Using your old floppy disks for coasters these days? Poland’s Baba Akcja has designed CDRs in the shape of the 3.5-inch relics. Each one has enough storage space to hold 200 MB of data and comes with white and blue, red, green, and yellow labels to write the contents. You can get one for $10.00 or four of them for $28.00 at designboom. Just don’t make a mistake and attempt to set your coffee on it or try to place its square shape in a round slot.
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Remember mixtapes? Not playlists burned to a CD, but real mixtapes on cassette, passed around among friends or maybe given to your crush. All the thought that went into choosing the songs, the agonizing over what to put on the cover, the finger crossing that the last track wouldn’t get cut off due to the tape ending… Mixtapes were awesome. Well, we’re not here to start a revolution (not a cassette revolution, at least), so here’s the next best thing.
The Mixtape USB Memory Stick has a capacity of 64 mb, which translates to about 12 tracks or 1 hour of music - just enough to get your point across musically. The stick comes packaged in a gift box designed to look like an honest-to-goodness mixtape. There’s even dedicated space to write out the track listing by hand, and spots to fill in To: and From:, so your BFF or crush never forgets who used those Phil Collins tracks to express their true feelings. Design house SUCK UK is responsible for this bit of retro brilliance.
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Now that all the holiday movies are coming out, this might be a good time to expand your TiVo or Series 3 DVR. Western Digital, the creators of My Book Hard Drive, has released My DVR Expander. It attaches to the eSATA port and gets automatically recognized. It will hold an additional 500GB for up to 300 hours of standard video or 60 hours of HD video. Western promises quiet operation with passive cooling and a minimal LED for less of a distraction. It’s available now for $199.99.
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Finally, someone has devised a flash drive that won’t loose its top. The PD USB 2.0 Flash Drive has a cover that swivels 180º and a hole to attach to your key chain. Enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost, the PD is the minute size of 34 x 18.3 x 3.2 mm and a weight of only 3g. At a starting price of $37.00 and available in black or white, we are grateful that there will be one less thing to misplace and hope that other companies will follow suit.
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Elecom’s MF-NU2 series of USB Storage Sticks features built-in PASS (Password Authentication Security System,) which eliminates the need for identifying yourself on up to 3 computers. Available in 4 colors and holding up to 16GB data, it also hampers use by others who decide to see what’s in your
pocket. On sale later this month, it is compatible with Windows Vista/XP/2000 and Mac OS X:10.3 or later.
We love this idea for a 1GB USB flash drive for holiday gift-giving. The drive housing is designed to look like a cassette tape and you can create the Mixa’s look with your own style. Choose from ready-made images on their site or come up with one of your own. Available in black or white, the device comes with an extension cable at a MSRP of $41.00. Just make sure whoever you give it to doesn’t put it into their old cassette player and push rewind.
Universal Music will begin releasing singles on USB memory sticks October 29 to compensate for the decreasing sales of CDs. The first releases will be those by the rock band Keane and Pussycat Doll Nicole at a price of ~$10.00. The company is counting on the slightly more expensive price as being agreeable to consumers because of the additional storage space. EMI plans to release Pink Floyd’s studio album on the same format, while Warner is planning a November release of the electro-punk band Hadouken.
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We’re not sure if this item is the ultimate in geekiness…or usefulness. It’s the USB Badge Drive: a job ID holder/necklace on one side, but turn it over and BAM! there’s a drive for various sized memory cards. Just attach the included USB port, plug it into your computer and transfer important files from your PC to the drive and vice versa. Supports SDHC, MMC, Mini SD, RS MMC and MicroSD/T-Flash cards (an adapter is required for the latter). Super cool? Or Super Geeky? You make the call. Available for $14 USD.
The Memlite does exactly what it says. It combines a USB flash drive with a lighter. The drive, which is detachable, comes in capacities of 512MB to 4GB and the lighter is refillable with butane. Available in orange, red, green, blue, grey, or black, with the option of an engraved logo, it carries a starting MSRP of €1790 (~$25.00.) Just remember not to set your PC on fire or ask it to memorize the tar and nicotine warnings on the back of your Marlboros.
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Working in cooperation with Microsoft and Bungie Studios, it appears that mimoco has decided to
celebrate the release of Halo 3 with three new USB Flash Drives. Choose between the Masterchief, and Blue and Red Spartans. Preorder now as the mimobots are in Limited Edition. The 1GB costs $49.95, the 2GB goes for $69.95, and the 4GB will set you back $109.95. All three will be available for shipping October 18 or until the remaining stock returns to the mothership.
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