Archive for October, 2009:


Here’s a 2.8MB one of it with the lens off. There are faces galore. Thoughtful Canon.


It may be possible that, in 20 years time, a broken one might be found on the shelves of a charity shop, after the original owner died and his uncaring children boxed his stuff up quick to get the house sold without first checking eBay to see if any of it was worth anything. You never know.

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*Jingle* Promotional Image of the Weeeek

For Chimney Sweep Safety Week. Hopefully this image is illustrating where NOT to put your LAPTOP when SWEEPING A CHIMNEY.


It’s nice that children have been replaced by women. Men still refuse to sweep chimneys, simply lighting fires and presuming it will all be OK. There’s a press release.

Most Recent Chimney Fire Statistics Indicate Increasing Importance of Annual Chimney Sweeping and Inspections

PLAINFIELD, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the temperatures begin to cool, the Chimney Safety Institute of America ( issues its annual chimney inspection reminder. Both the CSIA and the National Fire Protection Association ( recommend annual chimney inspections by a qualified professional and sweeping when necessary.

“Don’t think that just because you have not used your chimney lately that it is ready to go,” reminds Ashley Eldridge, CSIA’s Director of Education. “Any variety of things, such as animals, can get into your chimney in the off-season.”

According to the most recent statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 25,100 chimney fires are responsible for 30 deaths and $126.1 million in property damage on average each year.

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Gadgets with FACES #181: A Sanyo clock radio

Look on the top, before you WHINGE. Sanyo would appear to be offering us all a very, very sad way to start the day.


Have emailed Sanyo asking for aerial photo of button area, to clarify functions.

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Samsung plays nasty trick on poor product display technician

“Here, love, put these glasses on and sit near the FISH TANK…”


Pictures from here, which could be the best place in the entire world, if only the pictures got bigger when you clicked on them


Maybe there’s some sort of special click you have to do?


Sent in by “Jamie” who didn’t supply the secret ‘big images’ code.


We’ll just have to squint and imagine.

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SanDisk has done something with NAND flash

Don’t really understand much of it. Do understand this:


There’s a bit of a Photoshop Disaster(TM) going on in the close-up, although we’ll let them off as it must be hard holding two very small things in such a precise fashion.

SanDisk Ships World’s First Flash Memory Cards with 64 Gigabit X4 (4-Bits-Per-Cell) NAND Flash Technology

Revolutionary X4(tm) technology combines advanced proprietary controller algorithms with world’s largest-capacity monolithic 64 Gigabit Flash chip

Volume shipments of SDHC(tm) and Memory Stick PRO(tm) cards employing X4 technology began in September 2009

MILPITAS, Calif. SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced it has begun production shipments of flash memory cards based on the company’s advanced X4 flash memory technology. This innovative new technology holds four bits of data in each memory cell, twice as many as the cells in conventional multi-level cell (MLC) NAND (2-bits-per-cell) memory chips.

Based on 43-nanometer (nm) process technology, the 64-gigabit (Gb) NAND flash chip is the highest-density single-die memory device in the world to enter production. SanDisk is shipping 8 gigabyte (GB)1 and 16GB SDHC cards as well as 8GB and 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo(tm) cards using X4 technology.

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Let’s look back upon 2009 with…









Poor old reader “GigerPunk” has been bursting his little seams over the Teclast 2009 calendar, which he supposedly emailed in several months ago when a 2009 calendar update may have been a bit more relevant than it is today.


“How on earth did we miss the Teclast 2009 calendar until now? It’s a solid 12 months of ‘would’ (13 if you count the cover, weirdo) – November (‘Purple’) being a particular fave, if only for the outstanding pose. Shall have to keep an eye out for the 2010 calendar, don’t want to miss that” – GigerPunk.


This has instantly become our second-favourite calendar of the moment.


“Mr Photographer, sir. Terribly sorry, sir, there’s been a mistake. The blouses haven’t arrived in time for the… what? Do the shoot anyway? Well… OK…”


JUST PANTS! Would a reader with lots of patience please try to locate this “set” on the Teclast web site? Thanks.


1980s British housewife cosplay.


Don’t like this one. It looks like it’s from a rape counselling brochure.






Have a virtually pornographic November.


Drumper! We’ll try to get 2010’s to you slightly quicker.

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LG BL40 “Chocolate” phone launch shame

Blimey. Found this. Seems to be from an amazingly decadent LG launch party for its new “Chocolate” mobile. She must’ve been craned into position judging by her shoes.


Not entirely sure if that’s a real woman or a mannequin, but would still like to spend five minutes prodding it before pulling one of its legs off to take home as a trophy.


Everyone’s going to feel very silly tomorrow morning. Especially the man.

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Samsung ST550 seen at ACTUAL SIZE

We have, once again, been lied to.


At least we’re getting lied to in a new and interesting way. Usually things turn out to be smaller than we were initially lead to believe.

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Major corporation RUINS things with faces

American Express has mainstream-ised the ‘faces’ thing in the US. Now every commoner is going to be taking photos of public ashtrays, ironing boards and toilet hand dryers.

This won’t stop us doing it, mind. A thing is a thing, regardless of if it’s been DONE TO DEATH or not.

“I don’t know if anyone has had the heart to show you this yet. Clearly, someone at American Express’ ad agency has stolen your intellectual property and made an enormous pile of US dollars off it. It’s only the inanimate objects with *angry* faces from now on, then, yes?” – Robotslave.

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Star Trek USB flash drive

Look at the depressing quality of that plastic. Nearly one entire centimetre of soft, chunky material not even fit for a child’s building block. It’s not even glossy. They haven’t tried to make it look like a futuristic composite space material. You couldn’t fashion a weapon out of it.

Kirk would TEAR this off in embarrassment.


They should’ve done away with the tin and spent more on the drive itself.

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