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Give Your iPod Some Wood

Okay, so that’s a cheezy headline, but here’s the deal – Vers Audio has this all natural cherry-veneered wooden speaker cabinet to add that classic look/feel to your office.  Personally, I think there’s nothing better than the sound coming from a wooden speaker box.  I still have some solid cherry-wood Bang&Olfsen speakers from 20 years ago – that sound absolutely awesome. Although the Vers 2X isn’t Bang&Olfsen, the 3 inch full-range speakers backed with 20-watts per channel should livin up your space.  At just 11.5″ x 5.6″ x 5.6″ the Vers 2X wont take up much room either.

vers 2x

The Vers 2X supports the entire Apple i-stuff line (including iPhone) and comes with a brushed aluminum remote for the armchair music enthusiast. Continue Reading

Sony Style USB Turntable

So now ION has some competition and from who else, the monster retailer, Sony.  The PS-LX300USB is a vinyl playback turntable with USB output to easily convert those cherished records into MP3.

sony usb turntable

With a belt drive motor for reduced motor noise and rotational stability – the PS-LX300 USB turntable includes a static balance tone arm with a bonded diamond stylus for precise tracking and low record wear (ok that was straight of the Sony site). Continue Reading

SpaceStation: A Minimalists Dream Come True

BlueLounge introduced their SpaceStation docking station and USB hub. It’s the clever idea you’ve always had but never done anything about. BlueLounge put all your storage ideas to a true, marketable package, the SpaceSation.

spacestation

Really a fancy design of a cover with a USB hub tucked inside, the SpaceStation does clean up your desktop quit nicely.
“Hovering just 5mm above the desk, cords are free to enter or exit the hub at any point – on the side to connect a scanner, the front for an iPod, the back for a laptop or camera. An internal 4-port USB hub will keep all peripherals connected. One USB plug exits the station right where needed to connect a laptop. Just tip the front of the SpaceStation up to access the hub and cords.”
The SpaceStation surface is a rubber pad so your iPhone and other gadgets have a soft, non-skid surface to rest. The SpaceStation also provides air circulation to Continue Reading

G-Force Fantom Drive is eSATA + USB MegaDisk

Fantom Drives are well known for high performance and high capacity storage abilities. Just recently Fantom introduced their G-Force series to include both eSATA and USB connectivity. The eSATA port is designed for maximum throughput (wait till USB 3.0 though) and USB 2.0 for universal compatibility. Keep in mind, my previous post about the SATA to USB adapter for chump change.

g-force fantom drive

“The G-Force Megadisk eSATA+USB RAID features flexible and user configurable RAID operation modes or RAID 0 (disk striping) for maximum speed RAID 1 (Disk Mirroring) for maximum fault tolerance JBOD (Direct Mapping) for maximum flexibility or Spanning for simple large volume support at bus speeds of 300MB/Sec.”
The G-Force Fantom series includes NTI Shadow software for real-time continuous backup in addition to scheduled backup capabilities. What I like about the NTI software is the included ability to backup any attached storage devices like U3 flash drives. The NTI software includes support for Windows and Mac. Continue Reading

SATA to USB Adapter – A Good Hands On Tool

sata to usb adapter

Okay, granted this isn’t the latest and greatest in USB technology posts, but it does hold value.  The SATA to USB adapter is a great adapter tool to have for any half/computer savvy user.  With the increased popularity of eSATA hard drives, it’s very likely you, or someone you know (and support) will upgrade their hard-drive via a new SATA drive.  To that end, many older computers don’t have SATA support – so what do you do? Dig into your computer bag and pull out that SATA to USB adapter you read about on GetUSB … is what you do.  This handy adapter will convert any SATA to the #1 most popular connectivity method, USB.  So without buying a SATA controller card, installing the software and all that BS – just use the adapter.  The adapter is about as basic as you’d like – plug in the SATA cable, plug in the USB adapter – DONE! Once more, if you have one in your bag, it’s easy enough to finish the job without an extra trip to the computer shop, or couple days via on-line ordering.
I’ve seen them as cheap as $20 bucks at Amazon.  Another item worth consideration – since we’re on the subject – is an eSATA extension cable.
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Chinese New Year – The Year of The Rat – UFD

This year the Chinese New Year starts on February 7, 2008 and is the year of the Rat.  Kingston has a Limited Edition, Chinese New Year Rat UFD available for the taking.

year of the rat USB

A little background:  The Lunar New Year dates back from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  Because of cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between January and the middle of February. On the Chinese calendar, 2008 is Lunar Year 4705-4706. On a typical Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on Continue Reading

American Idol on iTunes

The biggest American reality show on TV has finally joined the iTunes platform. Fox Broadcasting, Fox Interactive Media and FremantleMedia signed an exclusive deal with Apple to bring American Idol audio and video performances to iTunes as single song-sized snippets available the day after they premiere on air.

