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Happy Birthday Windows 95!

Anyone who’s old enough to have owned computer in 1995 will fondly remember the revolutionary design of Windows 95, which celebrates its 15th birthday today. Of course, the fact that its colour scheme looks like a thunderingly dull matte explosion at B&Q only means that our eyes have become more discerning over the years.

I remember when my secondary school finally upgraded to Windows 95, which included this new-fangled thing known as The Internet. It was rubbish. You’d walk in there, list of ‘Web Sites’ on a post-it note, type one in and sit there for the whole lunch hour while the BBC front page loaded up. Still, it’s nice to reminisce, so why not have a look/listen to all the start-up sounds from Windows operating systems over the years:

Amazing! Via Techradar.

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Megapixels – the new crime fighters?

Anyone who watches CSI knows that they often miraculously use technology to zoom in a gazillion times into a low-res image taken from a street traffic camera, or have some super-futuristic version of photoshop that allows you to clean up a thumbnail and print it billboard size. Truth is, if you are or have a pixel-pusher watching in the near vicinity, you immediately hear them sigh in frustration. You can’t cheat the inverse proportional truths behind resolution and size. Believe me, we have all cheated and, much like the magic wand tool, the results are more often than not disastrous and quite ugly.

With all of this in mind, it’s wonderful to read a story where a family camera’s wealth of megapixels actually helped fight crime. The Myers family were taking a family self-portrait, and accidentally snapped the dude stealing their stuff.

“We were taking pictures outside the Capitol building and I wanted to get a timed shot of the whole family all dressed up. So I put my bag down, placed the camera on a wall, got everyone to line up, set the timer for ten seconds, and jumped into the photo. I took a quick look at the image and liked it.

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We then started to walk away when I realized my bag was missing. I went inside the building to see if someone had turned it in, but no luck. I ran outside and circled the building, but still no luck.I then realized that I might have caught the thief on camera and I checked the shot again. When I saw the guy with his hand in my bag, I ran back inside and found the Capitol Police.

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They were amazing. They immediately sent out a description of the thief using the photo I took. In a few minutes, one officer had found him still in the area. The thief had dumped some things from the bag in a nearby trash can—the flash for my camera, a small backpack of kids toys, a bag of cables, extra SD cards, my mini tripod—but still in my bag were my wallet with cash, credit cards, hotel keys, rental car keys, and my iPad.The Police recovered everything and hauled the guy off to jail.”

Sweet!

Source – Gizmodo

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Submarine based on Shark

Working for a website called ‘I Want One Of Those’ might incline one to be desensitised to gizmos that are particularly gobsmacking. However, some inventions are simply impossible to ignore – the Seabreacher is one such creation. It’s a submersible craft based on the aerodynamics and movements of sharks (that may be the coolest sentence I’ve ever written). To digest its magnificence in full, you have only to watch this video:

Cripes. A quick glance at the FAQ section of the Seabreacher website throws up some equally amazing statistics. It can travel at 50mph underwater, they have a 260bhp engine, it’s got GPS, there’s a snorkel-mounted camera… but most importantly it allows you to muck around in the water like a flippin’ shark. So if you’ve got a spare $65,000, I’d quite like to borrow it… I’ll let you have a go on it, honest!

This was tweeted to us by the lovely DamoclesTheBDA.

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IWOOT Now Owned by The Hut!

A missive from our Creative Director…

“Great news for us all at IWOOT – we’re now owned by The Hut, the UK’s fastest growing on-line retailer! We’re moving to a shiny new warehouse, continuing to launch gazillions of awesome new products and getting set to rule the world (but in a benevolent non-dictatorial way of course). We’re even delivering UK orders for free!”

Wow etc! We’ll keep you updated with any more details as they emerge.

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Dancing Stormtrooper Gets Special Edition Treatment

We might not be the first to have noticed this, but some wily person has taken an existing (and thoroughly amazing) video of a Stormtrooper dancing to ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ and added some rather snazzy CGI baby Stormtroopers in the background. Just watch…

Wonderful stuff. We’re getting Stormtrooper outfits for the next time that song comes on in the office (it could happen!). Particularly impressive reflections on the glass for the CGI characters – maybe George Lucas needs to take a leaf out of this book for any future SW tie-ins…

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The IWOOT iPad Competition

Yes, you read that right – we’re giving away an iPad. We might not be the first to do it, but waiting in line to get one is just not our style.

We’re reasonably sure we don’t have to spell out exactly how amazing the iPad is or what it can do, but hey, we’ll give it a stab. Surf the internet, check your emails, watch movies, read a book, look through your photos, watch YouTube videos, store and listen to your iTunes library, download apps and perform a whole load of other life-enhancing tasks by simply touching the screen. Or, y’know, it’s also good as a baking tray*.

