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Where's the sweet spot for headphones?
— 12:26 AM on March 19, 2009

The headphone market is littered with an incredible range of options, from the throwaway garbage bundled with cheap MP3 players to audiophile earmuffs that would...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Latest iPod shuffle the quintessential Apple product
— 4:57 PM on March 12, 2009

Perhaps more than any other Apple product, the iPod shuffle is the perfect example of the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field in action. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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Stickin' it to the sat man
— 10:57 AM on March 5, 2009

Generally speaking, Americans believe that more is better—except for, of course, leprosy and Celine...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Mac

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Trent Reznor gives fans remix-ready HD concert footage
— 1:10 PM on January 14, 2009

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is no stranger to releasing goodies on the Internet. Last March, he one-upped Radiohead's In Rainbows release with...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Thoughts on the Windows 7 beta
— 4:44 PM on January 13, 2009

I've already written at length about my (generally positive) appraisal of Windows Vista, yet I'm still eagerly looking forward to Windows 7. While I find...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Zune can't party like it's 2009
— 12:48 PM on December 31, 2008

Why are MP3 players so hard to get right? A few months ago, my year-and-a-half-old and largely babied iPod 5.5G gave up the ghost....

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Dissecting the Steam Hardware Survey
— 9:02 PM on December 18, 2008

As a cross-platform gamer increasingly disenchanted with the PC, I absolutely love Steam and what Valve has done for the platform. Over the last five...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Gaming

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The parent trap
— 5:37 PM on December 11, 2008

We've all been there at one time or another: fixing a family member's computer. It's not a situation I particularly mind, since my family has...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Windows 7, or Vista Second Edition?
— 8:25 PM on October 30, 2008

As an early adopter, I'm a bit used to being burned by my purchases. Formats die, product availability and support are usually low, and the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Experimenting with HDR photos on a $200 camera
— 4:40 PM on July 1, 2008

I've been giddily experimenting with high-dynamic-range photography over the past few days. Unfortunately, I don't own any professional photography equipment, and my best camera...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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ESA and SideShow: A perfect match
— 2:06 PM on May 28, 2008

Nvidia revealed its Enthusiast System Architecture specification back in November, promising to consolidate hardware monitoring and control with a single communication protocol. The...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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The making of the Damagebox Quad
— 12:41 PM on May 26, 2008

I haven't written about this yet, but I probably should before too much time passes. A couple of months ago, I finally decided that...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Creative tweaks X-Fi frequency response for Vista
— 3:23 PM on April 11, 2008

Earlier this week we contacted Creative with the hope of getting to the bottom of the bizarre frequency response behavior we observed with RightMark...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Unraveling X-Fi frequency response in Windows Vista
— 2:31 PM on April 8, 2008

In our last couple of sound card reviews, we've noticed some odd behavior from products based on Creative's X-Fi audio processor in RightMark Audio Analyzer's...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Vista SP1 nuked my network file copies
— 8:55 PM on April 3, 2008

Recently, I built a storage server for my LAN and migrated all of my important documents over to it.  Even more recently, I built myself...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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A quick look at SanDisk's Sansa Clip MP3 player
— 10:06 PM on January 22, 2008

Always obsessed with finding the right tool for the job, I've long run not one, but two MP3 players. The first—currently an 80GB...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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How Intel ruined my Christmas vacation
— 4:00 PM on January 11, 2008

Okay, Intel didn't actually spoil my entire vacation, but it came awfully close. To understand why, you need to go back a couple of months:...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Multimedia Windows

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Behold Thumper: Sun's SunFire X4500 storage server
— 9:28 PM on December 27, 2007

In July of 2006, Sun added an interesting new machine to their lineup of Opteron-based x86 servers. It was codenamed 'Thumper' during...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Systems Linux-Unix Servers

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