The TR Podcast 31: Liberated music, faster for less, and clicky keyboards

Plus the Windows 7 beta, Steve Jobs' future at Apple, cheaper X58 mobos, and more
— 11:11 AM on January 17, 2009

Date: Jan 17, 2009
Time: 1:17:42

Hosted by Jordan Drake
Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski

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Show notes
In our first regular podcast of the year, we cover everything from the fastest single video card on the planet to our love of clicky keyboards (which goes hand-in-hand with our love of expensive office chairs).

The podcast team starts with some CES and Macworld news: Steve Job's medical leave at Apple, the end of the DRM music war, and two huge hardware releases from Nvidia and AMD. Scott is hopeful that AMD's Phenom II processors can compete with similarly priced Intel CPUs, and he shares his feelings on not only the new GeForce GTX 285 and 295 from Nvidia, but also the crazy card designs from AMD graphics card makers.

Not to be outdone by high 3DMark scores and FPS testing, the infamous IBM Model M vintage keyboard makes a showing in this episode, attempting to keep its place on Cyril's desk despite the clicky onslaught of the new Das Keyboard. Listen to the episode for all this and a whole lot more, including the Windows 7 beta, cheaper X58 motherboards, and the latest storage news.

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Tech discussion:

    Steve Jobs to take medical leave until late June (00:03:29)- Read more

    iTunes is finally DRM free (0:11:22)- Read more

    Windows 7 Beta released to the public (0:18:54)- Read more

    Cheap(er) X58 motherboards (0:28:08)- Read more

    AMD's Phenom II processors (0:31:05)- Read more

    Core 2 Quad price cuts coming next Monday? (0:36:20)- Read more

    Das Keyboard review (0:40:06)- Read more - TR keyboard poll

    Hitachi's Deskstar E7K1000 hard drive (0:53:21)- Read more

    Seagate offers fix, free data recovery for bricked Barracudas (0:56:05)- Read more

    Nvidia's GeForce GTX 285 and 295 graphics cards (0:57:13)- Read more

That's all, folks! We'll see you on January 24 for our next TR podcast.
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