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Category archive: Gadgets

Reminder tags

The other morning, I woke up with an idea for what could be a nifty tech toy: reminder tags. I'm... (More...)

RIP, Steven L. Inness

When I was in 7th and 8th grade, at Wilbur Middle School, the school's computer lab had a couple of... (More...)

Spinner fidget toys

I recently learned about a hot new toy: the spinner fidget toy. You hold it between thumb and finger... (More...)

Pournelle on ebooks, from 1980

Late in 2015, I read an issue of Destinies (a “paperback magazine”) from 1980; it included a piece by Jerry... (More...)

iPhone 6 Plus thoughts so far

I bought an iPhone 6+, mainly because it's almost exactly the size that I've been wanting for an ebook reader... (More...)

Some pros and cons of Glass

Mat Honan wore Google Glass for much of 2013; in an article for Wired, he talks about what it's like... (More...)

When the Internet of Things fails

For the past three or four weeks, I've had a blizzard of technological failures. There was a period when my... (More...)

My favorite April Fool's items

My favorite April Fool's items this year were some great products from Think Geek: Play-Doh 3D Printer Dharma Initiative Alarm... (More...)

The transparent society: arriving soon?

I read only an excerpt from David Brin's 1998 nonfiction book The Transparent Society, but the gist of its argument... (More...)

3D printing explosion

Seems like everyone's talking about 3D printing lately. For the first time, I'm actually tempted to buy a 3D printer,... (More...)

New toy!

I was sad a couple weeks ago when ThinkGeek sold out of portal guns six minutes before I saw... (More...)

Best. Demo. Ever.

Google's annual developer conference, I/O, is going on this week at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Yesterday morning, the keynote... (More...)

My first Kindle

The latest generation of the Kindle—not the Kindle Fire, not the Kindle Touch, just the plain old Kindle—finally has the... (More...)

ecomics: Birds of Prey

DC Comics is rebooting various series and characters, and Dave S linked the other day to a good article by... (More...)

iPad 2

Tried out an iPad 2 in the store a few weeks ago, shortly after it came out; liked it a... (More...)

New mobile device

I recently purchased a new mobile device. It arrived in the mail yesterday. It's portable; it can perform all sorts... (More...)

Judging a person by their book covers

In olden days when people used to read printed books, if you saw someone reading in public, you might be... (More...)

I think I've ordered an iPhone 4

Kept trying the iPhone preorder process now and then all day. It kept timing out for most of the day.... (More...)

Some notable forthcoming June events

A few things I'm looking forward to over the next couple weeks: Wednesday, June 16: Closing arguments in the Prop... (More...)

Virtual Personal Assistant

I had previously seen Apple's visionary 1987 concept video of the Knowledge Navigator (6 minutes). That was twenty-three years ago,... (More...)

A few iPad notes

People keep asking me if I've gotten my iPad yet. But in fact, I don't really have much interest in... (More...)

What I want in an ebook reader

Today's iPad announcement reminds me to finish and post an entry I started a couple weeks ago. There are now... (More...)

Ice spheres and water marbles

A set of interesting and thematically linked items, I think via BoingBoing: A scientific hoax/trick/joke: water marbles. The video shows... (More...)

Description of a PDA

I came across the following description of a PDA in a book a while back; I sent it out in... (More...)

Cylon jack-o'-lantern

Over at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories a few years back, they provided schemata for how to make a Cylon jack-o'-lantern.... (More...)

What time zone am I in?

Arrived at the Bozeman airport on time, turned on my iPhone, and was surprised to discover that it was after... (More...)

Items: assorted videos

Some videos with no connecting theme: Drawdio: Turn Almost Anything Into a Theremin. Make electronic music by drawing on a... (More...)

Digital photo frame

I've been wanting a digital photo frame for quite a while. It seemed like a great solution to the question... (More...)

New favorite Treo app

Google Maps is now available as a standalone app for the Treo. (More...)

Location-based alarms

I just had a cool idea, though it may not be original (and it may not be feasible with current... (More...)

Partner Ballroom Dance Robot

Well, my Britannica arrived, but they sent me the 2005 version instead of the 2006 version. Sigh. But they correctly... (More...)

Bouncy ball-droppy soundy pingy thing

Scott introduced me to a nifty software toy: BallDroppings, available for Mac, Windows, and mobile phones, plus a Java version.... (More...)

Items: Robot fish and zombie worms, and other tech toys

This set is somewhat miscellaneous, but a lot of it has to do with cool toys: hardware, software, and other.... (More...)

Missing week

I got sick a little over a week ago, and although there've been days of non-sickness mixed in during that... (More...)