Google tips and tricks

As many use Google on a daily basis, it may be a good idea to learn a few tricks that the pro's are using when "Googling" the world.

A way to avoid getting to the Chinese Google first is to type the following in your browser (can also be added to your favourites):

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What is the lifespan of my SSD hard drive and USB key?

OCZ Vertex SSD hard drive

As some of you know, technology changes all the time, but not always for the better. Lately SSD (Solid State Drive) hard drives have become popular because they're extremely fast compared to a regular hard drive.

Looking at a normal SATAII hard drive, you can get a throughput of approximately 40 MB/sec if you're lucky. If you set them up in a RAID0 (striping) you can get even better performance.

Read more: What is the lifespan of my SSD hard drive and USB key?

Problems with Gmail for one in five users from August 2011

Gmail problems for one in five users from August 2011
More than one in five internet users will have problems with their in August.From August Google's online-applications will no longer support browsers, which is more than one version old.

This means that users with Explorer 7, Firefox 3.5 or Safari 3 will experience problems with Gmail, Google Docs and the rest of the Office package, will also stop working over time.

Hitting Windows XP

The reason for the changes to have such an impact is that many forget to upgrade their browser.

Google's decision will hit Windows XP users (using Internet Explorer) the hardest.

The reason for the problems with Windows XP is that Microsoft has stopped developing new browsers for the old operating system. The latest version of Explorer works only with Vista and Windows 7 (Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9; Internet Explorer 10 is in Beta Testing).

Apple spying on consumers

The It group, Apple has equipped its latest versions of iPhones and iPads with a technical gadget, that makes it possible to continuously track and store information about the owner's movements.

Says two British it security experts, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden. With the right equipment, it is possible to determine where the owners of the new models of iPhone and iPad have been, while they have had their smartphones or electronic reading panels.

The technical component, which critics describe as spy equipment, makes it possible to save the owner's movements in a secret file. The component is implemented in Apple's latest operating system, iOS 4, which came on the market in april 2010.

Read more: Apple spying on consumers

12-year-old burned by portable


A 12-year-old boy has suffered permanent damage to his legs after sitting with a laptop in his lap every day for several months. The 12-year-old boy is the youngest patient ever diagnosed with 'Toasted skin syndrome', writes Swiss researchers in Pediatrics.

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The boy has a fungal pattern skin discoloration on his left thigh after has been sitting with his laptop in his lap for several months. The boy is the youngest so far in the 10 reported cases of the disorder, since it was first described in 2004.

Due to the heat

'Toasted skin syndrome' is because the skin is exposed to heat or infrared sources for extended periods of time. When the diagnosis is due to a portable computer, characteristic asymmetric discoloration of the thighs is seen.

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