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The 501st Legion Is Crowdfunding Imperial Code Cylinder USB Drives, Someone Crowdfund a Rebel Base!

Crowdfunding Imperial Code Cylinders? What's next? Someone's going to Kickstart a Death Star?

When someone tried to fund a Death Star on Kickstarter we may have had some unkind words about it, but this Indiegogo campaign to fund Imperial Code Cylinder USB drives? This we kind of love-- Unless it's the first step in a plan by the 501st Legion to build a Death Star and rule the galaxy.

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Use This Wax-Sealed USB Stick For All Your Sensitive Data

There's something majestic about certain antiquated tech. I don't think anyone is clamoring to bring back 8-track tapes, but record players are still pretty neat. In the same way, no one wants to go back to handwritten letters as the exclusive form of communication, but wax seals are still awesome. Luckily, you can have it both ways. With these Top Secret USB drives you can use digital media because it's handy, but also seal it with wax because it's freaking cool.

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Artsy “Empty Memory” Flash Drives Only Look Empty

These super artsy USB flash drives called "Empty Memory" from designers Yoo-Kyung Shin and Hanhsi Chen are both beautiful pieces of tech art and a celebration of how far we've come with memory technology. Packing a respectable 4gb of space into the tiny region located just behind the plug, the rest of the drive is designed to draw attention to empty space with either transparent material or a sculptural cage. Remember when flash drives actually used to be that big? Crazy. It's a clever idea, though perhaps a bit extreme with a $75 per-drive price tag.

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An Environmentally-Friendly Piranha Plant USB Necklace

i'll just leave this here

Retro video game jewelry is not an entirely new trend, and neither is USB jewelry. BUT -- when those two things are put together you get this: A piranha plant USB necklace that looks like it shoots fireballs. It also comes in earrings. And it's made out of recycled circuit boards. It's old school Nintendo, it's wearable, it's green. This necklace wins. (So Geek Chic via Fashionably Geek)

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NES USB Port with Cartridge Flash Drive is Hilariously Counterintuitive

Instructables user Ed Lewis turned an old Nintendo Entertainment System into an external USB port and an NES game cartridge into an 8 gigabyte flash drive. The unit only features one USB port, to which the modified game cart connects. Anyone who has ever opened up an old NES cartridge knows that the internal makeup is simple, which is why Lewis was able to easily remove the game's board and replace it with a flash drive. He modified the actual console by cutting a hole in the middle of the cartridge connector big enough for the flash drive to fit into, then cut another hole at the back of the console for the USB cable. All in all, Lewis created a hilariously unportable, portable USB hub and flash drive.

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Files At Your Fingertips: USB Ring

Pretty Pretty Princess

Here's why this is so cute: because it's akin to tying a string around your finger to remember something. Except in this case, 2GB worth of somethings. The Memoring is actually a USB drive that can be worn as a ring. And I'd make a joke about that coming in "handy," but that would be incredibly cheap and predictable. (Gung via GeekSugar)

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Brazilian Evangelical Group Bans USB as a “Symbol of Satan”

Reports are circulating from Brazil that an evangelical cult known as "Paz do Senhor Amado" has banned USB devices from the homes of its followers on the grounds that the USB symbol looks like Satan's trident. The Guardian translates from the Portuguese:
The evangelical cult "Paz do Senhor Amado" ("Peace of the beloved Lord") in the interior of Brazil forbids its followers to use any USB technology by contending that it uses a symbol that shows sympathy for the devil. According to its founder, the "Apostle" Welder Saldanha says that this is just another symbol of Satan, which is always present in all Christian homes. "The symbol of that name (a name which he doesn't even like to pronounce) is a trident, which is used to torture souls that go to hell. Use only a symbol of those shows that all users of that vile technology are actually worshipers of Satan" - explains the" Apostle". Measures were taken so that all the USB connections of his followers were exchanged for common connections and even the Bluetooth (sic), which according to Saldanha Welder is permitted, for "Blue was the color of the eyes of our savior Jesus Christ".
Good thing Welder Saldanha hasn't heard about SATA. (Guardian via BuzzFeed)

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Dead Drops: USB Drives in Cement for an Anonymous, Offline P2P Network

Dead Drops is the name of an ongoing project by artist and real-life cyberpunk Aram Bartholl, the aim of which is to create "an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space" using public USB flash drives embedded into public walls. Anyone can plug in and upload or download files. So far, there are already five locations set up in New York City.

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The 80-Port USB Charger Board

A Japanese company called Thanko sells a USB charger board with 80 ports. Charge your phone, your camera, your Kindle, your friends' phones, cameras, and Kindles, plug in USB toasters and flashlights and other such sillinesses, and still have about 60 open USB ports left! From the website: (w/ Google Translate)

It sure surprised everyone! This port is also a whopping 80 USB ports are built'm Chajabodo. Mobile phones, digital cameras, audio players and so on. If you have a lot of digital devices that may be good news! 80 Being able to charge your digital devices, like a dream, does not? USB something that when viewed from the side port in a row, 80 terminals, with Quite powerful I feel like I kind of army soldiers.

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Circuitboard Business Card: The Most Awesome Business Card You Could Ever Own

In these troubled times when raising the bar is a necessity to getting that most coveted of jobs, you need something that sets you apart. Something that cries out "Original," while asking your potential employer "Just what great things can I expect from this new hire?" Maybe even get them wondering if you're over-qualified... Well, ok, you may not want that last part. No, my friend. What you want is the business card of the future. Something special that'll make a splash as soon as you sit down for that interview.

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Make Your Walls USB Compatible

Yes, those are USB ports in that picture. No, it's not Photoshop. This exists. Or it will. Once approved for product safety. According to retailer FastMac, you could even install one yourself. Maybe.

"We will have an installation video available shortly so that you can see exactly what is involved and if this is something you feel comfortable doing on your own or if you will need assistance."
So, how much do you like risking electrocution? And who wants to put one in my wall?

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