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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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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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High-PPI support in Windows 8.1: still not so great
— 8:25 PM on December 19, 2013

Displays with high pixel densities are pretty much standard in tablets, and we're all waiting for them to become standard in notebooks. Take a trip...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

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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 problem with Windows convertible tablets
— 10:56 PM on March 13, 2013

I've been spending a fair bit of time with Windows convertible tablets lately. I reviewed the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T last week,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Windows Personal tech

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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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My six days with Windows 8
— 12:32 AM on November 2, 2012

So, I installed Windows 8 on my desktop PC last week. It was late on the eve of the launch. The download link for the $39.99...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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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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At last, Microsoft may have copied Apple properly
— 2:52 AM on June 22, 2012

Okay, I apologize for the shameful, troll-bait headline. I realize it's easy to misinterpret, so let me qualify with a statement: Microsoft didn't get where it...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Windows

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In search of Bluetooth input for a couch gaming system
— 4:49 PM on August 26, 2008

Although my Xbox 360 has seen plenty of action over the last year, my gaming PC has sat largely unused. That's not so much...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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