In case you’ve never heard of it, its an acronym for “Keep It Simple Stupid”, essentially it means don’t over complicate things. Sony has done just that with these MP3 players, they work almost identically to a flash drive, you plug them directly into the USB port on your computer, drag and drop your audio files, and it charges as the same time.
So I’ve had the 32GB Corsair Flash Survivor for a few days now which has been time enough for me to run some benchmarks on it and see how practical it is for every day use. I must say, I love it, I was copying some files to it for a friend, and I came to the realization that for once I didn’t have to worry about copying too much and filling up the flash drive mid copy as there is almost nothing I could copy to this drive that would fill it up.
So I got a package from FedEx today, inside was the Flash Survivor 32GB model, its new, and its hot, not literally though. Inside the package were the flash drive tube thingy, a USB extension cable, and a Corsair dog tag/chain that I chose to put the flash drive on along with the dog tag.
There’ve been a few 32GB SDHC media cards surfaced in the last 6 months. One of them was a promising in development class 6 SDHC from Panasonic compared to much lower speed Sandisk Ultra II or class 4 models from Toshiba or PNY. Being the fastest media available, it also comes with a hug price tag. If you gotto have a 32GB class 6 SDHC with a warranted minimum transfer rate of 6MB/s up to 20MB/s, then check out the Panasonic. It should be available around April with manufacturer's suggested retail price of $699! Otherwise, get the cheaper 32GB Sandisk Ultra II at half the price. Both should be released around the same time.
Sony raised the bar with the announcement of USMGLX series PocketBit USB memory stick. The new lineup has 5 models, each with different storage capacity ranged from 1GB, 2GB, 4Gb, 8GB to 16GB. The Pocketbit is Mac and PC compatible with Vista-readyboost ability. It has a cool LED lit and high speed reading transfer rate of 31 MB/s. They will be available in Japan around March with the price of 22,800 yen ($210 USD equiv.) for the 16GB model.
If you have been (not so) patiently waiting for the Everex CloudBook notebook to come out, and just can’t wait any longer, you can create the same thing on an Eee PC. All you have to do is go find the latest build of the gOS and then get the Ubuntu drivers for your Eee, past that, installation should be a breeze.
The two notebooks hardware wise are nearly identical, so there won’t be much of a difference there, you’ll just have pretend it doesn’t say “ASUS” on the lid. I have no clue why you’d switch between two different Linux distros that are already pretty close to the same though, but if the gOS is what really makes you happy then go for it.
The low-end versions of ASUS' Eee laptop have received much of the attention - not least because of their bargain basement price tags - but up at the top they're having problems keeping up with demand for their 8GB model. SLC (single-level cell) NAND flash memory, which the Eee uses for storage instead of a traditional hard-drive, is currently in short supply, and ASUS has had to cut off shipments of the 8GB Eee to Taiwan until availability increases.