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Taking Your PC Along...on a Key Chain

Techstination feature for Friday, October 31, 2003

Taking your PC along... on a key chain. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There are more and more innovative ways in which USB flash memory devices are being used. A company called Forward Solutions has used the technology to create a product it calls Migo. CEO Joshua Feller...

"And the product essentially allows you to carry your desktop, or your desktop environment with you on a key chain so that wherever you go you can plug in, log in as though you're sitting at your own desk and you'll see all your familiar files and send and receive Outlook email as though you're sitting at your own computer."

When you leave the computer you are using... none of your settings or files are left behind. And whatever you've done while you were away from your main PC... such as email you've sent..gets synchronized...

"I come to the office and I synchronize when I get here, which updates anything that I did last night and when I go home tonight, I'll be able to open my email... log into my office, open my email and send and receive email as though I was sitting at my desk. Anything that I sent, anything I received, any contact changes I made while I was away from my office... when I come in in the morning, I'll synchronize to my desktop and it will all be updated on my desktop as though it had all happened there."

The solution works well for mobile workers. The one drawback is the limitation of the amount of data that will fit on the device. A 128 megabyte version is selling for about 150 dollars. A Migo with double the capacity is 50 dollars more. The company is planning future devices with larger capacities. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.