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This is the Truly Universal Storage Adapter


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Your media reader may be able to handle many things, but can it handle an IDE drive – externally? Can it handle a SATA drive? A truly universal storage adapter is what you need, such as the NexStar Universal Storage Adapter.

This adapter provides the flexibility of connecting almost any type of storage device to your computer. Whether it is a hard drive, optical drive, SSD, IDE/SATA or a memory card, this adapter does it all. Easily backup, transfer, copy files from your new or old storage devices conveniently through a fully hot-swappable USB interface.

This definitely seems to be the adapter to beat. It is a 66-in-one reader, which is just insane to think about! It connects via simple USB device, making it even easier. Of course, if you need to connect a hard drive to it, there are proper power cords included to make that happen.

Long story short, if you’re looking for a new media-reader and/or to be able to connect a hard drive with ease… look no further than the Vantec NexStar Universal Storage Adapter!

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How to Use FireWire 400 Devices in 800 Ports


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I don’t know if you remember the battle between USB and FireWire, but USB won of course. I still have a few devices that use FireWire, including the camera I use to record my videos. FireWire has less overhead than you do with a USB connection.

You probably still have devices that connect via FireWire 400 ports, I’m sure. I know I do. But now I need to connect this camera to a FireWire 800 port. Instead of buying all new cable, I’m just going to use a Sonnet FireWire 400-to-800 Adapter.

Just use your existing FireWire 400 cables with this simple adapter from Sonnet to connect devices to a FireWire 800 port. Just plug it in between a FireWire 800 port and a standard FireWire 400 cable’s 6-pin male connector. It can’t get any simpler.

Make sure you keep the Sonnet Adapters in mind, instead of going out and buying all new cable!

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How Do You Power Electronics in Your Car?


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I dare you to go up to your significant other, and ask them if you can have a three-way. If they remain your significant other after that, you can let them know I’m talking about a gadget. It’s a three-way 12 volt adapter for you to use in your car.

This smart and compact mobile power converter converts 12-Volt DC to 110-Volt AC so you can use your electronics in the car. Can be used to power TVs, VCRs, DVD Players, Digital Cameras with Battery Charger and Electric Shavers with Battery Pack. The Smart AC Power Inverter has a Modified Sine Wave waveform, Overload Protection, Input Short-circuit Protection.

I’m lucky, because I have two places in my car I can plug things like this into. However, when I bought the Scrolling Digital Message System recently for my car, I knew I’d need extra plugins. This little inverter is perfect for my needs. I can plug in any three things that I may need to charge, and get ‘er done while on the road.

What other geeky driving gadgets do you have or want that I can check out? I’m always looking for cool new toys!

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SATA or IDE USB 2.0 Cable Converter with Power Supply


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As time goes on, hardware does evolve. It’s likely if you buy a computer these days, you may not be able to connect some of your older devices. I was recently in that position, and found myself looking for an uber adapter. I came across an unbranded SATA or IDE USB 2.0 Cable Converter Adapter on Amazon. I was worried at first, I admit it. I’ve long had a habit of not really trusting something that’s unbranded. But, I decided to give it a shot.

The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 to Serial ATA (SATA) or IDE 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive adapter creates a bridge between one USB 1.1/2.0 port and one SATA-based mass storage device port. This adapter turns any SATA or IDE hard drive into a convenient external drive.

Now you can easily transfer files from computer or notebook, back up files, or store large file archives on hard drives. The high-speed USB 2.0 interface has a plug-and-play design for easy installation. Plus, the power adapter uses 2A AC power supply to ensure enough power for the most power-consuming drives. This adapter is compatible with any SATA or IDE drives of any brand or any size. It requires a PC running Windows 98SE, Windows 2000, Windows ME, or Windows XP; or a Mac running OSX. (A driver is necessary for Windows 98SE only.)

