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USB Flash Drives: geek toy

~atp~

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k, so I must own one of these toys. I'd also like it to be a 512 MB USB 2.0 flash drive.

Looking at the prices, it looks like the 512MB drives are still a bit price-inflated, but I don't really care. ;) ...on canadacomputers.com the prices for 512 MB USB 2.0 drives are $188.

My question is: do any of you guys recommend one brand name over another?

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deep

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I've read of some places having reviews that show definite speed differences, but that might have been amongst generic brands. I've had my eyes on the Sony ones, they look pretty sweet.
 

~atp~

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Part of the reason I want to buy one of these guys (aside from their awesome usefulness) is that ideally, I think this concept will really take off: I think that "generic" and "standardized" memory modules will be the way of the future. You just carry your memory stick(s) around with you, and they plug into various devices: mp3 players, computers, televisions, video terminals, etc, etc, etc...

:)
 

deep

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that's a really interesting idea , actually.

I think what needs to happen first is for whatever memory utilized to be inexpensive enough to be common...flash still carries with it such a hefty price tag

but it is just so fucking neat if you're a geek...no moving parts, teensy sizes

a buddy of mine has one of those el-dorko usb watches and stores on it all kinds of stuff he uses on site for client computers...no carrying around disks or anything, installs from his watch
 
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deep

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anytime you need to burn a cd to take shit over to a friend...just dump it on the thumbdrive

sharing music with people

shuttling files between work and home

downloading kiddie porn at public libraries and getting it to kenny's dad
 

pr0nstar

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But you'd need like a Gb for the stuff you mentioned...
And that'd be pretty price I would assume... probably in the $5-600 range...

pr0nstar :D
 

deep

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I'm sure you could surf the web on a Pentium 100 mhz as well ... ya feel me?

"Why? Because we fucking can"
 
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deep

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lies! you know you want one . as if you wouldn't ever find it fun to work on a client computer and just have everything you need on some shit on your keychain
 

Caz

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I've gotten through the last three years of school with these things.

It's the only way to go. Even with a removable hard drive, I would still need a backpack to go to school. The files I work with in one day at school typically would'nt ever go beyond 512 MB, so I just shove it into my pocket, and go.:)
 

pr0nstar

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Originally posted by deep
lies! you know you want one . as if you wouldn't ever find it fun to work on a client computer and just have everything you need on some shit on your keychain
Thank you... you've given me an idea for year end purchases for our IT group ;)

"But boss, I can load all the drivers on it for when I travel office to office..."

pr0nstar :D
 

deep

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Originally posted by caz
I've gotten through the last three years of school with these things.

It's the only way to go. Even with a removable hard drive, I would still need a backpack to go to school. The files I work with in one day at school typically would'nt ever go beyond 512 MB, so I just shove it into my pocket, and go.:)
exactly - these things make a lot more sense for people who work with lots of heavy media files i.e. video that would be a pain to have to burn every day or transfer online
 
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gasper

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USB key drives rule... been using one for a while now. I can foresee them being banned in the near future in some lame workplaces though, since they can act as a vector for virii.

The airzooka: my brother bought one at Excess Cargo last year... a fun little toy. We modified it in an attempt to create a super duper bong blaster, but with little success :)
 

~atp~

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Originally posted by gasper
USB key drives rule... been using one for a while now. I can foresee them being banned in the near future in some lame workplaces though, since they can act as a vector for virii.

The airzooka: my brother bought one at Excess Cargo last year... a fun little toy. We modified it in an attempt to create a super duper bong blaster, but with little success :)
I want reviews people! What company name-brand is it? Any problems?


...and, to all you non-believers, these things are sooooo useful for the work that I do..."oh, you need those files?" *3 seconds later* there ya go.

When you're sitting right next to the person, and hi-speed network transfers aren't possible, these things are genius. That, and you can carry them around *everywhere*. Trust me, if these puppies get standardized, I can see them getting used for music-playing devices, etc... :)

But deep's right, memory needs to get cheapy-cheapy first.
 
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atomic

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I've got a generic 256M that's been fantastic. it fits in a pocket, works on mac and pc, and it's beautiful for transferring client files. saves tons of cd's which end up being coasters anyways.

as for which one, I would go for one that is a recognizable enough brand. biggest reason is that it's ultra-handy to find the website for drivers if necessary when either travelling across town or abroad.
 

atomic

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one other thing - make sure it's nice and flat. many notebooks and some desktops have usb ports that are right beside each other. if one is occupied with a mouse or keyboard, the more "bulbous" flash drives will have difficulty plugging in to one.
 

zoo

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my girlfriend bought a 256meg lexar for $70 or so

she uses it all the time, it's pretty convenient

a usb2.0 drive would be nice but in reality: most computers you'd be using this drive on probably don't have usb2.0 anyway



and there already exists products which incorporate small usb flash drives and mp3 players and voice recorders all in one nifty little package ...
 

OTIS

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I'd wait for a USB 2.0 version of the iRiver MP3 player comes out.. it has the removable storage support and it's an MP3 player to boot.
 
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