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Trying out Windows 7's XP Mode
— 3:04 PM on May 11, 2009

Late last month, Microsoft revealed plans to offer a free Windows XP virtualization solution to users of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. In a...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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

HP's LP2475w monitor: IPS at a bargain price
— 11:08 AM on December 4, 2008

Those who follow my blog may have some idea of the trouble I've encountered trying to replace my aging (and dimming) 20.1" Viewsonic VX2025wm with...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

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

Thermaltake's A2413 7-inch LCD
— 11:05 PM on September 29, 2008

Thermaltake's A2413 7" LCD display packs a touch-sensitive screen into a motorized drive bay that looks perfect for car PCs and enterprising modders. We

Type: Feature article Tags: Miscellaneous Displays

The great 8-bit monitor conundrum
— 10:44 AM on September 4, 2008

I have a pair of 20" 1600x1200 LCDs on my desk, and I really like this arrangement.  Both are Dell displays, and the older one...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

Dell's UltraSharp 2408WFP: A tale of woe
— 10:33 AM on April 26, 2008

The story begins one lovely spring day, with me deciding to invest in a bigger display to freshen up my aging ViewSonic vx2025wm and LG...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

Windows Vista Service Pack 1: A performance check
— 8:58 PM on April 3, 2008

How does Service Pack 1 affect Windows Vista's day-to-day performance in common desktop applications and games? We've run a host of benchmarks in order to...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

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

Big monitors, big problems
— 10:53 AM on February 14, 2008

As many of you know, I have professed my affection for the Dell 3007WFP we have here in Damage Labs on multiple occasions.  I think...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

DisplayLink's USB-to-DVI adapter
— 1:34 PM on February 11, 2008

Last year, Samsung released a 19" LCD monitor capable of being hooked up via a simple USB connection. That's neat, but is there a cheaper...

Type: Feature article Tags: Displays

Talkin' CES on the OCF Podcast
— 3:41 PM on January 19, 2008

I've made an appearance on the latest episode of the OCF Podcast.  This time, we talk at some length about the developments in PC...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Displays Input devices

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

The Vista nerd rage feedback loop
— 3:46 PM on October 1, 2007

Ask anyone in the techie community about Windows Vista, and they'll tell you the same thing:...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

Belkin's Flip-DVI-D: too good to be true?
— 6:43 PM on July 11, 2007

This cute little device seemed to be tailor-made for our needs: it's a dual-port switch that handles four kinds of inputs: USB keyboard, USB mouse,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Displays Input devices

Vista upgrade thoughts
— 9:56 AM on February 28, 2007

I finally made the jump to Windows Vista earlier this month. To be honest, I couldn't wait to get away from Windows XP. As accustomed...

Type: Blog post Tags: Windows

Windows Vista's new spin on licensing
— 12:21 AM on January 30, 2007

WE'VE HEARD ALL MANNER of tinfoil hattery about Windows Vista's schemes for copy protection,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Windows

Vista testing begins... cautiously
— 2:14 PM on January 26, 2007

At long last, we have the final version of Windows Vista in house and have begun doing some testing with it. I've been following...

Type: Blog post Tags: Windows