8 Things to do with a USB thumbdrive
- Make an encrypted text file with all your user/pass combinations for important sites and accounts. Banking, webmail and forum logins are all great candidates for this list, but if you really want to be anal about it you can include machine logins, combinations for locks, almost anything. Don’t forget to include a copy of the program used for encryption/decryption on the thumb drive.
- Scan copies of important documents like your driver’s license, auto insurance certificate, birth certificates, credit card information and social security cards. Keep .jpgs on the thumb drive for easy reference. It should go without saying that these should also be encrypted. Identity theft sucks.
- Drop a MAME emulator and some games on it. The emulator software can run on almost any machine since it requires so little in terms of resources and you can kill a ton of time with some classic arcade games.
- If you work primarily on Windows PCs, antivirus and anti-spyware can save your ass. Spybot and Ad-aware should now become your best friends when you are at a friend’s or family member’s machine and they ask you ‘Why computer slow?’. If you work primarily on mac, you can just not worry about it. 🙂
- Load it up with mp3s and turn it into an mp3 player for your car with a Thumbdrive FM transmitter. Just plug the transmitter into your car lighter and plug the thumbdrive into the transmitter. Now you can play your maudlin emo crybaby piano vagina rock all night long.
- Keep an OS on it! There are Linux distros so small that you can throw a copy on a thumb drive as small as 128 MB. PuppyOS is only 90 MB, and that includes the operating system and dozens, if not hundreds, of open-source applications allowing you to do everything from edit and save Microsoft Word documents to web browsing to video and picture editing.
- Backup your bookmarks folder. Not only is it really handy to have your bookmarks with you if you are on a public computer or a friend’s machine, but a backup of your bookmarks can save you from the devastating loss of not being able to remember where exactly you found that 20 second clip of that girl you knew from high school with a cock up her pooper.
- Tear the case off and armor it in indestructible clear resin! This guy did it and he was nice enough to document the whole process for the rest of us. Lets thank Russell A. Jones everybody!
What do you have on your USB drive?