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12 enormously useful products and resources for the DIY-ITer
As the aging 2012 slowly slips below the horizon and baby 2013 begins to make those cute gurgling sounds, we turn our thoughts to those hard-working geeks, makers, builders, and DIY-ers we all know and love. While the next few weeks might be a time to reflect, 2013 will be a whole new year, another 365 days for projects, hacks, and the realization of thousands of "I wish someone would invent" musings all across the world.
In this list of products and resources, I've selected some of the most interesting, helpful, and unexpected resources for geek DIYers.
Image courtesy Big Box of Art.
StarTech USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE HDD Docking Station
This is a neat little product that makes it very easy to process through all of those old hard drives you might have lying around. I used it this year to quickly image my primary laptop (via the fast USB 3.0 port) before I sent it back for repairs. When the machine came back, I dropped the drive back into the dock, and pumped the image back onto the machine.
What I like: Easy use of SATA drives and fast USB 3.0 connectivity.
What I'd like to see: I'm not thrilled with the spare cable approach to IDE docking. It's just a plastic hole in the box.
Find it here for $88.99.