In case you aren't nervous enough, here's a roundup of USB vulnerabilities

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2011 - 12:25 PM |
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The simple introduction of a USB drive onto a network by a user unaware of a virus installed during the manufacturing process is worrisome enough, once the user is really trying to compromise a system via a USB device it gets rather scary.  Those USB's using U3 autorun to appear as a CD-ROM can hold nasty secrets and keyloggers built with a photosensitive sensor could perform a variety of tasks based on the amount of illumination in a room. 

Drop by Hack a Day for a look at the possible attacks you could face as well as some possible defence strategies.

"This very informative talk given at Shmoocon 2011 has been posted over at IronGeek. Covering all kinds of angles that a person could attack someones computer through the USB port, this should be read by anyone who is security minded at all. No matter which side of the port you tend to be on, this article has great information. They cover some common attack methods such as keyloggers and fake keyboards as well as some common methods of securing your system against them. We’ve actually seen this in the news a bit lately as people have been using the keyboard emulation method in conjunction with android phones to hack into systems."

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Dead Space 2, survival horror done well ... again

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2011 - 01:18 PM |
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As far as Ars Technica can tell the sequel to Dead Space picks up immediately after the first ended.   You play the same character, trying to survive in less than friendly conditions without much in the way of resources.  Fans of the original will be pleased to know that the game has not morphed into a shooter, it retains the same survival horror focus while trying to improve on the atmosphere (or lack thereof).  Some of the enemies ha

Source: Ars Technica

You don't have to use your old laptop as an anchor

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2011 - 12:15 PM |
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Gizmodo has several suggestions for those who have an old laptop kicking around doing nothing but collecting dust.  Apart from donating it or tossing it out the window, you could use it as a second monitor or as a wireless bridge or any of the five suggestions they offer.  Still, it is hard to beat an old Samsung Satellite as an impromptu boat anchor.

Source: Gizmodo

Tegra powered SuperTablet

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2011 - 01:17 PM |
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Ars Technica has hold of an NVIDIA roadmap which leaked and it reveals the plans that they have for mobile platforms.  Considering that half of the roadmap describes tablets, it seems likely that NVIDIA's plans include a Tegra powered tablet although the roadmap references a model which was to be ready for Fall 2010.  It seems that over the coming year we can look forward to Tegra 2 3D as well as the introduction of Tegra 3.  There will also be improvement

Source: Ars Technica

Razer Naga Epic MMO is not a mouse for shooters

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2011 - 03:45 PM |
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If you need 17 buttons, including a dozen in a grid under your thumb when you are playing a first person shooter, you are probably doing it wrong.  On the other hand MMORPGs lend themselves to excessive keyboard usage as you need more and more macro buttons to handle every occurrence.  In that case the Razer Naga Epic MMO Gaming Mousemight just be the thing to put your enemies under your thumb.  You might be hard pressed to explain

Accidentally formatted C:?

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2011 - 11:29 AM |
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Accidental file deletion and hard drive corruption are not what you want to think about on a Monday morning; unless you are Gizmodo.  They've assembled a guide to help get those unfortunate souls whose storage have failed them recover at least some data without paying a specialized data recovery business to do so.  Physical damage is not really covered as once you arrive at that point you are better off leaving it to the professionals, however recently deleted photos of a CF card or

Source: Gizmodo

Spend a weekend on the Forums, you'll come away enriched

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2011 - 06:56 PM |
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It really doesn't matter how long you have been working with PCs, all of us at some point or another manage to forget something or make a silly mistake. 

There's a reason you don't have a Skype toolbar anymore

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2011 - 11:59 AM |
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It might not be a record they wanted to set though you have to be impressed, the Skype toolbar single-handedly crashed 33,000 Firefox instances.  Even worse, the way it detected phone numbers was having a large detrimental effect on performance in general.  According to Ars Technica, for two weeks Mozilla tried to get someone at Skype to repair the problem for before opting to disable the add-on.  It is not uninstalled, just disabled

Source: Ars Technica

Jumping on the Sandwagon? ... BandyBridge? ... more P67 boards

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2011 - 06:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed one of Gigabyte's new P67 boards, the descriptively named Gigabyte P67A-UD7.  It costs less than most X58 boards did while offering as many, or more features as most.  When they tried overclocking they ran into a big pile of fail with the Easy Tune 6 software, but since most successful overclocking is hardware, they did not hold that against the board as they had no problems overclocking manually.  The biggest draw wa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Making music with Linux

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2011 - 11:43 AM |
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Ars Technica has put together a guide for those who like to make their own music and don't have a trust fund to depend on to buy them mixers and the other equipment required to properly lay down tracks.  There are several choices of software offered to those willing to take the plunge into the world of Linux powerful enough to let you craft your music properly.  The learning curve is steep, much like that of the professional level equipment; the plus is that the qualit

Source: Ars Technica