The kit comes with the AC adapter cable, and the power adapter. There’s a univeral USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA adapter. It even comes with a little micro SATA, which is nice. You have the driver’s and utilities disc, of course. For only $20.00, it was worth a shot for me to try it out. The big reason I bought this, is because I had a smaller hard drive that I had pulled out of an mp3 player. I needed to get the mp3s off of it, but didn’t have any way to do so. Certainly, there may come a point when I need something like this again.

If you know of other good kits that may help you with legacy devices in this day and age, please pass them on. I’m sure as technology evolves faster in the months and years to come, we will find ourselves needing more things like this.

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As time goes on, hardware does evolve. It’s likely if you buy a computer these days, you may not be able to connect some of your older devices. I was recently in that position, and found myself looking for an uber adapter. I came across an unbranded SATA or IDE USB 2.0 Cable Converter Adapter on Amazon. I was worried at first, I admit it. I’ve long had a habit of not really trusting something that’s unbranded. But, I decided to give it a shot.

The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 to Serial ATA (SATA) or IDE 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive adapter creates a bridge between one USB 1.1/2.0 port and one SATA-based mass storage device port. This adapter turns any SATA or IDE hard drive into a convenient external drive.

Now you can easily transfer files from computer or notebook, back up files, or store large file archives on hard drives. The high-speed USB 2.0 interface has a plug-and-play design for easy installation. Plus, the power adapter uses 2A AC power supply to ensure enough power for the most power-consuming drives. This adapter is compatible with any SATA or IDE drives of any brand or any size. It requires a PC running Windows 98SE, Windows 2000, Windows ME, or Windows XP; or a Mac running OSX. (A driver is necessary for Windows 98SE only.)

The kit comes with the AC adapter cable, and the power adapter. There’s a universal USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA adapter. It even comes with a little micro SATA, which is nice. You have the driver’s and utilities disc, of course. For only $20.00, it was worth a shot for me to try it out. The big reason I bought this, is because I had a smaller hard drive that I had pulled out of an mp3 player. I needed to get the mp3s off of it, but didn’t have any way to do so. Certainly, there may come a point when I need something like this again.

If you know of other good kits that may help you with legacy devices in this day and age, please pass them on. I’m sure as technology evolves faster in the months and years to come, we will find ourselves needing more things like this.

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What's in a USB Adapter Travel Kit?


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Just about the only bus I’ve ever enjoyed riding happens to be the Universal Serial Bus. You know me, I love everything USB. When I was out shopping today, I just happened to find a very cool USB adapter travel kit. This thing was only $20, and came with 9 different adapters for USB devices. The travel kit from Emerge Technologies is a definite must for any Geek who has to travel. The kit includes:

  • 2 USB 2.0 cables
  • Network cable with RJ-45 connectors
  • Phone cable with RJ-11 connectors
  • 9 interchangeable adapters allow for easy configuration of multiple cable types
  • Configure as USB-A, USB-B, Male/Female, Mini A 4-pin, Mini A 5-pin & Mini B

For only $20, this was a definite steal. I’m sorry Ponzi doesn’t have one of these with her while she’s traveling this week in the Caribbean. Isn’t that lovely? She’s on vacation for ten days… and I’m here at home, playing with my USB devices and adapters.

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USB Adapter for PCMCIA 3G Modems on Windows

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You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole, unless the square peg has a USB port. USB adapters are great, because they allow you to have backwards compatibility with legacy devices. Just about every computer has USB.
My friends at SewellDirect.com sent me this USB to Cardbus Adapter for 3G high-speed modems.

Never be out of touch with your e-mail, VPN, chat, or other internet service again with this USB to Cardbus adapter for wireless 3G data cards. Newer notebook computers have phased out the PCMCIA (cardbus) slot in favor of the newer ExpressCard slot, leaving PCMCIA data card owners high and dry. Regain your access with this adapter that plugs into any available USB port!

This card works with a large number of cutting-edge wireless 3G cards. Please see below to see if your card is supported. Great for connecting laptops, desktops, or specialist systems (like point-of-sale systems), this U142 adapter will keep you connected when you need to be connected.

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