Archive for March, 2010

Five of the best: Anti-theft gadgets

March 2, 2010

In the first instalment of a new recurring feature, we look at five of the most ingenious anti-theft technologies out there today:

1) Create a hidden compartment in any wall in your house and then hide the evidence with this fake electric socket covering. Unless thieves try to plug something in, they’re unlikely to ever spot this clever little hiding place. The only problem is that space is fairly limited, but it still provides enough room for your passport and other vital documents.

2) Hark back to the 80s with this fake car stereo facade. With most new cars sporting CD or mp3 players, car thieves will likely not look twice at this relic from the days of disco. The stereo uses an old cassette tape deck as a facade that attaches on top of the current stereo in your car.

3) Carrying your laptop or notebook around in this handy imitation newspaper case could be one way to avoid potential thieves. The newspaper even comes in five different languages, although clever criminals may wonder why you’re still reading news from months ago…

4) In the same vein as the car stereo protector, why not try out this handy Walkman case for your iPod? Of course, the extra size and weight may make this one unpopular with joggers…

5) This one may be somewhat unethical, but it’s a lot of fun. The “Home Security Paintball Gun Turret” can automatically track and gun down any moving target that comes into its range. Pets and would-be burglars beware.

Bring back the Filofax

March 1, 2010

Much to my joy, I read an article on the Telegraph.co.uk, entitled ‘The Filofax is back’. ‘YESSS!’ I thought, I am on trend, I am ahead of the times, as I am, and have been the proud owner of a gorgeous pink leather Filofax for two years now. Hell, I’m a veteran. I then happily tweeted about my exciting news, to which I had several replies, mostly from women, saying they too were Filofax owners.

But could my Filofax replace my BlackBerry?? Not so sure… The article on the Telegraph suggests that many women are turning to their Filofaxes, and favouring them over their iPhones and BlackBerrys because they’re more feminine.

I love my Filofax, and can’t imagine going anywhere without it. It has everything in there, from work related events, to personal appointments, to people’s phone numbers, and even a handy fold out Tube map (with protective plastic sheet I might add!). But I see it as a supplement to my BlackBerry. I can write stuff in my Filofax, but from there on I can’t do much with it. I need something technological to assist my Filofax. It can’t email someone, or text them, or send a meeting reminder to someone.

Still, the brand lives on, and I’m proud to say I will always have one. It looks gorgeous, it’s super handy and works on a personal and professional level for me. But would I have it as a replacement for a multi-functional device? Probably not. It’s more like a handy assistant 🙂


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