Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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I need a how to hack USB flash… 5 years ago

rachelsue20How to make modified USB flash drives

I love hacking up USB flash drives. I’ve been making modified drives for friends for the last year and a half, and finally finished building a site all about it. The site has several tutorials to get you started on how to make your own hacked USB flash drive.

As far as inspiration is concerned, I would highly suggest you wander the aisles of your local toy store or 99 cents only store (that’s my crack… I go in for 2 things and leave with twenty!) Anyway, I have gotten tons of great ideas from checking out the toy aisle in the 99 cents only store. Good luck and check out for tutorials, resources, and more. There’s also a page where you can learn how to hack the inside of your drive, with portable apps, and drive icons! 8 years ago


Hacking USB drives seems to be the in thing. Hot Wheels, PezDispensers, even Homer J. Simpson have gotten the hacker treatment. It seems to be a relatively simple and painless procedure. One just needs a Dremel (or Dremel-like) tool, an USB drive you’re not using, and some sort of toy or figurine.

Well, I want to play too. And it just so happens that I have the tools and the USB drive. Unfortunately, I have very little experience or technical know-how when it comes to electronics and / or hacking in general. But, still, you’ve got to start somewhere.

So, I’m just waiting until I find that perfect toy to tear apart and re-build in my own unique and configureable way, hopefully with the ability to read and write up to 256 MBs of data.

The hunt is on. 9 years ago

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