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Archive for May, 2010

USB Cuff Links For A Spy

James Bond could use a gadget like the USB cuff links.  How else could you slurp GBs of data from a secure area then waltz out without anyone knowing.  Ok granted that’s a poor example of how you could use the USB cuff links, but it makes you wonder, they would be kinda cool. Designer Ravi Ratan is looking to up your geek look with the expensive $195 links and with storage to 4GBs no less.  For those seriously considering this, also consider the possibility for engraving of up to eight letters.

USB cuff links

Source:  UberGizmo. Continue Reading

Off Topic: Time Lapse of Gulf Oil Spill – It Makes You Sick

Here is a time lapse of the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which started April 20th, just days before Earth Day. The music makes things a bit dramatic, but you’ll get the point. What a horrible disaster and with effects we will see for years. Hats off to NASA for providing us the technology to view an event like this from an entirely different perspective. It’s important to see this imagery to understand the impact we make on the Earth. Granted, we are a spec of time in the Earth’s life span, but making matters worse for ourselves isn’t very beneficial. Lets hope something good comes out of this horrible disaster, like it being the catalyst to really sink our teeth into new energy methods and technologies. Source: Gizmodo. Continue Reading

Underwater Video Recorder With Spot Light

Now this is a great USB gadget which you could have a ton of fun with, especially with summer coming up.  USBFever released a new underwater video camera which is compact in size and good with resolution.

usb underwater

The underwater video recorder is small enough it can strap to your wrist or versatile enough to mount on your bike helmet, skateboard bottom, mountain bike, you name it! The video recorder includes a powerful LED spot light to increase visibility under water or ideal for low light situations [cruising through the brush or forest on your mountain bike].

USB video recorder

If you can blow the $190 then it would be a great gift for the kids to use while at the pool all summer. Here are the bullet points worth considering: Continue Reading

USB Not Working – Try This

Do you have USB ports on your computer but for some reason the devices connected are not working? Or maybe your USB ports stop working after a long period of time? Don’t worry, the USB not working is [most likely] related to your computer configuration, not the ports malfunctioning. If our hunch is right, the fix is easy.  This is what we recommend checking if USB devices are not working on your computer. Lets check to see if the USB hubs and ports are set to power save when idle.  What this setting controls is the ability for a USB port to sleep if not used.  The sleep mode of the port is an effort to help your computer save energy going to connected devices that are not in use. To check the USB power setting lets do the following: Go to > START > CONTROL PANEL > SYSTEM. From here go to the Hardware Tab and click the Device Manager. Next, scroll down to the section labeled Universal Serial Bus controllers and expand it out.  Right click on the USB Hub listing and select properties.

USB not working

In the properties box, go to the power setting tab and look for the following.

USB not working

Once you’ve configured this correctly [uncheck] there is a good chance your USB devices will begin working [consistently] again. Continue Reading

USB Port Cleaner – Is It Needed?

Brando announced a $17 USB port cleaner gadget.  At first glance it’s a great idea and well needed in many situations.  How many times has your flash drive been stuffed into your pocket, dropped on the ground or left in the glove box?  In each of those situations it’s very likely junk or debris could have made it into the USB contacts.

USB cleaner

The USB cleaner appears to be an alcohol based solution on the pad where by it cleans the metal contacts of the USB port.  Honestly, if you feel the need you can grab a alcohol swab and a pop-sickle stick and accomplish the same thing.  Although it wouldn’t be nearly as cool.

USB cleaner gadget

If you feel the need, Brando is selling the USB cleaner for $17 plus some shipping. Continue Reading

USB Bottle Opener

Nothing too fantastic about this flash drive except the convergence of different needs.  Ideally suited for those who frequent pubs while cruising on the wi-fi, this USB bottle opener is a perfect key chain accessory.

USB bottle opener

USB bottle opener

Available in 1, 2, 4 and 8GB sizes.  Laser etching is an option I would think given the sleek aluminum body.  USB bottle opener by Brando [out]. Continue Reading

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