Fun with Flash Drives
Technology. Technology. Technology. Love it or hate it, technology is an integral part of our daily lives. Sometimes it feels as if staying on top of the trends is a full time job – even if you aren’t in the business. So today we thought we’d take a closer look at developments in USB technology. Unless you spend your precious time reading up on such things like we do (translation = no life), you may not be aware of some of the latest and greatest.
First up – storage. We all use flash drives as portable file delivery systems or interim backup devices at one time or another (notice we said INTERIM backup devices, please do not rely on them as your only backup). What size do you use the most? 2GB, 4GB, 8GB? Well, just wait. Someday you’ll be able to backup your whole family’s files to one 2TB USB 3.0 drive from Transcend. Yes, that’s 2 TERABYTES or roughly 2,000 Gigabytes of data! No word yet on when or if it will actually become available, but we’re still pretty impressed. All that storage in one tiny place.
Not satisfied with traditional storage options, the iTwin combines the functionality of a USB with the access of the cloud. Plug either end of this into your USB port and it installs the appropriate software on your PC (Mac version also available). Copy what you want to the drive, then remove the outer half. Plug that half into another computer, and as long as both computers are online, you’ll have full access to those files. Pretty nifty.
Want more? How about the beauty of Sync? Microsoft and Ford/Lincoln/Mercury rolled this out a few years ago in some of their models. In addition to other features, Sync offers USB slots for plugging in your drive, iPhone, iPod, etc. How cool is that? Now, not having personally used it, we can only marvel at the continued advancement in the marriage of the automotive and technology industries, but here’s a great blog on the subject from ZDNet.
Not enough? How about GOLD?! Yes, if you have the means, you can actually order a 4GB gold flash drive. We’re not sure why you would (we’d lose it the first time it was used), but hey, if bling is your thing…
See? Flash drives can be fun! (Admit it, you doubted the title at first…) We even hear a rumor that Apple is reconsidering USB 3.0 support for their products. So when you’re ready to join in the flash drive fun, give Disc, Inc. a call at 800.580.DISC or visit us online. We don’t sell real gold, but we do offer a wide variety of USB styles (including a new imitation gold – ask your account rep about it).
Have a unique use for flash drives or other technology fun? Tell us! We’d love to hear about it.