An E-book reader.
Because this is my first e-reader, I can't judge it against it's peers. It works well.
It is spectacular hardware-wise. Its software works, but it is sometimes obviously or even critically lacking. It lacking a file browser and respecting directories is bad enough that I can't really use it for its intended purpose, and almost regret buying it.
The Chain of Trust >
I have trust issues with all storage, but flash memory-based storage is particularly unreliable.
TL;DR - Stubby metal drives are a problem.
See also Testing USB storage
Hardware > USB >
When a USB stick has been used for, say, a bootable Linux distribution, it usually cannot be re-used as a mass storage device by, say, Windows. These instructions are to wipe/reset a usb stick so it will work as it used to.
(This is largely untested)
Computers > Hardware >
Problem: A USB stick cannot boot with any of Porteus, the boot-repair LiveUSB, or SystemRescueCD. It used to be bootable with Porteus, and before that it could boot with other Linux LiveUSB distributions.
An fast, moderate-sized and extraordinarily cheap drive.
Refurbished, but these seem to be in good shape. Don't expect the intel manufacturer's warranty to have much, if any, time left. You're leaning on newegg, and then perhaps your credit card's insurance policy, if it has one.
A basic dictaphone and mp3 player.
It records with horrible static with both its in-built and provided microphone, but its mp3 playback is spectacular. Its utterly shit mp3 interface, slow song switching and no shuffle make it basically useless as a player.
I bought this lower-sized version because it mentioned having a lithium battery. It does not, which pisses me off to no end.
While this works, it is definitely not recommended. Buy something else, even if it costs more.
A simple adapter to get SD cards working in a CF (CompactFlash) reader.
Does the job!
A reasonable all-around reader, particularly good because it can read CF (CompactFlash) cards.
Great features and high quality.