I lost my coat in a restaurant and the USB thumbdrive as well :-(.
A good excuse to get another one, so which one to get. The main criteria seems to be how big is the drive and how fast is it. Most of the software that comes with these things seems to be junk (secure section of the flash drive or booting from it).
Although they advertise that these are USB 2.0, the actual speed of the flash memory limits things. The average drive is 7MBps read and 7MBps write. Typically, they cost about $80. If you spend a little more, you can get flash that is twice as fast running at 17MBps read for instance and 10MBps write. I don't know if it is worth the extra$20, but there it is. Here are some reviews:
* The Tech Zone Computer Hardware Reviews of PQI 1GB. Robert gave me one of these and I promptly lost it. It is so small. You can stick two in a credit card sized holder. About $90 and it weights 3 grams! * "Verbatim Store-and-go":http://www.thetechzone.com/?m=show&id=145. This baby actually has an onboard ARM 7 microprocessor in it! Reads at 17MBps and writes at 10Mpbs. Cost is about$95 from mwave.