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January 2, 2009

Five Ways To Fix A Stuck Pixel On Your Screen

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals,Watches — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

JScreenFixI have a Nintendo DS with one pixel that just doesn’t work the way it should. It looks like a white dot (sometimes it changes color, but ALWAYS the wrong one) on my screen. It’s just irritating on games like Animal Crossing, but for more time sensitive games, sometimes it’s a killer. It became so irritating, that I eventually just got a new DS.

I found this awesome entry by Tina at about how to fix a stuck pixel on your computer screen. If I had known about this, I might have been able to fix my Nintendo.

Most of the software that she recommends is for Windows machines, but there are a couple of techniques to use if you have a Mac. It’s called JScreenFix and it’s a website you can visit.

There’s even one that might work if it’s a different machine (like my Nintendo DS or a Sony PSP). Before you take that Mac back to the Genius Bar, try these techniques to see if you can reset your pixel on your own.

Via: HijiNKS Ensue – Geek Webcomic – Updates Monday, Wednesday and Friday » Archive » Catching Up

November 11, 2008

Motorcycles Made Out of Watch Parts

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 3:59 pm

These motorcycles made out of watch parts are really cool:

NAWCC Watch Motorcycles

You can see more here:

I love watches, so a little part of me cringes when I see this sort of thing. There used to be a beautifully functioning watch that made up that motorcycle. It makes me sad to think of all the dead watches that were sacrificed to make these.

NAWCC Watch Motorcycles

I know watches die of their own accord, but it almost feels like a coat made out of the fur of a beloved pet.

Via: » Miniature Motorcycles Made from Watch Parts

September 2, 2008

Casio Baby-G: Not Quite There, But Quite Serviceable

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 1:13 pm

Casio Women's Baby-G Watch #BG2001-7 at Amazon.comRemember two years ago, when I was searching for the perfect watch? You don’t? Then check it out here:

I was looking for a watch that did the following:

  • Women’s watch
  • Digital
  • Metal case and band
  • Time and Date on the display at the same time
  • Stopwatch
  • Countdown Timer
  • Light
  • I would also like Dual Time, but I’m willing to give that up

The latest iteration of the Casio Baby-G doesn’t quite fit all my qualifications, but it’s very close. It is technically a women’s watch, even though it’s pretty large. You can see it takes up most of my wrist here:

Casio Baby-G

It is digital and displays the time and date on the face of the watch. It also has a stopwatch (chronometer), and countdown timer, light and dual time. In fact, it has features that I didn’t even know I wanted like an accelerometer that can notice when I’m holding the watch up and looking at it and change the display to show slightly bigger numbers when I do:

Can you tell the difference?

If you think this photo is the same as the previous one except that it’s a little out of focus, then you can understand why I find the accelerometer feature useless. The numbers are ever so slightly bigger in the second picture, but the difference is so minute that it makes me wonder why they bothered.

Their execution of dual time is clunky. Sure, the cool thing right now is to have your time attached to wherever you’re living, but that is an extra feature that hinders rather than aids time setting. Instead of making me find the nearest city in my time zone, how about you just let me tell you what time it is now? Is that alright?

Oh, and when I set the time in the other time zone, don’t make me choose yet another city. Just let me change the hours. Can you keep the minutes and seconds to match the original time line? No? Why is that? What planet do you live on? We’re all just separated by hours, not minutes. Is it really necessary for me to reset the minutes and seconds in EACH time zone?

Casio Baby-G

If you are in love with your shiny white Apple MacBook or your brand new 3G iPhone, then can have the Casio Baby-G to match. Otherwise, it’s just a bulky white watch that is close, but no cigar. It’s serviceable, but it is by no means the perfect watch.

June 17, 2008

The Swatch Irony Body and Soul

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Swatch Irony Body and SoulI am a big fan of Swatch, so I’m happy to learn that they are releasing a new mechanical watch. This one has a window on both the front and back so you can see the inner workings.

Say hello to the Swatch Irony Automatic “Body and Soul”. It’s a skeletonized mechanical watch where both front and back are clear to allow an unobstructed view of the ticking heart inside.

It only shows the time (no date, month or day of the week), but it’s a mechanical watch for less than 200 bucks.

August 9, 2007

Swatch Puzzle Motion Watches

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

As a teenager, my favorite watches were made by Swatch. I could barely tell time on them, but they were so cool, I owned several of them. I STILL own them today and most of them are still running. That’s how well-made they were.

Swatch is still ticking along. They just released a new line of watches called Puzzle Motion. They are like a kaleidescope of color moving on your wrist.

