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Farewell, beloved Rat
— 6:00 AM on April 16, 2015

Farewell, beloved Rat. You've been a faithful companion, constantly perched next to my right hand and always eager for the next opportunity to dart...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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Notes from TR's next-gen storage testing
— 3:13 PM on December 19, 2014

In between work on other projects, I've been running exploratory tests on PCIe SSDs to see how their performance characteristics differ from the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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For Valve, is the Steam controller both a blessing and a curse?
— 10:06 PM on April 10, 2014

As excited as we may be about Steam machines democratizing PC gaming in the living room, there's no question Valve's new platform will encounter some...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices Game consoles

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Adventures in left-handed mousing
— 9:15 AM on November 1, 2013

I'm right-handed. I use my dominant hand for everything from scrawling my name to hurling tennis balls for my dog to brushing my teeth. My...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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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

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Talk to the Dragon, NaturallySpeaking
— 10:03 AM on January 4, 2013

While I wouldn't consider myself to be particularly injury prone, I've managed to damage various bits of my body over the years. Muscles have...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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A couple of months with Corsair's Vengeance M60 mouse
— 11:09 PM on July 19, 2012

It all started with a failing microswitch. It was the spring of 2011, and I was a perfectly contented MX1100 user. Logitech's latest high-end mouse had...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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Sennheiser's HD 558 headphones are cans of whoop-ass
— 8:59 PM on July 5, 2012

It's rumored that if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask you for a glass of milk. They also say that if...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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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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The misadventures of Blu-ray in HTPC land
— 2:56 PM on January 13, 2012

If you'll humor me, I'd like to take a brief break from all the CES coverage to complain about the sad state of Blu-ray on...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Where's my 21st-century television?
— 10:10 AM on December 9, 2011

Gabe Newell said something that caught my eye the other day. As part of a broader interview with The Cambridge Student, Newell shared some...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Are sound cards still relevant?
— 10:58 PM on September 29, 2011

Recently, I supplemented my desktop's arsenal of hardware with a stand-alone Asus Xonar DX sound card. This upgrade was something of a shot in...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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A case for better keyboards
— 11:14 AM on September 23, 2011

PC enthusiasts have a tendency to focus their attention on what's inside the box. Indeed, we're guilty of that here at TR. Most...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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The next computing revolution will be televised
— 12:50 AM on September 2, 2011

Up until very recently, I had been able to remain faithful to my home-theater PC. Well, that's not entirely true. I've gone through...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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A eulogy for my last good Logitech mouse
— 10:28 PM on May 12, 2011

Why, oh, why does this happen to me? Why must my privileged, middle-class lifestyle be marred by microswitch failures? Once, just once, I wish I...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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On bandwidth quotas and streaming video
— 2:50 PM on February 4, 2011

If Canada isn't off your radar completely, you've probably heard about the recent fuss over a CRTC ruling that effectively forced independent Internet service providers...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Internet

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Yes, I still buy CDs
— 12:07 AM on October 8, 2010

This week's poll tackles the subject of music and, more specifically, where you buy it. That got me thinking about my own history,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Miscellaneous

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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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