[LINK] Real use of flash drive lanyard

Adam Todd link at todd.inoz.com
Tue Mar 6 21:40:36 AEDT 2007

At 12:39 PM 6/03/2007, Tom Worthington wrote:
>In response I wrote a spoof press release about a fictional product:
>"... reinforced military specification  lanyard which can be attached to a 
>flash drive, or other removable electronic memory device.  The other end 
>... is secured to the uniform of the personnel responsible for the 
>information. ... will first provide a warning if the user attempts to 
>leave their workstation without removing the flash drive. If the user 
>ignores the warning, the ... will automatically eject the flash drive from 
>the workstation and retract it onto the user's uniform. ..." 
>It turns out that this is a real use. My brother, Dr. John Worthington, is 
>an Educational Consultant and Psychologist dealing with children 
><http://www.jweducation.com/>. One problem is with some children leaving 
>flash drives in PCs at school. So he suggested they be attached to a 
>retractable reel, as used by staff for swipe cards

Actually Teller staff in many banks have their security cards attacked to 
lanyards connected to them.  It's not all that uncommon.

I didn't read your original spoof, but as funny as it was, it's real.  Even 
in Film Biz :)  My production partner and I wear our flash drives arond our 
necks with all our viewable data on them.  We can swap data easily (well a 
easy as copying) and always keep the data up to data.  No matter where we 
go, as long as we have access to a computer with a USB, we can print data :)

Some DVD players, car DVD/TFT systems and other can now display data from a 
USB flash drive - JPG PDF etc.  It's rather cool :)

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