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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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Goodbye, consoles
— 8:30 AM on December 27, 2013

For more than a decade, an Xbox console has lived under my television. I started with the original and moved on to the 360,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Gaming Game consoles

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Are Valve and AMD about to ruin PC gaming?
— 12:25 PM on October 11, 2013

When the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were announced earlier this year, I saw it as a victory for the PC. Soon, it seemed, bringing major...

Type: Blog post Tags: Graphics Gaming Game consoles

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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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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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PC hardware enthusiasm.. miniaturized?
— 1:02 PM on February 23, 2011

I've been into building PCs for many years now, but before that, I was never a particularly handy or mechanically inclined type of guy. ...

Type: Blog post Tags: Game consoles

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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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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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How do you back up your gigs of goodies?
— 1:18 PM on August 13, 2008

In the wake of my post about data recovery services, an old buddy of mine from college, Dave Kirby, wrote me with a question about...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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Seeking a good hard drive recovery service
— 11:18 AM on July 2, 2008

A friend of mine emailed me recently with a question that I can't answer. He has a friend whose hard drive has croaked, possibly...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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Epilogue on three 75GXP failures
— 8:54 PM on April 18, 2008

Years ago I sought advice from a trusted and knowledgeable friend about what components to use in my first home-built PC. Everything worked...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Miscellaneous

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Hit by the Red Ring of Death
— 3:24 PM on March 10, 2008

After more than a year and a half of hosting epic table tennis battles and endless laps around the Nurburgring, my Xbox 360 finally succumbed...

Type: Blog post Tags: Game consoles

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Kitchen PC hushed
— 6:27 PM on February 20, 2008

When I set out to build a new family PC, it needed to be small, attractive and quiet.  No need for anything crazy like Mini-ITX,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Cooling Miscellaneous

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A correction on the ThinkPad X300: SSD only!?
— 10:10 AM on February 14, 2008

In our recent first podcast episode, we were engaging in a bit of techno-lust over the ThinkPad X300, which we've dubbed the MacBook Air...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Mobile computing

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