Archive for February, 2010
As someone who has cycled in temperatures down to -30C (-22F), I can certainly attest to one thing: OK, yes, you have to be a bit crazy, but also, it’s really hard to keep your hands warm and dry. If you wear gloves, no matter how well-insulated they are, your fingers will eventually get cold. This is because they don’t have access to each other’s body heat, and just don’t generate enough on their own. Using thick mittens keeps your hands a lot warmer, but often to the point where they actually start to sweat. And manual dexterity with mitts? Imagine a lobster trying to ride a bike. Fortunately for us crazy people, Toronto cyclist Hamish Greenland has addressed this problem with an invention he calls the BarBra…
- Exhale Gloves inject a breath of warm air on hands
- Heatworx Gloves – heat protection AND dexterity
- North Face Etip gloves for touch screens
- Clothing with Central Heating
- Hyperdog 4-ball launcher arms you with a canine exercise ‘weapon’
- Goodbye gloves, hello Sanyo eneloop Kairo hand-warmers
Props to Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine
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It seems that quite a few children were discovered working in the factories where they assemble Apple products and components. Why this would come as a surprise to anyone is beyond me. Did people think Apple had a special brushed-aluminum facility surrounded by parks and fountains, where volunteer workers happily put together iPads just for the chance to be part of something magical? No, Apple is a gargantuan electronics company just like any other. I keep telling you! Hold them to a higher standard than Acer or Samsung and you’re bound to be disappointed.
The truth, as John pointed out in his series of articles describing China’s manufacturing districts, is that they’re all sweatshops of varying quality. Even 75% of the workflow is overseen correctly and employs no minors or what have you, what about the subcontracting for this piece of memory or that hinge? Can you guarantee that a fair wage was paid for that, or that kids weren’t involved?
It’s a fact of our globalized and consumer-oriented culture that we need to have stuff created as quickly and cheaply as possible. I’m not taking a position on this, I’m just saying that’s the way it is right now, and stuff like kids getting a dollar a day in Chinese factories is a consequence of it.
Props to CrunchGear
What do you get when you have space for a custom office setup, a good amount of cash, and the vision to make it all happen? Dozens of monitors and the need for your own personal power plant.
We’ve been watching Steve’s office since he first posted the construction pictures into the Lifehacker Workspace pool. Slowly we’ve watched his office take shape from a spackled room with naked monitor mounts into the jaw dropping display of computing power you see above.
Steve just finished the project and posted some pictures to update us, writing:
Originally there was to be 60 monitors, a mix of 19s and 24s however it changed a bit and there is now 40 24″ monitors and another 20 monitors offsite for development.
There is six computers running all the monitors, eac computer has a core i7 975, 24 gb of DDR 3 memory, two SLC SSDs in raid 0 and a large amount of nvidia NVS 420s as well as Nvidia 9800 GTs.
This office is used for intraday trading and development.
And by “intraday trading and development” he means displaying the world’s largest line chart screensaver when he isn’t using it to build a better bomb and issue demands of monetary compesation to world governments—or something like that we’d imagine. Check out more pictures of his awesome setup below:
You can check out more pictures of Steve’s office by visiting the various photo sets he shared during construction: Office construction, Office, and New Office Done.
If you have a workspace of your own to show off, throw the pictures on your Flickr account and add it to the Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool. Include some details about your setup and why it works for you, and you just might see it featured on the front page of Lifehacker.
Props to Lifehacker
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Save Web pages to read later with Instapaper app for iPhone
There are myriad RSS readers for the iPhone , but there’s one app we use for storing and reading text on the Web that we’ve kept using even as others have come and gone.
This one slipped under our radar this week, but it’s interesting nonetheless: Apple’s filed for a “Magic Trackpad” trademark, which would seemingly indicate that there’s a companion to the Magic Mouse in the works. That’s all we know for now, but recall that John Gruber at Daring Fireball hinted that Apple was working on a “multi-touch trackpad gadget for desktop Macs” back in October just before the revised white MacBook was released. Obviously nothing’s come of that yet, but it all seems to fit — either that, or Apple’s trademark attorneys are just trying to cover their bases. We’ll see what happens.
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Props to Engadget
So, the Sony Vaio P has a clone. Congrats, Sony! Too bad the mimicry ends with the aesthetics:
The appearance is spot on, but the insides are decidedly sub-par. The Atom processor is a less powerful than the processor offered in the Vaio P, and the memory maxes out at 1GB. If you’re comparing, that’s a full GB short of the original.
Since this is a clone however, the price is really the only area where one could say it “competes” with Sony’s premium-priced Vaio P.
The clone offers a 160GB for about $300, as well as a $380 model with 350GB storage, 2Gb ram and 3G.
Aaand scene. [Gizchina - Thanks, Andi]
Props to Gizmodo
It’s the end of may and i still have no android cupcake for my tmobile g1, when does the over the air update come out in san diego county?
I've had the mouse for a while and I like it generally, but I'm noticing that if you use a drop down menu in safari and hit the scroll wheel (even a little bit) it will cause the thing to lock up (hitting esc will free it up again).. it happens in a few other apps as well.
minor annoyance to be sure, but my previous mouse; the mx revolution didn't do this.
Props to gdgt – new in gadgets