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MacBook Air USB SuperDrive hacked for any computer

MacBook Air USB SuperDrive hacked for any computer

Apple's MacBook Air is undoubtedly a thing of beauty, and its slender little companion DVD burner is not far behind.  Unfortunately, until now only Air owners could enjoy it; despite the best efforts of many, only when plugged into the skinny Apple notebook would the SuperDrive play ball.  Initial suspicions were that the Air's solitary USB port was supercharged power-wise; turns out, it's actually down to some custom firmware in the IDE to USB bridge.  tnkgrl set out testing the drive and finally hacking it with a replacement bridge; she now has a slick external burner that will work with any computer.

Video demonstrating the hacked SuperDrive after the cut

Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition USB RAID-1 array

Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition USB RAID-1 array

Western Digital's latest attempt to cash in on our general guilt over not backing up files is the My Book Mirror Edition.  Effectively bridging the gap between a traditional standalone USB hard-drive and a full-spec network-attached storage (NAS) device, the Mirror Edition still connects to a single computer via USB but automatically duplicates files across two hard-drives.  Both 1TB and 2TB versions are available.

Iomega external storage updated: media players, PVR expansion & more

Iomega external storage updated: media players, PVR expansion & more

Iomega has announced a number of new storage-based products, ranging from simple external hard-drives to media converters and DVR accessories.  Most interesting are the Screenplay HD and the Media Xporter Drive.  The former, shown here, is a hard-drive and media player, that hooks up to a HDTV and surround sound system (via HDMI) to play stored video; it's priced at $199.5.  The latter is intended for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, connecting via USB and automatically converting any AVI (or any of 20 other formats) media on its 160GB storage into files the console can recognise and play; it's priced at $104.45.

The Steampunk USB drive

The Steampunk USB drive

There have been several mods to USB drives and many of them I have found interesting and creative, however, now I just feel like I set my standards way too low.  This mod makes any lego or geek inspired mod seem just sad and uninspired.

Emtec gdium EM-PC with removable OS key

Emtec gdium EM-PC with removable OS key

Set to rival ASUS' Eee in the Australian market at least, Emtec's gdium EM-PC is yet another budget ultraportable to add to the long, long list.  Details are relatively scant at the moment, and the only picture we have is this side-on view, but we do know it's running Linux, has an 8.9-inch, 1,024 x 600 display and uses removable flash memory for storage.  In fact, Emtec are particularly proud of their GKey USB dongle, which seemingly locks the machine when removed and contains not only user data but the OS and system files.

Microsoft COFEE security key sucks criminal data from locked-down PCs

Microsoft COFEE security key sucks criminal data from locked-down PCs

Microsoft has revealed that, since June 2007, multiple law enforcement agencies have been using a forensic device it has developed that can bypass security on a Windows-powered machine and extract data for use in criminal investigations.  Called COFEE - Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor - the gadget is apparently a USB thumb-drive onto which Microsoft have loaded 150 'commands' that can, among other things, decrypt passwords, display internet activity, and uncover all data stored on the computer.  Most importantly, it can do this on-site, rather than an investigator needing to remove a machine during a search or raid and send it to a lab for analysis.

Chic USB Jewelry for both sexes

Chic USB Jewelry for both sexes

USB drives have become a gadget that some of us can't live without, even for a few moments in the day. Which has spawned a bit of USB jewelry, that is typically way too over the top and frankly, a bit cheesy. However, two designers have teamed up to create a few attractive and understated bits of USB jewelry.

Kingston DataTraveler Aimed for Mobile Multi Card-readers

Kingston DataTraveler Aimed for Mobile Multi Card-readers

Kingston’s DataTraveler has a new expansion slot with a flip-up multi cards reader built-in. The all-in-one USB Flash drive and reader can store, transfer and read content on mobile memory cards including microSD, microSDHC and memory stick Micro. The compact DataTraveler has 5 years warranty and features Windows® ReadyBoost™ capability, and onboard memory from 1GB, 2GB to 4GB with the price of $19.25, $28.25 and $42.00 respectively.

[via press release]

ZaNa Design Flash Drives Made of Wood, Flint and Amber

ZaNa Design Flash Drives Made of Wood, Flint and Amber

We’ve come across some pretty odd flash drives haven’t we? There’s one for every lifestyle, desire or need. I think they’ve just about tapped the creativity of flash drives however ZaNa Design is not giving up and they have some hand-made ones they’re pushing.

USB Drive Coats hide your plain USB drives

USB Drive Coats hide your plain USB drives

For those that are tired of their plain usb drives, instead of just replacing your old one you might consider snagging a coat to cover them up. Most of us have at least one or two lying about, so it's silly to waste money and buy a whole new usb drive.

Star Wars Flash Drive tutorial

Star Wars Flash Drive tutorial

If you aren't happy with those tiny USB drives that always seem to run away when you need them most, you might need a more bulky solution. That way you can spot it on your desk without having to strain your eyes too much. I assure you that although it is a little massive, it's not heavy and won't snap off in your computer or anything equally destructive.

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