iPod Screen with invisible shield protection

After writing about the Invisible Shield from shieldzone.com last week, I decided to try it out for myself. I bought (off eBay) a screen protector for my iPod.

iPod Invisible Shield

More after the jump, including a slideshow of the shield application.

Continue Reading 2 comments July 1st, 2006 Posted by Ash

Continued: Manage ALL your e-mail accounts through GMail

Accessing Labels

As promised in our first post on using GMail to manage all your email, we are going to show you how to set up filters and labels in GMail so that you can organise all email from a specific account within one folder.

Continue Reading Add comment June 25th, 2006 Posted by Ash

Ultrasound ringtone only teenagers can hear!

Back in April, an untrasound device was installed by a Theatre Square in the UK in an attempt to repell young trouble makers. It works by emitting a very annoying high pitched sound which can only be heard by young people. This is because most adults gradually lose the ability to hear high pitched sounds.

While this has proven effective in repelling yobs from the theatre square, it has also been exploited by teenagers as a ringtone which their teachers will not hear in class.

To find out if you can hear the ringtone dubbed the Mosquito Tone, listen the mp3 file here:

Mosquito Ringtone MP3

This has also been featured by the BBC and they have an audio clip (Real Player) demonstrating the use at the theatre square.

[Via The New York Times]

16 comments June 25th, 2006 Posted by Ash

Invisible Shield to protect your Gadgets

The invisible shield from ShiedZone is as the name suggests a very thin (about 0.2 mm or 0.0008 inches) film that you apply to the surface of your device (iPod, phone, laptop etc) to protect it. But this isn’t your typical cling film in the kitchen cupboard. It was originally designed for the US military to protect the edges of helicopter blades so the blades would withstand hundred mile-per-hour dust, dirt and sand.

With this level of toughness built into a film so thin, the invisible shield is guaranteed to protect your device from scratches without sacrificing its looks. The shield is so tough that it is almost impossible to rip it apart with a pen.

Pictures and Video after the jump.

Continue Reading 3 comments June 24th, 2006 Posted by Ash

Manage ALL your e-mail accounts through GMail


If like a lot of people you find it inconvenient and time consuming to check all your email accounts everyday, there is a way out! Through the use of Mail Forwarding, Labels and Filters within GMail, it is easy to set up all of your email accounts in one place. After this, you will no longer have to remember all the different passwords for each of your email accounts, nor will you have to log into many different sites to check all your email. You can do it all right within GMail. What’s more is that all your email will be searchable to Google’s quality results and with over 2GB of space, what more could you ask for?

Check out our guide after the jump.

Continue Reading 1 comment June 19th, 2006 Posted by Ash

Microsoft Outlook 2007 Beta: First Thoughts

Blue is the new RedFollowing on from our post on the new Microsoft Word 2007 beta, here are some first thoughts about the new Microsoft Outlook 2007 beta. I realise (and apologise) that more than just ‘a few days’ have passed since the last post on Microsoft Word 2007.
However, this has given me the time to put the new Outlook to the test under the conditions in which it would have really been used by someone on a daily basis instead of a simple tryout of the software.

Continue Reading Add comment June 13th, 2006 Posted by Ash

Adobe Systems threaten Microsoft over PDF integration!

The new Microsoft Office 2007 beta offers the option of saving your word, excel and powerpoint documents directly in pdf format. However, Adobe Systems see this as a threat to their business and have threatened to file a lawsuit against Microsoft for introducing this feature!

Save as PDF
Adobe threatens to sue Microsoft over Save As PDF feature

Adobe wants Microsoft to charge for the feature, which the Redmond company has refused to do. Smith said Adobe threatened to file an antitrust suit in Europe, and his company was preparing for that eventuality. Now, however Microsoft says it will make the feature available through a downloadable add-on.

It is interesting to see this happen considering that pdf is fully integrated not only within Apple’s OS X but also within the free Office Productivity Suite, Open Office!

[Via BetaNews]

Continue Reading Add comment June 3rd, 2006 Posted by Ash

Microsoft Office 2007 (beta): First thoughts (with screenshots of Ms Word)

Just over a week ago, Microsoft announced the availability of the beta 2 version of Microsoft Office along with Windows Vista.

I downloaded and installed the Office 2007 beta yesterday and here’s some first thoughts:

  1. Very heavy installation
  2. It took just under 1hr to install on my 1.6 GHz Pentium M running XP Pro (SP2) with 1GB RAM.

  3. New ‘Ribbon’ interface
  4. ms word ribbon
    Click to enlarge screenshot.

    The ‘ribbon’ interface makes it easier to access toolbar items by automatically displaying the toolbar relevant to what you are working with. For example, if you are editing an autoshape in Microsoft Word, the toolbar will automatically change to display the adjustable parameters for the autoshape. I see this as a definite improvement in Office as it makes more efficient use of space on your screen, something which is very precious nowadays with all the existing menus, task panes, etc. It also saves you time you would otherwise spend finding your way through context menus in search of a function.

  5. New Fonts to improve readability
  6. New fonts that take advantage of ClearType technology have been introduced in Office 2007. They have also optimized the spacing of the fonts, which combined with the new document styles ribbon makes it easy to produce more professional looking documents.

    Click to enlarge screenshot.

    I’ve found the styles very easy to use: Simply hovering your mouse pointer over a specific style will give you a preview of what your document will look like before you even apply it.

  7. Opening, Saving, Printing and Publishing Files
  8. The commands for opening, saving, printing and publishing files is now accessed through the rounded (vista style) button:


I shall be posting my first thoughts on the new Microsoft Outlook (beta 2) in the next few days. In the mean time, check out Microsoft’s own overview of Windows Vista here. Just don’t ignore the presenter (Tom Skerritt) during the show or he will come and get you! (your attention that is!)

You can download the Office 2007 (previously known as Office 12) beta 2 for free here. (Microsoft Live ID and registration required) While the beta hasn’t harmed my computer in any noticeable way, I recommend you go though the Disclaimer from Microsoft before downloading it.

Extract from Microsoft’s Page:

Beta software does not necessarily display the same high level of stability of shipped Microsoft products.

2 comments June 3rd, 2006 Posted by Ash

Make Firefox even Faster with Fasterfox!


Fasterfox is a Firefox extension that tweaks the network and performance settings to give you an even faster browsing experience! Like all firefox extensions, it’s a free download and will allow you:

to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay.

It also includes a popup blocker for those popups (initiated by flash plug-ins) that keep getting through although you have your built in pop-up blocker enabled!

Try it out for yourself at fasterfox.mozdev.org

Add comment June 1st, 2006 Posted by Ash

Mona Lisa modernised in Beijing

Mona Lisa - Technology Smilinig

A copy of the Mona Lisa made from hundreds of computer parts is displayed at a high tech exhibition in Beijing, Thursday May 25, 2006. The work is titled Technology Smiling. Images of the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci (1479-1528), have been seen around the world in recent days in promotions for the movie ‘The Da Vinci Code’. (AP Photo/EyePress)

Technology Smiling! It’s an interesting piece of art work that seems to have been made mainly from PC motherboard components! You can just about make out the many white PCI slots and the pink (serial?) ports! Definitely better work than some ‘work of art‘ I’ve come across in the past!

[Via Yahoo News Photo Highlight]

Continue Reading 1 comment May 30th, 2006 Posted by Ash

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