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PSP Hacks by C.K. Sample III

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Repurpose Everyday Objects as UMD Cases

Although there are some commercially available sleeves and cases for your UMD discs, there are some homebrew options you should consider as well.

You’ve probably noticed the gaping hole in the back of the UMD disks. Why Sony didn’t make a little cover over that spot is anyone’s guess. You need some sort of case for your UMDs to cover that hole, and you don’t want to carry around the cases your games originally came in because they are nearly the same size as the PSP itself. In this hack, I’ll cover four ideas for some handy and inexpensive cases for your UMD disks.

Altoids Circular Tins

Shortly after the release of the PSP, several people realized that the small, round metal tins in which Altoids Curiously Strong mints and sours are sold make a curiously effective case for holding a nice little stack of UMDs. The metal makes it a tough case that will protect the disks from basic impact damage. The tins are designed for being carried easily, so the case is small enough that you can carry it around in your pocket. They are also sturdy enough that they won’t collapse upon the UMD disks, whether in your pocket or in your backpack, scrunched under your laptop and a stack of papers.

Since the tins are metal, simply dump out the contents and remove the little paper discus in the bottom of the case. Then rinse it all in water to remove the Altoids dust (wouldn’t want to get that in your UMD disks!) and dry thoroughly with a clean towel. Stick up to three ...

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