The life of a technology journalist is an endless whirlwind of cocktail receptions, champagne launches and debauched parties, as manufacturers and PR types try to butter us up for their latest products. It never works, of course: we're as neutral as a beige pashmina. But we still wake up the next morning bleary-eyed and hurty-headed, our pockets full of half-chewed canapés, mystery ladygirls' phone numbers and odd little bits of plastic: the ubiquitous press release on a USB stick. It's high time we celebrated these mini-megabyte marvels, so we called in CNET UK's Fashion and Stylish Storage Editor, Gok Wanhundredandtwentyeightmeg:
"Hello lovers! Press events are as predictable as 80s revivals. There'll be a selection of old-school print journalists in seriously awful photographer vests asking questions about processors (in six parts), gaggles of online hacks in ill-fitting jeans tweeting madly like anyone actually cares, and of course your fave fashion-forward CNET UK fashionista, Gok Wanhundredandtwentyeightmeg, with one eye on my fuchsia netbook, one on the champagne tab, and one on the line of my trousers.
"And whether we're racing rally cars, weirding out at IFA, or breaking the bank at Monte Carlo, we always come back with pockets full of woefully under-specced USB sticks. The days of paper press releases are long gone, and these miracles of modern engineering mean we can get all the specs we need for the latest gadgets and gizmos. We had a whip-round at CNET Towers and now we're showing this capsule collection of USB sticks what we found lying about the place. Continuez-click to see the best-dressed USBs, darling. Mwah!"
We love our credit cards almost as much as we love our limbs, and Olympus and Philips really own the fold-out USB thingamajig in these credit card-sized numbers. Wipeout's USB connector is fixed -- daring detail or fashion faux pas?
Lastly but not leastly, this season sees some welcome flashes of eccentricity, such as Java's oh-so-organic earthy tones, Emtec's daring candy swirl, and General Electric's totes adorable snapper. Ciao!