The USB hack is fairly simple and the ideal project for a young kid looking to do something cool for the first time.Â All you need is a USB cable, rubber duck and some diodes. You’ll need to solder the diodes to the USB cable, then mount the laser eyes correctly and securely into the rubber ducky.Â If the concept doesn’t make sense, you can jump over to Instructables and get the play-by-play. I think one way to increase the coolness would be stuffing the entire USB cable into the duck body.Â Either that, or take another Instructable where you can increase the laser intensity to pop balloons, burn paper and more… but do it with a bit of caution and common sense. Video. Continue Reading
The materials are not difficult to find and should run you about $20 at most. Bobber does an excellent job of point out the details and making sure you don’t miss the important steps for making a quality DIY iPad sleeve.Â He includes a ton of well documented pictures, after all, nothing is better than a picture for projects you’ve never tried. Full tutorial here. Continue Reading
Granted the duct tape approach is more in tune with kids, but lets give this a quick review. In four simple steps you can do this exact project. Step 1 – Grab some materials, that being a ruler, knife, duct tape, thumb drives and creativity. Step 2 – Make the back plane duct tape which is very similar to making a duct tape wallet. Step 3 – Add the pockets.Â In the picture you can see the USBs are parallel with each other, I would recommend staggering them so the thickness is reduced when folding. Step 4 – Put the finishing touches on there with some clean lines of duct tape, patterns and custom designs. For the full tutorial and loads more pictures visit Instructables. Continue Reading
What I particularly like about this USB hack, is the physical requirement to have the key in order to work the USB port.Â This type of security [more fun then practical] for USB devices in general is much better than a Truecrypt type solution as that only protects the device, not the system. So what you need includes: Small USB thumb drive USB extension cable or USB socket and plug with cable Locking switch DPST Plastic box The rest is just elbow grease to get it working, for the specific details and tutorial, jump here.
How To: Remove a Virus From a USB StickThe easiest way to remove any virus from a USB stick is this: format it!Â Be sure to use the Full Format function, not the quick format function.In the very unlikely event you get an error messages saying you cannot format the drive because it’s being used by another program, or for some reason you have data on there you don’t want to format off, then you can try the following. Before I start however, let me explain the fundamental concept of what we are trying to do. With most virus’ they make it very hard to delete the files so they can spread their infection.Â To do this, they use several files and ping each other so they appear to be in constant use.Â This is why you see the error “being used by another program cannot delete or format.”Â So what we need to do, is stop that process.Â In addition, programmers put in attributes to make it hard to delete as well.Â For example they set the file attribute to Archive, or System File so we’ll need to remove those attributes too. So lets start:Â In Windows go to START > RUN.Â In the field type cmd This will open the DOS command prompt.Â Here you should be at the C drive root.Â If not type cd\ and click return.Â You will then be at the C:\ root.
Next type the drive letter of your flash drive.Â In my example that is drive letter F.Â You can find the drive letter of your flash drive by going to START > MY COMPUTER > and look for the “Removable Disk“Next, type the drive letter, so for me, type f: and hit enter. After you are in the drive letter of the flash drive, type dir/w/a
This will list all the files in your flash drive, regardless of it’s attributes of being hidden, System file or archive. Now we should look for suspicious files such as anything listed as a .exe file or a .inf file.Â Specifically anything with a autorun.inf should be deleted.Â Some other popular ones are Ravmon.exe, svchost.exe, Heap41a and pagefile.pif. If you see any of these, then lets remove all the file attributes and try and delet them. To remove all attributes do the following: In the DOS command prompt type attrib -r -a -s -h *.*Â This command will remove all attributes for all files. Now we can delete the files.Â You do this by typing del filename [be sure to include the exentions too, for example type del autorun.inf and hit enter.
This should do the trick if you’d like to remove problem files without running the Full Format function. Continue Reading
I will admit the name is more impressive then the look, but the cool factor outweighs the look. The wood USB marble machine is an excellent DIY project and will open up your eyes to all sorts of different ways you can make an automated, electric motor powered marble machine. Check out the video, it’s well worth it! Learn how at Instructables. Continue Reading
In the properties box, go to the power setting tab and look for the following.
Once you’ve configured this correctly [uncheck] there is a good chance your USB devices will begin working [consistently] again. Continue Reading
Format USB Stick as NTFS File SystemFlash drives are getting very large in size these days, the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 sticks are getting over 256GB capacity.Â With these larger sticks, the option to format the device as a NTFS file system is available, but what about the smaller USB sticks? By default, any USB stick under 4GBs in capacity will not have the Format USB as NTFS file system option, but we can fix that. Here is the How To: Format USB sticks as NTFS: Click Start > My Computer > Right click on the drive letter for the USB stick and select Properties.
Now, click the Hardware tab of the Properties pop-up window and select the drive letter of which youâ€™d like to change.Â In this case, itâ€™s drive letter F shown as â€œSimple Flash Disk 2.0 USB Deviceâ€œÂ From here click the Properties button.
The next step is click the Policies tab and 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
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