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Old 02-04-2006, 12:52 PM   #1
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Last month a visiting friend saved my bacon in a small way by means of a little USB memory device. His was 256MB (he uses it to sequester presonal files so they do not appear on his monitored business laptop).

To be honest, it is difficult for me to justify having one of these things, but when I saw a pile of them at Costco yesterday, I couldn’t resist: 1GB SanDisk Cruzer mini flash drive, $55 (actually $70 with a $15 discount).

To demonstrate that I was at least marginally sensible, I have actually already found a use for it, moving font files around to clean up a drive so I could re-partition it. That was a reach, I realize, but guilt required some use!

It comes loaded with a bunch of Windows apps and demos; figure I will just delete them and recover the MBs.

In another discussion here recently, someone said some of these devices have a limited number of uses (10,000, maybe?); not sure if they were talking about this or some other type. For the price, this should pay its way.

Can’t help but think of the other removable drives (Syquests, opticals of various sizes and formats, etc.) over the years that cost more than this sweet little thing and probably didn’t get more than 1000 uses! And they were all bulky, and worked only in their own boxes.

   
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Aren't they cute? At my new job we have one, and I've used it twice already: once to install a new directory on a branch library computer, and once to bring a large text file (too large to fit through the council's firewall) home to use BBEdit's grep on it as a favour to the reference librarian.

And if we're comparing it with the old Syquest devices, this one has a lanyard, so I hung it round my neck on the walk to and from work, so I wouldn't forget it. Imagine doing that with a Syquest cartridge or drive.

   
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These things are absolutely tremendous. I can now carry a fortnight's worth of backups in my bag!
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Aren't they cute? … this one has a lanyard, so I hung it round my neck on the walk to and from work, so I wouldn't forget it.
Mine came with a lanyard, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to attach it.

It doesn’t really matter, as it remains nearby, but I did wonder what to do with that thing!

   
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These things are absolutely tremendous. I can now carry a fortnight's worth of backups in my bag!
It is wonderful. My friend keeps all the snapshots of his granddaughter (and other personal info) on his, so he can show off at the drop of a hat.

   
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but I did wonder what to do with that thing!
I'm also a little worried that the plastic cap will come off in the rough-and-tumble of my oversize handbag.

   
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Mine came with a lanyard, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to attach it.
You have to thread the black string through the loop at/near the (non-plug) end of the device; a daunting effort on some of them. I'd include a picture but the black string finally broke on the Cruzer I successfully threaded.
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I'm also a little worried that the plastic cap will come off in the rough-and-tumble of my oversize handbag.
The stick in my pocket, the plastic caps remain in the parts ashtray on my desk, never to be lost...
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Yes, it's very difficult - first you have to figure out how to attach it and then you have to actually attach it. For a long while I only bothered doing it with one of mine. But then before we went to France last year I made myself put the lanyards on the other two. Good thing, too. My fingers are much less nimble now than they were a year ago, and my eyesight is even worse. My thingamajigs aren't 1 GB, though ... not sure they even had 1 GB thingies when I bought mine. They are indeed incredibly handy. Wonder how long before they hold 100 GB? (What are they called, anyway? Their 'official' name is much too cumbersome!)

   
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In the UK they are often referred to a "USB Pens" as ISTR the first ones were pen shaped. MY 15 year old carries her homework around on one - she refers to it as a "USB stick". I have an old one here which carries the lable "USB Bar".

For those in the UK, Amazon has got 1Gb devices on offer for under £30 (~$52) with free delivery. I have ordered one already!

   
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