ShoulderDolly- lighten your load

DresserBigscreen3The ShoulderDolly brings true meaning to the term mobile technology. Utilizing a couple of harnesses that two people wear, this amazing device allows the lifting and moving of very heavy objects simply and safely. I first saw this a few days ago in a photo of the ShoulderDolly being demonstrated at the CEDIA 2004 exhibition and two people were effortlessly moving a refrigerator up a flight of stairs. The ShoulderDolly comes in a Light Duty version for everyday folks and an industrial version for more heavy lifting duty.“The Shoulder Dolly® Light Duty™ lifting system utilizes the strength of the large Shoulder and Leg muscles for lifting and carrying, freeing up the small hand and forearm muscles for better balance and control. The system has been proven (with lumbar motion monitors) to significantly reduce strain and risk of injury to the low back.”Thanks to TRFJ for jogging my memory.

The Wally- high tech yacht

Wally_1Wonder what the big boss does on weekends? Why, he takes out his Wally 118 which only set him back just over $24 million. Accomodations are luxurious as you would expect with a master stateroom, guest stateroom, and 3 crew cabins. The Wally will cruise along at 60 knots with a range of 380 nautical miles at that speed. The electronics are state of the art and fit perfectly with the unique modern design of the vessel. If you have that much money to burn you might as well go all the way.

Do you feel safer?

On this anniversary of one of the most senseless acts in modern history, many people in the US are asking “Do you feel safer today than 3 years ago?” I think the only answer is- should we feel safer? By that I mean how can anyone be truly safe from fanatics who are willing to commit the most heinous acts of terrorism? How can any agency or government protect everyone from a senseless act whose only purpose is to produce fear in the survivors? Terrorism doesn’t work as an act of war as it doesn’t kill enough people to make a real difference in a wartime situation. Its only purpose is to produce unease and fear in those who are left behind.Do we want our government protecting us from every single possible bad thing that can befall us? The answer is sometimes. Sure we need them to provide basic security and laws that prevent unscrupulous people from doing things that cause us harm. But can they really protect us from someone willing to strap a bomb around their waist and blow innocent bystanders up? I don’t think so for to provide that level of security would require us to give up virtually all freedom that we enjoy in the US today. Why don’t we put the responsibility for the horrible results of terrorism on the maniacal people who perpetrate these cowardly acts? I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect the government to provide us absolute security from fanatics such as these.It’s important to remember that acts of terrorism are an affront to all humanity and not just the US and our allies. They offend everyone world-wide as they should. But terrorism will continue and flourish as long as the criminals get global publicity which is all that they are after. As I said a terrorist act that results in the deaths of a few people don’t advance whatever cause these people are “fighting” for but the resultant publicity gets them far more than it should. To the mainstream media I would make one request- please stop giving the terrorist what they are after and that is repeated showing of every single terroristic attack. While you certainly have the right to tell that story I find it irresponsible to show over and over the hooded hostage who is about to be mindlessly murdered. This is exactly what these animals want and you are handing it to them every single day.

Teleflip ’em off

Need to send a text message to someone but don’t know their phone’s email address, or even what carrier they’re using? Don’t fret- teleflip it.Teleflip is a free service that let’s you send text messages from your PC to anyone’s cell phone, even when all you know about the recipient is their phone number. You can check it out at the Teleflip web site but it couldn’t be simpler to use.Just send an email message to:[email protected] there will soon be a text message appearing on the target cell phone. This is also a great way to have someone send you a message when you’re not in your office and need some information delivered to your cell phone. Neither party has to sign up to use the service. Try it now- send yourself an email to your phone and see how it works. The service is in beta but has worked OK for me.