Several weeks ago I reported on the flash drive which detects p0rn and today I’m letting you know about the Chat Stick. A flash drive which recovers all those dirty Instant Messages.
The USB Chat Stick is loaded with software which scans the host computer for all instant message conversations, deleted or not, and uses recovery software to localize all those discussions into one, nice, handy place; the flash drive.
So here’s the obvious spin about the USB Chat Stick. You can search a computers history for children IM conversations to make sure they aren’t sexting or worse, talking to on-line predators. Or, for the paranoid spouse, a great tool to finally put your curiosity to rest – are they cheating on me?
But from a business perspective, I think this has a lot of value. For example, we spend many hours talking to suppliers overseas about flash drives, MP3 players etc and there are many conversation which get deleted away. Import business transaction information that, one day, you may need to recover. The USB Chat Stick can help.
Here are the company’s talking points:
Review: USB Benchmark software by USB Performance.
USB Performance has a nice USB benchmark testing program with lots of features besides read / write tests.
The USB performance testing software gives you the option to test at a File Copy level or a Bit for Bit copy level. The difference with the File Copy is the process includes reading from the File Allocation Table [FAT] and thus slows down the process. The bit for bit read/write tests will show the best possible performance your device will be able to obtain.
Included in the USB benchmark software are some bonus features such as file recovery.
We all know with flash memory once you click delete, it’s gone forever. Well the USB Performance software will recover those deleted files. OR maybe you’ve lost data with a system Blue Screen or hardware crash, again the USB recovery feature should be able to restore those lost files.
Another nice feature is the backup function. The backup function will create a single image file on your PC. You can restore or backup the image file at any time. This nice thing about a single image file [rather than copying all the
UPDATE: USB Scrub by Nexcopy now supports Win7 32/64bit
Did you know Windows will make over 260 registry entries with a single enumeration of a USB stick? This means for those with multiple flash drives your registry will get extremely cluttered and bogged down.
With flash drives dirt cheap these days, you’ll find at least a couple dozen going into your computer through the year. That would be over 6,240 registry entries.
USB Scrub is a free utility which performs a deep cleaning of those unused drivers and registry edits.
We gave USB Scrub a try, and it worked great. We went from enumerating a single USB stick in 45 seconds to enumerating that stick in less that 12 seconds.
In addition, if you have a USB stick that doesn’t perform correctly or the Windows OS doesn’t see it, chances are the USB Scrub will clear up those problems and your drive will work once again. This is because a registry entry can become corrupt and simply clearing it out will resolve your issue.
So lets take a closer look.
Using RegShot [a free application which takes a snap shot before and after an event and compares only the changed registry values] I took a snap shot before and after a USB stick was connected and ejected. The result was this:
- 78 Registry Keys where created
- 183 Registry Values where added
- 261 Registry edits in total!
Here is a snap shop. Click the image to get the full text file.
There is no doubt Netbooks are becoming more and more popular. The problem with Netbooks if your computer goes south, no optical drive is available to restore your computer. You either have to A) buy an optical drive, burn a bootable backup or B) call the manufacturer and request a disc.
Windows 7 is addressing this process with the option to burn a bootable USB stick with your on-line purchase. Well, at least that’s the rumor.
“The ‘Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool’ is used when you buy a down-loadable version of the software from Microsoft’s online store. During the download process, buyers are given the option of creating a bootable USB stick or burning a DVD.”
So now the question becomes, should a user be required to
Here at GetUSB.info we are a fan of the USB key logger technology. After all, what better way to find out what employees, girlfriends and such are doing with their spare time. Especially with all the social network, it’s important to know what is, or is not, being said about you.
We have reported about USB key loggers before, but this one is especially nice with the old school PS/2 connector. Great for the older machines.
The device comes with 2MB of internal memory, but check it often as that amount of space will be filled quickly.
Pricing is a bit different depending on the connection type you need. $60-$75.
Here is the USB key logger product page.
Reminder from UberGizmo.
As Windows 7 is set to release sometime in October, today we heard there is an update to USB support. Honestly, I don’t know exactly what it means, but the quote is, “adding new USB and drive sharing support options…”
Does this mean you can set a USB stick as a shared device, maybe there is a default USB wireless support built in, I’m not sure, but maybe the following information will help.
The information I have is simply a download link to try out the “release candidate” for Windows 7. Here it is. If you have time, give it a download and try…see what the USB sharing is all about. I’d do it myself, but honestly…I’m too knee deep in other projects at the moment.
As a quick highlight, the Windows 7 requires an additional 1GB of RAM and 15GBs of disk space. We’ve also learned that XP virutal desktop will be preloaded on most new PCs and clearly an option for those who upgrade. Meaning, any software package built around .NET and XP will have full support under Windows 7. Microsoft did this so that large corporations don’t have to worry about software updates with an OS update. Just focus on the OS update and the software will still work. BUT – Windows 7 is built on Vista code [scary] so only time will tell.