One charger to charge them all.

I love the Apple iPod charger.  Apple call it the iPod charger, but this is the same charger you get with the iPhone.

It supplies 5 volts @ 1 Amp.  Just what you want when you need to charge your non-Apple USB devices.  Pictured below are the iPhone 4 & BlackBerry 9000 Bold.  There’s three cables in the photo.  The missing device is the HTC Desire PDA, which I used to take the photo.

one chargerAnd the other thing I like about having one charger?  In my travel kit, I can take the one charger with me as a backup to using the laptop as a USB charger.

How to create a bootable Linux USB stick

I found two programs, each does the job.  I thought UNetBootIn was better than the Universal USB Installer, but this was because UNetBootIn works under 64-bit Windows.  Apart from that, either would be fine.

UNetBootin 
It looks basic, but it works.

UNetbootin - Main screen UNetbootin - Extracting files

It gives you the option to download the ISO directly from the internet.  Useful, but I’d prefer to download a copy myself, so I can re-use it later.

If I had a complaint, it is this:

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Windows 7 + 4GB RAM + NVidia USB chipset = FAIL

hotfix_icon Which summed up my Windows 7 PC.

The FAIL bit was that when I’d do a large USB file copy, without fail (no pun intended), I’d get a DRIVE IS NO LONGER RECOGNIZED error.

Then all my USB ports would fail to work.  To recover, meant rebooting my computer.

The problem got REALLY annoying.  I’d be copying podcasts to my MP3 player, and it’ll fail.  Or when I was trying to sync my Windows Mobile phone, and it’ll fail.

Microsoft released a patch late January, and since then I have been USB crash free.  You can read all about the patch here:
You encounter problems when you move data over USB from a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has an NVIDIA USB EHCI chipset and at least 4GB of RAM

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