Other new tech gear from old gadgets include a stone age cell phone tricked into a portable safe.Â Scanner table where you can display items under the glass cover of the scanner and a USB mouse turned up-side-down and carved out for a plant holder. Not the most impressive conversion, but a fun article to read on your break or lunch hour. MSN 9 Uses for Dead Tech Gear… Continue Reading
This gun is by no means subtle and was modified from an old Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6. Added to the mod was an MP3 player and amp for sound effects, a flash unit and 50-turn copper spool. The completed gun, including accupack, chips, LEDs, paint, and primer, cost around $75 to construct and still works as the original N-Strike gun. The video shows several RFID products killed so the signal no longer works, and the author also claims it will destroy USB sticks, and I would assume, many other electronic gadgets. Clearly a fun and interesting product for the hobbiest, but very little particle use. Source:Â Pocket-Lint.com Continue Reading
How to turn off autoplay XP home edition for USB flash drives.
Windows XP Home edition requires a different method to turn off the USB autoplay function than XP Professional [which we reported on earlier].
It’s not difficult to turn off the USB autoplay, just a couple easy steps.
Note:Â We are going into the Registry so be careful not to do anything other than what we suggest.
Got to>Â START > RUN > type “regedit“
Navegate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
**The “+” are the registry hives you must expand.
Now click the + Explorer directory just once so it is blue.Â On the right side you will see “NoDriveTrypeAutoRun“
Right click that and Select “Modify“
Here you most likely have b5 listed in the “Value data” field.Â Simply replace that value with 95.
Close out of the Registry and reboot your machine.Â Done!Continue Reading
They do a good job of selling the concept with: “Even if you never master the art of blowing the harp, you’ll never have to throw this harmonica in the back of a drawer. Sweet gift for anybody, young or old, who really likes music.”
If this stick gains any kind of traction we can expect china to knock off a plastic version of this in about 3 months or less.Â Granted, it’s not your typical custom USB drive, but for those looking to get the original mod, head over to Etsy and grab yourself a 2GBer of sweet soul for $44USD. USB Harmonica FlashHarp product page [they should spell it FlasHarp] Continue Reading
He removed the access door on the console where the 12v lighter was located. A Dynex 12-volt to USB adapter was piggy-backed onto the power lines and the USB connector was then fit into the blank accessory plate next to it.Â What he didn’t mention was a much needed switch to insure juice wasn’t flowing to your USB device while the power is off. I think Rosenberger31 did a nice job on the dashboard mod.Â What do you think? Continue Reading
That’s right, to gain access to your portable storage you need to sever Luke’s hand. What’s more impressive is the detail of this home-brewed USB stick and the agony you can see in Luke’s eyes while you detach his hand just to store the latest collection of Tera Patrick photos. No price as I don’t think these are for sale, but definitely a sweet little project for some bored teen. Continue Reading
Before you get started, here is a list of items you’ll need: Continue Reading
How To Make a Favicon for a Flash DriveIn the heat of getting a new site launched over the weekend, I needed an .ico Favicon for the website.Â I came across this free on-line tool which made everything a snap.Â No software download, no .exe to load…just down and dirty ico creator.Â Today I thought it would be a great review [from original post] to go over How To Make a Favicon for a Flash Drive. It’s just several easy steps.Â Lets begin.
- Using a program to create an image file, make a jpeg for what you want the ico to look like.Â You can use something as simple as Microsoft Paint or something as fancy as Photoshop.Â When you make the jpeg, make the overal shape square.Â Try and keep the logo simple – simple will translate best into an ico file.
- Browse to Chamie and click the “Favicon from Pics” link.Â Upload your file.Â Chami will automatically generate your ico file.Â Chami gives you some great options for the USB favicon file.Â You can get a static image or an animated .gif file.
- Once you have the .ico file, save that image to the root of your USB flash drive.
- Next, open Notepad in Microsoft [or any plain text editor] and type the following:
[autorun] icon=favicon.icoSave this to the root of your USB stick as “autorun.inf”
Once you’ve done all the above, Continue Reading
We found a company that can do this, and they do it in bulk.Â USBCopier.com is a USB duplication service company that specializes in fixing your problem, like removing a Read Only USB partition.Â I’m not sure how they do it, but their services worked for us. As you know, a simple format or delete attempt to the USB device simply doesn’t work…you get the “This disk is write protected” message. I spoke with USBCopier.com about the issue, and they can remove a USB partition off all types of drives, like USB sticks with Chipsbank controllers, Alcor, SMI, USBest and many others.Â They also said the partition type doesn’t matter, it can be either the Read Only or CDROM and they can remove it.Â USBCopier also mentioned if they can remove the USB partition, then chances are, they can also recreate it. The company was a life saver to us and I wanted to pass along the information.Â It was much cheaper to pay the service fee to remove the USB partition than it was to re-buy all the USB sticks and start from scratch. Here is the link to their USB duplication service page.Â Here is the link to their contact page. If you are in a bit of trouble – I wish you luck – these guys could possibly help. Continue Reading