop you get from any wind-up toy. Nothing too fancy there, you just wind him up and let him go!

It is a nice figure to either play with or display. Definitely sturdy enough to be a child’s toy.

–  Zack Davisson

via Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Wind up Totoro.

Dell’s 22-inch LED-backlit G-Series LCD for 239$

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

After teasing its entries last month and offering up the 24-inch G2410 a couple days ago, Dell’s officially rounding out its eco-game on the desktop panel scene with the 22-inch G2210, a display so energy efficient it can only display pictures of windmills and solar panels (seriously, hit the read link). The 22-incher has an extremely miserly 18 watt power consumption rating, compared to the G2410’s 20 — impressive, but you’re probably more interested in the 1000:1 contrast ratio (dynamically boosted up to 1,000,000:1), 250 nits of brightness, and 5ms response rate over a resolution of 1680 x 1050. At $239, it’s actually a little cheaper than anticipated, which might just give you some extra incentive to pick one up with your tax refund — you environmentalist you.

via Dell’s 22-inch LED-backlit G-Series LCD now available in renewable quantities – Engadget.

Kodak’s new Zi6 HD pocket video camera

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

Sure, it might shoot 720p video, but you aren’t gonna catch indie filmmakers capturing the next low-budget masterpiece on Kodak’s new Zi6 HD pocket video camera. The camera is Kodak’s response to Pure Digital’s Flip and Creative’s Vado, complete with upright form factor, YouTube friendliness, simple as could be interface, a flip-out USB plug (with some surprising spring action), and, of course, totally shoddy video quality. The camera is powered by a pair of AA batteries, sports a 2.4-inch LCD, and can switch between VGA video, 30fps HD and 60fps HD. It’ll sell for $180 in September, in black or pink, but there’s only 128MB of memory on board — you’ll have to spring for an SD card if you want to do any substantial shooting.

via Kodak’s new Zi6 HD pocket video camera for the YouTube set – Engadget.

Streamlight 73001 Nanolight Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

The Streamlight Nanolight Miniature Keychain Flashlight is truly tiny, the Nanolight is a weatherproof, personal flashlight featuring a 100,000 hour life LED. Includes a non-rotating snap hook for easy one-handed operation when attached to a keychain. Batteries included.

via Amazon.com: Streamlight 73001

Striker Magnetic Light

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

Though not much smaller than a golf ball, the new Striker® Magnetic LED Light is a powerful spotlight that can be used almost anywhere you need illumination. It has an intensely bright, wide angle LED and 12 powerful rare earth (neodymium) magnets that allow you to stick it to any steel surface or rest it on any surface and aim the light towards the workspace at almost any angle. Professionals, including automotive technicians, electricians, plumbers and HVAC contractors, will want to have one on hand, as it is small enough to fit into tight areas and aim a powerful beam of light where it is needed most. Because of its 12 rare earth magnets, it also works as a pick up tool for dropped screws, nails and hardware. Do-it-yourselfers and homeowners will also find hundreds of uses for the Striker® Magnetic LED Light. Use it when working on an engine, changing a tire, wiring a home theater, switching on a breaker, crawling around under a counter or sink. It will stick to the fridge, making it the go-to flashlight for the whole family, and its great to have on camping trips. The potential uses are endless.

via Amazon.com: Striker Magnetic Light MINE: Home Improvement.

Review: The 17-Inch MacBook Pro

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2009 by nuKnuK

A 17-inch notebook has never been designed for the mainstream consumer. But then again, nothing about this MacBook Pro is aiming for the mainstream. It’s a laptop that starts at $2800, and our fully loaded test model runs a hair over $5,000. Its screen is as big as most CRT monitors from just a few years back.

The thing should feel like a beast on the couch, but it actually doesn’t. It’s almost frightening how quickly you adjust, appreciating the extra screen space while disregarding that this system is supposed to be a “laptop” in name only.

If you can get over the purported 8 hours of battery life and settle for longevity around half that number, you’ll be welcomed with a laptop that feels like a desktop but is actually a laptop. It’s a Cadillac that you can just about park, a triple cheeseburger in the bun of a double, a stocky man in a well-tailored suit. And we’re liking it. We just can’t help but ask, why can’t Apple fit a 256GB SSD or 8GB of RAM—or even a 4+ hour battery—into a 15-inch MBP?

via Review: The 17-Inch MacBook Pro Review.