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by Dissonance
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing

Do you have any pull elsewhere than the marketing group?

I'm at least mildly interested in a Product position and might take you up on the offer if so.


Some, but we're staffed up on that side at the moment.
by Dissonance
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing

No engineering R&D in the US, unfortunately. That's all handled in Taipei. Experience doesn't necessarily have to be formal. Being part of the TR community counts for something :) If you writing, technical chops, and photography transcend your on-paper experience, make the case in a cover letter...
by Dissonance
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing
Replies: 8
Views: 734

ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing

Greetings Gerbils. Jeff has graciously allowed me to do a little shameless recruiting, so... We're growing our content marketing team at ASUS and have two full-time positions for tech-savvy enthusiasts with excellent writing, photography, and analytical skills. Naturally, the TR community came to mi...
by Dissonance
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR's spring cleaning contest: entry thread
Replies: 172
Views: 21396

Re: TR's spring cleaning contest: entry thread

We are no longer accepting entries to this contest. Stay tuned for the winners!
by Dissonance
Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR's spring cleaning contest: entry thread
Replies: 172
Views: 21396

TR's spring cleaning contest: entry thread

Note: this thread is for contest entries only. If you would like to discuss the contest, please post in the comments section of the contest announcement on the main site. In collaboration with Cooler Master, MSI, Kingston, and Newegg, we're giving away loads of hardware as part of our spring cleani...
by Dissonance
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR contest question
Replies: 5
Views: 1292

Re: TR contest question

We've clarified the question and will be accepting a range of answers, including the name of the GPU, the name of the GPU architecture, and the model number of the graphics card.

http://techreport.com/news/25295/enter- ... ost=755769
by Dissonance
Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Vancouver meetup planned for Sept. 28
Replies: 20
Views: 4292

Re: TR Vancouver meetup planned for Sept. 28

I think we can arrange some sort of gear swap at or outside the venue.
by Dissonance
Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Vancouver meetup planned for Sept. 28
Replies: 20
Views: 4292

TR Vancouver meetup planned for Sept. 28

We're planning an official TR meetup in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, September 28. Cyril and I will be in attendance, and we'll be giving away prizes along with some excess test hardware pulled from our labs. We'll select an appropriate venue based on how many folks plan to show up. I'm open to su...
by Dissonance
Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Preview our Vertex 450 SSD review
Replies: 1
Views: 1331

Preview our Vertex 450 SSD review

This is going up in a little bit. Could use some help hunting for typos.

http://techreport.com/review/24969/ocz- ... 5727f3bff7

Thanks.
by Dissonance
Fri May 31, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Preview our Seagate 600 SSD review
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Re: Preview our Seagate 600 SSD review

Thanks. The skip-ahead links won't actually work until the article is live. They don't take into account the preview URL.
by Dissonance
Fri May 31, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Preview our Seagate 600 SSD review
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Preview our Seagate 600 SSD review

Since you were so helpful with our Desktop HDD.15 review, here's another one that needs typo-hunting. Say hello to Seagate's 600 SSD:

http://techreport.com/review/24863/seag ... f98d0e2e39

I wonder why our editors are so busy...
by Dissonance
Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Tech Report's IOMeter Test Paterns
Replies: 26
Views: 10113

Re: Tech Report's IOMeter Test Paterns

Feel free to shoot me an email if you'd like a copy of our IOMeter test file. The thing is, that file just defines the access patterns (request size, read/write distribution, randomness, etc...). You still have to configure the workers, concurrent I/O scaling, and test length manually.
by Dissonance
Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How gets power usage measured in SSD tests?
Replies: 10
Views: 4690

Re: How gets power usage measured in SSD tests?

Out of interest, what level of accuracy do you expect to get from this test setup? (given resistor and meter tolerance). Is the same fixture used to test all drives, to ensure any error is consistent? We use the same resistor and meter for all our testing. The results should be reasonably accurate ...
by Dissonance
Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Tech Report's IOMeter Test Paterns
Replies: 26
Views: 10113

Re: Tech Report's IOMeter Test Paterns

Our IOMeter tests run with one worker. They start with one concurrent I/O request and then ramp up from there. The test runs for three minutes for each I/O request tier. The number of workers is separate from the number of concurrent requests. Before any tests are run, IOMeter creates a single file ...
by Dissonance
Fri May 25, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: How gets power usage measured in SSD tests?
Replies: 10
Views: 4690

Re: How gets power usage measured in SSD tests?

