Scott Merrill


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  • Christmas Memories: our first VCR


    I have vague recollections of watching Pinwheel on QUBE, but my parents canceled the subscription before I became a television-watching zombie. After that, we were one of the only families I knew that didn’t have cable. All my friends had cable, so I would orchestrate any opportunity to spend the night at friends’ houses so that I could get my television fix at their houses. Then… Read More

  • iGo power gear now with garlic, to ward off vampire power


    iGo, a leading developer of multi-device chargers for laptop computers and mobile electronic devices, plans to roll out some new items at their first-ever visit to CES, just a few weeks away. The iGo Laptop Charger, with iGo Green™ Technology, lets you “[c]harge your laptop and other devices from any standard wall outlet, including automatic shut-off and recovery to reduce vampire… Read More

  • Angry mob attacks Nokia store in India

    Nokia’s maps caused a big stir in Jabalpur city, India, because they show Kashmir as being part of Pakistan. Led by members of the youth wing of BJP, one of India’s political parties, an angry mob seized Nokia handsets from a local store and set them on fire. Take that, Nokia! The local BJP legislator claimed Nokia’s transgression was “a case of anti-nationalism. Read More

  • Make VoIP calls using only a web browser

    A couple days ago we received a press release for a new service named CallingAmerica, which permits you to make free VoIP calls to U.S. phone numbers using only your web browser. Offered free of charge, users are required to look at advertisements for about 10 seconds before calls are connected (AdBlock Plus worked just fine to suppress the ads, by the way). Read More

  • High-speed internet on high-speed trains

    Shinkansen by Bistrosavage When I was in Sweden last year, I enjoyed the fact that the rail service taking me from Malmö to Linköping offered WiFi on the trains, utilizing a combination of satellite, 3G and GSM for the uplink. I didn’t end up using it, choosing instead to sleep, but it was a reassuring feeling to know that I could Twitter my heart out should the feeling strike me in… Read More

  • Windows 7 reported "stable" – do you care?

    Jack Webster claims that the Window 7 pre-beta is stable. I have a hard time getting excited about this. Surely Microsoft has learned from its mistakes and can make reasonably stable software now, right? Will Windows 7 be all that? Read More

  • Samsung Yepp P3 rolling out in Korea

    Samsung’s Yepp P3 portable music player is hitting the streets in Korea next month, and she’s a beaut! The 3-inch screen has been augmented with haptic feedback and a fancy Flash-based interface. In 4, 8 and 16 GB models, you can play your standard assortment of audio for up to 30 hours, and video for up to 5 hours. Watch the customizable UI in action after the jump. Read More

  • Buffalo introduces a super-slim 16GB thumb drive

    Thin is in! The RUF2-KL, introduced in Japan, would be your run-of-the-mill 16GB thumb drive, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s only 8mm thick. (0.315 inches) The lilliputian thumb drive is expected to sell for about 5980 Yen ($70). Since Buffalo claims they’re not selling flash memory here, it’s unclear if it will hit state-side. Read More

  • Transparent solar cells put windows to good use

    Windows are so boring. All you can do is look through them. In this age of convergence, where devices do more than one thing, windows are so old school, right? Wrong! RSi Solar has introduced “the world’s first, transparent, photovoltaic-glass window which generates 80 to 250 watts of electricity”. It offers “an enclosed super-tempered glass window system, with a … Read More

  • SonicWall blocks WindowsUpdate

    Over the weekend SonicWall, makers of internet security appliances, inexplicably started blocking WindowsUpdate. Also blocked are updates from Kaspersky and Trend Micro antivirus products. Linux users around the world may be rejoicing, but system administrators using SonicWall appliances might feel differently. Thankfully you can disable this set of checks easily enough, so the long-term… Read More

  • Antlers for your outlets

    Behold the Socket Deer! No longer will you need to rest your cellphone or Nintendo DS on the floor while it charges. Now you can cradle it comfortably in these faux antlers sprouting from your electrical socket! Or, more practically, you now have a place to hang your wallwarts when not charging your portable electronics. (You do unplug your wallwarts when they’re not charging your… Read More

  • Delta jumps on the in-air WiFi bandwagon


    CNet is reporting that Delta will add WiFi service to some of its flights in 2009. Initially available on shuttle flights, long-term plans are to make WiFi available on all 330 planes in Delta’s domestic fleet. Expect to pay $10 on flights up to 3 hours, and $13 on flights over 3 hours. Read More

  • Plan now for dealing with holiday e-waste

    Chances are you’ll be replacing some tried-and-true piece of personal electronics with a newer, faster, better model. Whether it’s replacing an MP3 player with a new one, or replacing an old computer or laptop, what do you do with the old stuff? Hopefully you don’t just throw it away, especially if it still works! Read More

  • $1000 digital picture frame at Amazon

    Available at Amazon for the low, low price of $1,000, the Kodak OLED 7.6-Inch Wireless Digital Frame sports a widescreen 800×480 resolution, 2GB of internal storage, and WiFi connectivity to Flickr or Kodak’s Gallery service. Just the thing you need to show off pictures of your dog! Read More

  • Addonics $55 adapter turns any USB drive into a NAS

    Gone are the days of using expensive, noisy, bulky computers to serve media to our networks. Behold the Addonics NAS Adapter! This $55 doodad turns any USB drive into a network share accessible via SMB or FTP. But that’s not all! It also includes a BitTiorrent client, so you can download all those episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” directly to your USB drive while… Read More

  • DIY electroencephalogram

    I’ve always been impressed by hardware hackers. Whether it’s a simple DIY digital picture frame, or a full-scale conversion of a gasoline car to electric, there’s something about the “can do” spirit of these guys that really impresses me. I marvel at the stuff in Make Magazine on a regular basis. Read More

  • Review: Sonos Bundle 150 with loudspeakers (and more)

    We’ve reviewed a lot of home audio solutions, and they all offer different benefits and drawbacks. The big trend is “music everywhere”, whether through powerline networking or wirelessly. Most of these products require a specific music source to feed into the system. Sonos brings something rather more complete to the goal of “music everywhere”. Read on for… Read More

  • G.E. announces CFL bulb in new incandescent shape


    Image credit: Vox_efx from flickr G.E. today announced “a new covered GE Energy Smart® compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb featuring the GE Spiral® CFL inside the glass bulb.” That’s right: it’s a CFL coil hidden discretely inside of a normal incandescent shaped bulb.  According to Kathy Sterio, general manager of consumer marketing, GE… Read More

  • Review: eStarling Impact7 and Impact8 digital picture frames

    eStarling offers the Impact7 (7″, 480 X 234 pixels) and Impact8 (8″, 800 X 600 pixels), a pair of WiFi-enabled digital photo frames. They’re easy to use, functional, and nice to look at. They include a remote control, and each frame gets its own email address to which you can email photos. You can also easily subscribe to RSS feeds of photos (your own, or any public feed). Read More

  • Symbian to be open source in 2 years

    It’s old news that Nokia bought Symbian, the software used to power many mobile phones today. The deal finally closed, and now the Symbian Foundation is officially in charge of Symbian development. There are currently ten participants in the Symbian Foundation, though membership is open to anyone with $1,500 to spare. The Symbian Foundation has big plans for the platform. Read on for… Read More