Remember years ago when you didn’t have Dropbox or Air Sharing and you relied on a trusty USB pen when you went somewhere and needed to physically pass files around? I do. Having spent almost 10 years doing training and going from office to office, computer to computer, it saved my life many times.
In 2007, I met one of the Mozilla guys at a conference (I think it was Benjamin Smedberg) and he gave me the last USB pen I ever owned.
I tucked it in my backpack, and that little guy has been everywhere with me, even causing momentary confusion in Germany when a customs agent pulled it out of my bag and excitedly showed it to me. At the time I thought I was about to get interrogated by a German Jack Bauer; turns out he just was a Firefox lover. It saved my butt once again late last week, when I was in a foreign computer lab with no internet access (wireless or otherwise). I’m sitting there with my laptop, needing to get files to another computer that’s hooked up to a projector, and drawing a blank. I momentarily contemplated burning a single file to a blank DVD, but then I remembered ol’faithful. So out it came, files got moved, and I tucked it away quickly into my pocket in case I needed it later.
...And then I did something stupid…
Turns out I didn’t need it afterall, so it stayed in my pocket. Later that night I thought it would be a good idea to do laundry. Here’s what I woke up to the next morning coming out of the dryer.
Feeling a little stupid, I grabbed my crap off the floor and put it in my office. Just right now, I decided to plug it in.
That little guy went through an entire wash/dry cycle, and came out the other end shiny and still capable. And that’s how I know (fire)foxes can hold their breath!