This week's report is an ode, unfortunately in prose, to my little purple drive. There it is on the left, depicted more or less in actual size. The technical term for this item of my affection is a "USB drive." Why am I so fond of mine that I searched for a picture of it on the Web?
About two years ago, it became the perfect solution for a knotty problem: drafting documents on too many different computers. In the Godfrey offices of Schaeffer & Lamere, I use two different computers in two different offices. Now that I'm "of counsel" to this firm, I also have an office in Clayton, Missouri--with a different computer. At home there are two computers that I use. Finally, for traveling, there are two different laptops (one belongs to Andrea, but I like hers better).
Thanks to Microsoft, which is screwing up the world one operating system at a time, many of these computers have various incompatibilities. But my little purple drive doesn't care. I just put it into the USB port of any computer and the computer "sees" it as another drive. I can use it to store the documents I'm working on at the moment, or I can use it to transfer files between computers. If I'm out of town, I can use it in computers belonging to other lawyers. Though USB drives are made in sizes that store gigabytes of data, the 120 MB mine holds is more than adequate.
I don't know what I'd do without my little purple drive. If anyone ever thought to steal it with all its data, I'd give my car to get it back. (Strike that--I'm going to start backing it up more frequently.)