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I Found My Grey’s Anatomy Scrub

May 24th, 2007 · No Comments

So I watch Grey’s Anatomy – who doesn’t eh? ;)

I thought it would be a nice surprise to buy my girl friend one of the scrubs that the doctors and trainees use as their uniform on the show. A lot of searching later, I found my nursing uniforms store online. They have two scrubs that are real close to the shade of blue in Grey’s Anatomy.

I really don’t know which one looks better – but I think I’ll go with the second one.

The first place I was led to was the ABC TV store, but I was turned off bye $20 price tag.

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Free Stuff, Lots of Free Stuff

May 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

The sad part is that most of it is free samples. I can’t see what the catch is, since it looks like you have to apply for most of the free offers.

The website does have a lot of discount vouchers which seem to be absolutely free. I will be watching the site to see how good it is. I regularly browse fatwallet’s forums looking for deals, and those forums are busy, and I mean really busy. I wonder why no one has come up with a simple service on a website. Here’s what I would like it to do: Given a person’s postal code, and a grocery list, it should come up with a list of cheap grocery coupons tailormade for that person with the best deals across the various shops near the person’s house. One would think that with modern technology, that should be easy enough to do. A google search returned no such sites. Lots of money to be made with referral links etc, I suppose. Someone take my idea and run with it, please. Oh, and don’t forget to give me a royalty for borrowing my idea :)

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Solar Powered Flashlight – BoGolight

May 21st, 2007 · No Comments

The BoGolight is so named for being “Buy one Give one”. These are unique solar powered LED flashlights that are still bright enough to read by at night.
bogo light

The flashlight has a solar panel which charges regular rechargeable cells in 8 hours. Once fully charged, it can provide light for upto 4 hours. It has 6 powerful LEDs that light things up enough to read by at night. Like the website says, you can dangle a bogolight from your back pack when camping and it will be charged and ready to go by the time you are ready to pitch camp.

The unique concept behind the light is that when you buy one for use in the US, you can also choose an NGO that works in the developing nation. The NGO gets a free copy of the flashlight and $1. The company also takes care of shipping the light to the organization of your choice. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it almost is – it has received press coverage, even from the NY Times. Learn more about the bogo light and buy one now.

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Noureen DeWulf Bares Almost All for Maxim

May 20th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Oh man, Noureen DeWulf is sizzling hot in this Maxim Top 100 for 2007 pic.
Noureen DeWulf Maxim Almost Topless

There is even more! You can see this hot video shoot in which Noureen DeWulf poses for the pics. She’s isn’t wearing anything on top, but it is not really topless. When you are done, go over and see some more of her pics here. Thank you, Maxim, for giving us these extra goodies.

For a little background, here’s where we discovered Noureen’s actually East-Indian and Muslim, and from Georgia.


LCD TVs Better Than Plasma TVs?

May 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I had written earlier about Plasma TVs, and thought maybe the decision was easy to make in favor of Plasma TVs, but now I am in doubt again. I read a whole bunch of LCD TV reviews today and they do seem to have their own advantages vis-a-vis Plasma TVs.

Here’s a few advantages LCD TVs have over their Plasma counterparts – they are lighter, brighter, have 1080p resolution, have less glare, and are versatile for a whole format of digital signals. However, they suffer from a low viewing angle and lesser black levels.

However, TVs like the Sharp Aquos above reduce these differences even more. This Sharp AQUOS LC-52D62U LCD TV, for example, has a native 2000:1 contrast ratio and a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1. Its Multi-Pixel technology and advanced black TFT panel further reduce the advantage of Plasma TVs. So what’s it gonna be, a Panasonic Plasma or a Sharp LCD? The price of the LCD TVs alone makes me tend to lean their way. Let me see if I can find a good deal on either brand.

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Remote Computer Help With Easy Setup: Copilot and CrossLoop

May 20th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Here’s an amazing example of how the same thing, or almost the same thing can come in various shades of free. I have been looking high and low for software that helps me help family members without their having to jump through firewalls, setup VNC and play with port forwarding setting on the router.

Fogcreek’s copilot is the first candidate for such a remote desktop solution. See the demo. It helps you help someone over TightVNC. The copilot website acts as a go-between helping you connect your desktop to that of the person you are helping. The downside is price – copilot is not free, though it is built upon TightVNC which is free – both in terms of price, and the freedom to build on. Fogcreek’s copilot costs $5 per day (if you buy their daypass). I can pay for it, no problem, I thought, but then I found crossloop.

Crossloop is the free equivalent of Copilot, as it is free for use. You ask the person you are helping to download the software and install it, by clicking “Next” a few times. Then you ask them to be the “Host”. The UI can’t be simpler – it has two tabs – “Join” and “host”. So after they setup their machine as a host, you get a number/code to enter in the “Join” tab and you are connected. It uses TightVNC too, as listed on the page about Crossloop’s technology, so it is essentially the same as FogCreek’s Copilot.

CrossLoop promises much, and I can see myself promoting this among my own little circle of friends and coworkers. It is ideal when you want to connect to a friend’s PC. I wish it worked on Linux/Mac systems though. Copilot works on Macs too. Of course, if anything I said above is incorrect, or if there are any better tools, please let me know.


James Webb Space Telescope: Hubble’s Successor

May 18th, 2007 · No Comments

Nasa unvieled the James Webb Space Telescope earlier this week. The telescope is named after a Nasa administrator who was in charge during the moon-exploration Apollo era. It has a huge reflector thrice the size of Hubble’s and will gaze farther into the past of the Universe than anything else ever has. See, the farther a telescope can see, the farther back in time we can go. Light from the earliest events in the Universe haven’t yet reached the earth – they might have reached the extent of the telescope’s reach though – so this telescope will let us peer right back to the very verge of the universe’s creation.

James Webb Space Telescope
Image credit: BBC

A full-scale model is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the US capital, Washington DC. The telescope is expected to have a life span of about 10 years, and cost many billions (almost $4.5 billion) to create. It is an infrared telescope and will have a huge sunshield to keep it cool – the cooler the IR telescope the better its resolution. In its final position, the telescope will be over 1.5 million kilometers from the Earth.

I can’t wait for the pictures, if Hubble was good, this can only be better!

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Plasma TVs Have Been Around Since ‘92!

May 17th, 2007 · No Comments

I am still trying to decide between an LCD TV and a Plasma TV, and so have been doing some research online. Did you know that Plasma TVs have been around since ‘92? Fujitsu invented them in 1992, and Plasma TVs have been available commerically since 1997. Wow, that is a long way going back!

panasonic plasma tv

Don’t the Panasonic plasma TVs look great? To its credit, Panasonic has built the largest commercial plasma TV at a massive 103 inches. The Plasma TV Reviews site also goes on to explain why these are better than LCD TVs. Briefly, they offer wider viewing angles and better black levels that drive a much higher contrast. So it makes sense to buy a plasma tv for viewing DVDs and HD tv. There aren’t too many HD channels coming down the pipe right now, so it has to be about the DVDs.

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The Briefest Introduction to Zen

May 17th, 2007 · No Comments

I repeat – a briefer introduction to Zen Buddhism has never been written.

A Brief Introduction to Zen ||


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May 16th, 2007 · 5 Comments

The Speed Test Tool is by far the best I have used. No clicking, no nothing, just visit the site and get your connection speed displayed graphically. Here’s my speed:
Internet Speed Test

Isn’t that cool?