Black Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Fudzilla: LGA 775 still makes up 65% of Intel’s market today

    and Intel’s high-end 2011 chipset remains X58E

    and Sandy Bridge 32nm Celeron in Q3 2011

  2. TC Magazine: New technology to enable 3.9Tb per square inch storage solutions
  3. TweakTown: Intel InTru 3D coming to H67 desktop systems over HDMI 1.4a
  4. Fudzilla: Microsoft faces another security nightmare
  5. Engadget: Kinect hacks let you control a web browser

    and Windows 7 using only The Force (updated)

  6. CVG: Next Crytek game revealed in Korea: Warface
  7. PC ‘a generation ahead‘ of PS3 and Xbox 360, but being held back – Crytek
  8. Eurogamer on why Double Fine doesn’t do PC

Black Friday

  1. Industry execs call out PC Mag for encouraging piracy
  2. SemiAccurate: DRAM prices continue to drop
  3. TC Magazine: Asus U31 13.3″ ultrathin laptop to hit European stores next month

    and Team Group finally launches the TP1023 racy external drive

  4. U.S. market: LCD TV shipments to increase 5% on year
  5. Bloomberg: Toshiba, Vizio are said to unveil Google TV products in January
  6. TC Magazine: Boxee Box gets its first update – fixes and tweaks included
  7. Engadget: HDHomeRun Prime CableCARD tri-tuner comes one step closer to reality
  8. TUAW: Apple Store U.S. posts Black Friday discount preview
  9. Dealzon’s deals: $41 off Apple iPad, $150 off coupon for hp Envy 14, $205 off 15.6”

    Dell XPS 15 i7, $210 off 42” Vizio LCD TV, $100 off coupon for 15.6” hp dv6t Select,

    $150 off 15.6” hp G62t, and $50 off Logitech Revue + Google TV + Logitech HDTV

    video cam


  1. C|Net: Researchers in motion—as they move to RIM rival
  2. eWeek: Researchers find security flaws in Palm smartphone webOS
  3. Tablets should be more multi-functional than netbooks – ARM
  4. Engadget: Woow Digital’s The One tablet cooks up

    Tegra 2 with Gingerbread just in time for Christmas

  5. TC Magazine: NEC LifeTouch tablet renamed Smartia for consumer release
  6. DigiTimes: Acer aims at largest global market

    share for tablet PCs in 2 – 3 years, says CEO

  7. Fudzila: Sony PSP phone reportedly launches December 9
  8. TC Magazine: slips out Samsung Stealth V 4.3″ Android 2.2. smartphone
  9. SlashGear: Movea turns your iPhone 4 into an Air Mouse for HTPC use
  10. TUAW: iOS 4.2.1 brings baseband signature check, unlockers warned to wait
  11. Fudzilla: iPhone gets proper facial recognition app
  12. Engadget: Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 3,000

    apps and games, attracts 15,000 developers

  13. TechFlash cites study: Maybe Windows Phone apps aren’t so expensive after all
  14. WinRumors: Windows Phone 7 unlocker released to side-load applications


  1. BBC: Digital vaccine needed to fight botnets
  2. Ubuntu Geek: Install VLC 1.1.5, FileZilla, and

    Wireshark 1.4.2 in Ubuntu 10.10 / 10.04 using PPA

  3. HowtoForge: Installing Apache2 with PHP5

    and MySQL support on Fedora 14 (LAMP)

  4. Expreview: MagicPanel HD updated to beta 1

    (overclocking software for Galaxy video cards)

  5. CCleaner v3.01
  6. East-Tec Eraser 2010
  7. FreeUndelete 2.0.34689.1
  8. SoftPerfect Network Scanner 5.0.4
  9. Free Audio Extractor


  1. GameStop to open more than 800 stores nationwide at midnight for Black Friday
  2. MCV: PlayStation chief to become Sony CEO?
  3. OnLive has a special thanks to OnLive founding members
  4. X-bit labs: Sony PS3 may not outsell predecessor, admit ex-Sony execs
  5. Joystiq: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer servers back up
  6. Shacknews has exclusive new DC Universe Online screens and Batman
  7. Shacknews Weekend Confirmed episode 36 (podcast)
  8. Who’s to blame? (for companies releasing broken games)
  9. Actor says gamers are at fault for lousy movies

Systems and storage

  1. HotHardware shows how to build a computer: System assembly 101
  2. TweakTown reviews Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z all-in-one
  3. KitGuru reviews Dell Inspiron One (all-in-one) 23 system
  4. Benchmark Reviews on ASRock Vision 3D Blu-ray MCE HTPC
  5.’s first look at Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3
  6. KitGuru reviews Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H
  7. t-break reviews ECS A890GXM-A2
  8. Guru3D reviews 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 MHz Trident CL7 memory kit
  9. OC3D reviews 6GB Mushkin PC3-16000 Radioactive memory kit
  10. reviews 240GB OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-E SSD
  11. Neoseeker and ThinkComputers review 50GB OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E SSD
  12. [OC]ModShop reviews 500GB Seagate GoFlex portable hard drive kit
  13. OverclockersHQ reviews Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home
  14. Engadget’s Infinitec Infinite USB memory drive review
  15. Hi Tech Legion reviews Thermaltake BlacX 5G HDD docking station


