Sometimes smaller can be better. This becomes obviously apparent when you look at this smallest available USB flash drive. Sure, a micro SD card can still beat it when compared in physical size, but if you are after a tiny USB pendrive, this is as small as it gets!
Mini USB flash drive
It’s almost the same size as its male USB connector, but it still manages to store up to 8GB of data.
8GB might not seem like much given the fact that we have a 1TB USB flash drive readily available, but it costs over $700 so thanks, but no thanks. Right?
In the case where you don’t have more than 8GB of data that you need to carry around discretely, this extremely small USB flash drive that, by the way, only costs about $4.99 is probably more than enough for you.
If you’re an old school gamer like me, you’ve no doubt played on the classic Super Nintendo console when you were younger. Fast forward a decade and we find ourselves in a situation where the console is so old and obsolete that we can’t even use it without buying a converter cable for the TV. Not only that, but all the SNES games are now freely available for anyone to download and play using an emulator. No matter how you play your favorite old school games, it’s just not the same when you’re using a generic boring PC controller, is it?
SNES USB Controller
Luckily the Chinese have done it again. The Super Nintendo controller for PC and laptop looks, and more importantly feels, exactly like the real thing and you can hook it up to your Windows computer within minutes. You don’t even need to install any special drivers!
For a modest price of just $4,43 you’ll get a chance to relive your favorite childhood memories once again. Who could say no?
Whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike, this stylish and extra small headset will come in handy when someone calls you. Just push the button on the side once to answer a call, or two times to dial the last caller. You can even use it to listen your favorite songs or if your phone has an app for it- use voice commands to browse the web, read email and do all sorts of cool stuff.
The battery will last about 4 hours of constant use if you’re listening to music, but when it just sits idle and awaits for incoming calls then it can last a whole day without problems.
The in-ear shape fits so well in your ear that you don’t really need the transparent holder clip, but it’s still advised to use it especially if you’re out cycling because it MAY fall out of your ear.
The sound quality is very good although if you’re out in a windy or crowded place you may have to raise your voice a little for the other end to hear you better. It’s never been a problem though. Of course you can’t compare it with high tech headphones that have bass boosts and other features… but it’s still great.
It’s compatible with all devices that have Bluetooth. It worked well with my Samsung Galaxy Mini and the Galaxy S2 I fixed last year. My Windows 7 laptop recognizes and installs it as a YE-106S Bluetooth headset, but I haven’t figured out why it doesn’t work…
It’s definitely a great headset for the amazingly low price. You’d think it costs a fortune, but they go for $16.99 on Ebay– no joke.
AWUS036NH is the IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless USB adapter provides users to launch IEEE 802.11b/g/n wireless network at 150 Mbps in the 2.4GHz band, which is also compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g wireless devices at 54 Mbps. You can configure AWUS036NH with ad-hoc mode to connect to other 2.4GHz wireless computers, or with Infrastructure mode to connect to a wireless AP or router for accessing to Internet.
It really is Long Range!
Since my man cave is located quite far from our router I had to constantly struggle with the internet connection timing out and ruining my work because apparently the integrated Ultrabook wireless adapters aren’t all that great. I think the main reason my wifi kept dying are those damn concrete walls… In any case, I decided to go all in and get myself one of those long range antennas to never have to worry about my connection timing out ever again. It cost me $30 to get one.
Wifi connection improved instantly
Just look at all those green bars and let them speak for themselves! The Alfa Network’s AWUS036H vs. Intel Centrino- *headshot*
In case you are having trouble getting Windows 7 to install the device properly all you need to do is go to the Alfa Network’s official support page and download all the necessary drivers there for free and enjoy the long range wifi experience.
Almost every cheap computer mouse uses batteries for power and if you are using one every day then you have probably been in a situation where the batteries suddenly die and you realize you don’t have any new ones to spare. Suppose it’s after hours too and all the local stores are closed.
Nope. The only sensible way to keep your mouse powered up at all times is to get two sets of Ni-MH rechargeable batteries– one set for working, the other for charging (and then switch between those). They have become so cheap nowadays that they will earn your money back in just a few weeks!
One day my sister came to me and said that her phone, the Samsung Galaxy S II, could no longer be charged. Something was apparently wrong with the charger port because when I held the cable at a right angle the phone lit up for a brief moment. Because the warranty was still valid I suggested my father to take the phone to the local shop where the phone was purchased and have them fix it… and this is where things got really stupid!
