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Where's the sweet spot for headphones?
— 12:26 AM on March 19, 2009

The headphone market is littered with an incredible range of options, from the throwaway garbage bundled with cheap MP3 players to audiophile earmuffs that would...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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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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Latest iPod shuffle the quintessential Apple product
— 4:57 PM on March 12, 2009

Perhaps more than any other Apple product, the iPod shuffle is the perfect example of the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field in action. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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Stickin' it to the sat man
— 10:57 AM on March 5, 2009

Generally speaking, Americans believe that more is better—except for, of course, leprosy and Celine...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Mac

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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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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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Trent Reznor gives fans remix-ready HD concert footage
— 1:10 PM on January 14, 2009

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is no stranger to releasing goodies on the Internet. Last March, he one-upped Radiohead's In Rainbows release with...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Zune can't party like it's 2009
— 12:48 PM on December 31, 2008

Why are MP3 players so hard to get right? A few months ago, my year-and-a-half-old and largely babied iPod 5.5G gave up the ghost....

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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HP's LP2475w monitor: IPS at a bargain price
— 11:08 AM on December 4, 2008

Those who follow my blog may have some idea of the trouble I've encountered trying to replace my aging (and dimming) 20.1" Viewsonic VX2025wm with...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

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The great 8-bit monitor conundrum
— 10:44 AM on September 4, 2008

I have a pair of 20" 1600x1200 LCDs on my desk, and I really like this arrangement.  Both are Dell displays, and the older one...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

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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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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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Experimenting with HDR photos on a $200 camera
— 4:40 PM on July 1, 2008

I've been giddily experimenting with high-dynamic-range photography over the past few days. Unfortunately, I don't own any professional photography equipment, and my best camera...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Dell's UltraSharp 2408WFP: A tale of woe
— 10:33 AM on April 26, 2008

The story begins one lovely spring day, with me deciding to invest in a bigger display to freshen up my aging ViewSonic vx2025wm and LG...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

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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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Creative tweaks X-Fi frequency response for Vista
— 3:23 PM on April 11, 2008

Earlier this week we contacted Creative with the hope of getting to the bottom of the bizarre frequency response behavior we observed with RightMark...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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