Is the plastic heap you're peering at above anywhere near as cute as the notifying papercraft Wall-E
we spotted late last year? Not even close, but it's equally captivating. Crafted by the geniuses at Brando
, the USB Mail Box Friends Alert works with Windows-based machines that happen to have an open USB port. Simply plug it in, install the software and link your Facebook, Twitter or email account; when a new message arrives, the mailbox lights up, a sound can be emitted and the flag can even raise to alert you. Never mind the fact that the flag should only raise when you've got something in the out
box -- you know you're dropping $18 on this, anyway.