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SD Duplicator Copies 20 At a Time For The UberGeek

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Nexcopy announced their new 20 target SD Duplicator earlier today. Definitely a device for the ubergeek who’s into data loading Secure Digital media. At first glance you ask yourself “Who’d want 20 copies of their SD card from their camera?” But it’s clear Nexcopy isn’t chasing down the guys looking to make a 100 copies of their weekend Vegas photos [or are they?]. The SD duplicator is geared towards companies who send out software applications on SD cards for field devices, or need to manage a large number of miniSD cards for an army of Palm Pilots. The SD200PC also works with microSD cards so the phone companies will have a field day loading up their phones with promo material for lucky customers. Which makes sense, because these Smartphones and PDAs are getting so powerful and the media has so much capacity, many people keep most of their data on microSD cards these days. The unit connects via USB and has 20 numbered SD ports so it’s easy to identify which SD card is which. The unit comes with software that supports FAT and FAT32 formats and includes NTFS support with their bit-for-bit copy function which also supports Linux distribution packages for those embedded applications these ubergeeks seem to dream up. All SD formats are supports and for the not-so-techy users, the Nexcopy software has a job wizard to guide you through the SD duplication process. The SD duplicator has a list price of $1,299 and available for immediate delivery. Continue Reading

Dexx USB Flash Drive Seconds As Pen Dock Station

I’ve had the problem of too many highlighter pens, no place to put them and a need for USB connectivity.  Therefore, I’m glad Gadgets2Order came up with this Dexx USB design.  The square design acts as a dock station for your yellow, blue and green highlighter pens.  In addition, you’ve got a USB flash drive for storing those digital files.  Yet, the drive size seems too big for easy use with laptops and front panel USB ports which are set-in from the front bezel.

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Never-the-less you can turn the Dexx into a USB hub if the flash drive doesn’t work out. One last deal-breaker is a minimum lot of 50 must be ordered at a 7.92 per unit price.  Probably a good idea on paper [bar napkin no less] but doesn’t seem like the best product idea. Continue Reading

Dressing Up Your USB Hard Drive With a Wrap

It’s good to stand out, let the world know you are different.  These USB hard drive cases from Meninos will help you do just that.  What started out as a contemporary design hobby for friends and family has turned into a full blown business.  The Meninos site offers a variety of dress up USB hard drive cases.  The cases are made of custom acrylic with dual cooling fans, USB port and covered with a vinyl wrapper to set yourself [itself] apart.

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You can also upload an Adobe Illustrator file using their template if the bold claim of your “Marlboro” man isn’t enough.  Below are a photo list of the current styles available.  Which one best fits your taste? Continue Reading

USB LED Message Board with Sound

This isn’t your typical message board at a college campus and it’s no more likely to land you a gig, like a college message board. It’s an LED message board so you can pretty much send a message to yourself or to a co-worker within eye site of your desk. What is different about this LED message board [from others] is the ability to sound out your message as well. USB Geek has an example of a Happy Birthday song for the product which, I must admit, make someone’s birthday kinda fun and surely get a laugh out of the aging recipient.

USB led message board

There isn’t much to the LED message board, just the LED lights which scrolls your message along, a USB connection and simple software to create your message and set sound effects. For just under $25 it could be a fun gadget. What I’d like to do is sync this up with the door-bell so a message would appear to those Mormon folks who always come knocking on my door. Or better yet, sync the LED message board to my Nav station in the car so I can really speak my mind. USB Geek is pushing this for $23 and change. YouTube link. Continue Reading

SportsLive USB Wristband Lets You Relive The Play-By-Play

MLB is going hi-tech with their SportsLive USB wristband.  The product is a USB drive in the shape of a wristband where the MLB association data loads memorable baseball broadcasts for eternal enjoyment.  These exclusive audio and video records will be distributed through MLB.com and eventually local vendors at the stadiums.

