John Brownlee


Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • Robot faced keytoppers started the robotification of Brownlee's home at the front portal. • We were serenaded by the sound of a thousand iPhone App Store farts. • Honda claimed they could, like, totally send a dude to the moon. • Secondrun.tv released a neat Media Center Extender to allow better streaming of Hulu on home theater PCs. • Brownlee considered gorgeous restored reel-to-reel tape decks as objects of art. • Obama may have pushed a bill through to delay the digital television transition, but 40% of all television stations are shutting off their analog transmissions next week anyway. • Someone finally got the iPhone external juice pack slim and right. • lolwut? What the hell is this thing even supposed to be? • Steve McQueen's zombie endorsed an absolutely gorgeous watch. • Lamborghini entered the stiletto heel game. • Palm's Pre continues to shape up as everything the iPhone is not, except sexy: they're killing off PalmOS, setting up deals with International Carriers, and will allow installation of applications through USB. • And if you haven't read it yet, Joel's thought piece on why the PSP failed and what Sony can do to ace the PSP2 is a must-read... or at least skim. Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • We got the details on an unofficial developer camp for the Palm Pre. • Dell released a sweet new multi-touch capable tablet, the XT2. • Brownlee discovered luxury speakers that looked like sacrificial alter from another world. • HP will be shipping their netbooks with an insane three versions of Windows 7, including the Starter Edition, which only allows three applications to run simultaneously. • If you're going to offer an over-expensive service for turning an Apple laptop into a tablet, do yourself a favor and animate the process in stop-motion like these guys. • The Sony Vaio P is a sexy little not-netbook, no doubt, but if you really want it to shine, put XP on it. • Brownlee thinks everyone should buy a smartphone, and recommends a pretty excellent seeming one. • Beschizza spotted a skinny iPhone clone useable for jugular slicing. • Stackable Duplo bricks become a swank, extendable USB hub. • We scratched our heads over the Isophone, a sensory deprivation system for teleconferencing. • Joel sucked himself through a dimensional vortex and took an ultrsasonic bath, complete with "spurting endometrial nozzles." • So erotic, toothpaste squeezing. • Brownlee discovered an antifreeze ice cream scoop, although he thinks it'll work on other flavors. • We discovered that Unix time will be 1234567890 on Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 18:31:30. • Brownlee toured the terrifying and beautiful monster factories of Japan. • Beschizza totally eviscerated an Author Guild's director's absolutely ridiculous claim that the Kindle 2's text-to-speech ability is illegal and a violation of property theft. And more besides! Come read us. Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets: • We discovered that cheap LCD handheld games have always been there, and always been bad. &bull Rob shook his head and clucked his tongue over some Swarovski encrusted headphones. • We marveled at a retrofuturistic electric cannon. • Humidifying through solid state technology, aka concrete. • We looked at some incredible junk art robots by Mike Rivamonte. • All nixie tube clocks look the same, which is to say, awesome. • We learned how to turn an ordinary flashlight into an eyeball melting, balloon popping laser pointer. • Brownlee's favorite netbook, the Samsung NC10, got even better. • A soused-up Doctor Who played grab ass with Richard Dawkins' wife in some retro computer ads. • A springwound clock ripped from a nuclear submarine equaled CCCP chic. • Amazon finally announced the Kindle 2 ebook reader, which is thinner, has better battery life and will read to you aloud. It is pretty rad... • ...but a helpful reader mocked up what the Kindle 2 should have been And, needless to say, much more besides. Please, come read us: booze exchange for page views!

