Librarian Geek at the West Warwick Public Library

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Use your USB device at the library

The Reference area computers now have USB hubs! You'll notice these funky little devices taped attractively to the tops of two of the Dell computers. You may already have seen them and wondered what they were. Well, they allow you to bring in your digital camera, USB drive (also known as a memory stick, or a flash drive), or just about any device that has a USB connector and you can plug them in and use them on these library computers so long as the device doesn't require a software installation to run.

Be sure to read the instructions posted on these machines with details about the use of the USB hubs and how to safely unplug your device when you're through using the computer.
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  • This is a great idea. Thanks - I can now buy a memory stick and start saving my many files in one place and get rid of all my floppies.
    Can I buy a memory stick at the library? If not where?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 19, 2004 at 10:54 AM  

  • The library doesn't sell memory sticks, but you can find them at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, just about any place that sells computer related equipment. You can also check those stores online to see their selection and pricing information.

    A floppy disk holds about 1.4Mb of information, so a 64Mb pen drive is equal to about 45 floppy disks and a 128MB pen drive is equal to about 91 floppy disks.

    By Blogger Laura, at July 19, 2004 at 1:17 PM  

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