I have been attending CES for many years now. Most recently, I have attended as a Photographer for ASE, but I have also worn the hat of the owner of my own IT infrastructure consulting company, as the IT director for Supreme Security Systems, and as a buyer. Never before have I been as concerned about the real impact the economy is having on our country. Even in the recession of the nineties, or in the post 2001 aftermath, there was still a buzz and lots of energy being directed toward innovation and the future. Yesterday and today I hear tale after tale of job losses, project/product cancellations and a very defensive posture toward the future. Many companies and their employees seem content to just hope they survive. I believe however that although the length of this recession may be longer than many expect, the bottom is pretty much at hand with a long period of a realtively flat economy. That being said, the winners will be those who trust in their ideas and continue to innovate and provide quality products. An example which Aron pointed out is Antec....I saw quite a few new and novel enclosures with no corners being cut in their usual quality. I will write more about many products, including a diverse array of battery/green power products, but the most important lesson that CES 2009 reinforces for me, is that you can choose to wither away, or use adversity to grow.
Speaking personally, I never saw the point of small form factor flash drives. They aren't particularly smaller than the equivalent SD Card, they often cost the same (or more) than the equivalent SD card, and they usually aren't as durable as the equivalent SD card. Throw in the low speeds they usually have, the lack of usability compared to SD cards and the fact that most computers these days come with built-in SD readers and the problem just gets more pronounced.
First, some background: My Vista Ultimate install on the Lappy broke both of the Interstate games for some reason (they both should work, but they don't. And I'm not going to fight them). This is unacceptable. I want to dual boot Vista Ultimate and Media Center 2005 to solve the problem (as well as various other game annoyances), so I can use Media Center for various iffy programs; but my current hard drive is too small to do so. So I bought a 160 GB drive, and I want to transfer everything over from my old drive so I don't have to blow a weekend reinstalling everything. What is the best way to do so, and is it even possible?