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Mysterious USB Ports Show Up In NYC

A New York artist names Aram Bartholl is trying a very daring, if not crazy, art exhibit by placing USB sticks throughout New York City.  The idea is for others to share their digital life, secrets, information with others to bridge the life of digital information with that of the physical world.  So what exactly do you do?

USB in wall

Aram has placed a small collection of USB ports in public places thinking that others will connect their laptop or computer to the USB port and upload or download data to share.  I bit crazy if you ask me…you know how many viruses and key logging programs one could get?  Even with virus checking software – there are sophisticated attacks you could expose yourself too.  BUT, if you dare, connect! Currently the installation is only a five-stick preview, but Bartholl is planning to expand the operation to more sticks and more cities. Check Bartholl’s blog for coming information including “full documentation, movie, map, and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon!”

USB in New York

Aram – you should use USB Write Protected flash drives and share controlled data so that you’re exhibit doesn’t kill computers!  Maybe provide an upload link where you can control the data, then put the data on flash drives and write protect the stick.  Don’t know how – contact us, we’ll show you. Continue Reading

Nexcopy’s Standalone USB Duplicator at 30MB Per Second

We’ve reported about Nexcopy several times before, ranging from their USB duplicators to SD and Compact Flash duplicators, and today we are here to tell you about the Nexcopy standalone USB duplicator.

Nexcopy, Standalone USB duplicator

With flash drives getting bigger in capacity and cheaper in price, it’s natural to think data loads are getting bigger too.  Several years ago, it was common to put a PowerPoint or PDF of a trade show swag USB, but today, with the popularity of YouTube and the ease to make video, the promotional content is getting much bigger.  The Nexcopy standalone USB duplicator copies at a maximum speed of 30MB per second, that’s about 1800MB per minute.  Granted you wont get that data transfer from a typical trade show flash drive, but with more advanced USB sticks it’s definitely possible. The Nexcopy standalone USB duplicator family comes in two sizes.  There is a 16 port system and a 32 port system.  Each system loses one port for the master device and I figure this is why the Nexcopy part numbers are USB115SA and USB131SA…as that’s 1 master to X number of blanks. We couldn’t find a price on the Nexcopy website as the products are only sold through authorized dealers.  Release date of the new USB duplicator systems is the first week of September 2010. To find out more about the standalone USB duplicators, visit the Nexcopy site. Source:  EverythingUSB.com. Continue Reading

Nexcopy SuperSpeed 3.0 USB Duplicator – Shipping Soon

Nexcopy is getting ready to release a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Duplicator with a 16 port capacity. Nexcopy is currently optimizing the SuperSpeed thumbdrive copier so details are still somewhat sketchy. What Nexcopy is reporting is the USB 3.0 Duplicator will be out in about 5 weeks. It can copy at a peak rate of 65MB/s for a single flash drive; interestingly, performance can jump to 72MB/s with multiple devices connected. For USB 3.0 hard drives, transfer speeds come in at 95MB/s. The number is consistent with either 1 or 8 devices connected to the duplicator.

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Duplicator

Nexcopy reports the primary target market are USB 3.0 hard drives as they are more prevalent in the market today, but expect demand for USB 3.0 flash drive duplication to pick up as more become available. In related news, Nexcopy plans to offer USB 3.0 flash drives in 16GB and 32GB size with custom branding as option. They will be sold for $89 and $149 respectively. As for the duplicator pricing, the company hasn’t made any announcement yet.

USB 3.0 flash drive

Source:  EverythingUSB. Continue Reading

microSD Duplicator From Nexcopy

Nexcopy announced an all new microSD duplicator line of products which range from 20 ports to 60 ports for data loading to microSD media.  Nexcopy is known for their USB duplicators, and has since expanded out to Secure Digital, Compact Flash and now microSD duplicators.  They had a microSD solution before but it used microSD to SD adapter cards.  This new line of product uses only the microSD media itself, no adapters.

