I would think most people with a Plasma or LCD television would want to proudly display it on the wall for everyone to see, but for those who are a little shy about showing off, a company called BEI has a solution for hiding your TV without taking it off the wall and sticking it in the closet. The BEI Motorized Artwork System allows users to cover their screen with a choice of either one of 300 different pieces of art - from Monet to Rembrandt to Van Gogh - or a custom high resolution image. This thing doesn’t just throw up some digital image on the screen and leave it at that however. A rolled up piece of canvas slides down over your screen with the image imprinted on it. All the user has to do is simply press a button or flip a switch to turn the TV into a beautiful piece of framed artwork. So how much will this baby set you back? It sells for about $2,600, which is kind of steep, but still cheaper than purchasing that Renoir you’ve always wanted.
This is one awesome mod. If you have a laptop just lying around, why not put it to use in your living room? With the help of Chris from GrynX, you can gut a laptop and use it to display your favorite photographs and hang it on the wall. What’s great about this mod is that with no hard drive and a wireless connection, this mod is virtually silent looks just like any other picture frames you have set up now. Check it out and be sure to tell us if you give this mod a try. Oh, and let us know if it, you know, impresses chicks.
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Hate when people touch your remote without asking? Well, according to a poll in the U.K. conducted by Teletext, you’re in good company. 2,000 people were polled, and here’s the breakdown:
- The remote control is is to blame for an estimated 1.5 million arguments a day.
- 9% of those arguments lead to physical fights.
- 3% of people polled say they’ve used the remote to hit someone.
- 25% have hid the remote to keep it out of others’ hands.
- 34% revealed that messing with the volume makes them angry.
- 45% get upset when someone loses the remote.
- 77% are annoyed when others change the channel without asking.
As a representative from Teletext puts it, “The remote is small — but it has a big impact.” You don’t need to tell me about the impact, I’ve been hit with one before!
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A few weeks ago, we brought you the most expensive statements of success. Well, in order to gain enough cash to invest in a mansion or yacht, you need to handle your money wisely. CNN Money has come up with a list of “The 50 Smartest Thing To Do With Your Money”, looking at options for investing, saving, and buying real estate. It’s a good read to keep you grounded when you are staring a $5,000 affiliate check in the face, thinking of all the ways you can spend it on “fun”. When it comes to business, slow and steady wins the race.
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I happened upon 24 Hour Laundry today after someone pointed me in their direction, and gave the blog a read. My first thought was “Why are they talking about something that they aren’t going to talk about yet?” What I mean is, 24 Hour Laundry’s latest post tells us what the service is not rather than what it actually is. Now, I know that is a way to build hype and keep the casuals coming back in anticipations - but why not just tell us what is going on? In all honesty, I think that this approach may actually deter folks. My approach is to keep quiet until I am ready to launch - but once I get to that point, I go full steam ahead. In talking to a colleague about this earlier, I was told to check out Mark Fletcher’s comments on 24 Hour Laundry. I was glad to see that someone agreed with my thought process. Give it a read to see what I mean. EDIT: Someone else agrees as well.
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One thing that new web designers should be aware of are Cascading Style Sheets. The Internet is taking a turn, moving most things that were done in straight HTML to CSS. If you are looking to put a new site up on the web, check out HTML Dog. HTML Dog is a guide and resource, for beginners and experts alike, to the most commonly used technologies in making web pages - HTML and CSS. I have found this site to be comprehensive, easy to understand, and always up to date. I have recommended many a friend who was looking to create, or update, their internet presence to this website. Heck, if after reading a bit you are still a bit confused, they even offer design and consulting services.
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With so many people split on whether the Nintendo DS is a good system or not, one has to take a deeper look to see what all the fuss is about. The fact is, many compare the DS to the PSP, and based off of that comparison, say that the DS sucks. It just isn’t true. Once you get past the eye candy, it comes down to the software. Pac-Pix is an example of a game that can only be done on the DS, as well as an example of the ingenious ways to use the touch screen when a developer puts their mind to it. Check out our full review after the jump.
Last week I found Halo 2 in a Limited Collectors Edition tin a pawn show for $15 bucks and I honestly have not taken it out of my Xbox since then. The limited edition comes with a making of Halo 2 DVD and a metal tin. This is a but of a surprise since my friend and I have had a running joke going about how long this game was hyped by hard core Xbox fans. Right now I think it was a little harsh because I have been blown away by how much fun this game is.
If you are a Windows user, you probably know that QuickTime 7 For Windows Preview is available for download. It seems that there are quite a few bugs in the code that Apple still needs to work on, like the amount of resources it takes to even watch a movie encoded in H.264 in the first place. A few people on the forums are talking about how QT7 for Windows runs on their PC’s. Let us know how it’s working for you.
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iPodLounge has an interesting article on the their top 10 (well 11 technically) picks for added features to future versions of iPods. Most of them I can agree with - things like a user replaceable battery and gapless playback are pretty obvious, but a few of them struck me as things outside of the realm of what you should expect a portable audio player to do. Oddly they didn’t mention the one ‘feature’ I would have thought of first - a chassis that’s not polished chrome so it won’t emit a gravitational field which attracts scratches and fingerprints. The article is well worth the read if you are a current iPod owner or are considering getting one. It’s well thought out and presents a lot of details well. Apple is coming up on being due for another revision of the iPod - will they listen? Let us know your thoughts on what you would like to see added to or changed on the next iPod revision.
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