Memory sticks in the form of USB 2.0 flash drives and memory cards, a revolutionary innovation in the form of re-writeable memories. Conventional storage methods were big and bulky, they stored very little (I’m looking at you floppy drives) and had multiple mechanical components prone to wear and tear with the passage of time and continuous use.
If we go back a couple of years, when semi conductor based memory was still progressing in the area of increased storage and compactness, the magnetic circular disks with large reader heads (Hard disks) operating over a multi wire bus interface were the leaders in storing data. Transporting something would mean that you had to break your file down into multiple bits and then transfer each bit into a floppy disk one by one and in the end it all had to be re joined painfully at the destination computer (hopefully if none of the floppy drive failed) This type of design had many flaws, especially that the computer programs were designed to be limiting in terms of features and visuals just so that they could be shrinked and stored on floppies.
The Hard disk master-slave utility saved a lot of time for those people who wanted to transfer something bigger than what a floppy could hold. And then came the golden age of CD drives with read and write ability these disks were considered the perfect revolutionary medium by many millennium computer geeks as it allowed data transfers of over 700MB.
The data revolution has not been so advanced till we saw the first memory cards in the market for media devices like your smart phones and cameras. I still remember my first SanDisk Memory card that I bought for my SLR, it was fast, small and super effective in doing what most other storage mediums were struggling to do. The next revolutionary step was the combining of this semiconductor memory on a single dye matrix allowing us to multiply the memory capacity while keeping the overall size of the card smaller.
As of now we are looking at some of the finest SanDisk USB 2.0 Flash drives and SanDisk Memory Card and when I think about them they’ve come a long way on the memory lane, if you know what I mean.