Personally an image like this might work even better…but who am I to judge. To create the millefiori USB drive can be done in several simple steps.Â If you haven’t heard of millefiori then let me tell you: Millefiori is a glass work technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware.Â The term “millefiori” is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers). The millefiori technique has been applied to polymer clays and other materials. Because polymer clay is quite pliable and does not need to be heated and reheated in order to fuse it, it is much easier to produce millefiori patterns than with glass.Â And this is what we are going to do today. In seven steps you can produce a nice looking USB necklece.Â The detailed how-to is over at Instructables but here is the general idea. Get a small USB flash drive and take it apart.Â Get some polymer clay, such as Fimo Soft or Fimo Effect.Â Prep the millefiori material into a cane like shape.Â Include a core in the cane shape as this is where the USB stick will go.Â Cut the cane so you have Continue Reading
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How To Make a Favicon for a Flash DriveIn the heat of getting a new site launched over the weekend, I needed an .ico Favicon for the website.Â I came across this free on-line tool which made everything a snap.Â No software download, no .exe to load…just down and dirty ico creator.Â Today I thought it would be a great review [from original post] to go over How To Make a Favicon for a Flash Drive. It’s just several easy steps.Â Lets begin.
- Using a program to create an image file, make a jpeg for what you want the ico to look like.Â You can use something as simple as Microsoft Paint or something as fancy as Photoshop.Â When you make the jpeg, make the overal shape square.Â Try and keep the logo simple – simple will translate best into an ico file.
- Browse to Chamie and click the “Favicon from Pics” link.Â Upload your file.Â Chami will automatically generate your ico file.Â Chami gives you some great options for the USB favicon file.Â You can get a static image or an animated .gif file.
- Once you have the .ico file, save that image to the root of your USB flash drive.
- Next, open Notepad in Microsoft [or any plain text editor] and type the following:
[autorun] icon=favicon.icoSave this to the root of your USB stick as “autorun.inf”
Once you’ve done all the above, Continue Reading
I found this fun little project off the Instructables website.Â Apparently the author received some grant funds from Lemelson-MIT program and put together a team of 6 students to create this solution. The team got their idea from shake-up flashlights which are based off the Faraday Principle – which is a type of electromagnetism reaction to generate energy. You will need to get a bread-board and create a small circuit to capture the energy produced by the bike and turn it towards your USB gadget.
Next, you’ll need a motor provider that will actually “capture” the energy, feed it through your newly made circuit.Â There are many options for this, check Continue Reading
Step one.Â Shape some wood to about the size you’d like to make the USB stick and post-it note paper.Â About 3/4inch wide and 3 inches long. Step two:Â Cut out a part of the wood block to place Continue Reading
Next click the Hardware tab of the Properties dialogue box and select the device which you’d like to change.Â In this case, it’s drive letter F shown as “Simple Flash Disk 2.0 USB Device“Â From here you can double-click the device or highlight in blue and click the Properties button. Continue Reading
The only fear is that phone cords are not well shielded and that might slow down the data transfers or possible drop packets.Â But at the length shown here, we feel you’re alright. If anything, making the USB coil cable would be a nice little project for a DIY starter.Â Great to sharp those soldering skills and steady hand.Â The full USB tutorial can be found at Instructables. Continue Reading
You will get a warning sign, but don’t worry. Click OK. Your computer will go through the process of uninstalling the USB Enhanced USB controller. Your computer will then immediately go through the installation process as well. After the re-installation you computer might seem all-is-well; however, your error message will not go away until you reboot your machine. Do that now. If you have any questions or comments hit the forum post for follow up. Continue Reading
Instructables posted a great little USB hack for turning an old VHS tape into a glowing USB hub.Â I like this mod because it takes an old, out of date medium, puts some retro lighting in there which creates a modern day device I can use everyday. Instructables also brings up a good point with hubs getting smaller these days, it’s more likely you’ll lose it behind your desk.Â Having a honk’in big VHS tape solves that problem. So what is this USB tutorial all about?Â Well, in short, you will destroy an old VHS tape, cut out some through-holes for USB ports and power.Â Secure some LEDs for effect and reassemble everything to impress your buddies.Â Since this outline isn’t enough to start or finish the project, jump over to Instructables for the full low down. Continue Reading
The sawed off UFD is a mod of using a slim Kingmax USB drive, USB cable and some glue + knife for a very cool looking storage device. The intro line to this tutorial from the main page is:
“Holy crap– somebody just went and TORE MY FREAKING USB CABLE IN HALF while it was still attached to my laptop!!! No– wait– sorry. That’s just my USB drive. My bad. Never mind.”Which I think is pretty funny. So besides getting a slim Kingmax USB drive (here is a 4GB for $15), you will need the following:Â USB cable, X-acto knife, glue, pliers, small screwdriver and some mad cutting skills. First thing you will want to do is cut open the female end of the USB cable so you can insert the memory for storage.Â It’s fairly straight forward in the process.Â Some additional pictures are available Continue Reading
First, the tip. Create a main USB folder where we will mount all the USB drives once connected.Â Then assign all your USB devices to sub-folders within that main folder.Â After creating the folder structure, do the following for assignment.
- Click > Start > Run then enter diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. This opens the Disk Management configuration that should display all drives and devices currently connected to your computer.
- Pick an USB device from the list and right-click that entry. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu.
- This should open a new window that is displaying the current drive letter of the device and three buttons at the bottom which are named Add, Change and Remove.
- Click on the Add button, select Mount into the following empty NTFS folder and click on browse. Now navigate to the subfolder that you want to assign the usb drive to and confirm the assignment. The USB drive will from now on be accessible from that folder as well if it is connected to the computer.