A team effort between University of California and Microsoft Research came up with the Somniloquy concept to reduce a computers carbin footprint into todays “going green” world.Â Many users keep their PCs on for late night syncs, virus software updates, computer hard drive backups, or large data downloads.Â The sleeptalking USB stick is designed to allow all of these things to happen while the computer remains in standby mode…meaning reduced power consumption for those critical updates or juice torrent downloads. The Somniloquy is a prototype device that packs an entire low-power PC and embedded operating system onto the USB thumb drive.Â It needs only 1/10 the power of a typical PC or laptop. Somniloquy essentially takes over as the computer’s presence on the network while the actual PC is Continue Reading
The tools and materials you need could be found anywhere, as this hack was done at a college dorm room and you know those kids have not $$ or resources. Required materials include: Continue Reading
[autorun] Label=type whatever you want hereFor those of you less familiar with .INF files they are extremely easy to make and use.Â For the USB Volume name this is what you do: Continue Reading
USB Tutorial: Turn a USB stick into a Hard Drive or Local Disk
This is a very valuable tutorial, especially if you are looking to partition a USB stick. Another application for turning a removable drive into a local disk, is that now many software programs can be loaded directly to a USB drive. The first program which comes to mind is iTunes. I know you need My Documents and a Local Disk to install it, so after this tutorial, I’ll try installing iTunes and share the results.
The process of turning a USB stick into a hard drive is fairly easy. However, there are limitations. For example, this works best with Windows XP operating systems. You also need to update the drivers for the device for any computer you are going to use. Typically, this isn’t a big deal as you can easily do this for your work and home computers. However, this isn’t a great solution if you are trying to create a partitions USB stick for distribution to many possible users [say trade show give-away].
Couple of items you’ll need:
- USB_LocalDisk.zip files [download here]
- Windows XP
- USB stick
What we will do, is connected the USB stick, find the driver code, update the driver code and re-connect the device. Simple.
Here are the details:Continue Reading
What is particularly nice about this useless USB gadget is the ability to select one, two or all three options and control the speed in which the phantom activities take place.Â It’s also a complete and finished product…much better then our USB hack we mentioned for creating a Continue Reading
Granted, the size is a bit much for today’s UberGeek, but clearly a great conversation piece. If this has your wheels spinning then check out our USB tutorial on modifying a true floppy diskette into a USB drive. Source:Â UberGizmo. Continue Reading
With a spare remote, USB cable, USB missile launcher and some code they guys at Instructables provided, you too can have this USB hack.Â The only concern you should have is the foam missiles really aren’t all that accurate, at least not the sample we tested.Â But hey, forget about the logistics of it all, it’s the cool factor we’re chasing after. Source:Â Engadget. Continue Reading
The full USB hack isn’t listed here, but visit the InventGeek site for the 7 step process.Start your mod… Continue Reading