If you live near St. Ann, Missouri, the Big Lots on St. Charles Rock Road near Ashby Road had PNY brand 2GB flash drives (thumb drives, memory sticks, USB drives, whatever you want to call them) yesterday for $8-$10 (US.)

My husband got me one in lime and one in berry-blue; they both came with backpack clips.

I don’t know how anyone can live without a USB drive on their backpack or daypack or purse or briefcase.

PNY Metro Drives

PNY Metro Drives

If you’re in Big Lots, be sure to see if they have any USB drives that you can pick up for cheap (They’ve had Kensington and PNY brands in the last few weeks, and both are good brands.) If you are not near a Big Lots, you can get PNY flash drives online at > PNY <. They are probably not discounted like they would be at Big Lots, plus you pay shipping, but even if you don’t buy online, check out the way cool styles of flash drives they offer.

Networking TIP!

Networking TIP!

It’s good to bank that kind of fun tech-knowledge and use it when you’re stuck for something to say at a networking event. Networking can be broken down to a four-step process. First you establish rapport. Then you gain credibility. Then you explore areas of mutual benefit. Then you establish a follow up step. Talking about the vintage style PNY thumb drives (see link!) can establish rapport and gain credibility, on some levels, at a business luncheon. Hang the thumb drive on your cell phone case, set the phone on vibrate and put it on the table at a luncheon. Let the conversation begin!

In addition to the USB drive being a conversation piece at a networking event, it’s a very convenient piece of hardware. One you start to carry a flash drive with you, you will start to think of ways to use it, and you will wonder how you ever lived without one. I use mine to carry my usernames and passwords in a portable + encrypted program called RoboForm2Go (basic version is a free download online.) It beats carrying all that info around on scaps of paper.

I hook the flash drive onto my keychain, and I have my account information for every online account I use on the drive with me at all times (work + home.) Believe me, I have LOTS of accounts, and this combo makes life soooo much simpler!

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