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Ye Olde HTPC gets a long-overdue upgrade
— 8:26 AM on July 2, 2010

I built my first proper home-theater PC so long ago that I don't remember exactly when. Five years ago sounds about right, but it...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Portege R700 sampled briefly
— 10:50 AM on June 30, 2010

Though he might not publicly admit it, I think I could detect some jealousy in Scott's voice when I called to say I was hanging...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Miscellaneous Mobile computing

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On the potential of HTML5
— 5:01 PM on February 5, 2010

By now, many of you must have looked at, or at least heard of, the experimental, HTML5 version of YouTube. And if you read...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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An upgrade tale 2: upgrade harder
— 11:45 AM on September 25, 2009

So, almost three years had passed since my last major system upgrade—downright shameful negligence for someone in this line of work, clearly. I won't...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Chance to win a Core i7 gaming PC
— 3:38 PM on September 8, 2009

Intel and a couple of its system-building partners are going out of their way to make this week's launch extra special.  CyberPower and...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Miscellaneous The Tech Report

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A tale of avarice, betrayal, and upgrading
— 4:57 PM on August 20, 2009

It's story time with Uncle Dusty, kids, so scoot in and I'll spin you a tale of terror sure to make spiders crawl up your...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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On PC upgrades and diminishing returns
— 10:14 PM on August 13, 2009

Like many of you, I'm giddily waiting on the release of Intel's Lynnfield processors to upgrade my main desktop PC. This system is still trucking...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Systems

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A few weeks with LaCie's iamaKey thumb drive
— 11:10 AM on July 7, 2009

USB thumb drives are everywhere. Heck, they've been everywhere for years. Never before have I see a new class of product become...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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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

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Google + Python = world domination?
— 1:08 PM on April 7, 2009

Since its initial release in 1991, the Python programming language has steadily grown in popularity. Designed by Dutch programmer Guido van Rossum (a.k.a....

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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What's in a browser?
— 4:10 PM on March 16, 2009

With word that the final version of Internet Explorer 8 may be coming in the next few days, enthusiasts are once again...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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Internet Explorer 8 RC1 impressions
— 10:34 AM on January 27, 2009

I didn't think the day would ever come, but it has: as of the RC1 build, Internet Explorer 8 appears to render TR pretty much...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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Dissecting the Steam Hardware Survey
— 9:02 PM on December 18, 2008

As a cross-platform gamer increasingly disenchanted with the PC, I absolutely love Steam and what Valve has done for the platform. Over the last five...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Gaming

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The parent trap
— 5:37 PM on December 11, 2008

We've all been there at one time or another: fixing a family member's computer. It's not a situation I particularly mind, since my family has...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Microsoft's free photo stitching tool is very slick indeed
— 2:15 PM on September 24, 2008

A few weeks ago on a backpacking trip, I took a stack of pictures to stich together for a dramatic panoramic shot. Or rather,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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Why Google Chrome is already a great browser
— 5:40 PM on September 2, 2008

So, you've seen the news. Google has released an early beta of its first web browser, Chrome, which mixes elements from Safari and Firefox into...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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Why Internet Explorer 8 still sucks
— 11:22 AM on August 29, 2008

I already ranted extensively about Internet Explorer 8's shortcomings when the first beta release came out in March. At the risk of being labeled...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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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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