Archive for March 28th, 2009

Computer World: Memory stick, or Memory Stick?

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Computer World:

USB flash drive, memory stick, USB memory key, Cruzer, TravelDrive, ThumbDrive, Disgo – they all describe the same thing – the little USB devices that hold gigabytes of data and can fit in your pocket. For the sake of simplicity I’ll be calling them flash drives in this bait.

However, the Memory Stick memory cards are actually called that, and that can lead to a bit of confusion, as I found.

I went into a store the other day to purchase a Memory Stick for my camcorder. Now, this store had them on shelves behind the service counter, alongside the printer ink cartridges and flash drives. The conversation went something like this.

Me: (putting other items on counter) “And can I please have a four gigabyte Memory Stick?” (pointing to where they are on the shelf.)
Sales lady: (turns to the flash drives)
Me: “No, the Memory Sticks. Like the SD cards, only Memory Sticks?”
Sales lady: “Oh. Sorry. It’s just that most people who come in here call them – “(points to the flash drives) ” – memory sticks, and these – ” (holds up the Memory Stick) ” – memory cards.”

15 Steps to Better Border Security: Reducing America’s Southern Exposure

Saturday, March 28th, 2009


One of many concerns raised by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington is the security of U.S. borders. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 established border security as a major mission for the new Department of Homeland Secu­rity (DHS). The failed congressional attempt at com­prehensive immigration reform focused renewed attention on the U.S. border with Mexico as well as on the challenges of illegal border crossings and surges in cross-border crime. In response, the Bush Adminis­tration employed additional Border Patrol agents, deployed new technologies at the border, and erected physical barriers.

These efforts have contributed to a decrease in the illegal alien population in the U.S. and to an expan­sion of cross-border security cooperation with Mex­ico. Sustaining these efforts is an essential component of regaining control of America’s southern border and battling cross-border crime cartels while improving the flow of legal goods and services across the border. This was a good start. Today, however, the Obama Administration must continue these measures and work to integrate national efforts with state and local governments as well as with private citizens.