8 Outdated Gadgets You Must Toss

8. Thumb drives
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8. Thumb drives

That’s right, I’m a thumbdrive dissenter now. I used to be an advocate, until I realized a few things about these small gadgets you stick in a USB port for transferring files. For one, they are way too easy to lose. Many of them do not provide enough memory, but there is a much more nefarious problem. In a few cases, I started relying on thumbdrives for more than just moving files—I stored some files on a thumbdrive and deleted the original files. Big mistake. (Fortunately, I also have a Dropbox back-up.) The drives tend to go up in smoke. You plug in the drive and no files are listed or the drive stops working, or… you drop it off a cliff. They are just one more (tiny) gadget to manage. — John Brandon