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70 Things Every Computer Geek Should Know. The term ‘geek’, once used to label a circus freak, has morphed in meaning over the years. What was once an unusual profession transferred into a word indicating social awkwardness. As time has gone on, the word has yet again morphed to indicate a new type of individual: someone who is obsessive over one (or more) particular subjects, whether it be science, photography, electronics, computers, media, or any other field. A geek is one who isn’t satisfied knowing only the surface facts, but instead has a visceral desire to learn everything possible about a particular subject. A techie geek is usually one who knows a little about everything, and is thus the person family and friends turn to whenever they have a question. If you’re that type of person and are looking for a few extra skills to pick up, or if you’re a newbie aiming to get a handhold on the honor that is geekhood, read on to find out what skills you need to know.

How to become a real computer Geek? You may get the answer here: 10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2010. 1.

10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2010

Anthropomimetic Machines No matter how closely a robot resembles a human on the outside, if you crack it open, the jumble of wires is unlikely to bear much resemblance to our insides. A group of European researchers aims to bridge that gap--its robot prototype is anthropomimetic, meaning it mimics the human form. There's a skeleton made of thermoplastic polymer, actuators that correspond to each muscle and kiteline as tendons. The goal is to create a more human-like robot that interacts with and responds to environments the way we do. 2.

Yesterday's fuel cells, like those seen here on Spacelab, require a hydrogen infrastructure. Coal is dirty, and fuel cells run on hydrogen--that's the conventional wisdom. 3. 4. Scientists at Caltech have been folding microscopic strands of DNA into interesting shapes for the past few years. 5. (Illustration by Leandro Castelao) 6. (Photograph by Associated Press) The ideal prosthetic limb would behave like part of the natural body. 7. 8. 9. 10. Top10 - Lifehacker. Guides. Pack for iPhone: Our List of the Best iPhone Apps. ...did I mention how much I love Lifehacker right now?

Pack for iPhone: Our List of the Best iPhone Apps

I really like these lists because it makes life easier restoring devices. Some other apps not included here, but would not miss: YouTube safari bookmark (web): Their html5 website is much more feature-rich than their iPod app. Reeder ($3): Much smoother RSS reader than the Google Reader site, it also syncs articles to read while you're offline as well. [itunes.apple.com] TheWeatherChannel (free): More intuitive than the normal Weather app on the iPod. [itunes.apple.com] SpeedTest (free): Always nifty to see how fast the wifi is whereever you're at.

[itunes.apple.com] WordPress (free): Good for updating your WordPress blog on the go. [itunes.apple.com] Last.fm (free): Not as awesome as Pandora, but an online radio streaming site as well. [itunes.apple.com] Recover Data Like a Forensics Expert Using an Ubuntu Live CD. Pack 2010: Our List of Essential Windows Downloads. PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB drives. Over 300 Apps: All 100% Free, Legal and Portable Get them installed and automatically updated for youin the PortableApps.com Platform View available apps by category, title, new releases and recent updates in the PortableApps.com Platform The Portable App Directory™ and Portable App Marketplace™ list free open source software and freeware portable apps.

PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB drives

All apps are 100% bundleware, malware, and virus free. As always, the PortableApps.com Platform and related utilities are open source and free! Accessibility (View by Category) Balabolka Portable (Freeware) - read text aloud or save to audio file Dicom Portable - word completion utility Firefox Accessibility Extension - Make Firefox more accessible On-Screen Keyboard Portable - Easily access an on-screen keyboard Virtual Magnifying Glass Portable - A full-featured screen magnifier Development (View by Category) Education (View by Category) Games (View by Category) Graphics & Pictures (View by Category) Internet (View by Category)

Make Free VoIP Calls from Google Voice. @Adam Pash: Dude!

Make Free VoIP Calls from Google Voice

Normally I would have caught this but I jumped to the bottom b/c I saw there were so many comments (sorting order, how you torment me). I caught an '09 date. Now I'll look like an idiot for responding to OOOOLLLLDDD comments. Oh well. Adam, May I suggest an update to this thread? This mean you can use your google voice number directly, no computer required to receive or make calls at anytime. If you have sprint, they detail some added benefits here: [www.obihai.com] Additionally this is cheaper than sipgate (at least for initial outlay of cost).

I originally came upon this thread while searching for how to integrate google voice, and I tried to follow your instructions until I was unable to get a sipgate number. Obitalk 100 would be sufficient for most people, I got the 110 because the voxilla guide used it and I didn't want any trouble. Windows Application Store for Desktop and Web Apps. The Ars System Guide: September 2010 Edition. After a long hiatus, the Ars Technica System Guide finally returns.

The Ars System Guide: September 2010 Edition

The main three-box System Guide leads off the return, with the traditional Budget Box, Hot Rod, and God Box addressing three different price points in the market. The main System Guide's boxes are general-purpose systems with a strong gaming focus, which means you won't find any office boxes or bargain-basement machines here. The low end of the scale, the Budget Box, is still a formidable gaming machine despite its reasonable price tag ($600-$800). The Hot Rod represents what we think is a reasonable higher-end general-purpose computer that packs plenty of gaming performance, although we've adjusted the price tag down $200 from the traditional price, into the $1200-1400 range, to reflect upon the fact that building a nice machine with a high-end video card has gotten quite a bit more affordable.

The short take would be: the Budget Box is for those who are seeking the most bang for their buck.

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Virus Scan Boot Disk from Avira – Free ISO CD Download. Difficulties in Virus Scan Today’s viruses are smart and intelligent.

Virus Scan Boot Disk from Avira – Free ISO CD Download

The first thing which they do after infecting a computer is to hide themselves deeper in your system and make their detection difficult. In this process they disable your security software and antivirus applications, block your software update processes and modify your system files. These malware and viruses get loaded as soon as your system is booting and take control of your Operating System. Your security software are no longer in a position to detect and clean your system. Virus Scan Boot Disk – Your only Option In such a situation, you might have to use an external bootable antivirus Rescue Disk, which can boot your system in a clean mode. Avira AntiVir Rescue System Avira AntiVir Rescue System is a Linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore.

Repair a damaged system,rescue data,scan the system for virus infections. Overall, a useful portable antivirus for your PC Security. 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For. It's like Lifehacker knows I don't use Dropbox and is goign to keep hammering me until I start.

50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

@SmarchHare: Yes, that is the plan :). This time it's your fellow readers, though. @SmarchHare: using a computer or smartphone without running Dropbox is like winning a lottery and forgetting to pick up the check. It's free, it always works and there is next to no learning curve. Just do it! @justS: Dropbox just doesn't give enough space to be useful. @SmarchHare: I don't really get the big deal either. @thomasl2003: It's worth paying for. @nman: Yeah, if you need any documents on your phone you have direct access to anything in your Dropbox, so you don't have to transfer them to your phone—you just have access to them through the smartphone app.