Friday, July 20, 2007

Another application of the flash drive

Perhaps others are doing this, but this is the first time I've noticed it. The State Bar of Texas, at its annual summer meeting in San Antonio this year, gave to registrants (it was included in the fee) a flash drive containing a library of materials for the 70 hours of continuing legal education programs that were part of the meeting. Provision of the flash drive and its contents was underwritten by the State Bar itself and by the bar's family law section. I'm always surprised when people don't know about flash (key, thumb, etc.) drives. I think that many people learn about computer-related items at work and that the infotech people are not eager to have employees using these items and perhaps compromising the security of the workplace's systems. Something else that amazes me about these items is how much cheaper they're becoming, almost day by day. The program material for the annual meeting bills the innovation of the flash drive as a saver of paper, which it is. Here's what the meeting program said: "Materials for all CLE programs at the Annual Meeting are included on the flash drive. Hard copies of the CLE materials are not available. However, attendees may purchase and print copies at a 40-percent discount at the UPS Store located in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center."


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