Archive for December, 2010
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After a little bit of research it appears the direct sunlight approach to solar is a thing of the past.Â 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
Not a bad idea considering most of us now have USB sticks in our pocket, car or computer bag.Â 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 AdapterIf 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.Â How to get the USB Ethernet Adapter working?Â If this is you, or a friend you know, here is a quick fix until a new Apple update is published.
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 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.Â 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.Â 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.mscÂ then click RUN.
Next you’ll want to navigate to the location shown below.Â That would be: Computer Configuration > Admin Templates > Windows ComponentsÂ Once there you would double click Windows Components
That will take you to the following area where we can select the menu to edit the USB autorun functions.Â Double click the AutoPlay Policies
Next select the Turn Off Autoplay by double clicking it. Continue Reading
Like I said, not a cool move Manning. Continue Reading
Flix-on-Stix is looking to do the same thing, only difference is the Flix On Stix is renting your beloved movie on USB.Â The concept is simple, yet peppered with problems.Â Lets cover the concept first…the idea is having a user insert their USB drive into the Flix on Stix kiosk and download a movie.Â Great idea…simple, convenient and assuming cheap. Look just one step deeper and you start asking yourself about transfer times.Â The Flix-on-Stix is USB 3.0 enabled, but SuperSpeed flash drives have just ‘barely’ come to market, most will have USB 2.0.Â So to download a low quality video will take at least 10 minutes.Â Next, what kind of DRM does Flix on Stix use?Â We know our USB and their is no universal USB copy protection that will work on PCs, Macs and set-top boxes…so how & where will these movies play?Â The last bit is the type of movies to be offered…we know studios wont sign off on DRM that isn’t proven by CDSA [https://www.cdsaonline.org/] so after all this, I’m not sure where Flix On Stix leaves us.Â What do you think? Continue Reading