Top Tech Breakthroughs of 2012

An example of simulated data modelled for the ...

An example of simulated data modelled for the CMS particle detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Here, following a collision of two protons, a is produced which decays into two jets of hadrons and two electrons. The lines represent the possible paths of particles produced by the proton-proton collision in the detector while the energy these particles deposit is shown in blue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘As a regular reader of ExtremeTech, most of these landmark achievements were familiar to me, but there were a few I totally missed. Indeed, you may have heard about the Higgs Boson and the coming 3D printing boom, but what about the new lithium air batteries technology and the breakthrough in DNA-data storage systems? Sebastian Anthony has the details…’

Your VPN Not Enough for Online Anonimity
‘Anonymity isn’t just using TOR or a VPN and choosing a nickname-it means literally having no name, no identity. This means you DO NOT deface websites mentioning your nickname (or that of your team, I’m looking at YOU, CharrieWong), or in any way associate the name you are using with yourself (watch your identities).

‘Please read, reflect and remember them next time you feel the keen need to share a personal detail from your life with your new bff in IRC…’

181,000 Self-proclaimed Social Media Gurus
‘The January 2013 What’s Next Blog social media guru Twitter Bio list (researched on FollowerWonk) has grown to epic proportions. The list now tops 181,000 – up from a mere 16,000 when we first started tracking them in 2009.

‘Today, there are even 174 people who describe themselves as “social media whores” in their Twitter bios. (We couldn’t make that sort of thing up.)…’

Lead Leads to Crime?
America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead

‘New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing…’ -By Kevin Drum

Windows Advanced Boot Options
What is the Advanced Boot Options Menu Used For?:

‘The Advanced Boot Options menu is a list of advanced troubleshooting tools and Windows startup methods that can be used to repair important files, start Windows with the minimum necessary processes, restore previous settings, and lots more.

‘Safe Mode is the most commonly accessed feature available on the Advanced Boot Options menu…’

Notification Control
Email notifications can be a pain.Take 1 minute to clean them up in one sweep.


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