There are several different formatting methods for Microsoft operating systems, and then more for Apple, Unix, Linux, etc. The reason so many are in place is that in the early days hard drive space was at a premium and drives were small. No one could imagine single files taking up 4 gig of space (remember, floppies? 360k total!, 180k on each side!). So the formatting was done in a way to minimize the amount of space needed for the file allocation table (as well as files). As time went by, drives had more room and programmers wanted to do more things in the file allocation table (longer file names and security features, for example), so changes were made to accommodate - and backwards compatibility was maintained so people could transition slowly. That 5.25 inch floppy drive can STILL be connected to your computer and it will work.
Another reason a manufacturer would format a thumb drive as FAT32 is that you may not be using it with a computer. You might be putting it in a television, or video gaming system, or smart device. These items may not be able to read/write NTFS.
Did you check to see how it had been formatted (it has to have been formatted, if not by you then by the manafacturer)? I'm pretty sure some of the ones I have came formatted FAT32 to be backwards compatible.
You should move to Seattle, and I have just the house for you! They have 6 very nice weeks of sun in Aug/Sept but otherwise it's usually overcast, chilly, and drizzly. Everything is green all year long because of it, and it's beautiful when the sun comes out. I'm just tired of always being cold and damp. Mazatlán is HOT and humid, so I'm still damp - but I'm not shivering!
I've decided that I'll travel to cooler locations during the Summer months, and enjoy the balmy 80's the rest of the year!
Last week a cruise ship tourist (from California) asked me how to get back to the ship - at 10 am! He and his wife had been in port a whole three hours! When I asked why such a short time in town he said it was too hot and humid! Lol! I started laughing and pointed to the goosebumps on my arm because I was cold! I told them they should never ever come down in Summer! Honestly - it was probably 76-78 at that hour, and the humidity has dropped significantly in the last 6 weeks.
I'm going to Seattle in early January - my tourist visa runs out and I really have to winterize the house. I've been watching my thermostat and it dipped down to 47 inside the house a night or two already! I have the furnace turned off and really don't want to have it on while I'm gone - but if it drops much more I'll have to hit the button on my phone app and warm the house a little (Googling says I shouldn't let it drop under 50 for long, but doesn't really give any reasons). I think the Méxican consulate in Seattle has probably settled in after their move, so I'll try to get my residency started asap. That will mean I'll be back to Mazatlán probably in February or March. April is the latest, as I have a timeshare week to use or lose (I'm not banking the Mazatlán weeks at this point). I'm already anticipating feeling like a popsicle while I'm in Seattle!
Until around the age of 40/45 I weighed between 125 and 135. Went up to 145 the first time I tried to quit smoking and never went back down.
After looking at pics of me on the cruise with my aunt in 2010 I felt the need to get on the scales. 195 does not look good when you're 5'4". Since losing the weight my back has not gone out, which is ample incentive to keep me on my diet!
For a week now I've not been able to move my head from side to side, more than about an inch each way. Up and down is still good, thankfully - so eating/drinking are do-able without pain. I can feel a muscle/tendon/ligament/??? in the back of my neck that hurts like hell when I try to move, so I'm fairly certain it's not a slipped disc, or the meningitis that hypochondriacal voice in my head keeps whispering about Today I woke up with a couple more inches of pain-free movement, so I think it's finally getting a little better. And I went to the pharmacy and they gave me a gel to rub on my neck, so hopefully recovery will progress quickly! It's really f'ing difficult trying to check guys out without being able to turn my head!!! Google tells me that neck pain can take up to 6 weeks to resolve! Better not!
Monday is the day I do my weekly weigh-in to check progress on my diet. For several weeks now I've been bouncing between 145 and 146. 145 is my 'I'm old and my metabolism is slow' goal weight, so I'm good with that, but 135 is my 'Back before I was 40 I never weighed more than ...' weight that I'd like to get back to. Today's weigh-in ... 144 !!! Woo!
I celebrated with a little shrimp ceviche from my neighborhood marisqueria! No, this isn't all of it - I got a whole liter of it. I'm sure by tomorrow evening I will find it mysteriously absent from my refrigerator!
Just in case you haven't been tuning in to MSNBC recently ...
Rachel Maddow has two special items going on. The first is a special called "Betrayal". It's been replaying over the weekend so you may still be able to catch it. Very interesting look at Nixon and his involvement with the Vietnamese during his initial run for the presidency.
The second is a podcast Rachel is doing called "Bagman". You can find it at: http://msnbc.com/bagman. So far there are 5 episodes detailing the workings of Spiro Agnew's resignation. My parents were both staunch Republicans, so during the time of Watergate, I didn't get much on the subject, other than Agnew resigned over income tax evasion issues. The story is absolutely fascinating.
One of my current fears is that Trump will be impeached and Pence will become president, or worse; they both are impeached and Paul Ryan assumes the presidency. I think I would prefer that Trump remain in office, censured, until his term is over. Pence knows how things really work and can do some lasting damage. I think the next President will have some cleanup work to do to fix Trump's fiasco's, but they'd be able to do it. Cleanup after Pence, I am not so certain.