We haven't changed our methods. Power consumption is still tested with the 0.1-ohm resistor. I'll make sure that detail's added to the test methods section of future storage reviews.
by Dissonance
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Tech Report's IOMeter Test Paterns
Replies: 26
Views: 10113

Re: Tech Report's IOMeter Test Paterns

IIRC, the file and web results were part of the original IOMeter package, while the database and workstation patterns came from StorageReview. I was going to summarize them here but, looking at them now, I see an awful lot of variables to detail. Shoot me an email and I can send you a copy of the co...
by Dissonance
Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Hey TR Eds: How come no Revodrives in sys guide/reviews?
Replies: 12
Views: 2115

Re: Hey TR Eds: How come no Revodrives in sys guide/reviews?

The price premium commonly associated with PCIe SSDs makes them a tricky proposition for the guide. You give up capacity for performance, and we'd rather have more solid-state storage than a smaller SSD that might be faster. In day-to-day use, we haven't noticed as much of a difference between vario...
by Dissonance
Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Enter our Anomaly: Warzone Earth giveaway here
Replies: 161
Views: 10258

Enter our Anomaly: Warzone Earth giveaway here

Were you intrigued by Bruno's account of Anomaly: Warzone Earth ? The indie strategy game puts tower defense in reverse, tasking the player with steering a convoy of units through enemy defenses. Bruno called the game prime rib at a bargain price, and now you have a chance to get in on the action ab...
by Dissonance
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Riding a bicycle again
Replies: 79
Views: 5376

Re: Riding a bicycle again

Bike seats are sort of counter-intuitive. If you have good shorts, the thinner seats are actually more comfortable than the wider ones because there's less to impede your pedalling motion. My junk is particularly fond of WTB's drop-nose saddles--specifically, the Rocket V: http://www.wtb.com/product...
by Dissonance
Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Discuss TR's screenshot contest
Replies: 138
Views: 13667

Re: Discuss TR's screenshot contest

Are we allowed to edit our posts to replace screenshots with better ones, as long as we keep it to five total?


Yes. Only the screenshots you have posted when the contest closes will be judged.
by Dissonance
Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Enter here for a chance to win a GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Replies: 113
Views: 17138

Enter here for a chance to win a GeForce GTX 560 Ti

We've given away plenty of swanky new graphics cards over the past few months here at TR. Now, we have a couple more—and we're going to make you work for them. MSI has graciously donated two of its N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II graphics cards for us to give away to a pair of lucky readers. On top of that...
by Dissonance
Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Discuss TR's screenshot contest
Replies: 138
Views: 13667

Discuss TR's screenshot contest

Want to talk about our screenshot contest? This is the place.
by Dissonance
Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Enter our MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti giveaway here
Replies: 1004
Views: 14109

Enter our MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti giveaway here

By now, you've surely read our coverage of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics processor. Pretty sweet, isn't it? The 560 easily has enough grunt to run the latest and greatest games at 1080p resolutions with all their eye candy turned up—antialiasing and anisotropic filtering included. With a sugg...
by Dissonance
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Enter here for a shot at a GeForce GTX 460 or Metro 2033
Replies: 149
Views: 21025

Enter here for a shot at a GeForce GTX 460 or Metro 2033

We have more goodies to give away. This time, MSI has supplied us with 18 licenses for the PC version of Metro 2033, which our resident graphics expert thinks is one of the best-looking games on the market right now. In addition to boasting DirectX 11 tessellation and depth-of-field eye candy, Metro...
by Dissonance
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Discuss TR's hardware photography contest
Replies: 89
Views: 11116

Discuss TR's hardware photography contest

Want to talk about our hardware photography contest? This is the place.
by Dissonance
Mon May 17, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: TR 890GX/890FX Review USB 3.0 Results
Replies: 5
Views: 1418

Re: TR 890GX/890FX Review USB 3.0 Results

Busy weekend with the SandForce review, so I'm a little behind on email. I actually used the same drivers for all the boards: version 1.0.0.1027.
by Dissonance
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Should I build my own bike?
Replies: 11
Views: 870

Re: Should I build my own bike?

Being a huge bike geek (6 in the garage at the moment), I'll chime in here. It's not actually all that difficult to build a bike up from parts. Building wheels from scratch is a bit of an art, though, and specialized tools can be required to install certain components. Headsets come to mind. But the...
by Dissonance
Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: A request for Excel programming gurus
Replies: 5
Views: 6753

A request for Excel programming gurus

Color-coding bar graphs by manufacturer, model, or whatever, is a great way to make them more readable. However, it's royal pain, especially for hard drive reviews where I'm working with dozens of graphs and a deluge of results. Excel doesn't seem to have a mechanism to automatically color bars base...
by Dissonance
Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD Caviar Black is out -- any benches vs 640GB?
Replies: 2
Views: 1250

Re: WD Caviar Black is out -- any benches vs 640GB?

We should have a full review in a couple of weeks.
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