They’ve become formidable fashion accessories also, these portable USB drives. I got one myself, an el cheapo and now much-abused and cosmetically punk Astone 128MB MP3 player. All along, if I was just looking for mobile storage, I didn’t know I’ve had the makings of one for months already.
When I bought my Canon A85 almost a year ago, it was my first time to get acquainted with memory cards. Hence, I looked for a memory card reader. Most of what’s readily available in the local stores boast of a I-can-read-12-memory-card-formats. However, further scouring lead me to an almost forgotten part of a local computer store, where I found this:
The Taiwan-made CF hotreader; it only reads CF cards, and was priced at around 500 pesos. Its a snug fit to anyone’s palm (that part of your hand; not the part of your PDA Christmas wishlist), and can be folded when inserted into your PC’s USB port, so as not to protrude.
It looks like I can actually belong to the USB-drive necklace-wearing hotshots. Well, then again, I’ve never been much of a fashionista.
FYI: If you’re on the lookout to pimp your protable drive, here’s a page that claims to list the Best Free Portable Windows Freeware. Decent list to start with.