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • We considered jamming wooden ear buds into our cochleas. • Bill Gates unleashed malaria-stricken mosquitoes on Silicon Valley. • Verizon Wireless did not understand the decimal experience. • We thought about hard drives on a planetary scale. • We looked at an interesting concept phone, half Blackberry Storm, half Optimus Maximus. • Amazon misunderstood the prime purpose of a fleshlight. • Steampowered R2D2! • Let that modern day Cyrando de Bergerac, Mr. Brando himself, inspire Tesla-powered love in our hearts. • We watched Tetris blocks tumble from the sky. • Rob clued us in on how to make all joysticks wireless. • Brownlee admired a machinist/inventor's pedal-powered submarine, which he hopes to pilot across the Atlantic. • Joel admired a steampunk plasma bell jar. • We discovered that the Vaio P may not be the netbook we all were waiting for. • Rob horded some weapon pens that can be used even more ably to stab out someone's eyes. • We pulled out LEGO minifig visors over our eyes and called it a day. And much more besides! Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets: • FujiFilm released a digicam that, for once, didn't try too hard to pimp its megapixels. • Brownlee considered the structural integrity of hamburgers. • Windows 7 will be coming in the same editions as Windows Vista, despite the fact that there's only a need for exactly two. • Apple may no longer make 160GB iPods, but you can cram 240GBs in there. • We looked at a gorgeous photoset of Bell Labs' 1960s data center. • We heard through the grapefine that Apple will allow background apps on the iPhone. • We saw spy pics for the new Acer smartphone. • We watched about 15 old commercials for toy robots. • Joel salivated over NAMM Oddities: a gallery of wonderfully weird musical instruments. • We shook our heads and wondered how GM could kill the electric car. • One of these gaming mouses is not like the other. • We petted and cooed over a robot bunny with a plasma globe for a head. • Meet the Tesla of electric motorcycles: the $69,000 Mission One. • We marveled at an entire African industry of professional gadget chargers. • Best Buy refused to honor the prices of a no longer solvent competitor. • Tron and Depeche Mode proved a chocolate meets peanut butter sort of combo. • Beschizza reviewed the iGO everywhereMax juicing station. • Joel found an incredible mount to allow microscopic DSLR photos. And more besides! Come read us. Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • Brownlee admired a wall-mountable keyhole orb. • Nikon announced a couple Rear Window style superzoom digicams. • Google Japan advertised Chrome with a dash of Sesame Street. • We saw exactly how much Rolex sand equals a human lifetime. • Space Invaders invaded our gin and tonics. • NVIDIA's Ion platform for Atom processors is looking like a huge leap forward for netbooks and nettops. • A shark fin tea-infuser caused Brownlee to remember a horrible day at the beach. • Microsoft's recent layoffs have resulted in thrift stores stuffed to the gills with old Zune t-shirts. • We discovered that a Hackintosh compared pretty swankly to the iBook when it comes to running Leopard. • We learned about the possible existence of a now canceled Yahoo Phone. • Joel dove into the futuristic automobile technology of robot cars and whistle cars. • A winged Illuminati eye seduced us back into the days of 4,096 color monitors. • Rob reviewed a set of iFrogz cans. • Joel absolutely shreed on the B.C. Rich double neck guitar. • We lounged countergravitationally on uncomfortable lounge chairs held aloft by the magic of magnetism. And a lot more besides. Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • We learned that we had easy access to 626,369 free songs. • Implored you to stop paying attention to megapixels. • Casio decided to go head-to-head with the iPhone. • We lusted after an awesome shirt of a Helvetica robot. • An army of creepy mannequins pimped the Vaio P. • Professor Rubik announced his successor to the Rubik's cube. • We did not consider very seriously the possibility of paying $26,000 for a glass pool table. • Joel posted another entry in the Optimist/Pessimist series, this time about T-Mobile offering loans for new phones. • We dug a lot of green design gadgets concepts, but especially a used coffee ground printer. • Timex's new WS4 series of watches is plenty swank. • Asus announced a new netbook with a ten hour battery life. • GoDaddy's SuperBowl advertising featured a lot of T&A, and that's causing a surprising amount of controversy. • Speed Dating came to the iPhone, and Joel was the first in line. • Rob reviewed a host of gadgets: the Pharos smartphone, a Mickey Mouse speaker and the Pyramat speaker. • We promised to post more about awesome medical equipment with lasers. Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • Samsung shoved 32GBs into a single stick of RAM. • We examined some multi-chromatic electromagnetic chart porn. • Pixel art makes good (if illegible) book jackets. • Brownlee was nostalgic for the days of Prodigy and the <s> emoticon. • Swaying in the wind, sixteen fabric inflatable robots. • Steve Jobs and Bill Gates made out in the Macintosh Dating Game. • We tried to formulate a question to ask sci-fi writers that would, fifty years from now, juxtapose the actual path of future technology with our own subconscious expectations of which way that path will wind. That won't make a lot of sense, so just read the post. • Beschizza broke rocks with a hammer made of engine parts. • The BBC got punked into believing in a magical cell phone created by Oompa Loompas. • We looked at some cool wallets made from cassette tapes. • We argued bitterly about the merits of a Space Invaders watch that doesn't actually play Space Invaders. • Kittens rode a Roomba around the room. • A clockwork trilobyte crawled out of the wreckage of the post-apocalypse. • We jumped to our feet and applauded the world's first vertical backflip on a Big Wheel. And more besides. Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets, we... • Looked at a neat MacBook netbook concept with shades of the Vaio P. • Found a limited edition speaker even Godzilla would love. • Discovered that iPhoto 2009 knows LOLCats. • Watched someone faceplant on a Segway. • Wildly pointed around a vintage, Vietnam-era camera gun. • Allowed SEGA to tell us how to make love. "At the beat, make love harder!" I'm trying! • Found out that the Dell Mini Inspiron 9 has a better screen than a $2500 MacBook Pro. • Learned how to staplessly staple. • Looked at some of our readers' bitching laptop art. • Discovered a strange netbook with a removable OS drive. • Put Adobe Photoshop CS4 on 6,400 floppies. • Arranged four magnets on our desk in just such a way that they floated in thin air. • Looked at a 15th century steam-driven iPhone prototype. • Wore some awesomely cyberpunk Apple concept devices from the early 90s. And more besides. Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • We hung Jeeves and Wooster top hats from the ceiling and called them lampshades. • Rob slathered the walls of his house with anti-WIFI paint. • Panasonic's new Lumix digicams went both waterproof and metallically chromatic. • We discovered an acceleration pedal that does nothing but make vroom vroom noises. Finally! I can stop using my mouth! • Beer tab corsets sparked commentary debate about whether it was possible to get good beer in a can. Answer: yes, duh. • This new Korean MP3 player has a really cool pixelart UI. • Kim Jong Il intends on launching five rockets to drag the moon back to North Korea. • Joel saw a plot to sneak product ads into Windows 7 context menus. • We waxed eloquently for a recumbent Big Wheel for adults. • We hung out in the cockpit of NASA's space shuttle in high-def. • Brownlee secretly photographed an avatar of breathtaking physical violence using a netbook, and wondered who Asus' Marlboro Man would be. • Rob started a PhotoShop contest: what will this liquidated Circuit City become? And more besides! Come read! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • A woman with uncanny valley fingers showed off the phone watch of tomorrow. • A speedboat in the shape of a guitar went on sale. • The Phantom of the Opera advertised a chess set. • Knight Rider could not afford an iPhone. • John loved the look of Jolicloud, a Linux distro for netbooks. • Pastel colors came back to rack-mounted synthesizers. • Spectacles went USB. • We discovered that laser-etching a Moleskine can kill you. • Someone invented the better ice tray. • We discovered the most adorable C-3P0 ever. • Palm responds to Apple's veiled lawsuit threats: "Bring it." • Roadside LED signs were easily hacked to warn about upcoming zombie outbreak zones. • We all revealed our hearts and souls by starting a gallery of our laptop sticker art. And much more besides! Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets we looked at an inexplicable, gravitationally-defiant watch and discovered that Malia Obama uses a cute little Kodak digicam. An inflatable gladiator set gives co-workers the option of non-lethally beating each other's brains out, and Brownlee pined for a button-cute proto-Roomba from 1985. Apple threatened to sue Palm, kinda. A neato lamp was both a bookmark and a lighting source. Robot Insects, spark plug bugs and butterfly ornithopters. We also discovered the history of the Mac boot-up beep and the surprising fact that Darth Vader likes to drag race. Joel pined to be a little girl on Sesame Street eating Maraschino cherries and Dr. Manhattan kicked the crap out of the Viet Cong. Rob revisited a 1984 Mac review while Xeni linked a Casio Watch with the closing of Gitmo. And, as always, there were a couple of fun little iPhone projects. Link

