Posts Tagged ‘USB key’

Sub-€500 PC Competition Build

January 20, 2010

In December, we ran a competition on Boards.ie to see who could build us the most impressive PC without going over a budget of €500. When I asked if we could do an example post, Ryan had boasted before his first attempt that he could “easily” fit in a copy of Windows, but after several builds not quite affording a hard drive, he gave up on it.

Still, that wasn’t enough to deter Boards.ie member, and eventual competition winner, Orcrist666. As we’ve said above, the whole point of the competition was to build a PC for under €500, but this one goes a bit above and beyond…

We’ll take it from the top…

Power Supply:

Since this is a build that’s being put together on an absolutely minimal budget, it’s not going to be using a phenomenal amount of power.

Click through to see our page for the AXP power supply 🙂

Not using too much power means not having to spend a tremendous amount on a high wattage power supply. Orcrist666’s build uses a fairly simple 500W AXP power supply, which has been well reviewed by just about everyone who has bought it. It’s a little noisy at times, but overall it’s a solid piece of kit.

Considering the fact that the AXP Power Supply ATX weighs in at just €34.86, it’s not a bad old deal at all. A solid base for a budget machine.

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Hackers Release Anti-Forensics Tool

December 15, 2009

Microsoft’s Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor package, commonly known simply as COFEE and mounted on a USB key, has been countered by a tool released under the name of “Decaf.”

COFEE caused a stir when it was released to the web-based piracy world at large, with many sites hosting all kinds of dubious content eventually deciding that they’d be a lot happier if the software wasn’t there. Still, COFEE has been passed around a fair bit by now, so it’s not too surprising to see the Register reporting that COFEE has been cracked, with the release of Decaf effectively negating the tool.

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Product Spotlight – USB Flash Drives

September 15, 2009

Hey there all, continuing the theme this week we’re running product spotlights on some of the most impressive products in our Crazy Week sale (which you guys should definitely check out, there are a lot of things marked down by more than twenty percent).

Anyway, we’re offering some excellent deals on USB sticks that are well worth checking out. The products spotlit for today are two very different memory sticks, but between them they should keep you covered for pretty much every eventuality.

Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slim 8GB:

The first is Kingston’s DataTraveler Mini Slim at €15.01. First off, it’s excellent to be able to recommend a USB stick at just a shade over €15 that’s fully 8GB, but at the same time, it’s one of that charming style of USB devices that manages to be so very small as to not have the usual USB arrangement.

Click through to see the product page for the Kingston DataTraveler 8GB :)

Click through to see the product page for the Kingston DataTraveler 8GB 🙂

As you can tell from the above image, it’s of that strange variety of USB devices that slots directly into the USB port itself. If nothing else it’s one of the most elegant USB sticks we sell, and being able to offer 23% off it is always an excellent deal. That said, it is a poor choice for people who tend to get things lost though it does boast a slot for it to be attached to a keyring, which should prevent most of us from losing it.

Still, if you’re the kind of person who runs through multiple USB sticks in a month or two then you might prefer the device below.

Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB:

By contrast to the DataTraveler, Corsair’s Flash Voyager is a ore rugged and heavy duty affair. It’s also more deserving of the title “thumbg-drive” than just about anything else on offer, being as it is almost exactly the same size as a big thumb. Moreover, it’s also 8GB for €15.01 this week.

Click through to see our Product Page for the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

Click through to see our Product Page for the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

It’s nice to be able to say that, all things being equal (in terms of cost and capacity) the only reasons to choose between the two devices are down to personal preference. The Corsair certainly has durability on its side though and has one a slew of awards, which you can see on its product page.

Corsair’s Flash Voyager is down 17% this week, while Kingston’s Data Traveler Mini Slim is down 23%. Remember that delivery to our pickup point is free too, so if you’re within driving distance then the €15.01 is all you’ll have to pay for either stick 🙂