USB DNA Sequencer!

What if you could put a few bacterial cells into a USB stick, plug it into your laptop, and get back a complete DNA sequence in a matter of minutes? via Wired

This would be a total game changer – How many times have we heard this? I don’t know why a small disposable USB DNA sequencer could be useful. Usually in the world of diminishing the prices of products, you can reduce features or/and reduce performance. Usually reducing size leads to an increase in price, so this product contradicts logic, but we’ll know if this is vapor or not really soon.

Tim, can I have an USB port on my iPad, please?

One thing that I really think lacks on the iPad is an USB port. I don’t really want to connect any fancy thing to it, just a stupid usb flashdrive so I could share some documents to other people when I’m on the road and don’t have internet access.

Is that so difficult? I could even consider buying an external adapter (paying the customary 39$ that apple charges for those iPad adapters) just to be able to plug in a pen…

A simple 2GB pen could act as external storage and apps could use them as ‘send to’ location. That would without a doubt allow the iPad to truly replace my laptop in many field trips with colleagues.

And although what I want is a very simple thing, imagine the possibilities that would open up for all other USB devices out there! Imagine that, think different!

If apple is trying to merge Desktop computing and Mobile computing, apple needs to mix what is prevalent and important on both sides, and storage is probably the most important thing, and it can’t be fully replaced by cloud storage, at least not when there’s no cloud.

Aplicações portáteis em 30 grama


Embora não seja um utilizador assíduo de máquinas com Windows, por vezes tenho necessidade de as utilizar. Acontece que não sou grande fá de utilizar o que as outras pessoas têm instalado.

Assim normalmente ando com uma pen onde tenho instaladas uma colecção de aplicações que preciso normalmente: OpenOffice, Firefox, Gaim, PuTTy e FileZilla são algumas das essenciais e felizmente há um pacote que as instala a todas na Pen.

Chama-se PortableApps e as aplicações correm a partir da pen sem invadir o sistema anfitrião.

Quando saio do sistema, nada fica registado, nada deixo para trás e numa pen de 512 MB posso trazer um ambiente portátil que pesa 30 grama.