Re: Nerd Alert

Jim Stutsman
 

It's not really about glamour, more about necessity. The WiFi on the 15000 works great for most folks, but not at all for some. If your machine is too far away from your computer (about 16 feet) then you can't send by USB cable. That leaves the USB stick. For all models prior to the 15000 (12000, 11000, 300E, et al) there is no WiFi and USB drives are the main method of transfer.

This is probably a good time to mention that you should NEVER use a USB drive as your means of design storage, at least not without substantial backup. USB drives use a chemical process to record data, and there is a limit to how many times they can be written to. It's a very high number, but they do eventually wear out. When they do, data may disappear.

Dropbox has been around long enough that it's probably a safe storage option, especially if paid. However they recently reduced the number of devices that can use a single free account. Like all "cloud" services, they are great until the provider either disappears or decides to cut the service. Several online photo storage companies have shut down in the past, often causing customers to lose photos. Google has been notorious for offering up free services, then killing them if they don't add to their insanely high bottom line. Even storing data in your own home is not guaranteed. Leaving out theft, fire, flood, etc. there is always the possibility that one day there will be no way to read the media that your data is stored on. You can still get USB floppy drives, but what about the old 5 1/4" or 8 1/2" floppies? CDs are subject to "rot" from fungus spores embedded in the dye. Nothing is forever, other than perhaps the IRS.

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