microSD duplicator

Nexcopy reports this could increase production throughput by as much as 30% because of reduced labor involved with the SD adapter cards.
“The microSD duplicator is ideal for telecom recycling centers who need to process and format microSD media left in cell phones and SmartPhones after a contract has expired. With the new duplicators, formatting, erasing, verifying and data loading is a very simple and straight forward process.”
I’m sure many system integrators who are embracing the small flash memory type will also rejoice in seeing a product that will speed up production.  In addition, with telecommunication companies and service providers getting on board with data loading free content and promotional campaigns to microSD as incentives for cell phone purchases. To learn more about the microSD duplicator visit Nexcopy’s product page. Soucre:  PR-Inside.com. Continue Reading

New CF Duplicator From Nexcopy

Press Release:  Nexcopy Announces New CF Duplicator Products.

CF DuplicatorToday Nexcopy Inc. announced a new line of CF Duplicator solutions ranging from 15 target size to 45 target size.  At first glance you think something like this is for some crazy looking to make 1000 of his photo CF cards, but that’s not actually the case. CF cards are used in all sorts of embedded applications.  For example, did you know vending machines run off CF cards, so do many slot machines and cell phone towers. The CF Duplicator from Nexcopy is well suited for these applications and companies looking to data load thousands of Compact Flash cards for their embedded products. Nexcopy’s CF Duplicator is a new line of systems in available 15 target, 30 target and 45 target configurations. CF DuplicatorMost notably, the CF duplicators come with power software to support even the most challenging data load jobs.  The software supports binary bit for bit Short Image copy and Full Image copy modes to duplicate bootable Compact Flash cards or duplicate Linux packages on CF media. The Nexcopy software includes a toggle On/Off bit for bit verification feature for enhanced quality control measures for those needing to know all the copies are exactly the same as the master. The 15 target CF Duplicator by Nexcopy starts around $1200.  For more details, visit Nexcopy. Continue Reading

USB Surgeon Flash Drive In The Wild

The USB surgeon is not alone, he also comes as a doctor and nurse.  Unfortunately we don’t have pictures of the entire medical family but we do have the following.

usb surgeon flash drive

First, SlipperyBrick and TechFresh reported on the drive earlier today, but we thought a “in the wild” photo would also be fun.  Here is a snapshot of them multiplying before your eyes.

surgeon usb drive

As SlipperyBrick pointed out, it’s a fun little drive that you can decapitate as well as play out classic MASH scenes or more current Grey’s Anatomy drama. The USB surgeon flash drive can be found at USBGeek.com for just a shade over $20. If we find the doctor or nurse, we’ll let you know…chances are, they are in the supply closet…no wait, that’s Scrubs. Source:  SlipperyBrick & TechFresh Continue Reading

Press Release: Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry Now Available

Sugar Labs Nonprofit Announces v2 of Sugar on a Stick with Improved E-Book Readers, Recycles Any USB Stick Into Learning Environment for Children; Partners with Nexcopy, Inc. PARIS, December 8, 2009 — Netbook World Summit — Sugar Labs(R), volunteer-driven nonprofit provider of the Sugar Learning Platform for over one-million children around the world, announces the release of Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry. Available for download at https://www.sugarlabs.org, Sugar on a Stick can be loaded onto any ordinary 1Gb or greater flash drive to reboot any PC, netbook or recent Mac directly into the child-friendly Sugar environment without touching the existing installation. Sugar is also available for GNU/Linux distributions, runs under virtualization on Windows and Apple OS X, and features built-in classroom collaboration and automatic backup to a Journal. The latest version of Sugar offers simpler navigation, improved wireless networking, streamlined updating of Activities for children, easier keyboard configuration, better Gnash support for Adobe Flash content, and more. New Activities such as Physics and OOo4Kids join updated favorites such as Browse and Read, suitable for reading e-books.

sugar on a stick

“Sugar on a Stick is a great way to experience Sugar”, commented Walter Bender, Sugar Labs executive director. “In this holiday season, we wish to remind parents and teachers that e-books are not only for costly reader units for the well-to-do, but freely available as part of the open-access to knowledge movement to help children everywhere develop critical learning skills and to bridge the digital divide wherever it exists.” Continue Reading

Review: USB Scrub Cleans Your Registry Of Old USB Sticks

UPDATE: USB Scrub by Nexcopy now supports Win7 32/64bit

USB Scrub

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.

