June 24, 2019
The answer to this question is, well, most people probably don’t. But bootable USB sticks do come in handy in a couple of scenarios: Reinstalling the core operating system – Windows, Mac OS or Linux. Booting the system to a different OS for demonstration/experimentation/learning/dual platform purposes. Using your OS on a borrowed computer. Let’s start with what kind of USB you want to make any of the above work. First, we’d recommend USB 3.0 (most commonly found version of the 3.0 protocol). They are 10x’s faster than USB 2.0 and those seconds often matter – even just to reduce the frustration you...
June 21, 2019
There is a fair amount of confusion about the different types of USB ports and speeds. We’ve written a basic explainer on what the differences are between USB-A, USB-B (micro and mini) and USB-C. Click here to read more. Where it gets confusing is the different generations of USB specifications. While the A, B, and C designations are a connector type, 2.0, 3.0 (3.x Gen x, too) and now USB4 are generations of USB specs. Those generations establish specifications for connection, communication and power supply between computers and devices. In basic terms: USB 2.0 has a data transfer rate of 280 Mbit/second. USB...
June 20, 2019
So remember when Apple dropped the 30-pin cable and made everyone using iOS get Lightning chargers for their next iPhone? All those car chargers you paid dearly for, the backup charger at the office, the dock station next to your bed to charge and listen to iTunes – all worthless. For that matter, remember way back when, when you got a new mobile phone (or a free phone every two years)? The charger for your old phone didn’t work with the new one. There was no standardization at all, and every company had proprietary connectors that wouldn’t work on any other...
June 20, 2019
One technology solution question we hear is transferring ISO media – data like an operating system, burned onto an optical disc (CD/DVD) – to a USB drive. There are a few reasons you’d want to do that, the first being that many laptop computers, in a effort to make them smaller and lighter, no longer come with optical (CD/DVD) drives. Also, just like the floppy disc disappeared because of its limited storage, the same is happening with CDs. While they were a huge upgrade from floppy discs, a flash drive with just 1 GB of storage can hold more data than...
June 19, 2019
A webkey is a pretty cool use of technology. One webkey merchant claims “well constructed and highly targeted” webkey campaigns have achieved 85 percent ROI, and that the average response rate for a webkey mailing averages from 10 to 30 percent. What is a webkey? It looks like a USB drive. They used the USB-A type port style and can be inserted into any other USB-A port connected to the internet. Once inserted into a web-ready computer, the webkey takes take the user directly to the sender’s web address of choice – a new website, a YouTube video, social media link...
January 10, 2019
USB types, connections and do I need an adapter for this stuff? USB-C type. USB 3.0. USB 2.0. USB Type-A connector. B-connector. Mini B connector. Micro B??. Huh? Let’s go through what each of these are and do to get an idea of what you have and how you use it. USB Type A connector The Type-A connector is probably the USB port you are most familiar with. They are the slots you plug into for your wireless mouse and just about anything these days with an internal rechargeable battery. They are also the mount for the USB flash drives you’ve gotten as promotional swag. You...