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USB Cable Gets Hitched With SD Technology

The desk drawer to my left is full of card readers, USB sticks, cables etc.  It’s just too much.  Last week Brando sent me an email with their latest idea to reduce the clutter and global waste of all these connection devices.  It was a USB cable with an SD card reader built; in-line.

Take away the fact that it’s ANOTHER cable I will have, the idea of putting connectors in-line a USB cable is brilliant.

sdhc card reader usb cable

There are two versions to you can buy, but really only one is needed.  Brando offers the full size SD card reader and the microSD card reader version.  Simply buy the full SD card version and get a microSD adapter and you are set.

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USB Cable Runs Your Back Up Software

Backing up your data is probably the #1 item most computer users neglect, ignore or simply don’t pay attention to.  Most times it’s because the software is too difficult or you don’t have the right storage device to back up your data [sat DVD, DLT tape etc].  Well, this article should change your mind.

usb backup cable

ClickFree has a very unique and convenient solution for data backup.  Using their USB cable and embedded backup software [embedded on the cable] you can backup any computer to your USB hard drive, USB stick or anything else USB.

No software to install or setup.  Works right out-of-the-box.  Just plug the Clickfree Transformer into the computer, then plug any external USB hard drive into the other end of the Transformer and it converts the external hard drive into a Clickfree backup drive.  Automatically starts, finds, organizes and backs up all of your data onto the external hard drive.

The ClickFree software is robust enough to support over 400 file types.  Here is the category breakdown for you:

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Electromagnetic Eavesdropping Over USB Cables – Crazy!

We saw this post a couple days ago over at Engadget and I’ve been meaning to write about it.  Apparently there is new technology which allows you to eavesdrop through USB cables, Ethernet cables and the like.

electromagnetic eavesdropping

The idea is using electromagnetic radiation shot off by USB cables to decrypt the information flowing over them to crack your security and privacy.  The crew at Security and Cryptography Lab at Switzerland’s EPFL have managed to eavesdrop wired keyboards and track keystrokes made by the user.

What gets really crazy, is the electromagnetic eavesdropping, or cracking, can be administered up to 65 feet away.  It’s clear that no one is safe.

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SATA to USB Adapter – A Good Hands On Tool

sata to usb adapter

Okay, granted this isn’t the latest and greatest in USB technology posts, but it does hold value.  The SATA to USB adapter is a great adapter tool to have for any half/computer savvy user.  With the increased popularity of eSATA hard drives, it’s very likely you, or someone you know (and support) will upgrade their hard-drive via a new SATA drive.  To that end, many older computers don’t have SATA support – so what do you do?

Dig into your computer bag and pull out that SATA to USB adapter you read about on GetUSB … is what you do.  This handy adapter will convert any SATA to the #1 most popular connectivity method, USB.  So without buying a SATA controller card, installing the software and all that BS – just use the adapter.  The adapter is about as basic as you’d like – plug in the SATA cable, plug in the USB adapter – DONE!

Once more, if you have one in your bag, it’s easy enough to finish the job without an extra trip to the computer shop, or couple days via on-line ordering.

I’ve seen them as cheap as $20 bucks at Amazon.  Another item worth consideration – since we’re on the subject – is an eSATA extension cable.

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Hybrid KVM Switch Made of Cables

Aten introduces a new hybrid USB KVM switch made mostely of cables. The 2 port flexible design easily expands the connection of monitor, PS/2 keyboard and mouse.

What Aten did with their new KVM switch design is insert a remote port for selecting between computers from an extender switch (as pictured).

hybrid kvm switch

The video supports 2048 x 1536 and runs on Win 2000, XP, Vista, Linux and FreeBSD. No power supply is needed to run the KVM switch, just plug-n-play.

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KISS – USB Cable Holder

Keep It Simple Stupid is a motto I like to live by. Knicks USB Cable Holder lives by those rules as well. You could say a distant cousin from the ping-pong net holder the USB cable holder simply keeps that USB cable from hitting the ground.

usb cable holder

Simply clip the cable holder to the side of your desk and always have that cable ready for the next connection. Forget about scrapping around the ground from those half dozen cables for the one you need. At just $11 it could save time, your back and reduce your blood pressure.

Two sizes are available to accommodate different width of tables. A 1 inch and 1.75 inch. Where is the bulk holder model?

Source: Charles & Marie

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