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The Flash Drive Conundrum

I’m not always against progress, as such. Progress for the sake of progress, sometimes; “progress” for the sake of marketing or advertising, however, is something that really very much annoys me.

My general rule of thumb is that anything notably durable, well-made, or simply exceptionally well-suited for its intended purpose will be discontinued. Probably within a few months, certainly by the time that any reasonably attentive person would go “Huh, that’s really quite remarkable”.

This is depressingly true where flash drives are concerned. I kind of expect this for consumer products, but for quite a few years I’ve been buying “enterprise” or “corporate” drives which are encrypted and certified to meet FIPS 140-2 (and other, such as HIPAA and GLBA) standards. You’d think that stuff like this would tend to have a longer product life-cycle, but… nope.
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