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English-Japanese-Chinese Mobile Voice Translator December 30, 2009

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Japan, Star Trek Technology, Toys.
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Toshiba has announced (but I can’t yet find where to buy) an application which translates spoken phrases from any of these three languages to any of the other two.  Nifty.

This isn’t a teaching aid, but it could be a lifesaver to a traveler.  The very best part, is that it is entirely contained within the PDA; it does not require interaction with a server, so no data link is required.  This is a big deal, since the data costs in backwards countries like the USA are exorbitant.

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It Doesn’t Just Make Coffee December 29, 2009

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Toys, Video.
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I wonder where the maker got all the nifty toys for the robot to shoot?  Still, he forgot to use the best weapon of all:

Still doesn’t fetch me a beer though.

Anti-Virus Kitten December 29, 2009

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This is much more charming than it has any right to be.

 

You can sell anything with babies, puppies and kittens.  Especially kittens.

Wikipedia December 11, 2009

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Books, Brilliant words, Toys, Uncategorizable.
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is possibly the best thing on the web (depending on your needs).  Swelling like a hammered thumb, it Wikipedia Affiliate Button provides more and better information to millions of people every day.  A downloadable version of it can be found at wikitaxi.org, although I confess I do not know how to get it onto a portable drive (long story:skip on down to continue.  I bought a 16GB SDHC card and attempted to load the wiki database onto it.  It wouldn’t go; turns out the SDHC card is FAT32 formatted and can only accept 4GB or smaller files.  I reformatted the SDHC card to NTFS using Windows XP’s format tool, and now the card is no longer visible to Windows…and therefore a complete brick.  Can anyone help me with this?).

Wikipedia needs money to continue.  It is the second or third largest server of information in the world, after Google and sex.com (I made that up).  Still, they need cash.  Click on the globe above to make a donation in credit card or PayPal.

A Bright Little Tune December 3, 2009

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Video.
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A lovely a capella ditty about the sun that is the source of all our power.

Another little song, with larger scope.

Finally, They Might Be Giants’ take on the subject.