Tuesday, December 13, 2011

When is a USB Key Not a Flash Drive?

When it's a webkey.

It's a dirty little trick!  I picked up what I thought was a standard USB key from a vendor (COMMVAULT) at VMworld 2010.  I recently had a need to have a few small documents on hand and thought I would re-use this device as a flash drive to store these docs.

I inserted the USB key into the USB port and waited while the familiar "Windows is installing the driver for this device" message popped-up.  About 1 second after that, I saw the Start | Run window pop-up and it almost looked like someone was typing a URL in the text box and hit enter.  Next thing I know I'm looking at Commvault's VMworld 2010 website.

You can learn more by Googling "webkey".  This is basically a stick that when you plug it in, opens a URL.  That's it.  There's no flash memory on it.

Boo Commvault and whomever else is using these things.  I mean really?  Text or email me the URL, that will be much more handy.  The Commvault webkey that opens a 2 year-old web site now sits in the trashcan. I give webkeys a big thumbs-down!  Just a bad idea.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more. Why waste what could be a very useful flash drive on a over-hyped advertisement to your site? At least make it so we see the initial ad(for shits and giggles) and then let us wipe it and use it as it should be used. Booooooo!!!