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Archive for December, 2010

Solar Power Clothing Collection Charges Your USB Gear

Just last week, we reported on a solar panel which rotates with the sun to optimize charging time and power.  Today we bring you another method to recharge your life, but this time wearing clothes.  Silvr Lining is a start up clothing company which integrates solar panels into your every-day cloths. The style Silvr Lining embraces is that of a casual fit – as it would be difficult to integrate solar panels into a bikini or fitted top. The company integrates several 6 x 8 panels into the outside of pocket panels so the lock blends with the style. The solar panels are the right size to charge most any small USB gadget like MP3 player, phone or PDA device.  It also appears the pockets are big enough you might just fit that iPad which is so awkward to carry around. The solar power pants from Silvr Lining run just under $300.  The company is based in Los Angeles and all cloths are made in the USA.  Not sure how fashion conscience you are, but if you are Continue Reading

Tilting Solar Panel for Your USB Gadgets

In a concept design only, Eric Strebel and Jim Nogarian prototyped a solar panel which can rotate with the sun.  The case has three angles on the bottom, a flat surface for sunlight directly above around noon time, and two 45 degree angle for morning and afternoon sun.  It’s a good idea…I think.

USB solar power

After a little bit of research it appears the direct sunlight approach to solar is a thing of the past.  New technology allows diffused light to generate electricity through the solar panels and thus maximizes any solar panel even slightly exposed to sunlight. Putting this information aside, The Solcar Vox does look like a fresh idea on charging your USB gadgets or other devices which charge via USB like the iPhone. If you like the idea you can pre-order the prototype which is Continue Reading

Digital Camera is USB Hub by Samsung No Less

Samsung is looking to put a new twist to the classic digital camera with multiple USB ports.  The idea is simple, once a picture is taken, the folks in the picture can turn over their thumb drives for a quick download of the picture just taken.

camera USB port

Not a bad idea considering most of us now have USB sticks in our pocket, car or computer bag.  I think the wifi SD card is a bit better of an idea, but this too will work. The concept camera from Samsung has three female USB ports to accept mass storage devices [tech term for USB stick] and a male USB for connecting to a computer for downloading. Continue Reading

How To: Fix MacBook Air and USB Ethernet Adapter

How To: Fix MacBook Air and USB Ethernet Adapter

If you are one of the few who rushed out to purchase the MacBook Air, you might have found yourself in a bit of a pinch.  How to get the USB Ethernet Adapter working?  If this is you, or a friend you know, here is a quick fix until a new Apple update is published.

MacBook Air USB Ethernet Adapater

First, it appears that some have luck plugging the adapter into different ports on the MacBook Air, but it’s not a universal solution. After a bit of investigative work sifting through the Apple forums, you can do the following for a sure thing fix: Continue Reading

How To: Turn Off USB Auto Run in Windows 7

How to turn off autoplay Windows 7 for USB flash drives.

Some may want to turn off the USB auto play so that when a USB device is connected the auto pop-up window doesn’t appear.  I don’t mind the pop-up window as it usually defaults to the area or program I’m trying to get into anyway, but for some, I could see the frustration.  So on that note, here is a quick USB tutorial on how to turn off the USB auto run function. First, click START > RUN and type in gpedit.msc  then click RUN.

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Next you’ll want to navigate to the location shown below.  That would be: Computer Configuration > Admin Templates > Windows Components  Once there you would double click Windows Components

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That will take you to the following area where we can select the menu to edit the USB autorun functions.  Double click the AutoPlay Policies

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Next select the Turn Off Autoplay by double clicking it. Continue Reading

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