Let’s say you’re really in a rush and need to use a computer. Stick with me. Maybe you’re a hacker loading some horrible malware onto a computer, or you’re a hacker stealing documents from a computer. Maybe there’s a big presentation coming up and you need to get it done and put it on a drive to give to the projectionist operating your slide deck. That’s a third plausible scenario I just thought of. In all of these situations, you are using a USB drive. As we all know, USB is short for Universal Serial Bus. USB drives are also known as “flash drives” or “thumb drives” or “jump drives,” maybe it’s a “USB key,” or in Spider-verse parlance, a “goober.” They are small hard drives that connect to a computer’s USB ports. (Young readers who might be lost: Before “the cloud,” you needed one of these devices to move data from one computer to another. They still exist. Ask Siri or whatever. While you’re there, you might as well ask about floppy disks too.) Computers have, historically, been very annoying about USB drives. Before undocking a drive, you should use the operating system to safely eject it. If you… Read full this story
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