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Seagate is releasing a new device in the summer called "DAVE" (Digital Audio Video Experience). The concept is deliciously simple: it's a dinky little portable hard drive that you can slip into your pocket. It uses a 1.8 inch drive, so it's bite-sized, and it has a shiny little case, so it's sexy.

But wait! There's more! It also has a battery, Bluetooth and WiFi! So you can carry it in your pocket (or in your geek holster), and access it from your phone, your iPhone, your computer, etc. In theory, anything that has bluetooth should be able to get into the DAVE.

I've actually wanted a device like this for quite a while. The idea of having a series of gadgets that can all talk to each other, which I can carry on my person and which properly use a wireless network connection stirs something deep within me. It gives me a glimpse of a day, maybe years from now, when my phone will be smart enough to talk to my pants, and my socks will be able to form coherent opinions on the way I stomp around.

I just bought a 512MB transflash card so that I can my full use of my DS Lite. You wouldn't believe how small these devices are. It comes with an adapter that is the size of a SD card. SD cards used to be the smallest form of storage around, and now we're making devices that can fit inside it. And the best part is that this half-gig storage device that's the size of my pinkie-nail was only $6. After shipping.

We're getting to the point where everything around us can have storage. My phone, my iPod, my DS Lite, and my keychain all have far more storage than I had in my first computer, by a couple of orders of magnitude. Transistors are the cheapest and most numerous things on the planet, and they're still getting cheaper.

What happens when everything has storage? We're able to carry around all our music, all of our movies, and every word that was written down before the 18th century? The hardest thing is actually using all that data. We have to have some way of tracking down that one specific photo of Aunt Frannie that we took 3 years ago, and not having to crank through that hard drive via a phone interface.

It becomes less about the storage and more about the filing system.

Ah, I want this future. I want it so badly. I want full-text searching on every book I've ever read. I want cross-references to be able to be dropped into conversation like so many delicious conversational croutons (crou-tingly!). I want my ebook to be able to talk to my portable hard drive and instantly display every book I've ever read. And then I want to be able to *share* that with friends, acquantainces, and passers-by. I want to become a walking database of my experiences.

The DAVE isn't that magic device. Not yet. But it's pretty close.