How To: Fix MacBook Air and USB Ethernet AdapterIf you are one of the few who rushed out to purchase the MacBook Air, you might have found yourself in a bit of a pinch.Â How to get the USB Ethernet Adapter working?Â If this is you, or a friend you know, here is a quick fix until a new Apple update is published.
First, it appears that some have luck plugging the adapter into different ports on the MacBook Air, but it’s not a universal solution. After a bit of investigative work sifting through the Apple forums, you can do the following for a sure thing fix: Continue Reading
How to turn off autoplay Windows 7 for USB flash drives.Some may want to turn off the USB auto play so that when a USB device is connected the auto pop-up window doesn’t appear.Â I don’t mind the pop-up window as it usually defaults to the area or program I’m trying to get into anyway, but for some, I could see the frustration.Â So on that note, here is a quick USB tutorial on how to turn off the USB auto run function. First, click START > RUN and type in gpedit.mscÂ then click RUN.
Next you’ll want to navigate to the location shown below.Â That would be: Computer Configuration > Admin Templates > Windows ComponentsÂ Once there you would double click Windows Components
That will take you to the following area where we can select the menu to edit the USB autorun functions.Â Double click the AutoPlay Policies
Next select the Turn Off Autoplay by double clicking it. Continue Reading
So what we have here is a How To or USB Hack on running an LED from a Super-capacitor.Â If you are non-technical, then we basically mean a very short lived battery to run the LED.Â A super-capacitor has the ability to store energy for longer periods of time over traditional capacitors – yet still not long enough as with batteries.The concept of this tutorial is to wire a super-capacitor to a USB socket whereby your computer can charge up the capacitor and when disconnected you’ll get about 10 minutes of LED illumination.
Granted there isn’t much day-to-day use with this USB hack, but just a fun little project if you have the time. Over on the Instructables website there is an updated USB tutorial which includes Continue Reading
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.