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    Friday
    Aug132010

    Episode 1155

    Wine Companion
    Tool Logic's Wine Companion, complete with a corkscrew, a foil cutter, a serrated knife, a bottle opener, a fork and a cocktail stirrer, was all but a thin card-shape case.

    Tool Logic's Wine Companion
    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    Today’s intro by Tom is an adaptation of part of the text of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving; and the village of Sleepy Hollow happens to be in New York, too.

    Christmas in July
    Doug from Stanhope, New Jersey has been listening to Audible and fallen behind with the show.  He’s just listened to the Christmas episodes from last year – his own Christmas in July event.  In Episode 989, Dick and Leo were talking about some of the technology at Disney (Mr Lincoln), and thinks that they might like to know about the Pal Mickey, a plush toy which was an interactive tour guide for Disney World, introduced in 2003, available for daily rent or for sale for $47 at the time.

    Pal Mickey

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    Thursday
    Aug122010

    Episode 1154

    Touch To Give
    Ever since Doug Pompilio from Dayton, Ohio learned about the Click To Give (see e.g. Episodes 464, 658) Animal Rescue site, he’s been clicking every day to support the site.  Thanks to a Genius suggestion in the App Store, he’s now got an iPhone app for supporting a number of Click To Give charities, including Animal Rescue, Breast Cancer and HungerTouch To Give.

    Touch To Give iPhone App

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    Wednesday
    Aug112010

    Episode 1153

    Encore
    Mike Meyering, the Spare Geek, recently purchased the Encore Dual USB Port Charger (Episode 1056).  He was very impressed by it, and made inquiries with the manufacturer to find out the specs of the battery.  It was a 1,700 mAh rechargeable battery; not bad for the price.

    A Tip from Colleen, and Pontifications from Tom and Dick
    Colleen once gave Dick a tip: get a power adapter and plug it into the power brick for the laptop, in place of the cable and plug that usually comes with the laptop.  That way at least you save carrying one cable.  Cables are the bane of modern technology, and Dick is still waiting for the truly wireless TV, while Tom would like all cables to be retractable, if they have to exist at all.  The thought of a wireless world gets Dick remarking that open unencrypted wifi has become rather rare.

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    Tuesday
    Aug102010

    Episode 1152

    Dick’s Next Visit to TWiT Cottage
    Dick is planning to do Episode 1200 at the TWiT Cottage in Petaluma.  That will be the first week of October.

    The Definitive Answer to the Missing Sock Conundrum
    Will Cool heard Dick and Leo talk about the missing sock conundrum (Episode 1141). Will believes that the definitive answer was supplied decades ago by the TV cartoon series Ren and Stimpy.  The cuplrit is the dryer.  The combination of the spinning metal drum, the heat and static electricity creates a vortex in the centre which drags the left sock to an alternative reality, which Tom calls the Planet of the Socks.

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    Monday
    Aug092010

    Episode 1151

    Can’t Beat Tom
    Monty writes to Dick: I see you’re doing another 5 shows with Tom Merritt.  If you want your career go down the drain, you can’t beat Tom Merritt.

    Keychain Camera as a Probe
    Monty has been thinking about the keychain spy camera (Episode 1029), and suggests that one get a remote control helicopter, mount the camera on the copter, to survey and probe the hard-to-reach corners of your house.

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