New use for USB flash drive

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    A USB flash drive is a small device, about the size of a stick of gum that you plug into one of the USB ports on your laptop or desktop. They don't require batteries, and don't have to be recharged.

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    You can buy a 1GB size USB flash drive for about $40, and a 2GB flash drive for about $89.

    I used to use a palm pilot for my personal to do list, contacts and calendar and an iPod to hold music to listen to while I was at work.

    That is until my brother told me that I could export Outlook contacts, tasks and so on to a USB and update it from there. I then decided to try copying music files over as well. Not only did that work, but I can play music off of the USB flash drive using Windows Media Player.

    I now use only a USB flash drive (it's password protected) at work. I can keep track of my personal contacts, calendars and things to do, while listening to music.

    The downside is that the capacity is limited, so I can only store about 20 hours worth of music, and unlike an iPod or a palm pilot, I can't update it without a computer. Of course, for me, these aren't problems, I always used my palm pilot and my iPod at work.

    On the plus side, it's cheaper than having a palm pilot ($199) and an iPod (about the same price), it doesn't need batteries, doesn't have to be recharged and doesn't have to be synced with Outlook.
     
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    I also set up flash drives with copies of medical histories, medications, physicians and emergency contact info for my mother and my aunt. Had the cases engraved with EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFO.

    Most every ER has PC's with compatible USB ports.
     
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    That's good to know! Thanks!
     
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    :lol: Install linux on it
     
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    Aren't they advertised to provide broadband?
     
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    Those are great. I was thinking about getting a external harddrive, but from the reviews they didn't seem as reliable.

    We have a whole bunch of those laying around and we back up as much as we can with it. Nice to know that you can install software too on it :)
     
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    I probably got hooked, but I just ordered a 4gb for $12. Guess it won't be too big a waste when I find out what I'm doing and get the right thing.
     
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    I got the 4gb drive, and I'm amazed. For my useage, that's plenty big, and cheap enough. I'll never understand how they do it, though.
     
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    Granny waitin' fer `em to buy out dat abacus company she got stock in...

    Western Digital to buy SanDisk in $19 billion deal
    Wed Oct 21, 2015 - Hard-disk drive maker Western Digital Corp (WDC.O) agreed to buy SanDisk Corp (SNDK.O) in a $19 billion deal that will increase its ability to make flash memory storage chips used in smartphones and tablets.
     
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    I used a USB flash drive to copy all my text files over from my old computer. I used to write everything to CD disks, but the flash drive is far more efficient.
     

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