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Windows 8 frightens me, and here's why
— 9:43 PM on May 17, 2012

Some people just hate change. It can't be helped. Those people cling to old versions of their favorite software as long as they can. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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If data can be lost, it will
— 3:03 AM on May 11, 2012

Murphy was right. If something can go wrong, it will... eventually. Earlier this week, the water main connected to our house burst, submerging...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Internet

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Windows 8-Ball Consumer Preview
— 11:31 AM on March 2, 2012

There aren't many experiences in life more disconcerting than waking up and not knowing where you are or how you got there. I was...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems

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Windows 8 and the marginalization of geeks
— 10:23 AM on September 16, 2011

On Tuesday, Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer Preview available publicly without demanding so much as a Windows Live login name and password in return....

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Ubuntu ushers me out of the Windows XP era
— 11:02 PM on July 7, 2011

Well, it finally happened. Windows XP is no longer the primary OS on any of my day-to-day machines. The last holdout was my laptop,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems

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Teaching an old PSU new tricks
— 7:48 PM on April 14, 2011

Years back, while still an angsty teenager, I had a bug in my head telling me that A+ certification sounded like good times. With...

Type: Blog post Tags: Power

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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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Getting to grips with thumb drive encryption
— 8:40 PM on July 14, 2010

Join us in welcoming Matt Trinca, the newest addition to TR's roster of bloggers. I recently found myself in the market for a new thumb drive....

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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The great upgrade: Tales from the ancient past
— 10:51 AM on July 14, 2010

Our current contest challenges readers to relate their first PC upgrade experiences for a chance to win a copy...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Motherboards Storage

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New Intel RST drivers hit performance scaling ceiling
— 12:11 PM on March 29, 2010

I was quite excited when Intel released its latest storage controller drivers last week. We knew these drivers were coming, and I'd been...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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What do you want to see in our new storage test suite?
— 3:12 PM on February 10, 2010

The number of new hard drives, SSDs, and other interesting storage devices due out this year is staggering. Heck, even what's coming in just...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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Diggin' out
— 12:39 PM on September 5, 2009

So, yeah. I've been living with Mac OS X 10.6—aka Snow Leopard—for a week now. The short review is this: If you're not reviewing (or...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Mac

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So that's why it only costs $29
— 6:01 PM on August 31, 2009

Last Saturday, I decided to head down to my local Apple reseller and grab a copy of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The new...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Mac

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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

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The case for a secondary motherboard OS
— 10:08 PM on March 26, 2009

It seems like every year, someone thinks that Linux is on the verge of making real inroads on the desktop. And every year, the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Operating systems

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RAID 1 for the time-challenged
— 10:21 AM on January 28, 2009

It happens to the best of us. We spend hours putting together a new PC, mounting a nice aftermarket heatsink, making sure all the cables...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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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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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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