Why Are There USB Drives Sticking out of Buildings in New York?

/ 3 years ago


Ever seen a USB connector just sticking out of a wall in New York? That’s because artist Aram Bartholl came up with the idea called “Dead Drops”. Essentially, Aram has been creating a completely anonymous offline file-sharing network and while I wouldn’t imagine this kind of file sharing to be safe from viruses and other issues, I still love the idea.

Of course, plugging your laptop into a wall could cause it to get a few scratches, so a little care would be needed. However, the temptation to simply discover what others have left on the drives, as well as thinking about the kind of cool stuff you could leave on there too, is pretty awesome.

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Each Dead Drop is installed with just one file on the device, a small .txt file which explains how the project works.

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11 Responses to “Why Are There USB Drives Sticking out of Buildings in New York?”
  1. You could just use a USB extension cable instead of scratching your laptop…

    • D Anoidz says:

      this man deserves a cookie for common sense

    • Mike Laste says:

      I agree. I don’t know if you are talking about the user or the developer though. If you meant user, it’s common but not everyone carries them around. It would be a great idea for the developer though. Damages should be expected on either way (original usb or cable) but I think more assholes would take notice to a cord thus it might be cut. All in all I think the idea of media from strangers is interesting and would like to see more impressive ideas.

  2. Soloman says:

    the dumbest idea ever so many things is wrong with it

  3. Nathan Lloyd says:

    stupid idea the USB is allways the wrong way around

  4. MR G says:

    Yeah because i just carry my laptop with me when im going for a walk on the beach. Great.

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