MORE FOR THE MAC

We can’t have too many ports to plug into. The new “Thunderbolt Express Dock” from Belkin is for the power Mac user.

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COMPUTER DESK LAMP

This struck us as a way for the computer to power its own desk lamp. The $25 Satechi “USB LED Bottle Lamp” fits into the opening of any bottle and includes a cord you plug into a USB port to power the lamp. If you don’t have an open USB port, you can plug it into an electrical outlet using an adapter. The bottle lamp’s shade is frosted white and there’s a silver on/off button. If you need light elsewhere, lift it out and drop it into another bottle.  We can imagine a whole room of these. The LED light has no mercury and lasts up to 50,000 hours. The lamp consumes 1.2 watts, much less than an incandescent or […]

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WHAT’S THIS?

Of the 50 USB drives recently sold in a “Lost and Found Auction” in Sydney, Australia, a check showed two-thirds were infected with viruses, according to Sophos, a security firm. The drives contained personal information, tax records and photo albums and resumes. Most were drives for Windows computers.

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NOW THAT’S TINY

Verbatim has a new USB flash drive about the size of a dime. In fact, most of it is made up of the plug that goes into the USB socket, so the drive itself is extremely tiny. It’s so small that they expect you to leave it plugged in all the time so you don’t lose it. Verbatim calls it the “Store ‘n’ Stay” for that reason, but it can be unplugged of course.

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LOCK YOUR USB PORTS TO KEEP THE BAD GUYS OUT

MyUSBOnly helps prevent identity theft.

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SYNC FILES

Sync files across platforms with Dropbox.

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UBUNTU? WE BUNTU TOO

If your Windows computer won’t start and you need to get your files, try using a flash drive that has its own operating system.

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MORE USB PORTS IN A STORM

We often need more USB ports, especially for laptops. There are plenty of small hubs that add more ports. They’re cheap enough and we have a couple.

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