by Michael Dorausch, DC

I came home from the office tonight and on the table there was this new 8 Gb USB memory stick I had ordered last week. It’s about that time of year that people start thinking about gifts, and personally, I think this is something most tech geeks would just love (I know I would).

Xporter XT Boost A USB memory stick is one of those items that you can’t have too many of. I probably have around a dozen ranging from 256 Mb up to this latest one at eight gigs.

When I broke it out of the plastic I loaded it up on a Windows XP system. I love that there was no craplet software preinstalled on the stick. I copied over a couple of gigs of movie files over to the USB stick and launched them from there. Files played smoothly with no sign of slowness.

Looking at the packaging it appears that Patriot Memory has corporate headquarters on Benicia Street in Fremont, California. Of course I had to check if there were any chiropractors in that area. Looks like the city is not far from Life Chiropractic College West, which is north in Hayward, California.

Memory sticks like these make great tools for chiropractors and other small-business owners. I have found they are a great way to do quick backups of office data. I typically recommend people get a few of these so they can rotate backups on the sticks. You may even want to label your memory sticks for designated days of the week.

I picked up an iPod Touch a few weeks ago, and that was a cool gadget is well, but it’s certainly not as practical or affordable as a memory stick. I believe this one cost me around 80 bucks.

If you’re thinking about gift giving ideas for your friends that have iPhones and/or iPods, consider shopping for some accessories, as they are more affordable than the original products and I’m betting most people would love such gadget add-ons.

patriot 8 GB USB card

This memory stick is a bit thicker than the others I have, but it has a nice and solid rubber casing. The particular one I got flashes with a blue LED when its active. I’m assuming all the sticks of this model use the same color LED.

I’ll be putting together a list of cool gadgets I think would be great for chiropractors and chiropractic offices (and other small businesses) for the holiday season. You can definitely count this item on the list.