Monday, February 28, 2011

10 Cool USB Flash drives

1. USB Flash Drive + Bottle Opener

The TrekStor SB-Stick with Bottle Opener ($43.71) will not only quench your storage thirst with its 25MB/s read speed and 12 MB/s write speed, but is also sure to have you sipping suds at your desk thanks to the bottle opener that�s built into the device�s brushed aluminium housing.
Top 10 Coolest USB Flash Drives
2. Hamburger USB Flash Drive

Hungry? Get the Hamburger USB Flash Drive ($19.99) and eat up to 1GB of information. This freshly baked" product will certainly be a conversation starter and a convenient reminder of what you'll be having for lunch.
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3. USB Hidden Flash Drive Watch

Bond, James Bond. For wanna-be spies, the USB Hidden Flash Drive Watch ($49.99) features an ample 4GB capacity USB flash drive that slips neatly into the watch case. Simply remove, add data and then re-insert and you're ready to conduct secret missions to building B on the other side of campus. The watch itself has a Japanese movement, plastic case covered by stainless steel mask with brushed silver finish and convex mineral glass.
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4. World's Tiniest USB Flash Drive. USB Hidden Flash Drive Watch

Barely bigger than the tip of your pinky, the Pico USB Flash Drive ($24.99) is less than 4mm thick. The polished chrome finish is certainly shiny, but at 8 gigabytes, it�s redonkulously teeny.
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5. USB Flash Drive + Lighter

Electronics and fire have never been friends and you could even say they are essentially sworn enemies. But in the case of the USB Flash Drive Lighter ($50.00) they have decided to call a truce. Long standing differences have been put aside to create a product that is both practical and very unique. This flash drive has an ample 8GB capacity and the lighter is refillable. The USB connector slides out of the bottom of the metal case, using a small slider lever located on the side of the lighter. The lighter has a polished chrome finish and an adjustable flame. Baby, light my flash drive!
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6. Football USB Flash Drive

Touchdown some gigabytes with the Football USB Drive ($19.99). This Super Bowl must-have is 1GB and weights less than 6 ounces.
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7. Pizza USB Flash Drive

More on food department: the Pizza Flash Drive ($19.99) makes for a great gift, or a quick dinner .
Top 10 Coolest USB Flash Drives
8. USB Flash Drive + Eraser

Want to make a flash drive that nobody in a modern office would even think about taking? Hide it in your Eraser USB Memory Stick ($10.99) and keep it forever on this digital age. After all, nobody uses erasers anymore.
Top 10 Coolest USB Flash Drives
9. USB Flash Drive Wrist band

No longer do you have to have a lanyard around your neck if you want to wear your flash drivearound since this USB Flash Drive Wrist band ($13.99) disguises itself as a wristband that comes in six different colors of red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple. The USB port doubles as the connector to hold the strap together when wearing it and it sounds fairly durable as the catalog page boasts that the drive is shockproof and moisture proof (we�re assuming moisture from sweat).
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10. Light Bulb USB Drive

Attention Edison's Fans. The Light Bulb USB Drive ($19.99) has got 1GB to light up your info.
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Source: Techzug

The Apricot Road to Yarkand

Is there anything more beguiling than a true tale of high adventure well told? Stories about places like Pakistan and China sides of Muztagh Pass, braving difficult odds under overwhelming conditions in far flung locales, relating to people of Pakistan and Chinese Turkistan who had been in the area centuries ago, can keep anyone glued to The Apricot Road to Yarkand by Salman Rashid.

The Apricot Road to Yarkand is a spellbinding tale of journey from Shigar Valley to Yarkand in the North, over the glaciated Mustagh Pass by Salman Rashid. The author is master of conveying what seems to be going on in his heads in gripping prose that is never clichéd.

First, a word about the author. Salman Salman is Pakistan's foremost travel writer. His passion for writing is matched by his passion for photography. His research, range of visual subjects and narratives make a remarkable combination. In addition to eight travel books, his work appears in leading English language journals. In The Apricot Road to Yarkand, Salman Rashid has also told how he switched his career in the army to become a full time researcher and a writer. (I keep thinking how Salman Rashid would have been in appreciating tactical situation on battle grounds if he was still in army?)


Salman Rashid is a historian in the truest sense. He writes from a knowledge standpoint as opposed to a position biased toward the dominant paradigm and its conquests. A moving writer, Salman reminds the heart of its search for power in a world which has forgotten its purpose for existence. As usual, Salman Rashid, 54 when he undertook the journey, delivers a ton of current information all based on historical research. No one else seems to have half the energy of this man. What is more, Salman Rashid is currently translating the book into Urdu language.

In The Apricot Road to Yarkand, Salman Rashid recounts his journey from Shigar Valley to Yarkand and he does so in frank and honest terms. Result of sixteen years of dreaming about everything that sits on the historic route from Baltistan to Yarkand, The Apricot Road to Yarkand is an epic to the essence of exploring mountains, but it is also about of the cultural, geological, and biological make up of mountains, people of that area, human behavior in difficult situations, and history and about joy of about watching purple-gray clouds spreading out like an atmospheric ocean in all directions as far as the eye can see.

Alan Hovaness once wrote, "Mountains are symbols of mankind's search for God," and Allen Ginsberg told us, "Things are symbols for themselves." In The Apricot Road to Yarkand, Salman Rashid allows the mountains to be symbols of the seeking soul and at the same time symbols of themselves - they are encountered as we internalize them in our quest, and they are encountered as they really are: cold, hard, lonely, mighty and sometime hazardous.


