The TR Podcast 41: Customer reeducation, CPU nirvana, and everyone loves Atom

Plus OCZ's DIY netbook, Time Warner gets on our nerves... and much more
— 7:22 PM on April 25, 2009

Date: April 25, 2009
Time: 1:35:21

Hosted by Jordan Drake
Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, Matt Butrovich
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Show notes
We're back after a brief hiatus with a well-rounded podcast episode. Scott kicks off the conversation with a frustrating revelation about Lenovo's new ThinkPad automatic update feature, then we share our thoughts on Time Warner Cable's bandwidth quota trial saga. We also give Apple a shout-out for making all iTunes Store music DRM free—despite the ensuing price increase.

On the CPU front, we examine AMD's latest Phenom processor as well as the chipmaker's new Opteron roadmap. Finally, Matt gives us the rundown on OCZ's first foray into the netbook world, we discuss the merits of Nvidia's Ion chipset, and our latest poll prompts Scott to comment on the Atom processor's usefulness.

A quick reminder: we've switched to a twice-a-month schedule for the podcast, so our next episode will air on May 9. The episode after that will go up on May 23.

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Tech discussion:

    ThinkPad auto updates discontinued (0:03:27)- Read more

    Time Warner Cable shelves bandwidth quota trials (0:11:51)- Read more

    iTunes, other services now charge more for some songs (0:20:34)- Read more

    AMD's Phenom II X4 955 processor (0:25:44)- Read more

    Opterons to have 12 cores in early 2010, 16 cores in 2011 (0:34:03)- Read more

    TR's April 2009 system guide (0:52:10)- Read more

    OCZ's Neutrino DIY netbook (1:03:09)- Read more

    Ion takes flight with Acer AspireRevo nettop (1:12:42)- Read more

    Poll: Does Intel's Atom provide a good user experience? (1:18:38)- Read more

That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.
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