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The freezer makes my ice cream hard to scoop. Why try?

The First World Problems Rap (SLYT)
posted by swift on Jun 24, 2011 - 43 comments

Man, they said we better accentuate the positive... eliminate the negative... latch on to the affirmative....

Microsoft introduces "an amazingly obvious tweak to battery tech that should save us some headaches, as well as several trillion hours of head-scratching and peering into dark holes." The innovation, called "Instaload" is a simple, low-tech battery contact design that allows cylindrical batteries (disposable and rechargeable) to be inserted in either direction, so users don't have to worry about which end is positive or negative. How? It puts a set of positive and negative contacts at both ends of a battery compartment. (From Microsoft: Press Release / Overview / Technology Brochure (pdf)) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 7, 2010 - 113 comments

The Fast Bike With The Funny Name (tm)

Healthy competition can advance technology, and motorsports is a good example of this. The Isle of Man TT has been a motorcycle proving ground since 1907, with a bike earning its mettle by doing ton-up on the 38 mile course. Enter Michael Czysz and his MotoCzysz E1pc. After disastrous failure at the Isle of Man TT the previous year, his company redesigned their electric sport bike from the ground up. The results could have wider implications for electric vehicles as a whole. Previously. [more inside]
posted by The Power Nap on Jun 10, 2010 - 29 comments

Apples and Oranges

How many oranges does it take to charge an Apple? (A SLYT post, via)
posted by zarq on Feb 13, 2010 - 46 comments

Adventures in Rechargeable Batteries

I'm not sure what the exact definition of geek is, but I think "enjoys recharging batteries" has to be very high on that list.
posted by grumblebee on Mar 20, 2008 - 55 comments

You can't top the Nano-Top.

Toshiba develops rechargeable battery that can charge in one minute. The battery can achieve 80 percent nominal charge 60 times faster than conventional Lithium Ion batteries, and only loses 1 percent of its life cycle every 1,000 charges. In comparison to any other type of battery in existence, that is amazing.
posted by Dean Keaton on Apr 1, 2005 - 38 comments

iPod's Dirty Secret

iPod's Dirty Secret (Links to a page with an emdedded Quicktime movie.) Can anyone confirm or debunk this?
posted by badstone on Nov 24, 2003 - 85 comments

The Energizer Bunny does Delta

The Energizer Bunny does Delta Next time you pack your adult toys, fully loaded, in your luggage, remember that they may discharge at the most inconvenient time...
posted by poorhouse on Jul 27, 2002 - 10 comments

15 hour batteries -

15 hour batteries - Just when we thought we weren't spending enough time with our laptops, IBM comes along and does this.
posted by Cavatica on Jun 27, 2000 - 1 comment

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