Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 12, 2010

How Long Do Flash Drives Last? – Flash drives are an increasingly popular form of portable storage. Some people predict that flash drives will replace hard drives in time, just as optical disks replaced floppy disks. But are flash drives as safe as other mass storage media for long-term archiving of irreplaceable data? Do flash drives ever wear out and have to be replaced? (submitted by Dar).

You Can Game with Just $79 – AMD’s new ATI Radeon HD 5570 video card provides modest gaming and some cutting-edge technologies at a very reasonable price.

USB 3.0 in the Real World – USB 3.0 delivers better performance than USB 2.0, but it’s not quite as fast as you might expect.

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Bypass Heavy-Handed Web Filters with Your Own Proxy Server – If your workplace or school’s extra-restrictive internet filter has you pulling your hair out during the occasional browsing break, there’s hope! Here’s a quick look at how to get around heavy-handed browser restrictions with the open-source PHProxy.

40 Fast Facts on Linux – The open source software turned 18 last year, and its maturity is evident to hackers and corporate types alike.

Stop Google Buzz From Showing the World Your Contacts – Whether you call it a huge privacy flaw or just an annoyance, Google Buzz can put the contacts you automatically follow—a.k.a. those you most frequently email or chat—on a public profile page. Here’s how to undo that.

Take full advantage of the new font features in Windows 7 – Greg Shultz investigates the changes and enhancements in Windows 7’s font system and shows you how to take advantage of the new features.

New SpyEye Trojan Could Challenge Zeus, Researchers Say – Emerging Russian crimeware kit hasn’t spread yet — but it has potential.

Researchers Warn Of Likely Attacks Against Windows, PowerPoint – Hackers will jump on several of the bugs Microsoft patched this week — 12 of the 26 vulnerabilities were ranked “1” in Microsoft’s exploitability index, meaning that they could be used for attacks within 30 days.

Off Topic:

Clever Cover Up Tattoos After The Break Up – Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’d like to warn couples who are drunk on love (or just drunk) to think long and hard before partaking in the most notorious tattoo tradition: the name tattoo. (submitted by Dar).

Smart radio will be ground-breaking for military communications – In the not too distant future, soldiers stopping what they’re doing to tune into a radio frequency may seem as old school as M*A*S*H.

Casualties growing as psych manual is rewritten – While the science of the heart, or of cancer, is of the 21st century, psychiatry remains mired in the 19th, not only in the rejection of science by those sworn to treat mental problems, but in the isolation of sufferers — especially the young — by policy makers.

Ecigarettes: A Good Kind of Vaporware? – Jim Lynch finds electronic cigarettes a fascinating–and potentially advantageous–innovation. But not everyone is so enamored of this burgeoning, tobacco-free trend.

Today’s Quote:

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves”.

–    Abraham Lincoln

Today’s Free Downloads:

VLC media player 1.0.5 – A versatile, free media player that supports more video file formats than you can shake a stick at, and can record and stream audio and video. Plays just about any media file format you throw at it. Encodes outbound streams. Plays Internet radio and TV.

Audacity – Audacity is a surprisingly full-featured audio recording and editing software package considering it’s free and open source. Can record anything you play on your PC. Unlimited undo. Beat finder. Click and noise remover. Open source with versions for Windows, Mac, Linux.

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