In thinking about the technological advances of the year, one of the things I'm happiest about is the wide variety of portable storage devices that we've seen released. A lot of the reason for all of these new devices is probably that folks want files like MP3s to be portable while providing higher and higher capacities. To me, the best thing about these devices is that it gives you a means to shuttle large amounts of data between computers without burning disks. Evergreen Technologies is fully in the act in regards to building cool portable storage devices and today it announced the latest addition to its fireLINE family of IEEE 1394 and USB products. The fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive delivers up to 40GB of external data storage that you can add to any desktop or laptop by plugging the drive into an available 1394 or USB (either 1.1 or the new 2.0 standard) port. Evergreen's fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive has a 2.5" case and supports both PCs and Macs. Like the original 1394 data transmission standard, the new USB 2.0 standard supports hot swapping, daisy chaining, and power transmission from the host system. The 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive is supported by Windows 98SE or higher or Mac OS 8.6 or higher. It comes with an illustrated installation guide, 1394 and USB 2.0 device drivers (1394 digital video camera drivers are needed for Windows 98SE/ME), 1394 and USB cables, a 5V power supply and a one year warranty.