Anyone who works with a computer — in any capacity — really should have a Universal Serial Bus, or USB drive. They’re used for transferring files, storing documents and sharing picture, music and video files. The bottom line: They’re essential.
Futomaki sushi USB
As tempting as it may be, avoid sticking this realistically delicious-looking Futomaki sushi USB drive in your mouth. Instead, stick it in your computer’s USB slot. It holds 1GB worth of material and costs $99. If Futomaki is not your flavor of choice, there are a handful of other sushi selections, all hand-made in Tokyo, starting at $79. Available at www.dynamism.com.
Swiss Memory USB
It’s all the geek essentials rolled into one: USB flash drive, laser pointer, army knife, nail file, screwdriver, scissors and pen. Geek or not, it’s one handy device, with memory capacities of 512MB to 2GB, from $69 to $99. For frequent fliers worried about security, the drive detaches and reattaches to the tools, which include a knife. Available at www.thinkgeek.com.
Depending on how you look at it, the 4GB IronKey can be classified as either the overprotective drama queen of USB drives, or the gadget-y private detective. That’s because the IronKey holds a hardware encryption chip that scrambles your document. Ãœber hackers beware! After 10 failed password attempts, the encryption chip self-destructs and the drive fills itself with a chemical coating that hardens, protecting the drive. Yikes! From $78.99 to $299.99. Available at www.thinkgeek.com.