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State of USB Spring 2016 – Part 3 (and Snail Jokes) (and Cookie Monster)

State of USB Spring 2016 – Part 3  (and Snail Jokes)

This blog will focus on Storage and USB 3.1. Storage and Snail Jokes.  Jokes you can’t get anywhere else on the internet.

Unless you search for them.

USB 3.1 Gen 2 for High Capacity External Storage

Seagate launched the (industry’s (I’d say universe’s) first* external, bus powered USB 8 TB GB* drive.  This means the only cable connected to the drive is the USB cable. All the power is provided by the connected PC (or DVR or TV).  There isn’t an additional dedicated power cable needed

*Update April 12, 2016 – I say industry’s first because I looked for one on the internet and couldn’t find a single disk, USB external drive of 8 TB is size.  There are 8TB RAID systems with multiple drives but not single drive, single USB cable versions, as far as I can tell. With the help of Google.

http://www.seagate.com/about-seagate/news/seagate-launches-worlds-first-usb-powered-master-pr/

The size of the drive, meaning 3.5 inch platter, multiple platters, means more power is needed to spin up the drive.  USB 3.1 provides that power, and Type C ensures enough power (for more on this check the previous 2 posts)

https://blogs.synopsys.com/tousbornottousb/2016/03/18/usb-type-c-more-power-part-1/

https://blogs.synopsys.com/tousbornottousb/2016/03/25/usb-type-c-more-power-part-2/

So more power with Type-C enables a single cable, USB powered 8 TB drive.

USB 3.1 Gen 2 for Fast External Storage

For USB 3.1 SSDs, you can build your own.

Looking at Amazon I found 2 examples.

The first example lets you plug in any super fast SATA 3 drive and make it a drive outside your PC, that is just as fast to access as the drive inside your PC.   So you could build at 1 TB, USB 3.1 drive for about 230 dollars for the 1 TB SSD, and about 25 bucks for the SSD enclosure.  That external drive will operate just as fast as an internal SATA drive.  And it fits in your pocket.

USB 3.1 Gen 2 for SATA SSD

So if you have a powerful ultrathin PC that has a small SSD inside, you can store all your videos for editing outside the PC.  You can use the power of the processor for editing and accessing the videos on the external drive that you built.  This gives you the best of both worlds: An ultrathin portable PC and when you are sitting around at home, a way to quickly edit your videos without them taking up lots of space on your laptop’s limited SSD.

You can even build a smaller mSATA based drive to reduce the carrying size/weight of the drive.  So it fits in a smaller pocket.

USB 3.1 Gen 2 for mSATA SSD

For fun, before the snail jokes, here’s the best mobile phone commercial in the universe.

The best mobile phone commercial ever with Cookie Monster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbWyYr82BM

Behind the scenes with Cookie Monster and Siri

https://youtu.be/Wk5qT_814xM

And Cookie Monster turns to fruit
http://www.cc.com/video-clips/zcd35g/the-colbert-report-cookie-monster

Snail Jokes

Joke 0

Whats the difference between a politician and a snail? One is slimy, a pest and leaves a trail everywhere, and the other is a snail.

Joke 1

What did the snail say when he jumped on the turtle’s back? “Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!”

Joke 2

A snail walks into a bank to make a deposit. Then a turtle comes in and robs the bank. Afterward, the police are interviewing the snail and asks him to recount what had happened. The snail says, “I don’t know, it all happened so fast.”

Joke 3

A farmer hears a knock at his door late one winter’s night. He opens his door, looks around and looks down and there, at his doorstep, is a snail. The snail says, “Can I come in, I’m really coooooold?”
The Farmer says, “No, get outta here you stupid snail,” and kicks him across the garden.
Spring comes, then summer then fall and before you know it, it’s winter again, The farmer hears a knock on his door. He opens the door, looks around and sees that same snail from last year, who says, “What did you do that for?”

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