TekThing 11: Speed Up Your Old PC, RAM Secrets, How Long Will A Drive Last, and the Pebble Watch!

How long will data last in cold storage? Deciphering the cryptic codes on memory sticks, how to save your printer heads, and speeding up an old PC. All that and more, on TekThing!
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Today’s topics:

TechReport’s SSD Endurance Experiment… is over.

How Long Will Data Last?
@kenjancef tweets: “Q: If I backed up data to a hard drive, then unplugged it and stored it somewhere, how long could it sit and still work?” Watch the video to find out!

Can I Run The latest Mac OS?
Sim posts on facebook.com/tekthing, “Hello, I love your new show. I have a mac pro 2008 desktop computer, what do need to run latest Mac OS.” We’ve got answers for every Mac!

Speed Up PC?
William writes, “I got a pc free that I would like to get some better windows performance out of.” Does William need more RAM, a new GPU, or should he try our free tricks first???

Understanding RAM:
Joe writes [email protected]: “Can you explain the differences in the alphabet soup that is PC memory? I have no clue what all the gibberish like ‘8GB DDR3 PC3-14900 Unbuffered NON-ECC 1.35V 1024Meg x 64’ means. – Whaaaa?! Tkx!”

Pebble Smart Watch?
Linus writes: Hello TekThing, love your show. What are you thinking about the Pebble Smartwatch?” Shannon’s been looking for the right smart watch… stylish -and- functional. Is this it???
Pebble Time: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…

Viewer VPN Responses:
Fritz has concerns about VPN security.. Lifehacker’s How Do I Know If My VPN Is Trustworthy? is a good read: http://lifehacker.com/how-do-i-know-i…

Mike wrote on Facebook.com/tekthing to suggest TeamViewer (and a comparison of the Banana Pi vs the Rasp Pi 2!)

Do Something Analog!
Like watching for the International Space Station: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…

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