The Thumb Drive Gospel

In the beginning there was memory, and it was called flash. It was small, expensive but convenient and the geeks saw that it was good.

What is a thumb drive?

Research done at Microsoft recently found that much of the time the most effective way of moving files around was via the sneakernet. Thumb drives are small pocket sized devices that have no moving parts and can store almost as much information as a CD-R. They use flash memory to hold the data and connect to a computer via a USB port. They generally can get on to all but the most locked-down computers and can be used to remove or transfer computer files. I use a 256MB Sony MicroVault

Why do I need a thumb drive?

Your work computer doesn’t have a CD writer and you want to move a presentation or work on it at home. You could run an FTP server and move the files electronically, but this could be hacked, is hard for a nebbish to set up and relies on your broadband service provider to not fall down at the wrong moment. Its cross platform, I can use mine on my Mac and PCs at work

Cover thy ass

A friend of mine recently ended up in court. The wrangle ended in their favour but it could have been avoided. At the time, redundancies were on the cards and they had developed a business plan in association with another friend regarding the possibility of setting up a new business. The time past and all that was left of the idea was a pipe dream on an spreadsheet that was stored on a network drive that had backed up their email account. Years later when their employer wanted to get rid of them, they used the file as evidence in a legal move to get them out the door. Anything like this, do on a removable drive if you have to use a work computer at all.

Out-Law Posse

Masons are a large and respected legal firm. What on earth are they doing with a kick-ass website? Out-Law.com is their online presence, as well as a weekly news round up, a quarterly magazine and helpful guides they even have some cool online games in their fun section.

The site is a classic example of the way a website should interact with prospective customers rather than the starched-collar brochureware you see elsewhere in the legal sector.

Free Party

The One Cell Brain crew are throwing a party tonight. Info line details below:

From the One Cell Brain newsletter service

Well here you are on a lovely sunny London afternoon with another World (or at least London) famous outdoor party coming your way today Saturday 7th August.

Lift off is at 10pm and all things permitting we hope to go on until midday on Sunday. Weather reports are very favourable with temperatures of 30deg predicted for Sunday so bring your sunscreen and shorts.

It will be in a different location… details to be released tonight after 9pm but I can tell you that it will be in zone 3 again.

Phone us on our recorded message partylines to get details tonight after 9pm:

07932 066485

07958 502769

07985 200554

You can speak to one of the crew tonight after 10pm

07932 758687

So that\’s OCB Outdoor party *TONIGHT* Saturday 7th August from 10pm

See ya there

Love and Flowers

Thee OCB Boyz n Girlz

The Demise of the Superfreak

First of all sorry about the late posting on this, but needs must, Musician, songwriter and producer Rick James died on Friday. For most people under the age of 35, Rick was the artist whose work was sampled my MC Hammer to provide the backing track to his smash hit U Can’t Touch this. Rick was one of a wave of artists like Cameo who were influenced by the likes of James Brown and George Clinton. His style of music discussing sex and drugs in a funky way influenced the rap community. Classic cuts include the Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long and his own Mary Jane (see the connection here), Superfreak and Give it to me baby. Newswire coverage of his demise can be found here.

LexisNexis – the web isn’t everything


Over the past few days I’ve had an opportunity to use LexisNexis Professional. LexisNexis is an information database drawn from 11,000 publications and other sources. It reminded me of how much information never goes into Google, a quick search revealed far more of my press releases (though not all of them) than a search on Google would do.

The web front end to it is friendly than I remember Factiva, although the earlier Dow Jones Newswire service that was one of the parents of Factiva has not been bettered. In order to make the most of LexisNexis you have to have a four page cheat sheet of commands, which betray its old school database roots.

The whole process has reminded me how overrated the web is an information source nowadays, especially as media players have partitioned off and price segmented much of the information. Projects like Wikipedia are useful but will only go so far.

Link: a quick rundown of the features and usage of LexisNexis by Sheffield University.