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USB Steampunk With Wood Dash And Dials

I am a bit of USB steampunk enthusiast and today Etsy shopping put out a notice on a fine looking piece with a wood body and includes rotating dials.  Unfortunately I’m just an armchair enthusiast and have yet to build my very own, but one day – it will come. Some say this USB steampunk drive looks like Rosie, the house robot, from the Jetsons.  I guess the gear piece around the neck reminds you of the tradition maid outfit for a house cleaner back in the 60s.

usb steampunk

The designer mentions something about an old narrow bridge as his inspiration for the USB steampunk, but I think he’s referencing the piece of wood he probably lifted off the bridge which he used as the body. The design incorporates a gauge of some sort [no it doesn’t work] along with turn dials along the Continue Reading

How To: Make Great Looking iPhone Wallpaper

So here is my tutorial on making a great looking iPhone wallpaper design. The concept is fairly easy, here is the high level over view:  We will set the proper size, create the pattern image, upload the image to a web space, download the image and set it as the wallpaper.  Sounds easy, right? Well it is. First, the correct size for the iPhone screen is 320×480 pixels.  So get into your favorite photo editing program and get a blank file with the size of 320×480 pixels for you iPhone wallpaper. Second, you’ll need to create an image.  Of course you can take a picture and set it that way, but I’m thinking more like a subtle pattern that isn’t obtrusive and is more complimentary to yourself while using the iPhone rather then having an ego trip by setting my kids best picture as my wallpaper. For me, Photochop is my weapon of choice and I created this nice little pattern image which we’ll use for the wallpaper.

iphone wallpapper

Note:  With the new iPhone 4.0+ firmware you have the ability to set the lock/unlock wallpaper and set a different picture as your background image for Home when using your iPhone.  I think the above pattern image is a very nice background image for the Home position. Third, after you’ve created your pattern image, you will save it as a Continue Reading

Wireless USB Dock Station For Laptops

Warpia is a wireless docking station for your laptop to easily connect your keyboard, mouse, monitor and just about anything else without using cables.  Using just a wireless USB dongle to your laptop it will then connect with the base dock station where you’ve connected the keyboard & mouse dongle, the monitor, hard drive and other peripherals.

wireless USB dock station

The wireless connection of the Warpia supports resolution up to 1400 x 1050, 32-bit True Color Depth.  The dock station includes the following ports to support your peripherals – DVI connection, two USB ports and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Warpia wireless usb

The wireless USB dock station does support Mac and Windows operating systems and after a quick scan of some blogs/forums we cannot conclude if the Warpia supports Linux. We found the Warpia as low as $140 here. Continue Reading

Marantz Network Audio Receiver with USB Support

Marantz, a premium set-top audio manufacturer, introduces a new Network solution for home audio.  The M-CR603 is a combination of all good things. Featuring a built-in amplifier, a receiver, a CD player, an AM/FM radio and the ability to stream music from Rhapsody, Pandora or Napster. In addition, the Marantz unit includes a USB port for iPod / MP3 docking, but what we really like about the unit is the ability to stuff a 64GB flash drive in there loading with MP3 files and you’ve now got one hot audio box!

Marantz with USB

No pricing yet, so I’m assuming the executives and sales guys are hammering out those details.  Check Marantz for more info on pricing / availability. Continue Reading

New: USB Powered Blu-ray Plextor Drive

Earlier in the week I pointed out a great mini USB monitor for your Netbook which was under $100, and today I bring you a Blu-ray DVD player to imporve your netbook’s multimedia capabilities…and again for under $100.

USB Blu-ray Plextor

Plextor announced it’s all new PX-B120U Blu-ray DVD player yesterday which is expected to hit retail stores any day for just $99.  Powered by USB 2.0 the player is just that, a player for Blu-ray…although you do have the ability to burn DVD-R and CD-R through the device. Plextor did a nice job with design because this player will also dock with Plextor’s up-and-coming PlexMedia dock station which allows you to connect right to your HDTV in your family room. To learn more about the USB Blu-ray drive visit Plextor here. Continue Reading

Cleanliness is Next to USB Geekiness

No one likes the dentist and it’s tough getter there twice a year like everyone should.  So to help fight the war against plaque you can invest a bit of money into this USB toothbrush cleaning kit.  Powered by UV light, the USB toothbrush cleaning kit will sanitize your brush while you’re out getting your teeth covered in sugar-bugs.

USB toothbrush

The UVmini [as they call it] comes in two models.  A USB version and a USB + battery version.  Obviously the second version is geared toward the germ-a-fobes who travel and uses a lithium battery which can cycle 10 cleanings.  I would opt for the battery pack as keeping your toothbrush cleaning kit tethered to your computer’s USB port is a bit ridiculous [yet again, another reason to get a USB outlet kit]. We don’t have any price information as of yet but they should start hitting Pan-Asian vendors shortly. The rest of the world will have to wait a bit longer. Continue Reading

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