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Best USB Joke – USB Keystroker Will Drive Anyone Crazy

Who’s up for a little bit of fun.  Who’s up for driving your co-worker totally crazy.  We are.  Here is a great USB joke device that when connected to your PC will randomly lock your CAPS button, make keystrokes or jiggle your mouse around on the screen.

usb keystrocker

What is particularly nice about this useless USB gadget is the ability to select one, two or all three options and control the speed in which the phantom activities take place.  It’s also a complete and finished product…much better then our USB hack we mentioned for creating a Continue Reading

Avoid Sleep Mode With USB Shake Stick

avoid sleep mode usbThere are a large number of computer users out there which need to eliminate the function of their computer going into sleep mode.  I was talking to a friend of mine last night who had this exact problem. The problem was at the corporate level the IT guys started a function that once your computer went idle for 30 minutes the screen saver would pop up requiring a password login.  The reason behind such a decision was unclear, but it’s probably related to measuring productivity. Well, as any good employee would do, you  search Google for a work around.  Today we found one.  The USB shake stick, which doesn’t actually shake, but is a device that keeps your mouse moving in the screen so that sleep mode never turns on. You can avoid sleep mode through this USB stick by simply connecting it to your computer and setting up the preferences [shake speed of mouse icon]. Although the above example is a great way to circumvent a corporate policy, there are a couple legitimate reasons.  For example, Continue Reading

1 Billion Mouse Sold By Logitech

Logitech is probably the first name most people think of for input devices like keyboards, mice and hubs…and why not, they’ve been around since 1985…pretty  much from the start for mainstream computers.

first logitech mouse

Logitech posted some interesting information about selling their one billionth mouse after being in the market for 20+ years. The first mouse from the Switzerland-based Logitech was the P4 (pictured above), which began mass production in 1985 at the company’s birthplace. Logitech reached the 100 millionth mouse mark in 1996, and subsequently, topped 500 millionth 7 years later. The company is now selling at a rate of 376,000 mice per day and 7.8 million every month. Continue Reading

GetUSB Dealz: 8GB Dane Memory USB Stick for $11.99

getusb dealz 8gb flash driveIncredible price.  Dane Memory 8GB flash drive for only $11.99.  There is no rebate, no multi unit purchase, just a rock bottom deal.  This offer includes free ground shipping. The suggested MSRP is $99.  This deal is only good while supplies last so if your thinking about it, you might already be too late. Dane Memory company line:  Universal Serial Bus (USB) drives bring the durability and compact form factor of flash memory to all your portable data storage and transfer needs. The USB flash drive enables anyone who works on multiple computers to readily carry their most important and useful files anywhere. Ideal for students of all ages, traveling professionals and everyone who has a need to share a file or a photo with a friend. You will find hundreds of applications for yours. Compliant with both 1.1 and 2.0-standard USB ports and virtually all Operating Systems since 2000. Dane Elec Flash Drives come with a 5-year warranty. Get the USBDealz Now! Continue Reading

GetUSB Dealz: 250GB Western Digital Passport USB Hard Drive – $79

I found a great deal today on the Western Digital Passport USB hard drive.  It’s an ideal Holiday gift for that teen you hate buying for or the geek Dad you just don’t know what to get.  Either way, just about anyone these days can use a portable hard drive since almost all pictures off your digital camera are being stored on HDD space. The deal is getting a 250GB portable USB hard drive for $79 with free shipping.  That is a $20 savings off the typcial WD Passport price of $99. Click the image for the GetUSB Dealz.

western digital USB passport

Here is the company line sales pitch: Continue Reading

iPhone and AT&T Start Testing FemToCells

femtocell attDo you know what Femtocells are?  I didn’t know until just the other day when I read an article about AT&T testing Femtocells to boost iPhone reception inside your home.  To restate:  a femtocell is a device to boost your mobile phone signal.  You can say phone booster.  Apparently Sprint has been selling this technology for a while and now AT&T is on board to improve their popular selling iPhone. The goal is to improve your G3 service inside the home via your high speed internet connection.  Think of a femtocell as turning your house into a cell phone tower. Testing is currently taking place through AT&T with expected products to ship the first half of next year.  So for those of you in the void, yet addicted to your iPhone, there is hope.  And it’s on the way. Continue Reading

Ground Breaking 192GB Flash Drive – Don’t Be Fooled

Gresso Design has released a ground breaking USB stick with a total capacity size of 192GBs of data.  Sounds impressive doesn’t it?  Well, don’t get wet just yet – the number is really just 3 individual flash drives sharing a single case.

