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Mixing power-line networking with Wi-Fi proves intoxicating
— 11:27 AM on September 28, 2015

You may recall my failed attempt at using a second Wi-Fi router in repeater mode in order to overcome some signal-strength issues in the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Networking

Time Warner slings free Maxx upgrades to counter Google Fiber
— 1:35 PM on May 21, 2015

I've been chronicling the slow progress of Google Fiber moving into my metro area, my city, and eventually, into my house. Since Google Fiber...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Networking

Rowhammer attack exploits shrinking process size in DRAM
— 2:24 PM on March 25, 2015

A couple weeks ago, Google's Project Zero team demonstrated a very clever exploit of modern DDR3 memory. Their inspiration came from a research paper, 

Type: Blog post Tags: Memory Software

The desktop PC needs a makeover
— 1:25 AM on August 16, 2013

My PC is too big. Much too big. I'd always vaguely suspected it,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Cases Cooling Storage

Local game streaming: Coming soon from the PC
— 10:35 PM on January 24, 2013

Nvidia's Project Shield was one of the most intriguing new products on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. This handheld gaming device combines the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Gaming Networking

Freshening up a home network can yield big bandwidth benefits
— 12:46 PM on December 21, 2012

One of the funny things about being a PC enthusiast, for me, is how there's a constant ebb and flow of little projects that I...

Type: Blog post Tags: Networking

A roadmap for next-generation mobo firmware
— 10:43 AM on October 13, 2011

Later this week, I embark on a super-secret mission to Silicon Valley to get a sneak peek at Asus' upcoming X79 motherboards. At a...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

The more things change...
— 9:26 AM on June 13, 2011

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

Motherboards and their owners
— 10:21 AM on June 6, 2011

Some motherboards are easier to work with than others.

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

Musing on the state of motherboards
— 11:11 PM on March 3, 2011

Manufacturers routinely ask us what we think of their current products and what we'd like to see from future ones. Sometimes, I get the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

A cautionary tale
— 10:04 AM on October 7, 2010

Boy, Tuesday was a rough day. Walked into my office in the morning expecting to get some testing done, only to discover that my...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

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

The pool wants you!
— 9:52 AM on November 25, 2009

As Chicago said back in 1970, does anybody really know what time it is?...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Linux-Unix Networking

Just fix the AHCI already, AMD
— 12:21 PM on August 17, 2009

I've been partial to AMD for a long time. The first PC I built for myself had an Athlon Thunderbird running at a blistering 1.4GHz,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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

MSI and OCZ overclock
— 12:00 PM on June 12, 2009

Since we're an enthusiast site, little explanation of overclocking is needed here.  We tend to focus on the intricacies of hardware and how it performs,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Miscellaneous The Tech Report

The sorry state of BIOS-level fan speed control
— 11:51 PM on April 2, 2009

I'm constantly amazed by the pace at which technology improves. Take what's happened in, oh, the last six years, for example. We've gone...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

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