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Archive for November, 2007

Compact Flash to SATA Hard Drive Adapter

Here is an out-of-the-box solution for turning those high capacity Compact Flash memory cards into SATA hard drives. The CF to SATA hard drive adapter is ideal for using CF as a bootable device containing OS or application data. The adapter is compatible with Compact Flash type I and II and will provide a full functioning SATA interface.
cf to sata adapter
The adapter card is also fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Linux – in case the application is something other than embedded. The CF to SATA adapter is $25 without power supply and $35 with power supply so a reasonable price for what you get. Continue Reading

Lexar U-Da-Man (UDMA) Card Reader

Okay, so UDMA is not U-Da-MAn but the new Lexar card reader is cool enough looking to make them “the man.” The new UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) is a pop-top design which upon clicking the top cover (say on the Lexar logo) the card reader slots pop up for flash memory access.
lexar udma card reader
The Lexar card reader connects to your PC via mini-to-full-size USB cable. The device readers either CompactFlash compatible or SDHC compatible SD cards. So just to bring everyone up-to-speed: What is UDMA technology?: Continue Reading

Review: Eye-Fi Wireless Flash Memory Card

GetFlashMemory posted an article the other day about the world’s first wireless memory card. I was very excited to hear about this technology and recently found a review of the Eye-Fi product.
eye-fi review
This is what folks had to say: Crunch Gear said:
All-in-all, this is a solid device. It is comparable to any 2GB SD card on the market but it gives you the ability to upload your pictures in a much cooler fashion. And if you can’t wait, if you plug a loaded card into the USB reader, it will automatically upload your pictures to your photo service via USB. Yay, all-around convenience – Blake Robinson
Engadget said:
So basically Eye-Fi takes a step forward by cutting out the middleman (in this case, a USB cable to your camera, or a media reader for your vanilla SD card), but two steps back in making the assumption that you want all of the tens (or hundreds) of megs of photos on the card uploaded in full res using your camera’s batteries, and yet don’t need said photos in your photo app, not just some folder – Ryan Block
SlashGear said:
wireless networks are set up using the Eye-Fi website, not through any sort of interface on your camera itself, and you’re limited to secured WiFi hook-ups rather than being able to take advantage of any open cloud you might pass through. Even with 802.11g, transfers of large resolution images could – and do – take a long time, and given that there’s no ability to select which to keep and which to throw (unless you delete them prior to connecting) it could be a frustrating experience – Chris Davies
Putting it all together I am glad to see this technology come to market and appears to be an appreciated process for downloading those oh-so-valuable photos. Source: SlashGear Continue Reading

World’s First Wireless Memory Card

Eye-Fi is the world’s first wireless memory card. This means the flash memory not only stores data but has the ability to transmit the data via WiFi to another host system.
eye-fi wireless memory card
“Digital cameras have made it extremely easy to take pictures, but the rest of the process is a hassle,” said Jef Holove, chief executive officer of Eye-Fi. “The Eye-Fi Card removes the barriers and lets users get to the fun part of sharing and printing their memories. We’re putting the magic back into photography.”
Eye-Fi uses home wireless networks for picture and data download to home PCs and laptops. Simply turn on the camera or device and begin transferring data. Eye-Fi’s patent-pending technology works with Wi-Fi networks to automatically send photos from a digital camera to online platforms, in-home and retail destinations Visit Eye-Fi Update:  Reviews of Eye-Fi wireless memory card. Continue Reading
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