Outstanding bandwidth tests with Speedtest.net

While there are many companies out there offering to test your internet’s connection speed, some will even charge you a subscription fee for a simple Download and Upload rate.

This is where Speedtest.net really stands out. It’s FREE and it has an outstanding graphical user interface that overlays your location and that of its servers on a map.

After the speed test, Speedtest.net displays the results and offers you a cool banner to display them in any webpage!

Another interesting feature of Speedtest.net is that it saves all test results originating from your IP address and displays them every time you visit their homepage!

In fact, on my first visit to Speedtest.net I was greeted with a set of results already!

I actually connect to the Internet from behind a NAT (Network Address Translator) on a corporate network. So, there are many others who share my external IP address!

It seems like at least another person on my network has discovered Speedtest.net before I did! And whoever it was somehow has a much better connection than I do despite being on the same network and sharing the same external IP:

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Modular PC: Dell XCS Concept PC

In an age where the Hi-Fi is becoming obsolete, designer Matthew Ritter has come up with this Hi-Fi looking concept PC! The idea is to design all internal components as cartridges which the user can very easily take in or out.


“Each component is a modular and shaped so that it cannot be inserted into the wrong place. A number system was also developed to replace confusing specifications that are present on today’s software.”

It would be great, if this design made it to the market. No more digging into the messy internals of current PCs to simply add a second hard drive or more memory!

We’ll have to wait and see whether Dell will bring out the XCS anytime soon. Or maybe Apple will beat them to it by introducing this modular concept in the yet to be announced Intel Power Mac replacement.…

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Removing invisible shield from iPod: Easy?

A few weeks back, I got an invisible shield for my iPod’s screen. I was so satisfied with it that I decided to go for a full body shield for my iPod.

Now that my all new full body shield is here, just how easy will it be to remove the old screen shield so that I can put on the new one? According to the FAQ on Shield Zone’s website,

Q: How do I remove the invisible SHIELD if I need to?
A: Removing the invisible SHIELD from your electronic device is easier than it may seem. It is much like peeling off a sticker. You will want to start at one corner and slowly peel back small pieces at a time until the invisible SHIELD has completely been removed from off of your device.

Is a material as tough as the invisible shield (which was originally designed to protect the edges of military helicopter blades) as easy to remove as Shield Zone claims? Let’s find out!

Conclusion: The invisible shield is strong enough that it won’t come off accidentally but if you need to take it off for any reason, that won’t be a problem! In fact Shield Zone recommends that you remove your shields if you have to send off your device for repairs and they will send you a brand new shield free of charge to replace it!…

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USB “Air Conditioned” Shirt

Ex Sony technician, Kouzi Ichigaya has come up with a simple idea to keep cool this summer: The USB Air Conditioned Shirt. It’s powered either by USB or AA batteries or through your car’s cigarette lighter.

Somewhat to my disappointment however, it’s not exactly air-conditioned. The shirt simply features two fans on each side of the waist which blow air inside the shirt. This leads to evaporation cooling by vaporizing sweat without the use of any heat pumpsas is the case in air conditioners. It’s nevertheless a cool idea, but to be fair, I think it ought to be called the air-cooled shirt.…

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Hard Drive Tech explained by Hitachi

During my cyber-travels today I came across this animation from hitachi that attempts to explain perpendicular technology in hard drives in a very interesting and lively way. Thought I’d share the video

Simply click on the above picture and let the flash animation load. Don’t forget to turn up the volume!

On the other hand, if you want a more scientific explanation of perpendicular recording technology or if you just want to know how hard drives work, here are some links:

  • Perpendicular Recording
  • The Superparamagnetic Effect
  • How Hard Disks Work

If you enjoyed the “Go Perpendicular” animation, here’s another educational video from hitachi.…

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