USB Dongles: The Variety
With miniturization, it’s fascinating to see all the things people are building with USB. Here’s a small summary:
* “Memory + Wifi”:http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1533. Gigabyte GN-WLBZ201 and the TwinMOST “B241”:http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/69/34565.html is a USB 1.1 device (so kinda slow) with 32-256MB of flash memory plus a 802.11b card inside of it. Great idea for older laptops. Two in one.
* “Security Tokens, Fingerprint scanner and more”:http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/54/34656.html. Great Register overview of some of the cool uses of the technology. Security tokens are Aladdin eToken, RSA SecuID6100, “WISeKey”:http://www.wisekey.ch/ fingerprint scanner
* “Key Computer Xkey”:http://www.key-computing.com/ has a processor and has the Seaside Exchange client inside of it so that you can walk up to any machine, hook up to your email, this gets store on flash and leaves no trace on the host computer. Cool. It has an ARM processor on it so it is expensive, I’m wondering why it needs ARM probably because the client scatters bits of registry gunk everywhere otherwise.