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    Put bluntly, USB-to-serial is a crock in which...

    Put bluntly, USB-to-serial is a crock in which some of us are doomed to stew. Every time I hear the words "virtual COM port" I know beyond a doubt that something's going to screw up eventually.
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    Like I said, shock isn't an issue so much. A...

    Like I said, shock isn't an issue so much. A single impulse such as, say, an accident, probably won't kill a hard drive unless it happens at precisely the wrong moment, and even then will likely only...
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    USB is self-grounding through whatever the mobo...

    USB is self-grounding through whatever the mobo is grounded to, or the hub in the case of powered hubs.
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    I use silicone resin, usually. USB tops at 5V...

    I use silicone resin, usually. USB tops at 5V 500mA, so you can get away with using silicone sealant you buy at Lowes, etc. for bath and kitchen work. Glob it on, it's non-conductive and heat...
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    Failing that, I did find...

    Failing that, I did find http://www.centrix-intl.com/details.asp?productid=3022 this, which is a very low-profile converter from a 50-pin laptop DVD drive to USB. I may go that way just to have my...
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    1 Din CD Enclosure

    Anyone ever heard of such a thing? Basically I want to slap together a 5-1/4" CD drive, USB/power adaptor, and put it into the area under my Xenarc screen. It'd be nice not to have to pay a premium...
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    Tiny BT dongle

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833242003
    I used one of those in an Eee PC (that I also hacked out with touchscreen, GPS, and better WiFi) due to space constraints. Seems like...
  8. I'm kinda giggling at having seen the Blu-Ray...

    I'm kinda giggling at having seen the Blu-Ray option on that PC. Pretty sure the onboard graphics couldn't play HD on its best day unless Intel really, really got on the ball recently.

    Other than...
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    Can't speak to how reputable the shop is, but......

    Can't speak to how reputable the shop is, but...
    http://www.mobile-telephone-accessories.com/usb-4-port-car-adapter-3503.html
    4-port adaptor

    Ack, my bad, you're looking for a replacement.
    Just...
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    Here's a fun fact about the Atom platform... It's...

    Here's a fun fact about the Atom platform... It's the cheapest Mac you can buy.

    Atom supports SSE4 and uses the ICH7 southbridge, just like some MacBooks meaning that MacOS can be made - via a...
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    Friend of mine had the same problem with a GPS...

    Friend of mine had the same problem with a GPS and a generic USB-to-Serial adaptor (he did A/V installs - all the programmable stuff uses native serial for some idiotic reason) where one would...
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    Pretty much any USB connector is solderable given...

    Pretty much any USB connector is solderable given an X-Acto knife. It's all wires.
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    If you're truly worried about heat, shock, and...

    If you're truly worried about heat, shock, and vibration why not use an SSD? (That's Solid State Disk just in case you didn't know.) OCZ has a 32GB unit that boots XP in about 4 seconds and costs...
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    I hacked up a touchscreen on an Eee PC a while...

    I hacked up a touchscreen on an Eee PC a while back and couldn't find a USB connector small enough, so I just direct-soldered the connectors. You could probably chop down the plug and splice as well,...
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