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January 27th, 2003

5 Gigs on a Credit Card

I get more psyched as technology gets smaller. Moreso with portable storage. And even more when the technology will be inexpensive. Like, how does 5 gigs on a credit card, due out later this year grab you? With a sub-$100 reader and $15 media, the credit card-sized drives will also contain a magnetic strip, making it possible they could be read in conventional credit card readers. The drives should be available later this year, if a proper distributor can be found.

The thought makes me drool… like in ancient China where each person might have their own Yixing teapot to carry from place to place, this credit card hard drive could be the average person’s personal storage that’s always kept at hand.

Hopefully, there will be an option for heavy-duty encryption, because losing 5 gigs of personal data because your wallet was stolen could be a pretty big deal. There are a number of other concerns, too, but overall, the technology sounds exciting and inexpensive, so I’m more than ready to give it a shot.

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FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday January 27, 2003 -- 11:45:46 am
What the hell would someone need 5 gigs of personal information for? and why would they carry this around? Mark of the beast is near!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday January 27, 2003 -- 12:30:49 pm
MP3s, e-mail, digital photos, etc...

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday January 27, 2003 -- 12:33:10 pm

FROM: Greg
DATE: Monday January 27, 2003 -- 1:55:53 pm
The entire Daily Ping archive.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday January 27, 2003 -- 2:48:18 pm
I thought you were saying you could store 5 megs of info on an actual credit card. I would wonder why anyone would want that since people already know too much about us as consumers.

Now I see you meant it's a new computer sized drive.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday January 27, 2003 -- 4:51:21 pm
Yeah -- it's credit card sized with possible future credit card functionality, but not an actual Mastercard-in-the-making. Just a really tiny, convenient drive.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday January 28, 2003 -- 12:40:02 am
Kind of like the TurboGraffix 16 video game cards.

FROM: Big Fat Lizard
DATE: Tuesday January 28, 2003 -- 2:55:07 pm
I know what this is leading to...So the store you're buying from can get to know more about your shopping a personal cache!

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Sunday April 20, 2003 -- 1:34:46 pm
I like the little Portable,, key chain USB Drives. A buddy of mine is a sys op at Delaware Tech, and all sysops now have one of these little dandies. 16Mb of storage.

True, that's not a lot, but neither is 1.44Mb..They are very cool.

Paul October 25, 2008, 3:54 pm

This Ping is pretty funny over five years later.

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