“But how, tell me how do I win one?” you must be excitedly thinking. Well, it’s simple – all you have to do to enter the draw is visit our Facebook page and click on “Like”, or follow us on Twitter. And who wouldn’t like/follow us? We’re giving away an iPad! In case you need showing, below is a helpful diagram of exactly where you need to click once you’ve arrived at our Facebook page:

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Make sure you do it before midday on Tuesday 14th September, when we’ll randomly select a winner from everyone who likes us. If you’re already a fan of IWOOT on Facebook or Twitter, then you’ll already be entered into the competition automatically, so don’t worry about liking us twice. Not even sure if you can do that. We’re also chucking in some protective iBalls to go with it (stop sniggering – they fit on the corners of your iPad and stop its brains falling out if you happen to drop it), so all the more reason to enter.

So get to our  Facebook page or our Twitter feed, get liking and following, and get in the running to win one of the most important technological creations of all time!

Win win win!

* It’s really not.

Competition terms & conditions:

  • Closing time for the free prize draw will be at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday 14th September 2010
  • One winner will be picked at random from anyone who ‘likes’ I Want One Of Those on Facebook or who follows us on Twitter at the close of entries.
  • The winner will be notified by their Twitter or Facebook name within 14 days of the prize draw.
  • If the prize is not claimed within 14 days of notification, another prize winner will be drawn and the original prize winner forfeits the prize.
  • The prize is one iPad . The model and specification of the iPad is as decided by IWOOT. No upgrade will be available. No cash alternative is available for the prize(s) offered.
  • IWOOT’s decision is final and in the event of a dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entry into the free prize draw will be taken as acceptance of the terms and conditions.
  • This competition is open to residents of the UK only.
  • This prize draw is completely free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
  • The prize draw is not open to anyone associated with the promotion, employees of IWOOT, families or agents.
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    Kitten Can't Jump

    It’s close to home-time on a Monday afternoon, so we thought the only natural way to alleviate that feeling of “eek, there’s probably something I should be doing right now” is to repeatedly watch this video.

    Cats. They are ace.

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    Star Wars Lego Space Invaders

    If there’s one thing you can rely on the internet for (apart from cat pictures) it’s continually taking the Star Wars brand and applying it to various other cool things. Remember this? Well, now Star Wars Lego has gone somewhat retro – this clever person has made a rather beautiful version of Space Invaders made entirely from blocky Stormtroopers and other such paraphernalia. Well done.

    Found at Geeky Gadgets, but originally created by someone called Powerpig.

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    3.14 = Delicious Pie?

    Every day one of the creative team is responsible for making the rest of the team lunch. More often than not, it’s baguettes or wraps. It’s a logical system that benfits us all. The only thing that has from time-to-time thrown a curve ball our way is the fact that JennaWoot is a vegetarian. Initially I thought this would would be the day I least looked forward to lunch. Boy, has she proven me wrong. The hard cold facts are that I love meat, and will never have the will power or the drive to remove it from my life. That aside, I have a new found respect for the culinary ways of the strong-willed ones. I have been fortuante enought to experience the delights of asparagus on a bbq and grilled halloumi cheese. I am constantly on the lookout for new delicious vegetarian things to eat, because we all know that a few veg dinners mid-week are actually GOOD for you.

    It is with this in mind that I found Rike Sita’s blog – gibberlicious. It is full with wonderful veg based recipes, and whilst scouring through all of them, found myself laughing hysterically at this particular pie. All meals are provided with step by step instructions, and nice photo slide shows. Give it a read, I’m sure like me, you will find yourself drooling:)

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    July's Review of the Month Winners

    July has gone, people. Get over it. August has muscled its way in with some distinctly odd weather, effectively trampling over the lovely example July made. What a month-bully, eh? Anyway, calendar quibbles can wait till September gets involved – it’s time to announce the winners of our monthly reviews competition!

    First up and firmly poking the bits of us that make us say “aaaah…” is BeckyW’s review of the Picture Pockets. A £50 IWOOT will be tickling your inbox soon Becky, so start pressing F5!

    “One of the best buys ever!
    I have a 15 month old daughter who is the youngest in a very big extended family. I bought this to put on the back of her room door to fill with family members to help her become familiar with everyone’s faces and be comfortable in a big family setting; and of course learn everyone’s name as it can be a month or so between seeing some of the family.

    It has made a difference already and ‘papa’ has been the first – some brownie points await from Papa methinks :)

    Thanks IWOOT, it’s a great use of space to get some top photos out of the computer and on functional display for our daughter!”

    Sob… we’re still getting over that one… an IWOOT product helped a baby talk! Onward – this month’s winner of a £75 IWOOT voucher is the enigmatically named red2508 for this photo of some lovely cakes (usually a good way to get our attention) made with the Teacup Cake moulds:

    YUM.

    Unbelievably there aren’t any video reviews for last month (come on, people!), but we’ve got something rather nice for you instead. All our reviews are submitted via the website, but one intrepid young person deemed it appropriate to send us an actual letter in the post to review our Snug Rugs. Imagine that! Communication that doesn’t happen through a screen! Here’s the evidence:

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    Thanks Tom! A little something extra will be winging its way to you (via post, of course). No need to press F5.

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