Losing a USB key on a train is all too easy, and a risky prospect if you keep important data on it. But if you find one, think twice before using it: one recent study suggests that it's extremely likely to contain malicious software.
The mini Canon 5D DSLR flash drive of the other year has a couple of similarly statured friends joining him at the flash-storage convention: an IXUS 200IS compact camera and Legra HD camcorder version. Both have the same retractable USB arms and 4GB of storage, but my heart will always belong to the 5D.
Perhaps Etsy seller Newfocus should recycle some of those old Kodachrome film rolls and charge even more than $US19 for a 2GB stick, and $US24 for a 4GB stick. I'd buy one, and I know plenty of other film-shooters would too.
Currently, I have microSDs spread all around my house - I'm sure I could find a couple if I searched hard enough, but the bulk majority are probably lost in the dusty corners for good. A USB stick that houses all your cards makes so much sense I'm surprised that this is just a concept.
It's not pocket-sized, nor can it be lent to colleagues without experiencing a glimpse of fear it won't be returned, but the Voltron Lionforce Defender 2GB USB stick does come pre-loaded with a remastered Voltron episode. Just $US30.
You'd think IBM would've been extra careful when handing out complimentary USB sticks at a computer security expo in Australia. But noooo. According to IBM, "some of these USB keys contained malware", with all sticks suspected to be affected.
With the USB stick pretty much anywhere and everywhere these days, it's easy to forget that there is an interesting (and automated) manufacturing process behind the device that allows companies to create tortured USB cows. It looks something like this.