bhodge writes: "Aside from the obvious "it stops working" answer, how does flash media — such as USB, SD, and CF — fail? Unlike the traditional hard drive, where anyone who's worked with computers for a while should know what a drive failure looks like, I don't know anyone who's experienced such a failure. I've been able to find more than scant evidence of what flash media failures look like, at the OS level. There just don't seem to be many accounts. The one account I have found detailed using a small USB drive/var/log storage: it failed very quickly, and then utterly (0 byte unformated device), after 5 years of service in the role. This seems to run contrary to other anecdotal claims that you should still be able to read the media after you can no longer write to it. So slashdotters: what have you seen, if anything?"
caimlas writes: My son is a lot like his father, in that he's addicted to technology — in his case, games. He's a moderately advanced 5-year-old, and spends every moment he can playing computer games like Counter-Strike 2D, Mechwarrior 3, (classic) Gameboy games like Zelda and Mario, and the like. He knows his alphabet and numbers, but he can't read yet. Additionally, my daughter is starting to show interest in such things. I am looking for a couple educational games to replace these purely entertaining games which will keep his interest. Something like, maybe, old Hugo Whodunit games. Basic requirements would be simplistic controls/interface, no requirement to be able to read, and an engaging game world. These games would be going on an older computer and would, preferably, be free or inexpensive.