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Hide a Flash Drive Inside an Old USB Cable for Super Secret Storage
If you have some files you want to keep hidden away from prying eyes, Redditor phi303 shows us how to turn an old USB cable into a hidden USB drive for all your secret files and programs. More »
DIY  files  Flash_Drives  Secret  Hidden  USB_Drives  Hard_Drives  Storage  from google
december 2012 by knilob
The Mojo Treble Keychain Combines Tons of Tech Tools into One Tiny Package [Stuff We Like]
We've shared numerous cables and tools you should have in your go bag, but the last thing you want is to root through piles of stuff just to find one charger. The Mojo Treble Keychain combines an iPhone charger, Android charger, SD card reader/thumb drive, and SIM-ejecting pin into one, tiny tool. More »
Stuff_we_like  Android  Card_Readers  Chargers  Flash_Drives  Go_Bag  ios  ipad  iPhone  ipod_touch  Mobile  SD_Cards  Smartphones  Thumb_Drives  Tools  from google
july 2012 by rcr1956
The Mojo Treble Keychain Combines Tons of Tech Tools into One Tiny Package [Stuff We Like]
We've shared numerous cables and tools you should have in your go bag, but the last thing you want is to root through piles of stuff just to find one charger. The Mojo Treble Keychain combines an iPhone charger, Android charger, SD card reader/thumb drive, and SIM-ejecting pin into one, tiny tool. More »
Stuff_we_like  Android  Card_Readers  Chargers  Flash_Drives  Go_Bag  ios  ipad  iPhone  ipod_touch  Mobile  SD_Cards  Smartphones  Thumb_Drives  Tools 
july 2012 by rr1956
Turn Your Underused (or Unused) Thumb Drives into Awesome, Indispensable Tools This Weekend [Weekendhacker]
Although cloud services have made thumb drives a bit less useful for a lot of us, they're still a staple of every geek's toolkit because there are so many things you can do with them. If you've got one or four thumb drives sitting around and want to make sure they're put to good use, here are plenty of awesome things you can do with them. More »
Weekendhacker  Clever_Uses  Downloads  files  Flash_Drives  Linux  Mac  Mac_OS_X  Music  Os_X  Portable_Apps  Recovery  repurpose  repurposed  Storage  Thumb_Drives  Top  Windows  from google
may 2012 by StephaneDenis
Do I Really Need to Eject USB Drives Before Removing Them? [Ask Lifehacker]
Dear Lifehacker,Some of my computers (like my Mac) are always warning me about disconnecting flash drives without ejecting, while Windows doesn't seem to have a problem—in fact, my external USB drive doesn't even have an eject option. Does this mean it's safe? How do I know when I actually need to eject a drive? More »
Ask_Lifehacker  data_corruption  Explainer  Flash_Drives  Hard_Drives  Linux  Mac_OS_X  Top  Windows  lifehacks  from google
november 2011 by rwhe
Top 10 Clever Uses for Spare Thumb Drives [Lifehacker Top 10]
Chances are you've accumulated a few spare thumb drives over the years, choosing new ones thanks to better form factors and increased capacities. But what do you do with the old ones that are just lying around? Here are our top 10 clever, fun, and practical uses for your spare thumb drives. More »
Lifehacker_Top_10  Clever_Uses  Feature  Flash_Drives  Gadgets  New_uses  repurpose  Thumb_Drives  Top  from google
march 2011 by hanicker
How Do I Put Together a Tech Survival Kit? [Ask Lifehacker]
Dear Lifehacker,I need to put together a tech survival kit with different cables, adapters, and tools. What should it include, and how can I organize it? More »
Ask_Lifehacker  always_be_prepared  Backup  Cables  Chargers  Flash_Drives  Organization  Survival_Kit  Thumb_Drives  Top  from google
december 2010 by sbmandal
How Do I Put Together a Tech Survival Kit? [Ask Lifehacker]
Dear Lifehacker,
I need to put together a tech survival kit with different cables, adapters, and tools. What should it include, and how can I organize it?

Sincerely,
Cableless
Dear Cableless,

We've actually looked at the problem of creating a tech essentials backup kit briefly, but never tackled the subject head-on. What goes into your survival kit is going to depend a lot on your needs, but we've got a few suggestions on how to figure it out and a great way to organize it.

What to Put in the Kit
Ultimately you're going to have to figure out what you need, specifically, but there are a few must-have items that belong in the kit.

The Thumb Drive
It probably takes little to convince a Lifehacker reader that they ought to keep a thumb drive with them, but even if you're not a big fan of the stick-shaped disks it's important to have one with you—plus it's tiny, so why not? While sharing files online and over the network is great and really simple, sometimes those things fail you. Having a thumb drive with you at all times means you have a way to easily copy files between machines regardless of the circumstances (unless there's no USB, in which case you're in a very rare and special situation). Just make sure your thumb drive is formatted so it can be read on Windows, OS X, and Linux so you don't have any cross-platform issues. Generally FAT32 will do the trick, so long as you don't need to move any files over 4GB.

