- another round of flash drives are in the works
are totally complete on our past run of flash drives. About
a month ago, i gave out the last one from the initial batch.
Handed to an Army Tank SSgt whom we met in Houston on an
overnight flight delay, this moment made me reflect on how
much we've accomplished in terms of free goodies and free
entertainment over the years. I've already spoken to our
guy at iPromo and they're
prepared to offer us a great rate again...
between the drives, the lanyards, the dog tags, and some
shipping/assembly costs we are looking at about $2500, just
like last time. I'm going to start a hard fundraising push
with the hopes of producing these this summer, just after
DEFCON most likely. Much like before, donors will get gifts
and things... this year, i'd like to make them a lot more
tangible and worthwhile.
new funding method, therefore, will be the following: donations
will be accepted in $100 increments. For every $100 donation
that someone makes, they will receive one of the completed
flash drives and lanyards, etc. ALL donors, no matter how
small their level, will also get a bonus lanyard with the
gold "donor thank you" dog tag that we have produced
in the past...
...so i've created a specific PayPal button just for this
funding cause. There's a hard limit of 23 in the system,
so after that we'll call it good. Be sure to use a PayPal
account that's tied to the proper shipping address where
you want your flash drive(s) and lanyards sent after things
- a TTB gift drive goes out yet again
thanks to Paul for using our direct links in order to drop
ship a hard drive and mini Pelican case right to our office,
where i painted and prepared it, then filled it with content
and packaged it up for shipping to Paul's buddy Kevin. The
latest 1TB drive went out in the mail this morning to Kevin's
FPO address... stay safe and stay entertained, man!
- new TTB drive shipping out
to the generosity of Bill Sempf, a next-generation TTB is
shipping out via a Captain buddy of his who is rotating
forward in January of `13. This one uses a new style of
drive produced by Seagate.
- Guess what I saw while traveling through Kandahar Airfield
happened upon a solider with a green pelican with a hard
drive in it :)
- Latest TTB drives have reached their destination
pleased to report that the latest TTB drives have made it
to Afghanistan. Spc Gomand and SSgt Jones have received
their digital care packages and are sharing the content
with their fellow soldiers.
from what i'm told, the Music directory is a big hit, along
with the Audiobooks and other eBooks. Movies are being enjoyed,
and at least one of the favorite TV shows of the troops
over there, Justified, was appreciated. On the soldiers'
recommendation, i've obtained the full episode list for
Sons of Anarchy and i'll be adding that, along with
the full archive of Trailer Park Boys, to future
images in the new entry on the photos
- New TTB Drives are shipping out
paint is dry, the content is all moved, the cases are prepped,
and the labels are printed...
and these drives will be shipping out to Spc. Paul G. and
Darren M. today!
- New TTB Drives being built
to a wonderful donation of hardware from KingToros, two
new TTB units are being prepared and going to ship out to
soldiers overseas See all the new photos of them painted
and readying to ship in the latest
New Full-Size TTB Drive Deployed
in February we were contacted by an NG Specialist asking
about a full-size TTB drive that he wanted to use in order
to spread some good content to the men and women whom he
encounters. After a short while of coordinating things,
James had a new hard drive shipped my way -- we've switched
to Seagate externals and i like them a lot more
-- and i gave it the full OD Green treatment, outfitted
a new Pelican micro case, and out it went!
more in the new entry on
the photos page.
- Hoping to Produce More Flash Drives Soon
been quite the large interval between updates here. But
that doesn't mean the TTB Project's activities have ceases.
Quite the contrary, it's amazing to still be hearing
from people with tales of where the drives show up around
the world. They're really spreading throughout the Armed
Forces society in unexpected ways.
am really glad about this. With all the uncertainty and
general upheaval that people's lives go through when they
serve in uniform, I wasn't sure if these flash drives would
get lost in the shuffle or wind up in the bottoms of ditty
bags shoved into duffels, etc. But it seems as though every
single servicemember has tried really hard to pass them
along and keep the content moving. A few have even come
back to me when someone learned they were rotating back
to the states!
any case, i most assuredly want to produce more of these
drives. It's just been a matter of saving money and hoping
that our supplier, iPromo, would produce them in a 64 GB
model. No word on the latter point just yet, but as far
as the former consideration, I hope to make a big push for
that soon. If i'm lucky, i'll get a quote from them next
week and we'll see where we stand with all the numbers.
the meantime, all we ever ask is that you just help spread
the word. We want to raise awareness, we want to spread
more free entertainment, we want to touch more lives.
- Regards from FOB Kalsu
always so great to see photos and other feedback from the
field... and we thank the Sgt. Lindsay and the rest of the
soliders at FOB Kalsu very much for dropping us a line and
showing us the smiles that the TTB Project can bring to
those who serve!
a look at the latest entry
on the photos page to see more!
- The Flash Drives are still moving along
been a few months now, and the Traveling Terabyte Flash
Drives are seriously covering ground. We've personally given
out over half of them in airports and USO locations during
times of travel. I also have shipped them to APO and FPO
addresses all over. Just today i dispatched packages to
FOB Tarin Kowt, a Corporal in the 1/5 Bravo Co, the Marines
at COS Endeavor, and a few fellows we know state-side who
are deploying in the near future.
hope that we get some terrific photos and stories from the
folk in the field.
- Extending the TTB's reach near Iskandariya, Iraq
in March a Sergeant at COS Kalsu contacted me. His unit
had heard about the Traveling Terabyte Project from hackaday.com.
The folk there have a little morale operation of their own
running... with a 1.5 TB NAS. However, they were a bit lacking
in content. So we shipped a hard drive out to them along
with a half dozen TTB Flash Drives.
Tyler has volunteered to coordinate things out his way by
pushing more content out to servicemembers in forward areas,
by using the flash drives to shuttle files forward, rotating
them back at times to refresh them with new material, etc.
looking forward to some photos and accounts from the fella
out that way.
- TTB Flash Drives in Action
couple nice photos are up
in the gallery, showing that these new TTB Flash Drives
are indeed out and circulating now. If i see you in uniform
in an airport, you're likely going to get one of these from
me! If you want to have one sent to a friend or loved one
in the service, just email me with their APO or FPO address!
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