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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

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