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Archive for February, 2007

Apple TV Delayed

Crap. I was really looking forward to getting my Apple TV ($299) this month. I guess I’ll have to wait a little bit longer.
This morning I got the following email from the Apple Online Store regarding my Apple TV pre-order. Apparently “wrapping up” took ” a few weeks longer” than they expected… whatever that means. Continue Reading

Install Vista from a USB Flash Drive

With all the Windows Vista buzz flying around on the internet, I asked myself how could USB fit into this, besides the Readyboost power-up feature Vista provides. I found this forum post, via EverythingUSB, and wanted to share it with my USB clan. So here it goes: Why install Windows Vista from a USB flash drive? As any tech savvy would answer: Performance. Installing Windows Vista from a high speed USB flash drive is, most likely, the easiest & fastest way to complete a Windows Vista install. This is much faster than using a DVD, gigabit Ethernet, or external USB hard drives because the differences in access speed & transfer rates.
vista flash drive
Play-by-play guide to installing Vista from a USB flash drive: Continue Reading

Review: Logitech MX3200 Wireless Keyboard

The Logitech USB MX3200 is a stylish wireless keyboard, loaded with hotkey options and built in LED display features. Our Across-the-Pond friends at Gadget Centre did a nice review and it’s worth a read if you’re shopping for a wireless keyboard.
logitech mx3200
The Logitech MX3200 is a sleek black HID (human input device) that connects instantly via the secure USB receiver supplied, using Logitech’s SetPoint software to configure a range of hotkeys to work within Windows. Continue Reading

Wet-n-Wild Wireless iPod Speakers

water resistent ipod speakers
We’ve seen wireless iPod speakers before, but Hammacher made a slippery twist with their wireless iPod speaker system to include water proofing. Never before has it been this easy to become American Idol while in the shower. Or maybe just get the party started while pool-side. The water-resistant iPod speakers have a range of 150 feet and house 3 inch 6-watt speakers. The dock sends juice to the iPod while docked and is compatible with all models. Other basics include AM/FM, clock and easy-to-read display. Runs just under $200. Here are alternate iPod speakers. Continue Reading

Wireless USB Controller from LucidPORT

Now that Wireless USB products are starting to ship we’ll see a lot more of USB-IF certified chips and controllers. Take the LucidPORT L800 WUSB Device Controller.
lucidport l800 wireless usb controller
This is an 8 or 16 bit memory mapped DMA slave chip to provide wireless connectivity to 31 devices. The L800 supports all the drivers offered by USB spec such as Mass Storage Device, Printer, Scanner and Video Classes and will auto switch between wired USB and Wireless USB connections. So what does this mean? Here’s an example, the LucidPORT L800 would be integrated into a PC, either onto the motherboard or an adaptor card, from there the L800 can pick up Continue Reading

U3 Software: e-Capsule Zero Footprint Encrypted Web Browser

EISST or Enterprise Information Security Systems & Technologies introduced their 100 percent encrypted web browser, the e-Capsule, the first of it’s kind. We’ve seen countless warnings of Internet Explorer being hacked and e-Capsule could be your answer. E-Capsule is a zero footprint internet browser because the application launches from a U3 USB or UFD drive. The elegance of e-Capsule lies within the code as security and confidentiality of online sessions and transaction are embedded in the application design.
e-capsule
Here’s a great example of a normal browser: Continue Reading

U3 Software – MusiCan is Educational Music for Kids

It’s nice to see the continued growth of U3 software for flash drives. Take my latest find, an educational music package for kids, MusiCan. The music is clearly aimed at children and my little one loves MusiCan and the animated screens which go with it.
musican
There are various levels of learning in each collection from identifying animals to learning your way around a keyboard. Here are a couple screen shots: Continue Reading

What is WUSB?

WUSB is Wireless USB a high-bandwidth wireless extension to USB which is short-range so also known as WUSB. WUSB combines the speed of USB 2.0 of 480Mbit per second with the convenience and ease of wireless technology. WUSB is the most common terminology used for Wireless USB but the Implementers Forum or USB-IF would rather you say Certified Wireless USB, but who’s got time for that.
wireless usb wusb usb-if
WUSB is based off the WiMedia Alliance’s Ultra-WideBand (UWB) radio platform which means WUSB will work at the 480Mbit/s speed up to 9 feet away and then slow down to Continue Reading

LOL – USB Gas Mask

Thanko, maker of all things cheezzy, released the USB gas mask, or to make it less alarming, USB dust mask. Either way it’s hard to swallow any logical reason for this device. Sure you could make the argument for a dirty work environment, but if things are so bad you need a USB mask, just get a new job.
usb mask
Got to love the “medical” reference in the pic.  Continue Reading

First USB Firewall Secure It Easy by CoSoSys – Bring It On!

Hard to believe that nearly 70% of unauthorized access to sensitive data are from employees, not external hackers, viruses or worms. In many situations, IT managers are now understanding the ease in which company info can be stripped out via USB. To that end, CoSoSys introduces Secure It Easy, the first USB Firewall to ad IT managers in this battle against unauthorized theft.
usb firewall secure it easy
If you only protect your PC with a firewall and antivirus software you are only protecting if against threads posed from the outside (internet) and not protecting it against threats posed from the inside. Secure it Easy will help you to protect your PC from all threats posed by portable devices that are connected to your PC via the USB port. Secure it Easy gives you full control over your PCs endpoints.
With Secure It Easy managers have complete control over USB endpoints Continue Reading

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