192GB usb flash drive

Granted the customized case from Gresso Design is unique, but to claim a flash drive is 192GBs when really it’s just a broken up set of three, is miss-leading. I think something along the lines of “USB case holds 192GBs of flash memory” would be a bit more appropriate. Even so, if you’ve got cash to burn these days, then drop $6,400 on this Enigma USB drive. Continue Reading

Never Leave Your UFD Behind With Flash Drive Reminder Utility

It’ is very possible many of you have left a USB stick in a work computer or friends computer simply because you forgot to pull it out upon leaving.  To help in those moments of lapsed memory, there is a utility that take care of your temporary Alzheimers.  The Flash Drive Reminder utility is a Windows based application and simply reminds you the USB stick is still plugged in when you log off or shut down.

flash drive reminder

The tiny app takes up very little space, autoruns from your USB stick and displays a pop up window upon connection.  This is where the application confirms the device is connected and you have the option to turn off the reminder or hide it until logging off or shutting down.  At which time, the software will throw up another pop-up windows telling you to grab your USB stick. There is a “quiet” version which eliminates the original pop-up window [nice] but will definitely display when you go to power down. The Flash Drive Reminder utility is free for the taking.  Continue Reading

DIY: Create USB Dongle to Run USB Over CAT5 Cable

Icron is the leader in professional extensions for USB technology where a company or corporation is looking to run data via USB over an extended amount of length.  Generally USB is goof for about 12 feet or so, but with Icron you can run over 300 feet of USB.  Yet, there is a middle ground for those who need more than 12 feet and less than 40 feet for USB data transmittal applications.  A good example is a small business or home business who’s looking to run a USB webcam at the front door for security.

diy usb extension

Albeit you can get some WiFi webcams you may want to build something yourself for only pennies.  Today, we have a nice tutorial for you to build a USB dongle for a CAT5 cable to run USB data transfers.  The CAT5 DIY project will double your USB cable length and get you to about 30 or 35 feet of distance.This project is best suited for video and audio transfers for extended S-Video applications or webcam applications.  I found this tutorial on Instructables. Enjoy. Continue Reading

SanDisk Gives MacFanBoy Love With Secure Flash Drive

The Mac users usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to software and hardware support for the Mac OS.  Most products and applications are specifically design for the Windows user, knowing this is the largest install base of computer owners.  However, the tide is shifting.  I’m not sure if the popularity of the iPod and iPhone are the sole reason, or if users are just tired of the buggie OS of Windows but Mac computers are popping up everywhere.  Friends, work, school – well always school – and even my grandparents house.

usb encryption mac

Today SanDisk is giving the Mac Fan Boy a bit of love.  SanDisk introduces the first secure flash drive which fully supports operation under the Mac OS.  The SanDisk Cruizer Enterprise is a USB stick that may be used on either a PC or Mac and has the full ability for data encryption of the drive.  With a friendly user interface, the owner can unlock files and data on the stick for using and sharing.  Once the drive is locked down or disconnected the encryption is back on. Continue Reading

Atek’s New Travel USB Keyboard

Most of us are typical PC users or laptop users and have become accustomed to our keyboard size and key locations, but for a select few, you run off a table PC or Netbook.  If that’s the case, then you’re probably looking for a nice, compact, portable travel keyboard.  Today we found your item.

USB keyboard

The Atek OnBoard USB keyboard is compact in size, layout like a full QWERTY keyboard and sturdy case for portability.  The OnBoard uses a slide out protective case during transit and an inflatable wrist pad for once you’ve settled in.  The keyboard uses a USB cable to connect and has a tight wrap-around storage area for the cable iteself. Atek is proud to divert away from the traditional portable USB keyboards such as fold-up, roll-up and miniature keyboards. The OnBoard has 99 keys (missing are the Print Screen, Scroll Lock, Pause Break, and right side Ctrl and Windows keys) together with separate numeric keys and a full (if squashed) F-key row.  It weighs under 1.4lbs.  The ‘board measures 14-3/4 inches long and the cover can act as an angled stand. Continue Reading

New USB Music Album – The Kin – Free MP3 Download

GetUSB has reported many times over the popularity of USB music albums and how we feel this format will eventually overtake the CD for distribution of music.  Sure that day is a long time coming, but we’ll get there.  Here is another example: Through a sister company of GetUSB we had the pleasure of helping create a USB Music Album for The Kin.  If you haven’t heard of The Kin, please read on. The two brothers not only have a great, contemporary sound, but they also use current methods for MP3 data distribution.  The band put together a collection of USB sticks for different albums, including their most recent album “Live From The Pussy Cat Club.” Click the USB music album image below to begin a free download of their single track hit “New Day.” Continue Reading

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