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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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Microsoft's free photo stitching tool is very slick indeed
— 2:15 PM on September 24, 2008

A few weeks ago on a backpacking trip, I took a stack of pictures to stich together for a dramatic panoramic shot. Or rather,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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Why Google Chrome is already a great browser
— 5:40 PM on September 2, 2008

So, you've seen the news. Google has released an early beta of its first web browser, Chrome, which mixes elements from Safari and Firefox into...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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Why Internet Explorer 8 still sucks
— 11:22 AM on August 29, 2008

I already ranted extensively about Internet Explorer 8's shortcomings when the first beta release came out in March. At the risk of being labeled...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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AMD refines its approach to Stream Computing
— 10:11 PM on June 19, 2008

Just like Nvidia, AMD provides developers with tools to use its GPUs for non-graphics applications, but AMD doesn't make as much noise about it. Curious,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Graphics Miscellaneous Software

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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

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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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IE8 and why the IE team still can't code its way out of a wet paper bag
— 9:41 AM on March 6, 2008

Look, I'm sorry. I'm sure Microsoft's Internet Explorer team is full of smart, passionate, and talented people. But their latest effort, the Internet Explorer 8...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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What are your recs for core programs?
— 3:30 PM on March 2, 2008

After two and a half years with my current box, I'm finally building myself a new PC and upgrading to Vista x64. One...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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The Enthusiast System Architecture in action
— 12:11 AM on January 18, 2008

Nvidia announced its Enthusiast System Architecture back in November, promising to consolidate system and hardware monitoring under a single communication protocol. ESA-certified hardware is now...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems Software

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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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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

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EAX still broken in Realtek audio drivers
— 1:43 PM on May 11, 2007

Back in November we explored EAX performance with onboard audio and discovered that Realtek's HD audio drivers weren't properly implementing occlusion and obstruction effects....

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: In the Zone
— 6:22 PM on March 30, 2007

I've been playing S.T.A.L.KE.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl these past few days....

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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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

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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

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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

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Valve's Source engine goes multi-core
— 12:00 AM on November 13, 2006

IF THE LAUNCH OF Intel's new quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor has made...

Type: Feature article Tags: Gaming Software

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