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[Web] SWAUG REVIEW: USB Pen Drive on AmigaANN.lu
Posted on 30-Apr-2003 22:37 GMT by matthew@swaug.org.uk (Edited on 2003-05-01 18:29:38 GMT by Christian Kemp)7 comments
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Take a look at the latest review on SWAUG.org.uk. The USB Pen Drive gets the spotlight treatment this time and we see how well it works on the Amiga. Could this technology be the end of floppy disks or even the Iomega Zip 100 ? Find out here: www.swaug.org.uk/pendrive. Watch out for more reviews coming soon from SWAUG.org.uk
SWAUG REVIEW: USB Pen Drive on Amiga : Comment 1 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Rik Sweeney on 01-May-2003 06:45 GMT
It's a good job that the Pen Drive worked, it would have been a short review otherwise ;)
SWAUG REVIEW: USB Pen Drive on Amiga : Comment 2 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Ole-Egil on 01-May-2003 09:10 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Rik Sweeney):
Hehe, yeah.

But it's a good review, and I've been meaning to buy a Pen Drive for at least half a year now. Not that my Mediator system has USB, but the A1 has USB, and the PC at work has USB. For now I'm using CompactFlash and a CF reader, but that means I have to carry both the media and the reader (ok, so it weighs in at about 4 times the weight of a floppy disk, but still :-) )
SWAUG REVIEW: USB Pen Drive on Amiga : Comment 3 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Christian Kemp on 01-May-2003 09:58 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Ole-Egil):
That's what I used to do: lug around a 5-in-1 reader with a 64 or 128 MB Smartmedia, depending on which one I had to spare at the moment. I'm thinking that this is a better solution than a pen drive, because you can use whatever your digital camera (or whatever other mobile device you have) doesn't currently need. On top of being re-useable for other purposes, it also shouldn't cost more than most pen drives retail for.

Nowadays, I just take my JVC laptop... although it weighs more (still, less than 1kg), at least I can run whatever application and store whatever data I want, without having to care about having any of it stored on my work machine, or accessible via my work machine. (We can only access the Internet via Citrix Mainframe, which allows the Citrix administrator to access all my local files and shared drives even if specific file permissions are set.) And once I get home, I just plug the laptop into the hub and can access whatever work I've been doing on it during the day at 100MBit. :)
SWAUG REVIEW: USB Pen Drive on Amiga : Comment 4 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by catohagen on 01-May-2003 10:33 GMT
pretty cool stuff....700kb/s equals speed of a 10mbit nic? So with a bios with
"boot from USB" and you'll have a pretty safe OS recovery disk/pen :)
SWAUG REVIEW: USB Pen Drive on Amiga : Comment 5 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by redrumloa on 01-May-2003 15:23 GMT
It says alot that a platform as forgotten as the Amiga can use something as new as a pen drive.
SWAUG REVIEW: USB Pen Drive on Amiga : Comment 6 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Matthew on 01-May-2003 16:10 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (redrumloa):
Well that's the whole point of doing the reviews of these newer products: showing people that the Amiga is MORE than capable of running the majority of things that average consumers want to do.

There's too much predudice about the Amiga- even from Amiga owners who are too short sighted to discover new things about the computer in front of them. They eventually give up on the Amiga and take an easy option- buy a PC where everythings done for them and they don't have to think too hard.... ;-D
SWAUG REVIEW: USB Pen Drive on Amiga : Comment 7 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Joe "Floid" Kanowitz on 02-May-2003 09:53 GMT
FWIW, they make single-format CF and SD? readers the approximate size of pendrives, now. These tend to be cheap as dirt, too, and probably use the same chipsets as the all-in-ones.
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