I like water; I like it a lot. When offered the choice between Coke or Pepsi, I usually just say water. When right, it's crisp and clean and truly refreshing. A lot of people must feel the same as I do; the amount of easily accessible home water filters is evidence enough of that. And it should be that way; it is the stuff we are made of, after all.
Aquarium Lab provides an incredible amount of control tracking the fish, tank, and other elements that complete an aquarium. Its comprehensive tools and simple navigation make this an impressive choice.
We liked the program's interface, especially how it listed every element that makes up an aquarium and allowed for quick glances at each one's status. We never touched the instructional Help file because the program was so intuitive. We were impressed that every element from the water's PH balance, to food, to the electricity used allowed for its data to be inputted and monitored for a comprehensive … Read more
The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009, held last week in Denver, showcased the best and brightest in high-end audio gear.
Hundreds of high-end manufacturers, from tiny one-person operations all the way up to industry giants like JBL were on hand. RMAF has a very different vibe than the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas every January--RMAF is a more grassroots affair.
I never heard of RAAL, a company based in Serbia, but its small (I'm guessing 7-inch-tall) speakers, produced a huge, room-filling sound. The speakers totally disappeared as sound sources.
The speaker uses twin aluminum cylinders, with 4-inch drivers firing up and down and a special "ribbon tweeter" sandwiched between the two cylinders, firing front and rear. Each speaker has its own, separate woofer, housed in another tube with 6-inch woofers at each end.
It's a fully powered system; just hook up a source such as a CD player and you're good to go. Price and availability weren't announced, but the company is hoping the complete system will cost around $4,000.
TAD (a division of Pioneer Electronics) had the best sound I heard at RMAF. Their newly revised Reference One speaker ($60,000 per pair) was far from the most expensive speaker in Denver, but the 330-pound towers produced the most vivid, clear, and transparent sound. Bass drums were tight, pitch-perfect; stereo imaging was, again, remarkably precise and three-dimensional. Vocalists virtually materialized between the two Reference Ones.
Some of that amazing sound quality has to be attributed to the Bel Canto electronics that TAD was using. The compact e.One Series components use just a tiny fraction of the AC power consumed by their hotter running, bigger and heftier competition. Bel Canto does things differently.… Read more
Levers is a clever puzzle game with an artsy aesthetic and relaxing--almost hypnotic--sound, graphics, and gameplay. Spare by design, this balancing game makes even learning how to play part of the challenge. The object is simple: you have to keep a series of increasingly bizarre objects out of the water, by tilting your phone and dragging and dropping them onto a mobile-like set of hangers that you build out as the game progresses.
Without spoiling too many of the game's surprises, you soon discover that the objects--including a bowling ball, a pipe-smoking snowman, and a birdhouse with three very … Read more
Lake Wave Screensaver is a mediocre program with minimal features and settings that don't work. To put it simply, we were not impressed.
The entire screensaver consists of three images, one of which was pixelated. The trick of this screensaver is that any image can be used with it; all it does is apply a wave effect to the bottom two thirds of the screen. If users look closely at the images that are included they'll see how sloppily this is executed; the bottoms of rocks and mountains are subjected to the wave effect as well as the … Read more
The taste of filtered water tends to taste better than what comes out of the tap, but few of us want to buy bottle after bottle of water. The CleanWater Countertop Filtration System, from Cuisinart, brings filtered water to your counter, providing fresh water at the touch of a button. It can dispense hot, cold, and even room-temperature water with a design that makes it easy to fill glasses and other containers. The filtration system can hold two gallons at a time, and has a water tank that can be removed and refilled easily. When water has been filtered and … Read more
Ace Pro Screensaver Creator allows users to create screensavers using their photos. However, the program hits a home run by providing all the tools to protect and sell that screensaver.
We were surprised and very satisfied with this program's interface. A helpful wizard allowed us to input all the necessary pictures and data through a menu screen without needing to visit the Help file. The wizard allowed us to collect the perfect number of pictures, choose the transition times, and customize the effects for those transitions. These tools worked great for us, but were nothing out of the ordinary … Read more
Most of the time, you get everything BUT the kitchen sink. But being that we're the Gadgettes, we've decided you deserve a little something extra. So we decided to give you a kitchen sink too.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 154
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Even as billions of dollars are being spent around the world to modernize the electricity grid, the systems to delivery fresh water are also in desperate need of a 21st century upgrade.
IBM is developing a portfolio of IT-related water management technologies, a business that it estimates can total $20 billion within five years. At a water conference next week, IBM and Intel will be forming a working group to study how information and technology can be used to improve water management, according to IBM.
The goal is to sketch out the technical architecture required to more efficiently use fresh … Read more
When talking toilets, it's easy to succumb to potty humor and puns (see headline), but the news out of Stockholm is no joke. Indian sanitation expert Bindeshwar Pathak was honored for his revolutionary toilet with the Stockholm Water Prize at the World Water Week conference held in Stockholm last week.
The Sulabh (translation: "easily available") is a twin-pit, pour-flush toilet (you pour the water yourself) that employs two tanks for waste storage. It does double duty as both a sustainable alternative (it uses less than a third of a gallon of water instead of almost three gallons … Read more