Monday, August 01, 2005

Jellybeans, Lockouts, and other useful things

From this post on Lifehacker, the Magical Jellybean Kefinder will display and allow you to change your CD keys for Windows and Office.  This is especially useful for Windows Genuine Advantage where, the first time at least, you have to type in your CD key — let me tell you how challenging this was with my Toshiba Tablet PC that I use extensively in tablet mode, which has caused a lot of the information to wear off of the bottom of it.

There’s been an update to the Gmail Drive shell extension.  Apparently there was some kind of funky URL redirection issue that caused my non-updated copy to stop functioning, but now I’m up and happy again.  For the uninitiated, this free program allows you to use your Gmail account as a virtual hard drive.  Free software + free 2 gig e-mail account used as virtual hard drive and accessible from anywhere on the internet = happy user.

All kinds of RSS start pages are available — Start preview from Microsoft and My AOL are 2 new ones, but I’m sticking with Bloglines for now.

Supremely useful Firefox extensions are even more useful when coupled together (via this post on Lifehacker) — add UndoCloseTab (allows you to undo closing a tab) to SessionSaver (allows you save all of your open tabs when you quite Firefox and re-opens them when Firefox is rebooted) and you have a very powerful antidote to the accidental Firefox close when you have 47 tabs open.  I’ve tried both together and they work great together.

 Engadget is reporting on the SpymodeX 900MHz-2.5GHz wireless jammer —this $500 device jams anything within the frequency range previously mentioned.  Want to piss off your local computer guru?  This frequency range will allow you to jam wireless networks — something that no amount of software or hardware troubleshooting can fix (unless he finds and turns off the jammer).

How do you get cold beer in the middle of the desert with no electricity and no cooler?  With the I.C. Can, of course.  Gizmodo reports on the I.C. Can, which is able to self-chill the beverages inside down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit after the cooling reaction takes place.  I’m sure they’ll be expensive, but it’s still a cool idea.

Bill Simmons provides the Idiot’s Guide to the NHL Lockout.  Enough said.

If the cold beer doesn’t strike your fancy, perhaps you could try 4.8% powdered alcohol — according to this article, you just add water and instantly have 1.5 glasses of liquor worth from a packet of powder.  The site that sells the powdered alcohol (among other things) is Subyou, but you’ll need to run a translation engine to get through the German.

PC World tells you how to reinstall Windows without losing all of your data.  I was expecting something a little bit more revolutionary, but it’s useful just the same.

Decode the barcode on your driver’s license here (via this Digg).

Happy Monday!

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