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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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Ye Olde HTPC gets a long-overdue upgrade
— 8:26 AM on July 2, 2010

I built my first proper home-theater PC so long ago that I don't remember exactly when. Five years ago sounds about right, but it...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Portege R700 sampled briefly
— 10:50 AM on June 30, 2010

Though he might not publicly admit it, I think I could detect some jealousy in Scott's voice when I called to say I was hanging...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Miscellaneous Mobile computing

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An upgrade tale 2: upgrade harder
— 11:45 AM on September 25, 2009

So, almost three years had passed since my last major system upgrade—downright shameful negligence for someone in this line of work, clearly. I won't...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Chance to win a Core i7 gaming PC
— 3:38 PM on September 8, 2009

Intel and a couple of its system-building partners are going out of their way to make this week's launch extra special.  CyberPower and...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Miscellaneous The Tech Report

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A tale of avarice, betrayal, and upgrading
— 4:57 PM on August 20, 2009

It's story time with Uncle Dusty, kids, so scoot in and I'll spin you a tale of terror sure to make spiders crawl up your...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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On PC upgrades and diminishing returns
— 10:14 PM on August 13, 2009

Like many of you, I'm giddily waiting on the release of Intel's Lynnfield processors to upgrade my main desktop PC. This system is still trucking...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Systems

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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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A compact, fast, and quiet PC for the kitchen
— 12:54 PM on June 25, 2009

If you've read our summer system guide, you might enjoy hearing the story of how our very cool Pocket Swiss Army Knife config came...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Cases Systems

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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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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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Dissecting the Steam Hardware Survey
— 9:02 PM on December 18, 2008

As a cross-platform gamer increasingly disenchanted with the PC, I absolutely love Steam and what Valve has done for the platform. Over the last five...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Gaming

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The parent trap
— 5:37 PM on December 11, 2008

We've all been there at one time or another: fixing a family member's computer. It's not a situation I particularly mind, since my family has...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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