Jun
08
2009

Flxible buses

The story of Flxible is classic rust-belt stuff. Among other things, Flxible pioneered buses with a flexible midsection. If the bus you’re riding has a bellows section in the middle, thank (or blame) Flxible. They dropped the E to make it trademarkable. Friend of mine worked the assembly line in the 1980′s. Often wondered if […]

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May
06
2009

G5 thows a drive

So the venerable G5 tower of power has been having some disk issues lately. Program hangs, system hangs, general weirdness. Did a little troubleshooting, and it went beyond what disk utility or even Disk Warrior could fix. Finally cracked the case so I could move the drive to a firewire enclosure for more testing, and […]

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Apr
20
2009

Defend us Defendius!

Ideal for owners of wall crawling pets in need of exercise:the Defendius Labyrinth chain lock. Not so effective if you have a minotaur at the door though. (Via Toolmonger.)

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Oct
22
2006

Apple teardown manuals

Had an iBook G4 with a failed hard drive come my way recently. If you’ve ever looked into DIY hard drive replacement for a Mac laptop, you probably know there are few easier ways to brick a machine than by tearing it apart. iFixit has some very good disassembly guides on their site, and they […]

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Sep
04
2006

New Canon DSLR

Canon’s latest consumer DSLR, the EOS 400D, is about to hit the market. It’s the successor to the Digital Rebel XT. has 10 Megapixels, uses your old CF cards, and can be had for $799 (body only) to $899 (with 18-55mm lens). Read the full preview at Digital Photography Review, and try to contain your […]

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Jun
22
2006

TechnoTiki

Found this on Gizmodo: an LCD monitor framed entirely in bamboo! At £323 for a 19″ model, it’s not too bad a deal if the glass is decent.

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Feb
20
2006

Review: Belkin Wireless G Plus Router

Short version for ADD readers: the Belkin Wireless G Plus Router rocks! Wireless connectivity has become one of those essentials I can’t do without. Nothing’s better than sitting on the couch with a laptop and no wires. Although with the battery down to a nub in my G3 iBook, a power cord is pretty essential […]

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Jan
19
2006

Konica Minolta ditches cameras, film

As if Nikon’s retreat from the film market wasn’t shocking enough, Konica Minolta has announced their own withdrawl from the photography market. Sony is purchasing what’s left of their camera business, and the company will stop manufacturing film and paper by March 2007. I don’t think too many people will miss Konica Minolta’s film and […]

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Jan
16
2006

First MacIntel benchmarks dribbling out

The first Intel iMacs have made their way from Apple Store shelves into the hands of early adopters, and some of those users have submitted Xbench benchmarks. There are also some anecdotal benchmarks available in the MacAddict Forums. Comparing the iMac Intel to the Powermac G5 (both at 2.0Ghz) yields a very mixed bag of […]

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Jan
12
2006

Nikon and film parting ways in the U.K.

Nikon UK has issued a press release stating that they’re discontinuing all their large format and enlarger lenses, and most of their camera bodies and manual focus lenses. Nikon anticipates the existing product stock will be gone by mid-summer 2006. Although the press release is UK specific, it certainly implies that this will be a […]

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