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    memory key- Return To Sender

    I bought a 1GB key to go with my new laptop (2GB, 100GB, 2GHz since you ask), and realised after only one day that at my age I'm perfectly capable of leaving it lying around on a client desk.

    So I decided to use my telephone number as a volume label.

    Good idea?
    Bad idea?
    Better idea?


    (Yes, there are malicious thieves out there, but most of the people I meet in the street are decent and will do the right thing, given half a chance)

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    I'm thinking a sticker with your number on it is better. Using the volume label assumes that the finder would know enough to put the drive into a system and look in that very specific place.
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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    Hi Chris

    Long time no speak. Just a thought that pops in my head immediately. If a person does happen to find your lost Key how are they to know that the 11(?) digit volume label is a telephone number <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>. It is a nice idea....but.....

    I have seen people have one of those self-retractable belt clips that they attach the stick to and pull it out when needed and when finished they just left glide back. If they inadvertently walk off it tugs them back. I know it sounds like attaching your mittens to the sleeves of your coat so you don't lose them but it sure works for them <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    Wylly, thanks for the response. I have markers, too, and had considered scratching my phone number on it, but figure that markers, labels rub off over time.

    I'd only ever be leaving it at a client site - it's where I'd be with the device - so I'm thinking that it is going to be found by someone whose desk I've been working at, a semi-literate computer person. First thing they'd do is pop it in their USB to try to identify it by, say, the files.

    In fact, probably 100% of instances would find me leaving it in my contact's USB, and they'd know immediately it was me, and they already have my number .....

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    Jezza, thanks for the response.

    I don't get out much (grin), and so I'm always in the 416- or 905- area, easily recognised area codes. Around here a digit-string starting with 416- or 905- is a dead giveaway that it is a telephone number. Like 212 in that other place.

    A belt-clip would be extra weight. This doodad is smaller than a regular Yale-type house key. It's about 1/8 the volume of a cheap cigarette lighter, and lighter too.

    > attaching your mittens to the sleeves of your coat
    You laugh, but I've spent 12 months not wearing my black leather gloves. Lost one of them, couldn't bear to throw out the other, just in case .... last month it dawned on me that the "sole" glove was travelling all by itself between the front closet and the bedroom closet. Duh!

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    Why not have a simple ReadMe.txt file in the root folder? If you are most likely to leave it with someone who knows you, perhaps 'Chris Greaves.txt' would be enough, but you could include your contact details within the file as well
    (Or '00 Chris Greaves.txt' to make it listed first.)

    Other file names that come to mind are 'My Bank Details.txt' or ' Highly Personal Information.txt' or 'People I Plan To Murder.txt' - one of these would be enough to pique the curiousity of someone who found it...

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    What is more important to you? Having the USB Flash Drive returned to you, or ensuring that nobody else can read what's on it?

    If the latter, then there are particular flash drives, and addon programs, which offer this security. But not cheaply...

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    >Why not have a simple ReadMe.txt file in the root folder?

    The easiest answer to that is "because I'd format it away as quick as blink". The Volume Label is one level removed from day-to-day activities. I'm more likely to re-format the drive than relabel it. Right now I'm using it as a now-you-see-it-now-you-don't testbed for a document management system; the drectory structure gets wiped and recreated for each test.

    >My Bank Details.txt
    This neither for the same reason not "Reward offered to finder". Who'd believe it given the state of my bank statement, now that I've bought all these goodies?

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    OK - a simple key fob or dog tag wouldn't add too much bulk.

    (Flash drives have a fairly limited lifespan I believe, in comparison to your average HD. A label might conceivably outlast it...)

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    >Having the USB Flash Drive returned to you, or ensuring that nobody else can read what's on it?

    John thanks for the reply.
    The former.
    I ought not to be allowed out on the street if I'm carrying a client's 200,000 legal documents on the end of a piece of string.

    I see this device as being more useful in immediate (time and space) transfers of working files (templates, libraries etc) between machines.

    To date when using a 14MB floppy, I've used PZip25 with password protection although I suspect that today's machines processing speeds, and the affordability of a second machine dedicated to password-cracking render most of the traditional encryption methods vulnerable.

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    >Flash drives have a fairly limited lifespan

    Really? Can you offer typical figures?
    I anticipate this device being used for day-to-day working activities, like a desktop blotter pad, rather than for archival storage.
    I've had floppy diskettes fade after 15 years (serves me right!).

    So, it's a "flash drive" eh?
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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    I realise now that I didn't really know enough about how I might use this device before posing my question. I bought the device on the recommendation of a wise colleague. Given the propensity of USB drives and the dearth of floppy drives, it makes sense.

    But in that case, it is little different from carrying a floppy diskette around (except that it holds a gigabyte, and therefore has the potential to be a realy rewarding find!).

    So why didn't I use a telephone number as a Volume label on years of floppies? And why am I so worried about misplacing the device now?
    Perhaps it's because, unlike a floppy, this device set me back $100 or so, and whereas leaving a floppy behind was no big deal ("Thanks, just cut it in half and drop it in a bin"), leaving a USB device behind is a tad more expensve. Perhaps too because it is so much smaller than a floppy; there is a greater possbility of it being overlooked

    A second issue was related to the wisdom of using my 'phone number, but that is hardly confidential information at my client sites.

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    Add it to your keyring. Then it will be difficult to leave without it. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    > Add it to your keyring. Then it will be difficult to leave without it.

    Or more correctly, I'll realise that I've left the flash memory at work as I stand outside my apartment door after making the one-hour trip home by public transit!

    May I assume you see no problems with the 'phone number as a volume label?

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    Re: memory key- Return To Sender

    I've found a solution ! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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