A well known steampunk modder [Jack Zylkin] has taken the traditional typewriter and transformed it’s key punching into a digital conversion of letters and numbers.Â Using some customized PCBA, a USB connection and a bit of code it’s now possible to sync your great grandmother’s typewriter with your computer, or in this video, your iPad. Your craving wont go without some minor cash flow issues, as you can purchase a pre-made [or pre-mod I should say] USB typewriter or you can buy a kit and down grade your very own typewriter and keep the family air loom alive and kicking. To get more details visit the Etsy Shop to make your purchase or gather more information. Continue Reading
So if you’re like me, this project would be in the advanced level of Instructables for DIY mods, but thanks to Sven’s recording skills, we have a video to tell us how. The best part of all this? Heâ€™s got the whole thing demonstrated for you on video, but not only that, you can hit up the down-loadable binaries from his website. And while he tried all of this on Android 2.2, which means its the only version of Android itâ€™s been successfully tested on (at the moment), Sven believes that it will work on Android 2.1, too. Source: SlashGear.com. Continue Reading
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This is a low tech project easy for just about anyone to do.Â I wasn’t going to report on this because of it’s simplicity, but then I got to thinking.Â This is a great way to have a USB drive with content you don’t want anyone else to find, hidden nicely in your inkjet printer.Â At least for me, the color inkjet printer we use only prints black because we really didn’t need color and the cartridges are too expensive. The full USB hack is laid out really well at Instructables website, but it boils down to 5 basic steps:
Step 1 = Gather up your tools Step 2 = Break into the USB stick and disassemble the inkjet cartridge [messy] Step 3 = Clean everything out Step 4 = Position the USB stick inside the case [ink cart full of silicon] Step 5 = Button it up and use.Considering the simplicity of this project, you also have a low budget, about zero cents. Continue Reading
This very useful USB hack can be done in 4 steps.
- Step 1) Tools and Materials
- Step 2) The Idea
- Step 3) The Steps
- Step 4) Preparing the hot plate
Youâ€™ll need to make two things, a micro-dongle to enable the port (you plug it in during boot time) and a cable with the right connectors on each end (for connecting your peripheral). To do this youâ€™ll need three cables:
- A car charging cable (off-the-shelf at the Verizon store)
- A Micro-USB cable (as above)
- A USB extender cable (the teeny ones that sometimes come free with USB keys work great)
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