And my very favorite gadget is...

 

Yes, that _is_ a 32-gigabyte flash drive in my pocket.

And I am glad to see you.

My favorite gadget right now is the one that, except my phone, gets more use than anything else I own:

The Kingston DataTraveler 102 went on sale a couple months ago, for a day, for $39.99. As the guy with the miniature giraffe says, I jumped in it. (It’s $59.99 on newegg as I write this.)

You may have gathered that I have more than one computer. My desk at work has a desktop and laptop. At home – well, you don’t want to know.

I move files around a lot. At home, I rip a season of a TV show on the desktop machine, then I need to move it to the tablet PC on the treadmill. I start a database project at work and want to take it home with me, I can. I use mapping software at work and at home to do burglary maps that we use in print and on Facebook. (You are friends with us on Facebook, right?)

Storage always gets bigger and smaller at the same time, and cheaper, too. It’s not exactly Moore’s Law, but it’s probably a corollary. Last year at this time, I had one flash drive for all the files I use in the course I teach at the University of Illinois, and another for work (and several others for various miscellaneous stuff).

Now I just use this one. Kingston has a great reputation and my experience with its products – RAM, flash drives and SD cards – has been universally good. It’s tiny – just over 2 inches long, 3/4-inch wide, less than a 1/2-inch tall. A healthy part of that measurement is a plastic case that surrounds the actual drive and seems to do a very good job protecting it from, like, my keys.

Now, if they can get that 64-gig thumb drive down to $59.99, I’ll jump in it.

 

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