The Apricot Road to Yarkand inspires its readers to explore the less explored areas and experience for themselves what only a few had the fortune to discover. Well-written and wonderfully presented, the book is a must read for anyone remotely interested in mountains, adventures or for those who want to find out why a chunk of land was handed over to our best friends. I highly recommend it.

Fellow of Royal Geographical Society, Salman Rashid is author of eight books including jhelum: City of the Vitasta

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Autographs of two celebrities


When man landed on the moon on 20th July 1969, like the whole world, I as a child was also witness to the famous "one small step - one giant leap for mankind". These historical words by Neil Alden Armstrong, the first man ever to step on the moon, made history. Then after the landing back of the astronauts of Apollo 11, the small pieces of moon rocks were shown around the world. Our school also arranged a special visit to the place where the moon rock was displayed and I along with other children looked at the small tiny motionless piece of grayish moon rock with awe and wonder. Later we were issued with posters and brochures of the moon landing, which also included this picture of Neil Armstrong with his autographs.


Elvis Presley was a great singer of his time. While the British adored the Beatles, Americans idolized Presley. Here is a photo of his autograph on a letter written to one of his fans. He is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or just simply the King. He is the best selling solo artist in the history of popular music.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Nigerian stamps collection


Present day Nigeria was once divided into two portions – the Southern and the Northern Nigeria. The Southern portion became a British protectorate in 1900. Lagos was added to this protectorate in 1906 while the Southern Nigeria was also merged in the existing protectorate to form a single colony of Nigeria under the British patronage.

A set of nine stamps was issued in 1901 of the Nigerian protectorate, which initially bore the portraits of Queen Victoria followed by that of her son King Edward VII in 1903. In 1912, vignette was replaced with a portrait of George V.

The stamps (left column) from my album are of much later stage issued in the 1950s, bearing portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The stamps in the other columns are of the era of independent Nigeria when it became an independent federation in 1960.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Beware!! You are being watched


Belt Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
If you're aspiring to be a super secret spy at some point in your life then you'll need the equipment to go with the job. No one can be a true spy without the proper tools. Well Minox is selling a seemingly innocent belt that happens to have a hidden camera built into it. The belt can record videos, which will likely be every perv's dream. It doesn't only record videos, but it will record audio as well. Giving you handy blackmail material when needed. It records onto an SD card and includes a USB adapter.

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Necktie Spy Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
Let's face it, the only things that you will probably end up capturing on this hidden camera will be people photocopying, sitting in cubicles, making coffee and occasionally pilfering some office supplies. Or if you are smart, you could take all of your colleagues out for drinks, get them talking about the boss and use it to leverage your way to the top. It holds 2GB of video and connects to your computer via USB.

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Tissue Box Hidden Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
BrickHouse presents a hidden camera which looks like an ordinary tissue box. This Tissue Box camera can record video clips with 720×480 resolution at 30fps. It is able to capture videofootage in extreme low light environment.
Toothbrush Hidden Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
Chinese manufacturers keep working hard to invent the craziest things. But a hidden camera disguised as an Oral-B electric toothbrush, is beyond creative. The $243 Pinhole Spy ToothbrushHidden Camera records 640×480 video in AVI format, using its internal 8GB flash memory. According to their product site, it looks exactly like a real electric toothbrush.
Coca-Cola Can Hidden Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
It looks like an ordinary Coca-Cola can, but it's also a Coca-Cola camera. Nobody will ever find out there are being recorded with that.
Cigarette Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
If you have young kids and you leave with childcare during the day, you've probably thought of your children on many occasions, just wondering about the quality of daycare the caregiver provides. Surveillance companies have built a big business on this fear with the release of all kinds of hidden cameras. The SDHCC pinhole hidden camera that resides within a cigarette box allows you to keep active watch on your caregiver as they interact with your child. The camera captures clear, colored video which can be transmitted to any monitor or TV set via the included receiver. There is also an option to record the footage to a VCR or DVD player with record capabilities.
Shoe Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
This 2.4GHz Wireless Shoe Covert Camera is really pushing the boundaries. It comes in two parts, the covert camera with a 2.4GHz transmitter which resides in a shoe or similar and the fully working tri-band, 3″ GSM cell phone which receives the camera signal and records it. The phone has 1Gb of built-in storage and the camera can broadcast out to about 50 metres. Thankfully it's US$329 so no one will buy it.
Lighter Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
This lighter camera uses brand new technology to capture highly-detailed videos with incredibly clear video compress file sizes. After all, it wouldn't be terribly stealthy stopping in the middle of a "mission" to insert another memory card, would it? Of course not. Because it's built in 4GB memory so no need to insert another memory card. Sneaking a video indoors is also inconspicuous thanks to Omejo Technology which allows you to take clear videos in day light without using a flash.
Telephone Spy Camera

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This gadget, the Motion Detector Telephone, it is not only a funny toy but it will help you to keep your place more safe. It has a built- in sensor which will detect every move from the room and highlight its author. The best part at this cool telephone is that it will call to a preset number every time when the alarm is activated and it will detect a moving presence. Its range is about 30 feet long and has a width of 20 feet.
Air Freshener Hidden Camera

Beware of Spy Cameras
You could expect a camera hidden in thousands of places, but would you ever suspect from a harmless bathroom air freshener? That's exactly what Omejo Company thought before developing this ultra-small digital spy camera that looks like an ordinary Air Freshener, but it has a very powerful function, the most interest is that internally it hides a smallest camera DVR , it does not need any external plug-in card, built in memory 8GB itself, and can work up to 4-5hours. There is time date stamp for the record, and you can get the most authentic evidence for a variety of illegal behaviour.
Source: Techzug