Eric Riese on 17 Nov 2016 12:39:53 -0800

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[PLUG] usb notification light

I was looking at the ThingM blink(1) which is a simple USB notification LED. I appreciate that it has some features and there's even integration with IFTTT for instance, but $30 seems a little steep for such simple hardware. Does anyone know of a cheaper alternative? I'm not interested in breaking out the soldering iron.

I have a monitor with USB ports on the side, but I use it in portrait orientation, which would put the light on the top, which is nice, but I don't think I'd be able to use a dumb LED and turn it off by cutting off power to the port.

I love the "About the product" section on Amazon for it:
  • Can pulse when someone mentions you on twitter
  • Can glow red if your computers CPU is slammed
  • Shows the status of your continuous integration build
The third point was exactly my intention.
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