November 01, 2010, 5:28 PM — A flash memory vendor named Super Talent just launched whizzy USB 3.0 flash drives for a ridiculously low price; 8GB is $14, 16GB is $29.
A lot of us have been waiting for USB 3.0 to become commonly available on laptops, new USB devices and adapters to turn comparative dogs running USB 2.0 into greyhounds running 3.0. That's mainly because we're idiots who focus more on throughput speed of a single component than the cumulative latency in a whole system.
That's our little problem, and we're getting help for it.
In the meantime, I find myself going many more places than I usually do that either make it inconvenient or impossible to bring my own hardware, yet still ask me to either work from their computers or (OK, family is often involved) fix their computers. Waiting for a bunch of system-rescue apps to launch or copy themselves from one drive to an even slower PC gets...annoying after the dozenth or so time.
If I can get faster data-transfer for 14 bucks, I'm doing it, no matter how little it subtracts from the overall delay of working on a machine whose dust bunnies are so thick they're bursting out of the vents and occasionally attacking the cat.
I may need to skip the flash drive and get a vacuum instead; or maybe a stick.