So, what do you do when your boss purchases a 2G Thumb Drive for one of you contract staff to the tune of $142 and the contract staff accidentally destroys it within 2 hours of taking possession?
Well, here's a bit more background. I work in the mental health field and my staff completes many documents in the course of the day. My contract staff completes their documentation off site therefore they must be able to maintain control of their documents no matter what computer they are on. This is where the IronKey enters. It is a military grade Thumb Drive that's encrypted, metal and interconnected with epoxy throughout the system. If it is tampered with, if you attempt to enter your password more than 10 times incorrectly or if you accidentally bend the USB end that goes into the computer......it will SELF-DESTRUCT.
Needless to say my staff was embarrassed and offered to buy the company a new one. I have great confidence in my boss so I did not worry taking this news to him other than I felt terrible for my staff and I empathized with my boss, knowing he had to decide whether to show mercy and buy another one or allow for a lesson learned and take the staff up on their offer to shell out $142 for another drive. Being the great guy he is my boss made the purchase with very little thought and within a week the new drive was back in the hands of my staff.
So, back to the point of this post. I can't recall where I was but a few days ago it hit me. Why not make a bottle opener out of the destroyed thumb drive? I looked around and found an old bottle opener and I promptly set about to drill out the center of the drive to make room for the bottle opener. A bit of epoxy, a dab of JB Weld and a splash of paint and the super secure, very expensive bottle opener was ready for delivery.
I'm off to work to present my boss, who by the way enjoys a beer (or two or three) from time-to-time, with his very own IronKey Bottle Opener. Three cheers to boss' who give a damn about their employees and are quick to show grace and mercy under pressure.
Edited by Moosetales, April 02, 2013 - 06:25 AM.