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Whos’ Got More Cash – Apple or US Government?

If you guess Apple, you are correct. The US Treasury released their cash savings numbers yesterday and it appears US has about 73.7billion in cash. Compare that to Apple’s cash in the back at 76.4billion and it’s clear who’s got more green. Just 9 years ago, Apple had several hundred million in the bank. This just goes to show you what a decade of strong sales can do for a retail product line such as Apple’s. Just last quarter Apple sold 20.3 million devices and with the minimum price of a couple hundred bucks per unit, that’s a big number. Continue Reading

DIY: Keychain Made of Dice and USB Drive

These days it’s popular to take just about any house hold item, a USB flash drive, and mill out a space to make a USB mod case.  Today’s post is no exception.  Using just two dice and a mini USB, in four easy steps you can make a USB dice key-chain. Step 1:  Get your items.  Dice, USB, Dremel, blue or epoxy and a file. Step 2:  After some measurements, mill out the hold where the USB will be inserted. Step 3:  Repeat step 2 for the second die as this will be your cap.  You also need to drill a hole on a dice side for the lanyard which will attached to your key-chain Step 4:  Epoxy the USB drive into the base die, and attached the lanyard to the cap die.  Now you’ve got a USB dice key-chain. You might want to take things a step further and Continue Reading

USB OSX Lion Shipping Soon, But Do It Yourself For Less

Apple has made waves in the news with their stellar 2nd Quarter results, increased stock price, new MacBook Air and Mac Mini’s computers, no wonder many are talking about them.  In addition, Apple released another OS update, the OS X Lion.  Lion is available immediately via download off the app store.  Some may not want to download a new 4GB OS update.  For that, Apple will release their Lion on USB. First off, lets get some pricing out of the way.  The download update is retail at $30.  The USB stick is set to be at $70.  Not bad, but seems like their math doesn’t add up.  Granted you get an 8GB stick, but lets take a look…$30 for update + $15 for an 8GB stick, the retail should around $45.  Oh, and the Apple logo, that’s another $25.  Okay, now my math is correct.  I apologize. However, if you have an extra 4GB or 8GB stick you can create your own USB OS X Lion stick.  The USB tutorial isn’t that long and only involves three steps.  For the tutorial, I’m going to redirect you to Continue Reading

USB Cryptex – Old Idea – New Hack

Who didn’t love the movie thriller “The Da Vinci Code?”  Not only that, who didn’t dream about having a cool Cryptex gadget to store all your valuable secrets?  Come one, you know it would be phenomenally great to have such a device.  Well, it might not be that far off. A Russian engineer has posted his version of a USB Cryptex case which includes detailed drawings, CAD files and component assembly. You can’t help but to want one. [more photo’s after the break] Continue Reading

USB Drive As Luggage Tag

Several years ago the concept of a 2GB luggage tag would be out of the questions.  A 2GB drive was about $15 and for that reason, most everyone would consider it too expensive.

Today however, with a 2GB flash drive less than $5.00 it makes plenty of sense to use a flash drive to store your contact information via USB.  Sure, you still write your name, address and phone number on the label above, but you can now include additional information.  Travel itinerary, medical information and 2nd contact information.

Now, if you want the luggage tag looking USB with label area, it will cost you the full price of $30, but I’d rather take an old USB or a new $5.00 and create my own.  Wouldn’t be that hard with some creative material like duct tape.

USB luggage tage webpage.

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