The TR Podcast 55: Phantom Menace II, the Christmas '09 system guide, and a pair of pairs


Plus GPU availability, Microsoft vs. Steam, and giving computer buying advice
— 10:55 PM on December 6, 2009

The Tech Report Podcast Date: December 6, 2009
Time: 1:10:45

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, Geoff Gasior

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Show notes
The fall movie season is well under way, and Scott starts this episode by asking the panel whether $500-million megafilm Avatar will be worth the cost of a ticket and popcorn. Jordan and Cyril suggest James Cameron will score another hit, while Scott and Geoff are dubious and draw parallels with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1998—a lot of hype and a big letdown. Scott goes on to relate the woes of giving tech buying advice to friends and family.

Moving on, it's time for another TR system guide, and our Christmas '09 edition is rife with compromises to combat the RAM price hikes and GPU shortages. We talk about the possibility of GPU scarcity continuing well into 2010, as well. Also in this episode: Microsoft is trying to combat Steam, we pit two 2TB hard drives against each other, and choosing between Dell and Asus for a 14" notebook turns out to be somewhat complicated.

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