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The New Yorker magazine: Coming to a portable hard drive near you

A while back, The New Yorker magazine made headlines by releasing "The Complete New Yorker"--the entire archives of the magazine from its 1925 debut to the present--on a set of DVDs. Now the Condé Nast publication has gone a step further by introducing a collection of all 4,000+ back issues stored on a 3-by-5-inch 80GB portable hard drive.

The sleek little aluminum device, which can connect to a Windows or Mac OSX computer via a USB port, retails for $299. Buying the DVD edition of "The Complete New Yorker," however, is only $59. So, unless you need your vintage New Yorker fix on airplanes or at your local Starbucks, the bulkier DVD set might be a better deal.