I guess different 'strokes... different folks'. I've also found that the microdive are a god sent ways to transfer files between computers. I'm therefore used to inserting the microdrive in and out of my home/laptop/work computers (or Photosmart reader/printer).
The current crop of 5 Mpixels cameras or Powerpoint presentations way exceed the usability of Zip disks and E-mail accounts limit (even @ work), so I wouldn't imagine carrying my camera around as a transfer medium along with its AC cord... Beside the few tiny miniaturized USB connector pins on the camera has nowhere the reliability of the regular USB plug which is just a PC board.
[Edited on 6-21-2002 by NHL]