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Thumbdrive freed from it’s shell

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I know from my traffic stats that a lot of people end up here searching for things to put on a usb stick drive. I thought some of the traffic here might appreciate this:

My wife went to a trade show last spring and was given a free 1 GB thumbdrive with marketing materials on it from one of the vendors. First of all, I was a little suprised that 1 gig flash drives had reached the point where they can be given away as swag. I got a 128 mb drive going into a concert the summer before, but 1 Gig is actually a useful size.

Before

Except she didn’t have a use for it so she gave it to me. It had this pop top case that looked kinda cool initially but quickly turned out to be a nuisance. The case made it take up too much space in my pocket and the latch on the lid never stayed shut.

I decided to try to tear it down just to the plug and circuit board to see if I could use it to make my own case.

The outer plastic proved to be pretty tough. I could feel that the electronics rattled around a little bit inside it, but I could not get leverage to cut through the plastic.

I decided to hit it with a really big hammer.

When I did, look what popped out:
After

There was a whole USB stick inside the annoying case. It even has an activity LED on it that would be covered up by the pop top case.

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January 25th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

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Congratulations

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Congratulations to the United States.

Obama giving his inaugural address

Obama giving his inaugural address


On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Today we are reminded again what it’s all about.

That our system of government can do the right thing. That an election (or two) can turn the course of the country.

That hope is a traditional American value.

My parents were activists in the 60′s and 70′s. I wish that my mother could have lived to see it, she would have loved what Barack Obama stands for. My father, I believe, held on when his health was failing just to see what the outcome of the election would be. Then, when he knew our country was safe again, that we were on the right track, let himself fade and passed away the same month as Obama’s election just a few weeks later.

Congratulations to the United States.

Today we proved that we can still be great.

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January 20th, 2009 at 9:36 pm