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> From: Christopher Wright <chrisw(--nospam--at)>

> On Sep 29, 2004, at 11:44 PM, Paul Ransom wrote:
> > USB memory stick has been my cross-platform portable storage medium for
> > a couple years now.
> I recollect my son mentioning something like that, but he was all so 
> casual, I thought it was some kind of toy, and I was so thrilled when
> the Apple genius got COSMOS/M running under Classic on my laptop that I
> didn't notice. When I think about it--it's the logical extension to the
> Nikenet and a floppy disk, except there's so much more you can do with
> serious storage that's so portable. Are the units rugged? Could you 
> really carry them on a keychain?

It's been brilliant. They typically have a cap to cover the USB
connector and an LED to show read/write activity. They're pretty rugged.
I clip it onto a pocket in my briefcase because it's too big for my
overweight keychain. I think that the newer, small ones might be too
easy to lose.

Windows above 98 & Mac OS 8+ will automatically recognize the devices.
You need to format it as a PC drive so you are stuck with the way that
Classic handles the PC file names and you can't use all the characters
that Windows won't recognize in a file name.

Mine is only 64 MB, USB 1.x but I have been drooling over one of those 1
GB USB 2.x units (kiss the CD case goodbye). Some new units have a USB
base with, say 64 MB, but you can plug in their additional membory
modules. Looks interesting but may not be very practical.

1) file transfer speed is marginally faster than a floppy (e.g. maybe
10x faster downhill with a tailwind) with USB 1.x. I can't speak for
2.x, yet.
2) you can spread PC virii via the memory stick.

I'm waiting for an optical port for really fast transfers but that may
be a few more years away.

> > Now if somebody would do a UNIX port of some decent, current structural
> > analysis software to run on the Mac OSX ...
> Hearing all the chatter from bioscience guys talking about running 
> their UNIX codes on G5 clusters just breaks my heart.

Apple was profiling one bio-outfit that was running 1600+ (or some
outrageous quantity) G5 Xserve boxes in parallel because it was the cost
efficient option.

I have already resigned myself to the fact that I must have a PC in my
office, again. The new Canadian design codes are now mandatory and I
have to upgrade the software, anyway. WinXP in Virtual PC is just too
slow on my old 350 MB G3 and I can get a 2 GB WINTEL box for pocket
change. So, continuing with emulators doesn't make sense. I understand
that the OSX Classic environment is going to disappear, too. I was
hoping to hold out for that UNIX port ...

I haven't had a virus, or virus scanning software with continuous
license updates, since I dumped the 286. The PC will not be networked.

Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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