Star Wars series 1 USB drives are set to ship

If you're looking for a gift or a fun collector's item, you may want to think about Star Wars mimobot series 1, a set of USB flash drives. Computerworld had mentioned these USB drives in an earlier gift guide, but the latest series...

50 terabytes of brain images online

BrainMaps.org has just posted about 50TB of high-resolution brain images in its online digital brain atlas and virtual microscope. The images include flat and 3D CT Scans. There are  4,738 images ranging from human brains to the...

The one terabyte baby

The data storage industry has the dubious honor of creating some of the worst advertisements and commercials in all the IT industry, but this one from Dell is really funny, and it makes a great point about e-mail attachements. Check...

From bits to yottabytes. How much data is that?

Being the storage editor, I'm often asked by colleagues what comes after what when it comes to data storage measurements. So for the record I thought I'd just put it out there. In doing so, it struck me that there was a time --...

A USB flash drive with a speaker

While I've seen just about everything when it comes to what you can shove into your USB port, this little device from eNecessities caught my eyes and ears. The Sound Drive is a 4-inch by 1-inch flash drive that can play WAV, AIFF, or...

John Hancock should have read the Constitution

As a journalist for more than a dozen years, I find it somewhat pleasing that I continue to be surprised by this business. It's often what keeps things interesting. But, this latest incident just oozes with irony, so I have to share....

Why the iPhone is a ripoff

I love whiz-bang technology. I love it so much that when MP3 players first came out, I bought one as a voice recorder for business interviews when all my reporter counterparts were still buying reel-to-reel mini recorders or digital...

MicroVault drive will make you say "cool"

Webster's defines the word 'tiny' as "very small or diminutive." Sony's new MicroVault Tiny USB flash drive fits that description to a tee. When I opened the envelope with Sony's test model, I blurted out "cool," and of course had to...

Free download of USB partitioning and encryption software

Starting at midnight tonight, NewTech Infosystems (NTI) will be making its new Ninja software - a USB data storage and protection software -- available free on their web site. NTI says Ninja, unlike most fixed partition USB software,...

Think they can't see your email? Think again.

So I'm recently out to dinner with an IT executive at a very large storage vendor and as we're talking he relates to me a story about how his CEO once proclaimed that HIS email was as secure as the day is long. The IT executive...

Kleenex has more in common with ThumbDrives than you think

It was an innocent enough mistake. I referred to USB flash drives in a recent article as "thumb drives." Then the letter from the lawyers arrived: "Our client is concerned with the inadvertent use of its mark." That mark, of course,...

The VA can hardly afford this black eye

The more I learn about the theft of data from the Veterans Administration that included the sensitive personal information of more than 26 million veterans -- including mine -- the more I'm both angered and incensed. The U.S. Armed...

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