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Old 03-20-2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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Take the newer drive along when next you visit a friend with a PC. Sandisk makes a removal tool for the U3 stuff, which I think is PC-only, like U3 itself. U3 is an obnoxious auto-start thingamajiggy that forces a virtual CD onto your PC's hard drive, and then runs, even autoruns the thumb-drive apps from a menu. The apps need, of course, to be special U3 versions, which are often buggy. There is a similar, less intrusive open-source thing called Portable Apps, but noooooo... A risky autostarter is not good enough; they have to make their jiggy act like a virus and be proprietary. Fegh.

Does the above sound like a rant? Does my apoplexy excuse same? This is left as an exercise for the user; I'd better stop now. And do tell me whether you get any ill effects from U3 on a Mac, or if the autostart still afflicts you when you first insert the thing into a PC. It's probably still there, so make your first visit one to someone you don't like much (g).
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