Over at Lifehacker this morning I had the chance to do a navel-gazing tour through my laptop bag and show off all the stuff I take with me when I travel. The only truly unusual item I carry is the first iPod I ever bought, back in 2003–a 20GB second-generation brick of a thing. The battery can no longer hold a charge long enough to serve as a portable music player, but it works just fine plugged in as a hard drive, so I use it as a backup drive while I’m on the road for more than a few days.
I hadn’t taken this iPod out of its iSkin in years and looked at just how clunky it really is. Here are some more photos of this antique. (I really wasn’t kidding about that whole Last Year’s Model thing.)
I use my first iPod (same generation, 10 GB model) as an installation disc/emergency boot drive for older Macs around the office. We still have some old eMacs and iBooks around with CD drives only–the iPod has the Tiger install DVD cloned to it, and I can just connect/boot over FireWire. Works great!
Heh… My daughter’s partner had the same model iPod. A few months back, I sold it for her on eBay and got almost $70 for it. Old pods never die. 🙂
Do you encrypt the data on your iPod?
I plan to repurpose my old iRiver H320 into a backup hard drive. I found it the other day going through my cable bag.