Beyond USB Drives

Tue, 2006-12-05 03:11

I just love the little flash drives. I always have one on me and whenever someone asks me about the best way to get me that file, I just whup one out and request the file to be put on it. It defeats web ambiguity and forgetfullness.

I suspect that I do not use the thumb drives to their full advantage. They are handy things to have and I use them extensively for transferring files from one computer to another to save the expense of a blank CD or the pain of setting up a proper network. For this purpose I find the media cards to be superior. If you have a card reader for each computer, there is no need to wrestle out of the USB connection with each transfer, you can simply eject the card. I tend to collect cards in the SD or CF flavor as they are also compatible with my Zaurus. This comes in handy if you ever need to park outside the public library and download a Linux distro to your handheld, provided you also have an adapter to draw power off the lighter socket.

It also turns out that you can run a customized application from the WinXP popup that you get whenever you insert a card. I need to test the concept but it seems like you can configure a card to run Apache and MySQL automatically, plus have the default browser open to localhost. This would be great for website clients, provided they run XP.

The info to do all this is listed at Daily Cup of Tech and there is a lot of info there about customizing flash drives.

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USB Drives

Tue, 2006-12-05 12:00
Tim's picture

Thanks for the great comments about USB drives and the link to Daily Cup of Tech. USB drives have been a passion of mine for quite some time and I am now just getting into the CF cards. In fact, I have just ordered two CF to IDE converters so that I can put FreeNAS onto a CF card and run it from wherever I want.

I am also running a contest on Daily Cup of Tech this week. I am looking for the best use of a 32 MB USB drive. The four best ideas will have their ideas designed and the winners will win their system on a USB drive.

Thanks for the great blog.


Thanks for the comment

Thu, 2006-12-07 02:09

and after reading it, all I can say is, Far Out, a real person has read my blog!

No seriously, I am really trying to hone down my apps to something useful for a 32Megger, but mostly I am waiting impatiently to see how the contestant got Apache/MySQL to run on a card that small. That will be a real treat!

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