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3D movies and the value of entertainment
— 10:30 PM on July 8, 2010

To take full advantage of this past long weekend, I unlatched myself from my computer and went to see a movie with my girlfriend. We...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Gaming

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New Intel RST drivers hit performance scaling ceiling
— 12:11 PM on March 29, 2010

I was quite excited when Intel released its latest storage controller drivers last week. We knew these drivers were coming, and I'd been...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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What do you want to see in our new storage test suite?
— 3:12 PM on February 10, 2010

The number of new hard drives, SSDs, and other interesting storage devices due out this year is staggering. Heck, even what's coming in just...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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Low definition
— 10:51 AM on July 10, 2009

Sony and some market analysts are wondering why Blu-ray uptake isn't skyrocketing like they'd hoped. I have a few ideas. About a year ago, I decided...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Not cool, Canon... not cool
— 2:25 PM on April 29, 2009

I finally bit the bullet and decided to buy a digital SLR camera last weekend. I've been shooting with a Canon PowerShot A570 IS for...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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Ignorance, legislative stupidity, and the French three-strikes piracy bill
— 11:00 AM on April 3, 2009

Yesterday, French MPs approved a portion of a new copyright bill that would...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Copyright

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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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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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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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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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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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Unraveling X-Fi frequency response in Windows Vista
— 2:31 PM on April 8, 2008

In our last couple of sound card reviews, we've noticed some odd behavior from products based on Creative's X-Fi audio processor in RightMark Audio Analyzer's...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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