November 27, 2003
PCMCIA -> USB2.0
This gadget is so clever, it almost hurts: having not thought of it until recently, when the need and want for an external harddrive to supplement my laptop's mere 20 Gig started humming in the back of my head, this PCMCIA card lets laptop owners with too few or too slow (USB 1.1 for example) USB ports expand the connectivity to 4 USB2.0 ports:
Simply clever. There are also Firewire/USB2 combos and variations on the theme...
Damn, it's cheap, too. Sweeeeet.
The Belkin PCMCIA card (which I use on occasion) only has two USB 2.0 ports. This one looks good! From personal experience, you'll have to insert it in the top PCMCIA slot (if your computer has more than one slot stacked on top of each other) because the USB socket part of the card is a bit on the bulky side.
USB 2.0 is also good for newer external CD burners if your laptop isn't lucky enough to have an internal one.
Looks good. Can't wait to get my new laptop ... then I'll start accessorizing ;-)
It's slick indeed and seems to be working "click and play"... Haven't done any massive 4-gadgets at once speed-testing, but at least I've got my 250 Gb external disk drive hooked up to it...
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: To Anders from Santa (December 2, 2003 11:13 AM)
"I've ordered a 4 USB2.0 port PCMCIA card and a 250 Gb USB2 & Firewire external harddrive as a pre-Christmas treat. Now it's really Advent."
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