Today at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets we flung ninja star tacks at the walls and listened to the buzz of clockwork bees. A wooden hand lifted an iPhone aloft in defiance. A turtle danced to our music collections and a LOLcat became a subwoofer. Sanyo announced their newest lineup of Xacti camcorders, while 4Chan invented an incredible scientific device. Coverflow became a useless shelf and Dr. Manhattan filmed the Apollo Moon Landings. Joel discovered why neatsfoot oil remains liquid at room temperature unlike other animal fats. Brownlee fantasized about riding on a mech robot's junk. We looked at a Golden Throat box from the good old days, and Rob thought the new Robocop should be carbon fire. There was a thrust-counting cock ring. Cut and paste came to the iPhone. A cute robot danced in a tuxedo. A guy demonstrated his awesome bionic arm while T-Mobile danced in Liverpool. LEGO went crackwhore and druggie. We discovered what a sink of packing peanuts dissolves into. And these are some bitching robot tattoos. Link

Recently at Boing Boing Gadgets... CES!

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Recently at Boing Boing Gadgets, we hit CES 2009! We commenced "reporting" (re: boozing) at CES Unleashed, where it became clear — even early into the conference — that the recession had hit CES hard. Never the less, Beschizza found a touching reason to be optimistic, and so, galvanized, we went into CES Day Two with high spirits. Live blogging was the order of the day on Day Two. Joel covered Ludacris and Monster Cable while Brownlee watched LG announce a Dick Tracy camera watch and declare life to be grim. Beschizza was there to write up Netgear's announcement of a deck-of-card-sized video streaming device. Then came Casio, Sharp and Toshiba, and Samsung... although all of the day's announcements had their thunder stolen by Sony's announcement of the sexy not-netbook, the Vaio P. Rob even got a chance to get a hands on. To finish off the day, Joel harassed some people in line at the Ballmer keynote. Today is Day 3, and the first day the CES showfloor is actually open. Beschizza rushed off early to cover Sir Howard Stringer's Sony keynote, and applauded the CEO for noting that the future is in open source. Meanwhile, Brownlee feasted upon omelettes courtesy of Dell. Joel puttered around the Las Vegas Convention Center, snapping shots of blinged out iPod boomboxes and television mounting kits for idiots. And Rob really wants this car. We're at CES for another couple of days, so make sure to keep up with our coverage over at Boing Boing Gadgets. It can only get even more random and profane as exhaustion sets in! Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, a graffiti artist left a curious message for Brownlee on his front doorstep, and Joel did not pay six dollars to dink around on an iPhone Stylophone. Beschizza was outraged that breaking a web site's terms of service has been made a crime. Elecom finally made a waterproof SD card. Joel lusted after a Poulsen kit that will turn any car into a hybrid. Meanwhile, Beschizza spent all morning as a paranoiac, obsessing over the spy messages in number signals. Circuit City's bankruptcy fire sale is not extending to their fire extinguishers. Nokia finally unveiled their flip-up QWERTY touchscreen, the N97. Brownlee was surprised by how nice gadgetry looks in the aesthetic of oriental pottery and looked like an idiot wondering about when Apple was going to sell their premium in-ear headphones when they had just that moment gone on sale. The FCC leaked the Sony's new netbook, There was a strange halved keyboard from Japan. Fujitsu offered a free laptop replacement every three years to their customers. Some cool junkbots were on display, and Palm blames the economy for their plummeting revenue when the truth is more obvious. Finally, the game of Operation finally meets lockpicking. And John slathers his face in moist gobs of MomSpit. Link