Monthly ArchiveFebruary 2008

Miscellaneous &Nerd stuff (technology) &Technology (general) 26 Feb 2008 08:12 pm

Danish wind-powered generator self destructs

Apparently this happened when this brakes on this “windmill” failed during strong winds. Quite amazing and frightening.

Humour 17 Feb 2008 08:30 am

Strange advertisement on NZ TV

My work took me to New Zealand last week — home of the world’s worst free to air TV (followed only by fta in the USA).

I was astounded by a TV advertisement for ’30 Second Spray and Walk Away’ — a product designed to kill mould, moss, etc. on footpaths and around the exterior of a home.

Check this out:

I think it’s amusing — but I’m not entirely comfortable with that opinion.What do you think?

(You’ll find more from the same company on the YouTube page.)

Miscellaneous 10 Feb 2008 09:13 pm

New Brother laser printer installed – bad news for Brother!

Some time ago, I wrote about the silliness of laser printer pricing compared to drum+toner prices.

Today, the drum and toner in my old printer needed to be replaced. So I installed a new printer (same as the old one – Brother HL-2040) which cost $A95. Cost of a new drum plus new toner would have been over $A200. Cost to manufacture this whole printer (plus packaging, handbooks, CDs, cables, etc.) MUST be more than just for the drum and toner that came with the printer.

So who’s the winner here and who’s the loser?