Two Christmas Ideas 

Two unusual items from those clever Hong Kong people. Neither of which will break the bank. First a combination lock to fit on a USB stick to keep your data safe. Second what looks like an old cassette tape but of course it isn’t.

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USB Drive Combination Security Lock

Basically the sort of thing you have to lock a bicycle chain. However no chain is attached. There is a small keyring on the edge so you can attach it to a bunch of keys.

It is 2.7x2.5x1.2cm and weights just 5grams. Of course it will not stop your USB stick being stolen but it might deter people if they are just after ‘nicking the stick’.

If you are using the two piece USB stick the top covering the connection is what normally disappears and this can replace that.

There are three reels 0-9 and changing from the default combination requires holding a small button on the side down while you reset to a combination of your choice.

The chrome fitting that goes into the USB port has two holes on either side and the deeper holes should be uppermost when you fit the combination lock for it to secure itself correctly into the fully locked position.

This will not fit with the thinner units that seem to be appearing from some these days.

Available from the link below for $10 US plus $3 US post and packing to anywhere in the world. They have a special offer of two for $15 US. $10

USB Cassette MP3 Player

Shaped exactly like a cassette tape even with the metal contact that the tape would normally run over, only the tape is missing, it can in fact be placed in a car cassette deck.

This is an MP3 player you can play MP3 files you place on an SD or MMC card either in car or stand alone. Output either to speakers or earbuds the latter are supplied. While the manual says that external charger is not supplied it is. You can also use the supplied micro USB to USB lead to charge the cassette from your PC as well.

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Looking at the front of the cassette there is the contact to take power from your car cassette. The left side has the on/off slider. Right side has earbud socket and micro USB connector. The back has the insertion point for any SD or MMC card.

There are six push buttons Equaliser, Volume down, Volume Up to the left of the memory card and Track Back, Track Forward and Play/Pause to the right.

To fully charge the unit takes around 90 minutes, there is a red LED on while charging and this goes out when charged.

Available from the link below for $22 US plus $3 US post and packing however big or small the order.

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