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USB Duplicator Movie Trailer – Say What?

If Nexcopy where to make a movie about USB duplicators and data loading USB flash drives, this would be the movie trailer to draw in attention. Clearly, it would be ‘the most boring’ movie in the world, but I’ll have to admit the movie trailer is quite impressive given the mundane product. Nexcopy did a good job of putting a unique spin on their product announcement for the new 40 and 60 port USB duplicators via a movie trailer.  The 1 minute video gives you just enough information to peak your interest, yet doesn’t bore you enough to click away. The high definition version is posted on youtube, but you’ll get the point from this:
<a href=”https://www.linkedtube.com/Ple78QrtOqQ3c12ba47b76a2f71f865959ea665af7f.htm”>LinkedTube</a>
Click to learn more about the Nexcopy USB duplicator and SD duplicator solutions and their all new 40 and 60 port solutions. Source: Zedomax. Continue Reading

USB Duplicator By Nexcopy Expands to 60 Ports

Nexcopy just released two large USB duplicator systems that are 40 and 60 ports.  Geared towards in-house USB duplication from fortune 500 companies, schools, universities and service bureaus, the Nexcopy units offer the largest PC based systems on the market.

USB Duplicator, Large 60 Ports, Nexcopy

It would be interesting to know how they got past the Windows drive letter limitation to reach the larger capacities.  The two new USB duplicator systems are modular in design.  Meaning you can start with a 20 port duplicator and expand it to 40 or 60 ports by simply adding more boxes.  I like this feature because it allows the user to grow as their duplication requirements increase. Nexcopy also mentions their new Data Collection feature.  This is an interesting concept as it does the reverse of what you would think a USB duplicator is designed for.  The Data Collection feature allows you to suck data OFF the USB stick and put the content to the host computer. Continue Reading

USB Copy Protection vs. USB Encryption

There are some fundamental differences between USB copy protection and USB encryption to files on a flash drive.  I have seen many companies confuse and muddy the terminology between the two.  It’s time to clear things up and explain the difference. In short; USB copy protection secures a file or set of files so they cannot be copied – thus copy protection.  USB encryption scrambles the source files so they cannot be read unless you decrypt them.  Take a moment and think about this…there is a BIG difference.

USB encryption

Encryption is the process of scrambling files and data so they cannot be accessed unless a password or key is supplied to reassemble the content and put everything back together.  This process is known as decryption. The fundamental use for USB encryption is to protect files and data in the event the USB stick is lost or stolen. Where encryption and USB copy protection differ is with “encryption” once you have the password you can Continue Reading

VConsole USB Flash Duplicator

vconsoleWe reported a while back on the Nexcopy, USB Flash Drive Duplicator and today VConsole announces a similar system but larger capacity and encryption technology. The VConsole appears to be lightening fast as well, with a copy speed of 91 seconds for 512MB of information.  Taking a quick visit to their site I see the 91 seconds copy speed is the same for their 21 drive system, 42 drive system and 60 drive system.  Hmm…strange how those speeds do show, even the slightest, sign of degradation in transfer speed. Putting that aside, the 128 encryption function is a nice benefit, although not included with the base unit for $8,000, it does make you wonder what the price tag is for that feature.  From what I’ve seen, most USB flash drive duplicators are used to copy content to give-away USB drives and if that’s the case, I’m not sure why you’d want to encrypt a viral marketing gadget.  However, with USB getting more popular as a distribution medium, I’m sure there are plenty of uses for the encryption function. The USB flash drive duplicator can work as a stand alone system or the user can launch a GUI interface to see more details.  Vconsole mentions they have a multi-casting technology in the works for stringing multiple units together for expanded production.  This would be of a big benefit for the guys over seas making the drives. I like the VConsole product, but I honestly see a better fit for the general market with the Nexcopy Inc, USB Duplicator USB Duplicator and with the attractive price tag of $1,299 verse the VConsole $8,000 unit, you’ll need to take a hard, close look at which system best fits your needs. Continue Reading

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