Here are their videos showing how the watches look:

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If I have to have a watch that doesn’t do anything but tell time, at least it should show me pretty pictures.

Here is a video of the Swatch Puzzle watch in person:

Retro Swatch Ads after the break: (Continue Reading…)

August 6, 2007

Suunto Lumi: Good Try, Still Useless

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Suunto Lumi TerraI have to give Suunto some credit. At least they’re trying to make a women’s digital watch that isn’t ugly. This is a pretty good looking watch for a digital, unfortunately, it’s not the kind of watch that will help me. I don’t need an altimeter, barometer, four languages or a compass. If I did need those things, I would wear the big ugly Casio digital that does all that for half the price. I don’t need my watch to be beautiful when I’m hiking.

I need my watch to be beautiful all the other times of my day: walking around town, going to work, having dinner with friends. I want a pretty digital watch that will tell me the time and date on the face. I want an elegant digital watch that will time me with a stopwatch and give me a countdown timer. I want a lovely digital watch that will tell me what time it is in Vegas AND back home. And I want it to be small. I KNOW the watch manufacturers can do all of this, but for some reason they don’t.

Good try, Suunto. Thanks for thinking of me. I really appreciate it. Game over, man. Try again.

Via: Shiny Shiny: Sunnito Lumi – ‘An outdoor sports instrument for women’. Huh?

July 2, 2007

Seiko Almost Creates A Watch That Doesn’t Suck

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

This bracelet looking bangle could be the watch of my dreams.

Seiko Almost Creates A Watch That Doesn't Suck

Unfortunately, Seiko has nothing on their website about it. I only have a simple press release from Seiko to find out anything:

According to the press release:

If the wearer is at work, it can be set to its ‘efficiency’ mode; the display is informative and easy to read. If, however, the watch is set to its ‘mystery’ mode, the panel expresses the time in a more imaginative, evocative style. Just pick the style to reflect your mood!

That’s all well and good as long as I can pick a style that shows the time, date AND day all at once. If not, then it’s just a bracelet. Additionally, if there is no illumination to see the time at night, then it’s just a pretty piece of jewelry. Sadly, it looks like Seiko is ignoring my need to see its watch in the dark:

The display is readable under very low light conditions, so no backlighting is required.

Very low light conditions and total darkness are two very different things. I want a watch that can get me out of the World Trade Center when the lights go out like the IndiGlo watch did.

Sorry, Seiko. You’re really close, but it looks like you’ll create a watch that’s just a piece of jewelry. I need more.

Via: Popgadget Personal Technology for Women: Seiko Electronic Ink Watch

June 12, 2007

Watch 3.0 Is Out of Beta

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 9:51 am

I wrote before about Watch 2.0, but it still wasn’t perfect.

Once I started working with beads, I was able to start on Watch 3.0. I have finally perfected it and I’m extremely happy with the outcome. The complete pattern is here for you to enjoy!

Watch 3.0 Is Out of Beta

If you’re not crafty, but would like to buy a watch like this, please visit my store on Etsy:

April 2, 2007

Watch 2.0 is out of Beta

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

For years, I have been complaining about how I hate the watch designers of the world. They cannot create a digital watch that is both pretty and useful. In the end, I have been wearing my Armitron watch that I got for about fifteen bucks about five years ago. It has all the features that I love, but it’s ugly.

The other night, I had an idea. I would make my ugly Armitron watch beautiful. Here is the story of Watch 2.0:

Watch 2.0 is out of Beta

(Continue Reading…)

February 23, 2007

Linde Werdelin’s Biformeter

Filed under: Watches — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

BiformeterLinde Werdelin’s Biformeter watch is EVERYTHING that is wrong with the watch industry right now.

Let’s look at some of their ad-copy:

“The BIFORMETER watch that carries the Instruments is manufactured, assembled and tested in Bienne, Switzerland using the highest quality components… Highly acclaimed – and already launched in a special edition – a very select group of people already own a very special BIFORMETER, each one individually made for its owner.”

It continues like that for NINE paragraphs and doesn’t tell me ANYTHING about the digital portion of the watch.

It’s kind of a novel idea. The digital portion of the watch clips over the analog watch. Most of the time you can have your snooty watch, but when you’re skiing, you can use your digital portion. Of course, I’m only guessing that the digital portion might have anything to do with skiing since they haven’t told me anything about it.

Someday, a watch company is going to stumble onto what I have been saying for years. They are going to design a digital watch that is beautiful and be completely perplexed when they sell it out.

Via: Dream Watches Blog

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