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Flashlight with a built in clamp

Flashlight with a built in clamp.
There's plenty of flashlights out there, but we haven't seen one this smart for a long time. The one that comes closest is possibly the flashlight with it's own tripod that we posted on a while back. This new work-light has a strong clamp instead, which makes it possible to attach to most any object around your work area. To boot, the actual light can be turned and tilted to let you shine the light exactly where you want it. The Blackfire Clamplight is USD 30:- on Amazon. [Via]

8 October 2009





Broken Microplane grater

A sad day, indeed...
...since one of our favorite kitchen tools has broken in two. It's one of our fine Microplane graters that has decided to call it quits. The handle has broken away from the grater right where the rubberized part is attached. And it's not the first time. The same thing has happened once before. That time we got a replacement grater from the Microplane representative and after some time also an explanation from the Microplane engineers. Apparently the break that time happened because the clear plastic used for some reason did not work well with Swedish (or European) machine wash powders. This was almost three years ago, and the replacement grater has weathered countless washes since then. Until yesterday. We have another grater of the same type from Microplane, and we're going to keep it out of the dishwasher from now on. We'll try to get in touch with Microplane to see what they have to say.

8 October 2009








Wind powered cell phone tower for remote sites.
Everybody knows you have to charge your cellphone to make it work. But how many have given the power needs of cell phone towers any thought? Well, one has in a way taken it for granted that the towers are powered, but never cared about how said towers actually get the electricity they need. Consider a tower in the middle of nowhere. Or a mile further down the trail. What an impressive roll of cable they must have used. And the cost of it all. Now, consider a tower that is self-sufficient in electricity. That would mean we could put a lot more cell towers out there and get rid of many of those pesky no-service spots. Here's such an idea, based on wind power. We have actually seen similar ideas before, but they were based on solar power. Solar is nice in Africa and such warm places, but up here in the icy North, we'd be out of cell phone service most of winter. Wind power looks smarter, and especially so since they have developed a special spiral shaped "propeller" that can catch winds from just about any direction. The idea comes from Helix Wind and they are supposed to start testing in the US and Nigeria in November. [Via]

5 October 2009





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