Audio performances of the top 24 contenders run 99¢ per song, and videos of the top 12 finalists performances will be priced $1.99/each from March 11.

Apple will also become one of the show’s premiere sponsors and maintain a branded presence on AmericanIdol.com, where some free streaming performances can be seen.

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Tiny Wii Remote Isn’t a Wii Remote At All

Before you Wii addicts get too excited, it’s not a Wii remote at all, but a well disguised USB stick. This design uses the Wii A button to pop out the USB connector. The spring loaded mechanism looks a little stiff (see video). What’s great about this product, is it looks just like the Wii remote – but far from it and for the Wii fan – it stores between 1 & 8GBs of whatever you want.

usb wii remote

So what do you call a Wii remote look-a-like USB stick? The Wedisk of course. For those interested in a gift giving idea, the company will also custom label the remote with your logo. Source: Techeblog. Continue Reading

The Mars Volta USB Music Album

Mars Volta has joined the ranks of artists who’ve introduced music via USB Albums.  Their latest album, The Bedlam in Goliath is was available on a 1GB drive but is now sold out due to popular demand.  The drive included album artwork and music video Wax Simulacra and what’s interesting about this Mars Volta offering – after Feb 29th connecting the USB music album to your computer allows unique content download from the Mars Volta website.  Including B-side material, webisodes and limited edition wallpaper.

The Mars Volta USB Album

I’ve mentioned before about the death of the CD because of the recent trend in USB music albums and with dropping flash memory prices I believe this music trend will continue and grow in strength, numbers and popularity. Here is the Mars Volta web page and the dedicated order page (sold out now) for the USB music album ($29). Continue Reading

Military Grade USB Password Protection from Mandylion

How many would raise their hand if asked, “Do you use only two or three on-line passwords?“  I bet the number would be huge.  Unfortunately, having just a small handful of passwords isn’t the best way for on-line business and buying.  Today I bring you the Mandylion Password Manager which is a military grade device which can create, store and access 50 different log-in sequences.

mandylion usb password manager

The password manager comes with a Policy Master Configuration Software (Windows only) which connects via USB where by you can set and configure sequence options and group policy requirements. The Mandylion Password Manager displays 14 characters and works with any setting such as length, alpha-numeric and special characters.  You can also set the password manager to regenerate passwords at preset time intervals (90 days, 1 year etc).   So with this device you can easily upgrade your weak password habits to that of uber-security-geek. The device uses a 5 button keypad for navigation and data entry and a unique key pattern is the only way to unlock the device and get to your coveted 50 passwords. This little unit has been designed to meet U.S. Military standards for secure creation of passwords (use authorized under Army Regulation 25-2 IA.) This device helps create a strong security policy for your work environment – so naturally you can brag to the boss about how security conscience you are.
The Mandylion Password Manager is available from ThinkGeek for only $49.
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GetUSB Dealz: Sandisk Sansa 2GB MP3 Player Only $25 Bucks

Suggested retail price is $199, street price is $175ish and this reconditioned 2GB Sansa is only $25. Reconditioned? Not a big deal, especially with a reputable company like Sandisk. 90 day warranty and all the goodies which come with a normal retail pack – it might just be that perfect Valentine’s gift for yourself.

2GB Sansa only 25 bucks

Here is the corporate line:

The new Sansa C250 2GB MP3 Player is the latest in SanDisk audio line. Created by the leaders in flash memory, this flash-based player provides everything you need to play music, enjoy photos, and FM radio in vibrant color! This affordable, compact color-screen MP3 player has an amazingly easy-to-use interface. It supports Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription music and is available in 2GB capacity.
If you use Google checkout the $25 price drops another $10 bucks. SO – support the site, click the link, grab the GetUSB Dealz! Thanks.

Note to self: The Sansa also has a micoSD slot for expanded storage so the 2GB is native with ability to hold more.

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