Making a bootable USB drive of OS X Mountain Lion
July 25, 2012
As of this morning, OSX 10.8 “Mountain Lion” is out. It’s a whopping $19.99 on the App Store and a couple hour download (depending on your internet connection). If you’ve got multiple machines to install, or just like to be prepared, you can make a bootable USB thumb drive of Mountain Lion. It’s really easy, in fact it is the exact same process as making USB drives for 10.7.
Arduino & USB = Dangerous
October 25, 2010
One of the many little tidbits of advice I found when reading up on Arduino was to protect your computer’s USB port. By that I mean buy a powered USB hub to plug the Arduino into. That way if you do something epicly stupid, you’d burn out a USB hub, instead of your computer’s USB ports. I thought that while this was a fair idea, I need not bother. After all, I’m a smart guy and I’m not going to be working with any serious amounts of power. Turns out… that suggestion was a much better idea than it seemed.
SanDisk U3 LaunchPad removal
August 3, 2010
I’ve covered this topic before, but things change in a couple years, so I thought it was time to do so again. SanDisks’ “U3 LaunchPad” is stupid and evil. It isn’t just some auto-launching application, it basically takes over your entire flash drive so you can’t actually use it how you’d like to. Don’t get me wrong, I love SanDisk Cruzer Titaniums, they are super fast and now quite cheap, but that software blows.
Ubuntu (or any Linux) Install from USB
July 23, 2010
On Monday I covered how to install Windows 7 via USB drive, but leaving it on it’s own would be unfair to our Open Source brethren. Fortunately, if you want to make a bootable USB drive (under Windows or Linux) with a copy of Linux, it just just as easy. All you need is UNetbootin and optionally an ISO of your favorite Linux distribution.
Windows 7 USB install
July 19, 2010
Even since Vista, Microsoft has made it possible to install Windows via USB drive. This is extremely useful for those of us that have MSDN and download ISOs direct. It is also very helpful for those trying to install on a netbook or other optical-less machine. The main problem is that it has been a pain in the ass to setup and prep the USB drives. Guess what? Not any more.
“USB Drive not formatted” on one computer, but fine in another
June 16, 2010
I was working on a friend’s computer this last weekend and I ran into a problem where her Kingston DataTraveler 16 GB suddenly stopped working on her Windows 7 Home Premium PC. My netbook, Eek, is currently running Windows 7 Ultimate and recognized it just fine. This was only the start of the USB problems.
Ahhh U3, I can't possibly uninstall you fast enough
February 1, 2008
So I took advantage of a sale I saw on Buy.com for some new SanDisk Cruzer Titanium 4.0GB drives. I’ve already got a 1GB, and a 2GB drive, and I really like them. I figured since the deal was so good, I’d order two. For those thats don’t know, there is a lot more to a USB thumb drive than just the size. The other key piece of information is the read and write speeds.