With all this talk about speeds and tacked on displays and blinkenlights, manufacturers seem to have forgotten the poor sysadmin. Are there any USB flash drives that have a write protect switch?!?! Darned if I can find any. The last thing you can do with an owned machine is stick in a flash drive with no write protect. Wasn’t there a reason floppy disks had a protect tab?
If there aren’t I guess the only route is to buy SD flash and an USB-SD adapter. I believe the SD flash’s “lock” switch is an optical one though, so some manufacturers may decide they couldn’t be bothered honouring it… Any ideas?