Archive for the 'Gadgets' Category

A Marvellous, Amazing, Exciting Ink Shopping Experience

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

At least I expect that is what HP has prepared for me. Hewlett Packard keep giving me this annoying nag popup window urging me to install a “simple, smart utility” that “uses the Internet to help you find, compare and repurchase genuine HP supplies” for my specific printer.

HP Printer Ink Shopping

At first glance that does not sound very exciting, but look it is 4.9MB. 4.9MB! - It must be some sort of interactive, fully immersive 3D shopping experience that would put the old to shame. To require a 4.9MB download, plus an internet connection, I bet they have figured out a way to let you be hundreds of kilometres away and yet still sniff the ink and get paper cuts from paper specially selected for “your specific printer”. I’ll bet you can virtually bathe in Vivera ink and feel it squish between your toes.

I can hardly wait to try it, but I think I am going to try putting it off for a few days longer, so that anticipation will help me to truly savour the experience. Besides, I am a bit busy today, and figure I really should wait until I have half a day to properly devote to the delicious, invigorating ink repurchasing extravaganza that awaits me.

Combustible Dells

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

I thought it was funny to see Greenpeace congratulating Dell for agreeing to phase out “all types of brominated flame retardents” in the same week as The Inquirer published photos of a Dell laptop exploding fairly spectacularly.

According to Greenpeace, most computer users are willing to pay extra for a “greener” computer. I wonder if they are willing to pay extra for a computer that does not burst into flames too?

Dell Configurator

Shiny Electronic Toy Goodness

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

So I have put in my preorder for an Optimus Mini Three keyboard.


In case you missed it, they are a three button keypad, with each button being a 96×96 pixel colour screen. Now $33 a button is an expensive keyboard, but $33 per monitor seems like good value.

They are supposed to ship on May 15, so I look forward to it.

What do you get when you put out a press release that says “MOMMY, DADDY…YOU’RE MY HEROES!”?

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Shoes full of vomit, if you are anywhere near me, that’s what.

Just what every child needs for Christmas, a $300 toy that is afraid of the dark and needs reassuring. Behold Butterscotch the robo pony, a Hasbro offering for this Christmas.

Butterscotch the robo pony

Read the official press release in all its gag inducing glory.