First he had to pay 20EUR in order to have them look at the phone. I figured out what was wrong with the phone in a few minutes, but it took them 2 days to finally call and say that the motherboard needed to be replaced and that the warranty would not cover it because they had concluded that my sister had broken it and it was no accident.
When my father asked how much will it cost to have the motherboard replaced, the tech guy gave a solid answer- 180 EUR. Obviously he didn’t pay for it because he had already paid them 20 EUR for looking at the phone and now they were asking 180 EUR more- the phone isn’t even worth that much as new!
While my little sis ended up with a cool new phone I decided to not give up and try to fix the Galaxy S II myself. How hard could it be?! So I opened up the phone and looked inside… I saw that the part of the motherboard that had a charger port could actually be easily disconnected from the main board. Upon closer examination I found some product serial numbers on it that I typed into eBay and this is what I found:
I was shocked to see that the total cost for this part was just $2,66 USD. I couldn’t believe it was the only thing broken in the phone, but I placed an order just in case… I just HAD to try myself!
After about a month of waiting (item came directly from China) it finally arrived in the mailbox. I carefully removed the old one from the phone and connected the connector leaving it all open on the table just for the sake of testing it out… I was nervous a little… I carefully connected the charger to the phone… and IT WORKED! The phone started charging immediately.
What the… The professional tech support that we trusted would have taken 180 EUR (total of 200 EUR) for this? Wow… just wow. This is the last time I take anything to these guys. This experience inspired me to write this post and propose an idea what to do the next time a gadget of yours breaks down. Here it is.
PROPER way of dealing with broken gadgets
1. Try to fix it yourself
First of all analyze the situation. Try to understand what’s wrong and then try to fix it yourself with the knowledge you already have.
2. Learn how to fix it yourself
If you don’t know how to fix it at first, try to learn more about the device. How it works, what parts are required etc. It’s a fun way of learning something new!
3. Take it to someone who CAN fix it
If all else fails and you can’t fix it yourself you should probably take it to someone who can fix it. Try to find a tech nerd instead of a corporation though. Apparently they’re after profits and show little interest in actually helping you.
4. Recycle it
Sometimes things just die and there’s nothing you can do about it. If your nerd tech friend couldn’t fix it perhaps it’s time to say goodbye. Make sure to take it to a recycling center so it would be reused to make something nice.
In the monetary system people will rip you off
It sucks, but it’s true. Just like these tech support guys were after a gigantic profit you can easily get ripped off by anyone who values money highly. Remember, money is just paper. It doesn’t mean anything. I didn’t fix the phone with money… I fixed it with a spare part. Sure, it cost me $2,66 because we’re living in a monetary system, but you get the general idea :)
I definitely support The Venus Project and a resource based economy where money is simply obsolete and knowledge and a better understanding of how things work are the truly valuable commodities.
I just love small and compact technology and about a year ago I was in need of a new and fast flash drive for personal use. After a few hours of searching online I found that this fairly new Verbatim 32GB flash drive is exactly that. It’s incredibly small in size! Just look at the picture I took when I compared it to a cigarette:
It might not look like much but this little baby holds 32gb of data, has USB 3.0 support and the average transfer speeds are as follows:
Write speed of about 10,5 MB/s
Read speed of about 21,5 MB/s
This makes it one of the best flash drives available for an affordable price of just around $40 to $45 bucks.
ReadyBoost Compatible Pendrive
Because of it’s high transfer speeds Windows 7 users can make use of it by applying ReadyBoost which will allow you to use a part of the flash drive as RAM assuming of course you have the USB 3.0 port on your computer/laptop (It looks just like a regular USB port but it has a distinct blue color, you can’t miss it).
Best Pendrive for live systems
For the geeks working with live systems and virtual machines, the Verbatim Tuff ‘N’ Tiny flash drive is a great solution. It’s small and fast- your live system is guaranteed to run smoothly on it. Not only that, but it has been built in such a robust way that even if a car were to drive over it, it would still be operational. It’s that awesome!
Storing personal photos, videos and other media
Whether you are a photographer looking for a way of storing your photos in a reliable way or an office worker who needs to keep files from work safely in their pocket, the 32GB Verbatim Tuff ‘N’ Tiny flash drive is more than enough.