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A tribute to my under-appreciated home file servers
— 11:37 PM on August 19, 2010

I spend an almost embarrassing amount of time in front of my desktop PC. It's my workhorse, and the system that I endeavor to...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Systems Servers

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Ye Olde HTPC gets a long-overdue upgrade
— 8:26 AM on July 2, 2010

I built my first proper home-theater PC so long ago that I don't remember exactly when. Five years ago sounds about right, but it...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Portege R700 sampled briefly
— 10:50 AM on June 30, 2010

Though he might not publicly admit it, I think I could detect some jealousy in Scott's voice when I called to say I was hanging...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Miscellaneous Mobile computing

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An upgrade tale 2: upgrade harder
— 11:45 AM on September 25, 2009

So, almost three years had passed since my last major system upgradeā€”downright shameful negligence for someone in this line of work, clearly. I won't...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Chance to win a Core i7 gaming PC
— 3:38 PM on September 8, 2009

Intel and a couple of its system-building partners are going out of their way to make this week's launch extra special.  CyberPower and...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Miscellaneous The Tech Report

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A tale of avarice, betrayal, and upgrading
— 4:57 PM on August 20, 2009

It's story time with Uncle Dusty, kids, so scoot in and I'll spin you a tale of terror sure to make spiders crawl up your...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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On PC upgrades and diminishing returns
— 10:14 PM on August 13, 2009

Like many of you, I'm giddily waiting on the release of Intel's Lynnfield processors to upgrade my main desktop PC. This system is still trucking...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Systems

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A compact, fast, and quiet PC for the kitchen
— 12:54 PM on June 25, 2009

If you've read our summer system guide, you might enjoy hearing the story of how our very cool Pocket Swiss Army Knife config came...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Cases Systems

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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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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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Kitchen PC hushed
— 6:27 PM on February 20, 2008

When I set out to build a new family PC, it needed to be small, attractive and quiet.  No need for anything crazy like Mini-ITX,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Cooling Miscellaneous

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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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The problem with enthusiast platforms
— 2:03 PM on November 20, 2007

Coupled with Radeon HD 3800 series graphics cards launched late last week, AMD's new Phenom processors and 790FX chipset fill out the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Kitchen computer gets a new internet stick
— 1:17 AM on November 1, 2007

Back in March I built a system intended to be the new family PC. The goal was to make it small, quiet and...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Miscellaneous Networking

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