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Shrinkage. No, not that kind…

Anytime one of my staff walks into my office and says the words, “Take a look at this”, or “You’ve got to see this”, I tend to get a little stab of excitement.

I like gadgets. I like new techno “stuff”. My staff know this. Situations like this tend to either be a harbinger of something really cool, or something that’s worth of a major facepalm.

Either way, it tends to be fun.

Today it fell into the “cool” category.

A new USB drive with a 4Gb capacity and full encryption (we need that to store sensitive medical data AND avoid a HIPAA breach, thus keeping us out of the newspapers).

Now I know USB drives are getting smaller and smaller and capacities are going up and up, but just take a look at the photo below.


Thats a pencil on my desk, a fish oil pill (I take ’em daily) and a standard paper clip.  All for scale.

In the middle is the USB drive.


Holy James Bond Batman!!!

It’s tiny!!

Said staff member showed me this and I thought it was, hell, I don’t know what I thought it was but I wouldn’t have guessed a USB drive.

It’s smaller than a pill I take!!!  Heck, I could swallow that thing with no problems.

And the price?? A whopping $6.75 each.

I don’t like to site around and play the “I remember when” game, but for a moment, I’m going to do just that.

I can remember in the early 1980s my father’s company (a software company) purchased a CompuServe computer that came with a MASSIVE 40Mb hard drive. Yup 40 megabytes. The thing was so large, you could put it on my desk today and there wouldn’t be room for the paperclip in the above photo. The drive platters were larger than LP records (anyone remember those?), and there were four of them.  I don’t even remember what the thing cost.  But even in 1980 dollars, it was expensive.


This little thing that is about the size of a quarter now holds 100 times the data of those platters, and I could stash a couple dozen of them in my coat pocket.

Yeah, this made me feel old.



Apple Promises To Fix Glitches In Map Software By Rearranging Earths Geography


A solution we can all get behind. Click the link to watch the video.

Apple Promises To Fix Glitches In Map Software By Rearranging Earth’s Geography


This is just plain strange!

I mean who would actually wear and USE this?

I can’t imagine that it’s comfortable or, much less, practical.

But hey.  I’m a guy.  What the hell do I know.

/perplexed_face = on

iPhone-carrying bra is no bust | Crave – CNET.


Splashtop puts Windows 8 on your iPad in the ultimate show of sacrilege | iMore.

I don’t get this.

If you want the Win8 UI so badly, just go buy a Win8-enabled tablet when one hits the market.

Putting this on an iPad is sort of missing the point of BOTH platforms.

/confused_look = on


Cool but…what do I get out of my investment?

This guy wants to recreate the entire first level of Super Mario in a 1-brick to 1-pixel ratio.  Cool!

But he’s gone to Kickstarter to fund it.


Points for creativity, but no thanks. This isn’t charity.

If I’m gonna throw my money at something, I want a return on the investment. I want a gadget I can play with and then discard in a month.  I want some totally unnecessary item that makes no difference in my life what so ever.

Or I want to cure cancer.

Either one…I’m open.

Here’s the link.  Video at the bottom.

Insert Coin: Epic Mario aims to build entire Super Mario Bros. Level 1-1 with Legos video — Engadget.

Not such a smart move

Adobe to charge Flash coders to use premium features | Deep Tech – CNET News.

Yup…you are reading the headline correctly.

Go check out the article.

I’m amazed that this is how Adobe has decided to keep Flash relevant.

It’s already dead on IOS devices.  We won’t go into that whole “market share” argument.

However, in the rest of the world, it’s being supplanted (and rightfully so) by HTML5.

So they decide to charge developers for a once-free product.


Makes sense.