UPDATE: USB Scrub by Nexcopy now supports Win7 32/64bit
Did you know Windows will make over 260 registry entries with a single enumeration of a USB stick? This means for those with multiple flash drives your registry will get extremely cluttered and bogged down.
With flash drives dirt cheap these days, you’ll find at least a couple dozen going into your computer through the year. That would be over 6,240 registry entries.
USB Scrub is a free utility which performs a deep cleaning of those unused drivers and registry edits.
We gave USB Scrub a try, and it worked great. We went from enumerating a single USB stick in 45 seconds to enumerating that stick in less that 12 seconds.
In addition, if you have a USB stick that doesn’t perform correctly or the Windows OS doesn’t see it, chances are the USB Scrub will clear up those problems and your drive will work once again. This is because a registry entry can become corrupt and simply clearing it out will resolve your issue.
So lets take a closer look.
Using RegShot [a free application which takes a snap shot before and after an event and compares only the changed registry values] I took a snap shot before and after a USB stick was connected and ejected. The result was this:
- 78 Registry Keys where created
- 183 Registry Values where added
- 261 Registry edits in total!
Here is a snap shop. Click the image to get the full text file.Continue Reading
Review: Adesso Wireless USB Trackball KeyboardDonâ€™t you hate it when you buy a new gadget and donâ€™t have the batteries it needs? This new keyboard from Adesso avoids that let down. Batteries ARE included. No more scrounging around for those AA Batteries that you need just to get this keyboard to workContinue Reading
Review of 16GB Flash DrivesOur friends at Test Freaks gathered up 17 different 16GB drives and did some hands on benchmark and testing.Â First off, props goes out to Mr. Brozio for convincing all the manufacturers to give up free 16GB drives.Â Second, I give him kudos for the in-depth analysis and benchmarking test.Â Well done. The 16GB USB review includes the following drives:
- Adata Sport Series RB19 16gb
- Corsair Flash Voyager
- HP USB Flash Drive v125W
- Imation Swivel Flash Drive
- Kingston Data Traveler100
- Kingston DataTraveler HyperX
- Memorex Traveldrive
- OCZ Diesel
- OCZ Throttle
- Patriot Exporter XT
- PNY Attache
- PQI Traveling Disk 1221
- Ridata EZdrive Lightning Series
- Sandisk Cruzer Micro
- Super Talent Pico-C
- Transcend JetFlash Elite Enabled
- Verbatim Store â€˜nâ€™ Go
I wont give away the full details on the 16GB USB review – please check with Test Freaks.Â However, it is painfully clear that Transcend Jetflash is a horrible drive.Â Which is funny as they spend a good amount of marketing time and money saying they are the best performing.Â Transcend must be taking Ford’s marketing philosophy and advertising their weakness.Â “Built Ford Tough” ha – those cars are anything but tough. To get a bit of their approach Test Freaks considers:
If Iâ€™m looking for a USB drive, the first thing I look at is the Copy To or Write speeds, this is what is most important to me, the next thing would be the Copy From speeds, as for me what I do most is put data on it, then take it off, reading from the drive is not that important to me really. So it all depends on what your priorities are concerning USB drives, the results are here, you can judge for yourself which is best for you.For the full 16GB USB Drive review please visit Test Freaks webpage. Continue Reading
Review: Telescope Lens for 3G iPhoneI was so excited to get the new telescope lens for the 3G iPhone, but at the same time, apprehensive that it would be a gimmick. I was thrilled to find out the telescope lens actually worked!Â The case used to mount the lens also snaps On and Off quite easily. Continue Reading
Review: 4 Port USB Car Charger AdapterI love this thing…It’s exactly what I wanted. I did not want to purchase a different charger for every device I have and my bluetooth speakerphone adapter and both cell phones are all charged via USB cable so now I can charge all three of them through the USBFever 4 port USB car charger and adapter. Continue Reading
The Blackberry Storm will be offered by Verizon in the US, has four front panel buttons and is powered by USB.Â For me, I like the four button navigation and sleek look of the Storm.Â What I’m a little concerned about is the touchscreen typing.Â I’m afraid nothing will compare to the Quirky keyboard I currently use on my World Edition.Â I’ve tried the iPhone and it’s a nightmare, I’m hoping the Storm will be a little better. I couldn’t dig some details such as price and whether the Storm has a camera or not.Â The image shown had some criticism that it was photochopped, but it looks identical to the official Verizon notice I received yesterday. Source:Â CellFanatic. Continue Reading
Review Summary for Wireless Bluetooth Visor Car Kit:UPDATE: The bluetooth visor car kit is available at Amazon for immediate delivery. Great product for the quick fix you might need if in California or another state which has a “hands-free” wireless policy. The wireless visor Bluetooth car kit is well made, easy to operate and performs well. Sound quality is good, setup is easy and user design is well thought out. Strong mounting assembly yet portable and easy to disconnect.
Out Of Box Experience: The Blue Mirror is packaged well and comes with:
- Main Bluetooth wireless visor kit (5″ x 3″ x .75″)
- Mount clip with very strong magnets
- USB cable (mini to Type A)
- Car power adapter (cigarette style)
OVERVIEW The MagicJack is a small device [2.5″ x 1.5″] and works as a USB dongle which connects to your computer via USB port. The MagicJack phone does not require a Hi-Speed USB connection and thus will work on your front USB connection of a PC tower or the slower ports off your laptop docking station. The USB MagicJack costs about $35-$40 depending on where you get it. You then pay $19 [the year after you buy it] for unlimited calling in the United States, Canada and parts of central America. Calls outside this region are then chargeable, but very reasonable. I looked up rates to the UK at it was $0.02 per minute. Not bad at all. WHY IT’S UNIQUE The MagicJack phone is unique because it has a regular phone jack connected to the dongle. This means ANY phone can be plugged into the device and used for VoIP calling Continue Reading