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There will be a couple of SportsLive wristbands up for purchase during the All-Star week on MLB.com, where one of them features the broadcast of the Farm Home Run Derby while the other will store a broadcast of the All-Star Game and pre-game ceremony. Included in both is a two-hour MLB Productions documentary entitled “Yankees Stadium: Baseball’s Cathedral,” some desktop wallpapers and ringtones for your phone.
Today’s fans want to consume content when and where they want, across screens large and small,” says Elizabeth Scott, vice president of programming and business affairs for Major League Baseball. “We’re thrilled to make such a versatile product, which includes a complete game broadcast, available as a truly efficient consumer experience. It is fitting that in this final year of Yankee Stadium, fans will be able to own a piece of history after attending these momentous All-Star events.
The SportsLive USB wristband includes a microSD card reader so the device gives you 2GBs of data storage on the wristband and unlimited storage through removable microSD. Continue Reading

Santa Cruz is Making USB SkateDrive

Cross marketing is pushing the limit each day and to prove my point, Santa Cruz has just released the SkateDrive.  It’s a USB flash drive shaped like one of their popular board designs.  We saw the USB surfdrive a while back, so I guess it’s not that big of a stretch.

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According to Zedomax, my source…and ya the guy who blogs while drinking beer [see the list of articles below – yet again proving my point] the…
Action Sport Drives have teamed up with Santa Cruz to create the first and only authentic USB Flash Drive skateboards. We’ve combined this innovative design with the graphics from actual Santa Cruz skateboard.
So what other crazy things does Max write about while hitting the bottle? Continue Reading

Darth Sidious is First of Four In New Star Wars USB Series

Darth Sidious is making the first appearance from the new line of Star Wars Mimobot USB drives.  This is one cool looking drive too, check out the detail in the hands with blue electricity emanating from his finger tips.

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The Mimobot Darth Sidious is one well designed and crafty looking gadget and will become available from Mimobot within the next couple of days.

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Darth Sidious Star Wars product page. Continue Reading

Wine Cork Works Double Shift

Mac from Zedomax picked up a nice story on turning a wine cork into a USB stick.  Why ask you say?  So wine companies can data load the cork with company history, processing methods and other marketing spin (mood setting music) to give the ultimate crushed grapes experience.  You couldn’t do this with CDs or DVDs that’s for sure.

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Source:  Zedomax. Continue Reading

Multi Functional Dock Station For Just About Everything

It would be nice to have a dock station to house all your hard drive and memory gadgets…say, one interface to connect them all. Oh wait, that’s what the Brando Multi-Functional Dock Station does…USB + eSATA + 2 port hub + 4 slot card reader. All this dockability in a slick looking design:

multi functional dock station

The multi functional dock station may be connected to host computer by either a USB cable or eSATA cable, both of which provide the highest possible data transfer rate. The card reader includes support for the SDHC and mini SDHC formats along with the long list of standard flash card formats. Probably the most noteable feature of the multi functional dock station is the Continue Reading

Vista SP1 Users Report Broken USB Devices

microsoft vistaTo many a service pack from Microsoft is the first sign their newest platform is becoming stable. For Vista the SP1 pack came out in April and it was a good sign. At least for some. The deal with SP1 is Microsoft sending a signal to corporate world it’s time to drop XP and make the upgrade. However, even with the Service Pack 1 revision from Microsoft some are still seeing problems with their USB devices. Most notably, users are reporting mice, keyboards and flash drives still not performing as they should.
“We are aware of concerns that a recent Microsoft update may be causing problems with USB devices,” stated a Microsoft spokesperson. “We are investigating the matter and at this time do not have any additional information to share.”
It’s not clear how widespread this USB problem may be. For those installing Vista SP1, Microsoft recommends using Microsoft Windows Update, which checks and verifies if updated drivers are present before the upgrade. So now the question becomes – have you upgraded to Vista AND have you seen problems with your USB devices?  Let us know and comment here… . Continue Reading

WordPress On USB

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Back in July 2007 I made a USB tutorial post about putting WordPress on a stick.  Shortly there after, several visitors emailed me indicating I had too much time on my hands and it really wasn’t worth the effort.  But how do I disagree!

Even in the past year, WordPress has gain momentum in the blogisphere and becoming the #1 blogging platform.  Even Alexa, a fairly decent gauge on web traffic ranks WP as #26 in most popular sites.

Given this information, I’ve seen more and more website – not blogs – use the WP platform to create their static website and webpages.  So for those SEO and web designers out there, putting WordPress on a stick allows them to demo the site to clients, run SQL runtimes for testing and troubleshooting and isolating their web environment during development.

A good example is my RSS Filter website: FilterMyRSS.  Take a look at the source code, you’ll see the script which runs the utility along with supporting pages and blog entries…all based off WordPress.

I do agree the masses wouldn’t care about putting WordPress on a stick, but if the web is your bread-n-butter it would probably be smarter for you to know how – than to not.

Install WordPress on a stick tutorial.

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