Multiple USB Chargers
Nowadays you're likely a user of many USB devices, so you best be ready to charge them all. While one of our favorite USB chargers is the Belkin Mini Surge Protector—as it offers two USB ports and three plugs in a compact form factor—it's still a little bit bulky. Have a couple of USB-based chargers is useful and takes up far less space if you get the right ones. My personal favorite is Amazon's Kindle Charger, which also comes with a micro-USB cable. It's tiny and works with just about any USB device/cable I've tried. The same goes for Apple's USB charger—which is surprisingly cheaper (but don't come with a cable). Whichever route you take, you'll want to have a few USB cables. If you've got an iDevice, you'll want to make sure you have an iPod sync cable, but everyone should have both mini- and micro-USB cables. Short cables are particularly helpful, but if you need a longer cable you might want to try retractable cables instead.

Video Cables and Adapters
If you hook up your laptop to a monitor and need to go from, say, Mini DisplayPort to DVI, you'll probably want to carry that adapter around. Or perhaps you need a VGA to DVI adapter. Whatever the case may be, most of these are pretty small and easy to come by. Figure out what you need and include it in your kit. This can be a lifesaver when you need to suddenly hook up your laptop to a projector. This situation may not come about too often, but when it does you'll be very glad you were prepared.

Other Cables and Tools You Might Need
You'll have to figure out what cables you're definitely going to need for your particular situation, but here are some suggestions to get you started:

Actual video cables, like HDMI, composite, component, etc.
A headphone splitter, for when you want to listen to a music or movie along with someone else
A stylus for your touchscreen smartphone
A backup pair of headphones or a headset for your phone
A 1/8" stereo audio cable, for plugging your music player or phone into a set of speakers
A portable audio recorder, like the Zoom H1 (I use this all the time and it's awesome)

How to Keep the Kit Organized and Ultra-Portable
Organization is super simple because the best tool for the job is Cocoon's GRID-IT. We took a look at these awhile back, but they're still the best option for organizing a bunch of random stuff in your bag. I use a couple of them for cables, and they're very easy to remove. You can buy them with neoprene sleeves if you need a little extra protection. You can find all shapes and sizes on Amazon, pick them up locally at The Container Store, or get them directly from Cocoon if you want to order them outside of the US (or inside, too).

Hope this helps you get your tech survival kit together!

Love,
Lifehacker

For those of you who already have some awesome tech survival kits, let's hear about 'em in the comments. Post pictures, too!

You can contact Adam Dachis, the author of this post, at adachis@lifehacker.com. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
Ask_Lifehacker  always_be_prepared  Backup  Cables  Chargers  Flash_Drives  Organization  Survival_Kit  Thumb_Drives  Top  from google
december 2010 by lancejanders
How Do I Put Together a Tech Survival Kit? [Ask Lifehacker]
Dear Lifehacker,I need to put together a tech survival kit with different cables, adapters, and tools. What should it include, and how can I organize it? More »
Ask_Lifehacker  always_be_prepared  Backup  Cables  Chargers  Flash_Drives  Organization  Survival_Kit  Thumb_Drives  Top  from google
december 2010 by aaronmfraser
Expensive, Yet Fast Describes Iomega's USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drives [Ssd]
USB 3.0 is fast. Faster than standard 7200 RPM disks can handle. So how do you make external storage faster to better fill up the transfer pipe? By putting an SSD inside. More »
Ssd  Flash_Drives  Iomega_ssd  Ssd_external  USB  usb_3.0  Usb3  from google
october 2010 by teymur
Use Your Smartphone as an Always-With-You Portable Apps Suite [Smartphones]
While flash drives are cheap and useful, they offer some disadvantages: they're small, easy to lose, and so often get overwritten with other data. For a more permanent portable apps solution, reader hradac recommends using your smartphone's SD card. More »
Smartphones  Flash_Drives  Portable  Portable_Applications  PortableApps  USB  USB_Drives  from google
september 2010 by knilob
These USB flash drive cufflinks are a must have accessory
Picture this: You walk into a job interview well dressed sporting these cuff links. The interviewer will likely ask for your resume first thing. So *BAM* you whip your wrist around front and just like James Bond, pull apart your cuff links revealing the hidden flash drive loaded with your resume and funny pictures of cute kitties. It’s a sure fire way to land any job — or lady.

These things are real and are available in either 2GB or 4GB versions. They’re a bit pricey, though, with the 4GB version retailing for $195. Looking good doesn’t come cheap.

[via pocket-link]
Headline  cuff_links  flash_drive  flash_drives  Storage  wtf  from google
june 2010 by aceofaces

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