Tesla Roadster

31 12 2008

Electric cars were always environmentally friendly, quiet, clean — but definitely not sexy. The Tesla Roadster has changed all that. A battery-powered sports car that sells for $100,000 and has a top speed of 125 m.p.h. (200 km/h), the Roadster has excited the clean-tech crowd since it was announced in 2003. Celebrities like George Clooney joined a long waiting list for the Roadster; magazines like Wired drooled over it. After years of setbacks and shake-ups, the first Tesla Roadsters were delivered to customers this year. Reviews have been ecstatic, but Tesla Motors has been hit hard by the financial crisis. Plans to develop an affordable electric sedan have been put on hold, and Tesla is laying off employees. But even if the Roadster turns out to be a one-hit wonder, it’s been a hell of an (electric) ride.
More Information: Tesla


The Flip Video Camera

27 12 2008

Like the iPod and the BlackBerry before it, the Flip Mino exploded into the mainstream, quickly becoming the most popular video camera in the country in its first year. It stores up to an hour of video clips on its internal drive, meaning you don’t have to buy videotapes or memory cards, or even batteries (you charge it through your PC). The Flip is super simple to use: Press the big red button to start and stop recording. Then pop out the camera’s USB connector, plug it directly into your computer and e-mail your videos or upload them to YouTube. You can personalize the Flip’s external design for no extra charge. The company is upgrading its editing software and in mid-November, Flip will add an HD model to its lineup.
Price: $179.99
More Info: Flip

Wireless SD Card

23 12 2008

This 2 GB wireless SD card uploads photos automatically from your camera to whatever online photo service you like, whether that’s Snapfish, Picasa, Flickr or anything else. The card can also beam pictures to your home computer’s hard drive, which means you won’t have to connect your camera physically to a computer to transfer images. Eye-Fi can even upload your images from hotspots while you’re traveling, so you don’t have to wait to get back home to save and back-up your pictures. The photos you upload can also be geotagged — automatically marked with longitude and latitude data — so, later on, you can retrace your snap-happy steps, if you forgot to input location info in your digital files. On some photo services, you’ll be able to see your photos on a map according to their geotags. Millions of digital pictures are taken every day and 80% are never shared, but with Eye-Fi, you’ll have no excuse not to send photos home to Mom.
Price: $129.99
More Information: Eye Fi

Geet Peek Email Device

18 12 2008

If the BlackBerry is too techie or pricey for you, check out the Peek. It does one thing and one thing only: e-mail. This slender little device gives you BlackBerry-like portable access to e-mail (it’s not a phone, organizer or anything else), but without the hefty fees; monthly service costs about $20 for unlimited access to your messages. The Peek doesn’t work with corporate e-mail yet, so for now, it’s primarily for Web-based mail. Still, for anyone who wants to keep in touch when they’re away from a computer, it’s a smart, handy tool.
Price: $99.95
For more information: Get Peek

Personalized Flash Drives – SALE!

15 12 2008

Here is a great stocking stuffer, or just a “I felt like it” present for your favorite Techno-Geek: Personalized thumb drives, pens, business card drives and more!

I love personalized holiday gifts and these gadgets are useful and really cool looking.

But there is more!

From now until the end of the year, Pexagon is offering 20% off 4 awesome personalized holiday gift ideas!

How great is that!?!?

Here is some of what they have available:

Personalized Thumb Drives – These are available in 14 colors. They offer up to 16GB in capacity with FREE custom laser engraving! They even have “themes” such as “Happy Holidays” (I prefer Merry Christmas” on one side and up to two lines engraved on the reverse side. Starting at $7.99 after discount.

Personalized Pens – 3 unique styles, multiple colors and a FREE line of personalized laser engraved text! Starting at $1.59 after discount.

Business Card Flash Drives – the perfect gift for the business person or administrator in your life! It looks like a business card but the back side hides a small USB cable (huge 2GB capacity) and the front side can be engraved for FREE with 3 lines of personalization text! Starting at $15.99 after discount. This is just perfect for the retro Techno-Geek who has something called a “day job”.

Wooden USB Flash Drives – Do you have an Enviro-Techno-Geek (It happens)? Well here is a flash drive for them! It’s environment-friendly, wooden design with attached cap and two color choices. Available in 2GB and 4GB capacities with 2-sided custom laser engraving absolutely FREE! Starting at $15.99 after discount.

You already know that these are great deals. So what is stopping you? Click over to the site and order before time runs out!

personalized holiday gifts


Amazon.com Facilitating Theft?

12 12 2008

As everyone who reads this blog is well aware, I’m a fan of Amazon.com. However a friend of mine recently contacted me and requested that I send a warning out to 3rd party sellers from Amazon.

While their policy allows customers 30 days for a refund for Amazon merchandise, after they return the item, there is apparently no such policy in place for 3rd party sellers.

Apparently he sold an item back during the first week of October. There was no contact until the buyer filed a claim demanding their money back. Amazon immediately granted the claim and he is now out the money AND the merchandise! Essentially Amazon has facilitated this theft. In the email that they sent him it even stated: “whether they return the item or not”. Gee, nice to know. At least Ebay requires proof that the item was returned!

Of course if you look through the fine print, Amazon has covered it’s ass in this matter. That is why my friend requested that I blog this and spread the word.

Amazon may be good for buyers but it stinks for sellers!

Website For Police and Military Gear

8 12 2008

Got a police officer in the family? How about military? Then I have a great site for them! Take a look at 5.11. Also known as LA Police Gear, it’s an outstanding site for all sorts of unusual and hard to find items. I just found this great gadget bag. Ok, so it is actually designed for police and military gear. That just means it really well made and durable.

You can even find clothing for wearing under armor. This is important because, according to my police and military friends, body armor can be really uncomfortable. But it still beats the alternative. You can also find elbow and knee pads.

Anyway, take a quick trip over to the site and look around. It’s really pretty interesting. Lots of stuff I never really thought about before.