How did people live before the Internet, or the car, or the various other things that we’ve grown so accustomed to using every day? Some inventions are so amazing that they make you really wonder how anyone could’ve gotten by without them.
Heated Butter Knife
Heated to the perfect spreading temperature in about thirty seconds by two AA batteries, this knife makes difficult spreading a thing of the past. Only the tip of the knife heats up, and a flashing LED alerts the user that the heating element is active.
The self-cleaning hair brush has a simple design, a rubber pad sits in the “bed” of the brush under the bristles. When it is time to clean it out, just pull the pad up over the bristles, then dump the hair.
This 36 square foot tent features a 50Wh battery pack to power all of your electronics. The tent, battery pack, and solar panel will set you back about $1,000, so it is for the serious camping fanatic.
Euphori-Lock Ice Cream Lock
A two piece twist lock with a pre-assigned combination is now available for your pint of ice cream. Made by Ben & Jerry’s, this lock fits all pints, and has gotten pretty good reviews. Engraved with the quote, “I’m terribly sorry, but there is no ‘u’ in ‘my pint,'” it keeps the ice cream thieves at bay.
The sippy cup of mom’s everywhere, this sippy is a double walled tumbler, with a wine glass inside, all covered by a spill proof lid. It can hold ten ounces of wine, and is 100% BPA free. Vino to go anyone?
CoverBlubbers, which are made of StickyRubber, are being sold as a safer alternative to traditional plastic wrap. CoverBlubber form fits to whatever shape it is placed on, and forms an airtight seal. It is available in four stretchy sizes, and colors.
The new smartphone app enabled, front door locking system. It simply installs over your old lock, and then you use the app on your phone to lock or unlock it from anywhere. Since it is portable you can take it anywhere, and you can still use your old keys with it!
A huge clip with a foam grip, it can be used with strollers, carts, etc, to hold all of your bags. Just put your bags on it, then snap to your wheeled device, or simply hold it and save yourself from hurting your hands.
At $599 a set, these are knives for the serious culinary enthusiast. Four knives that fit inside of each other, and into their block, all made from ONE piece of stainless steel. The classiest of all cutting utensils.
This pan has four, shallow wells to cook pancakes, eggs, etc, in uniform roundness. Made with 20,000 diamond crystals, it creates a non-stick surface that can’t be beat. The pressure-cast aluminum allows heat to distribute evenly, making your meal perfect every time.
Fitting under the cabinet, over the drawer or door, the Scrap Trap hooks in for easy scrap clean up in the kitchen. Use the included utensil to push scraps into the 2 quart bowl, detach, and dump. Truly easy kitchen cleanup.
Secret Compartment Water Bottle
A water bottle with a built in secret compartment designed to hold credit cards, cash, key, or whatever you can fit in there. Great for anytime you can’t carry around your wallet. With a large mouth for ice cubes, and dishwasher safe, it’s a convenient water bottle as well.
Glowing Toilet Bowl Strip
Why do you need a strip of glow in the dark tape to put around the rim of the toilet?Well, it’s useful to both genders, as men won’t make a mess on late night restroom trips, and women won’t fall when the seat is left up.
Rechargeable USB Batteries
Rechargeable batteries with USB ports to plug in your electronics. Super compact, they are easy to take anywhere. Easy, portable, charging.
These are silicon guards that fit to the edges of your oven racks. They are heat resistant, and used to minimize the risk of burns. The textured silicon makes for easy gripping as well.
A flask hidden within the shape of a brush. It holds six ounces, and unscrews at the bottom of the handle. Nobody will ever guess it isn’t a brush!
Expanding and contracting to hold your book or fit in your bag, this holder can go anywhere. Simply insert book and begin reading, you will only need to turn the pages. Great for multitasking!
A pen shaped scanner that scans printed text and sends it straight to your computer. Just run it over the text you need scanned and you are done. Note taking suddenly became a lot easier.
One of the best first steps in setting up a Windows machine is to install PuTTY on it, so you have a highly evolved secure shell at your command. An anonymous reader writes, though, with a note of caution if you’re installing PuTTY from a source other than the project’s own official page. A malicious version with information-stealing abilities has been found in the wild. According to the article:
Compiled from source, this malicious version is apparently capable of stealing the credentials needed to connect to those servers. “Data that is sent through SSH connections may be sensitive and is often considered a gold mine for a malicious actor. Attackers can ultimately use this sensitive information to get the highest level of privileges on a computer or server, (known as ‘root’ access) which can give them complete control over the targeted system,” the researchers explained.
The Symantec report linked above also shows that (at least for this iteration) the malware version is easy to spot, by hitting the “About” information for the app.
Posted by timothy 10 days ago
The Reason For Java’s Staying Power: It’s Easy To Readfrom the easy-on-the-eyes dept.
Java made its public debut twenty years ago today, and despite a sometimes bumpy history that features its parent company being absorbed by Oracle, it’s still widely used. Mark Reinhold, chief architect for the Oracle’s Java platform group, offers one explanation for its continuing popularity: it’s easy for humans to understand it at a glance. “It is pretty easy to read Java code and figure out what it means. There aren’t a lot of obscure gotchas in the language … Most of the cost of maintaining any body of code over time is in maintenance, not in initial creation.”
Posted by samzenpus 3 days ago
from the have-some-information dept.
pdclarry writes: mSpy sells a software-as-a-service package that claims to allow you to spy on iPhones. It is used by ~2 million people to spy on their children, partners, Exes, etc. The information gleaned is stored on mSpy’s servers. Brian Krebs reports that mSpy has been hacked and their entire database of several hundred GB of their customer’s data has been posted on the Dark Web. The trove includes Apple IDs and passwords, as well as the complete contents of phones that have mSpy installed. So much for keeping your children safe.
A coder that goes by the online handle “Hephaestos” has shared with the world a Python script that, when put on an USB thumb drive, turns the device in an effective kill switch for the computer in which it’s plugged in.
USBkill, as the programmer dubbed it, “waits for a change on your USB ports, then immediately kills your computer.”
The device would be useful “in case the police comes busting in, or steals your laptop from you when you are at a public library (as with Ross [Ulbricht]),” Hephaestos explained.
Using a cord to attach the USB key to one’s wrist will assure that the USB is removed instantly with a quick tug upon the arrest of the user or the seizure of the computer.
Of course, if the user doesn’t use full disk encryption in the first place, the device becomes useless.
Hephaestos says that USBkill is still in the early stages, but that it works, and works well.