USB hard drives aren’t just good for storing computer files
Recently, other providers such as Kodak, Google or Dropbox have already made free cloud offers for storing photos at relatively short notice. In principle, the product testers recommend that you regularly save photos on a normal external hard drive. Sources used: dpa news agency–>
Berlin (dpa) – With a new invention, British researchers want to make data storage faster and more durable. The new carriers would also consume significantly less energy than conventional technologies, writes the journal "Scientific Reports".
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Conventional storage technologies such as DRAM and the flash memory used, for example, in USB sticks could be replaced by the new development because the invention combines the strengths of both, the journal quotes a participating scientist from Lancaster University in Great Britain.
In addition, the new storage system would reduce energy consumption by a fifth at maximum performance in a data center. The development is already patented.
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Get back deleted photos
The USB stick shows its strength when it comes to rescuing data. With the freeware Recuva Portable, for example, you can easily retrieve files that have been deleted from your computer. This includes data from the recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been removed from the memory of the digital camera or the microSD card due to an operating error. Our video shows how to use the data saver.
With Windows it is relatively easy to prepare software for portable use. If a program is not particularly system-dependent, it is okay to copy the program directory to a USB stick. Others, such as the OpenOffice office suite, must first be installed on the USB stick. If you want your favorite program for image editing on the stick, the freeware Cameyo can help. The software packs this into an executable file.
Take away operating system
If you want to take your entire system with you and not just a few programs, you should save a Linux live system on your USB stick. Once plugged in, you can start your own operating system plus programs directly from the stick. The different versions of Ubuntu, which differ mainly in their different user interfaces, are particularly popular. These so-called live systems are typically provided as iso files. You can get it on the USB stick with the free Unetbootin tool.
You can get an overview of all USB devices connected to the PC with the freeware USBDeview for computers with 32- or 64-bit Windows. The system software not only shows what is currently on the computer, but all devices that have ever been connected to the PC via USB. You can also test the writing and reading speed of a USB stick.
USB stick as virus scanner
If you suspect a virus may have lodged on your PC, we recommend that you perform a security check with the Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool. The free virus hunter starts from the memory stick and scans the operating system for malware. Detected pests are removed immediately.
One disadvantage of portable software is that it doesn’t update itself by default. It may also start and work a little slower than programs that are installed directly on the computer. The virus hunter, for example, should be used daily and swapped for a new version the next time it is used.
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Fifteen years ago, Apple worked with the US government to develop an iPod with a secret function. Former Apple engineer David Shayer is now talking about it for the first time.
The software developer David Shayer was the second programmer who was hired for the then unnamed Apple project, which later went under the name "iPod" should turn the music industry inside out.
Shayer developed many software components for Apple’s music player – but one of the most memorable episodes of his working life had nothing to do with music – but it was top secret. Shayer has this incident publicly for the first time on the Apple portal "Tidbits.com" written down – and it starts like an agent story.
"A special assignment"
On one "gray day late in 2005" he was sitting at his desk and programming software for the upcoming iPod when the door to his office flew open and the boss of his boss said to him: "I have a special assignment for you, your boss doesn’t know anything about it. You’re going to help two engineers from the Department of Energy build a special iPod – you just report to me".
In his text, Shayer continues to report how he met two – quite normal-looking – programmers the following day and learned what it was about: The two worked for the defense branch of a large company and were supposed to build special hardware into an iPod. The data thus obtained had to be stored on the hard drive of the iPod in such a way that it could not be easily ascertained. In addition, the iPod should continue to function normally and play music.
Absolutely spot on David Shayer… This project was real w / o a doubt.There was whole surreal drama & interesting story about how this project was kicked off & then kept secret.The Case of the Top Secret iPodhttps: //t.co/jgZqcvKIsV
– Tony Fadell (@tfadell) August 18, 2020" , ‘Twitter’); }) (); ->
In further tweets, Fadell indicates that he knows more about the background of the project: "Crazy, super cool technology that the government was working on back then", he writes. Apparently Shayer’s assumption about the Geiger counter does not seem wrong, because to a tweet in which a user comments that it is an unbelievable effort to operate a Geiger counter secretly, Fadell replies: "You have to understand WHY they wanted to do it – and then it all makes sense. That was actually pretty clever."