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Kinda blows my mind..

I saw a bargain deal today that reminded me of Moore’s Law, and how much things have changed since I first started working with “personal computers” (and hard drives were 4 Gigabytes..)

A quality 32 Gigabyte ‘smart’ thumb drive (aka “memory stick”, aka “flash drive”) for $12. (And I’m not talking 1990’s dollars, either, but today’s, basically valueless dollar.)

Of course, it’s not just the cost-per-Gigabyte I’m impressed by.. but some may remember buying devices called “Zip drives” so we could have a whopping 100 Megabytes of ‘portable storage..

image: iomega zip drive

Blast from the past…

Oh. If you’re interested in the thumb drive deal, click here[Note: Offer expired. Now it’s $16.]

Today’s quote:Humans beings always do the most intelligent thing…after they’ve tried every stupid alternative and none of them have worked” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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July 2, 2014 - Posted by | consumer electronics, hardware, mobile, storage, tech, thumb drives |

5 Comments »

  1. Zip Drive…I not only remember Zip Drives…I still have my zip drive that came with my computer Windows Me…(still have that too,) “ha” I value the stuff I have stored on the drive …wishing I could transfer it to my current system. Yes, thumb drives work better… but guess there’s no end to the loss and waste of the tech products. Oh Well!!!

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    Comment by Gaia | July 2, 2014 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Well… if the Zip drive was attached via USB, you may be able to find device drivers for it still.. and get the files off of it.
      And if the Me machine still boots, and has USB ports, you might be able to transfer the files on the Zip drive to a thumb drive..

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      Comment by techpaul | July 2, 2014 | Reply

  2. Thanks Paul, Encouraging! I will take a look at it all to see what exactly I have.

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    Comment by Gaia | July 2, 2014 | Reply

  3. I had two for Win98. Luckily, got everything off before they went belly up.

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    Comment by delenn13 | July 4, 2014 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I recently “pulled off” some old (“important”) files for a client, from a very old machine (circa Win95/98).
      Once I did the recovery I saw that the files were Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPerfect 4.2 format… what’s going to open those?

      Point being, we have to not only keep our machines up-to-date, but or software, and our formats (as I’m sure you know).

      * Which reminds me of another story: for those who have their “important” files backed up on CD’s/DVD’s. Those discs can/will ‘age out’ too, and become unreadable. I would not trust a disc for more than 5 years. “External” hard drives are so cheap these days, I advise all my clients to backup (“copy”) all their important files to one of those. (And if those files are “mission critical” or “business vital”, to make another copy onto another external hard drive, and store that second hard drive “offsite” (like a safe deposit box).)

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      Comment by techpaul | July 4, 2014 | Reply


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