  1. PureOC reviews Asus GeForce GTX 580
  2. Techgage reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic
  3. OCC reviews Asus EAH6850 DirectCU OC Edition

    and PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+

  4. Madshrimps review Palit GeForce GTS 450 low profile 1GB
  5. TweakTown reviews StarTech ConvergeAV triple

    head DisplayPort-to-DVI multi-monitor adapter

  6. BCCHardware reviews Samsung UN55C9000 3D HDTV
  7. Hardware Canucks review Samsung UN55C6500 120Hz LED HDTV
  8. PC Perspective reviews Corsair HS1 USB gaming headset
  9. reviews Plantronics Voyager Pro+ Bluetooth headset

Power, casing, and cooling

  1. Hardware Heaven reviews 900W Antec High Current Gamer PSU
  2. Overclockers Online reviews 600W OCZ StealthXStream 2 PSU
  3. XtremeComputing reviews Lian Li T60 – Test Station chassis
  4. Tweaknews on Icy Dock MB973SP-B 3-in-2 SATA backplane module
  5. PureOC reviews CoolIT Omni A.L.C.
Comments closed
    • d0g_p00p
    • 9 years ago

    Sucks that Tim Schafer cannot make PC games anymore. All his games are classics. Psychonauts & Full Throttle is a perfect example.

    It reminds me of when Bullfrog died. Great designers and awesome games.

    • jdaven
    • 9 years ago

    Fudzilla: LGA 775 still makes up 65% of Intel’s market today

    This article represents the biggest fail of PC nerds mentality here at TR and other tech blogs. So many of us nerds bash computer manufacturers for using ‘last generation’ tech. We go after AMD and others for not using the latest manufacturing tech. And we say that companies are so dead now that X latest product is out.

    Now the reality: These new and cutting edge technologies take years to become the majority of shipping products. LGA 775 45 nm Core 2 products were released about 3 years ago and still represent two thirds of Intel’s market. Core iX 32 nm parts won’t become a majority until probably the end of next year.

    And as the story states, SB will only represent 2% of all shipping products when released next quarter. SB won’t become the majority of products sold for 3 years after that. THree YEARS!!!

    Tech nerds remember that when you say AMD is so far behind or Apple’s laptops are using old generation tech and therefore selling a bad product. Performance is performance. People have different needs and can get by with almost any tech nowadays for most computing tasks. You don’t need to have the latest and greatest hardware ticked off on a spec sheet to be relevant. It’s actually bad business practices to adopt new tech as quickly as tech nerds mentality.

      • Jigar
      • 9 years ago

      Tell them to bring the price down, we will be all over it.

      • crsh1976
      • 9 years ago

      You gotta keep in mind that blog posters, commenters and raging fanboys are but a very small minority of consumers, they are however very vocal.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      The sad thing is that “last generation” is sometimes better in this day and age. Apple are right to use Core 2s. They get better battery life. Intel has seriously abused their “tick-tock” nonsense to the point where it’s nothing but marketing baloney. “Look, it’s the new architecture, shrunk to 32nm*! (please ignore the 45nm northbridge and that the memory controller was actually taken out of the CPU)”

      For the record, Intel has never projected Core i7 branded CPUs to account for more than 2% of what they ship, and 70% of boxed CPUs (meaning the ones people buy to build their own computers) were still Pentiums only a few months ago.

        • yuhong
        • 9 years ago

        Well, it is still better than the Core 2 generation where the northbridge was in a separate chip. Except that Apple did not have room for a separate graphics chip on some of their computers and was relying on NVIDIA’s Core 2 chipset having built-in graphics, which is the real reason why they are still using Core 2s. Time will tell if they will use Sandy Bridge’s integrated graphics. Anyway, you see, they are targeting Clarkdale at a different segment of the market (hence it also is only dual-core). Yes, it is indeed strange that Intel would use the tick-tock cycle like that, as I said before. Gulftown do live up to that claim though and it also have six-cores.

      • smilingcrow
      • 9 years ago

      ‘And as the story states, SB will only represent 2% of all shipping products when released next quarter. SB won’t become the majority of products sold for 3 years after that. Three YEARS!’

      Were you reading the right article? It actually said:

      ‘Core i2000 series based on socket LGA1155 and powered by Sandy Bridge occupies some 2 percent of all sockets shipped but it has massive growth potential. You should see its presence grow in desktop market to as much as 60 percent in Q3 2011.’

      I think that means that it is currently shipping at the 2% level, which is prior to release and that in 3 quarters time, not 3 years time, they expect it to hit as much as 60%.
      I had read elsewhere that Intel were looking to ramp SB very quickly but this seems unusually quick. It seems as if they will use SB as the platform to replace LGA775. I presume they have so many fabs that they have to take their time to transition to smaller processes and new platforms.

        • jdaven
        • 9 years ago

        You’re right. I missed that part of the article. It does seem unusually quick. Time will tell.

        BTW, not only are 65% 45 nm Core 2 chips but another significant percentage are 45 nm Nehalem chips. I don’t think Intel ships many 32 nm chips.

      • green
      • 9 years ago

      where there’s also fail in the reporting

      exactly where did the numbers come from and what do they represent?

      in the article they write:
      – 65 percent of all Intel desktop CPUs are socket 775 based
      – 2 percent of all sockets shipped
      – 60 percent in Q3 2011

      so what does the 65% represent?
      – all cpu’s in existance?
      – cpu’s shipped this year / quarter?
      – market share this year / quarter?
      in addition, what does the 2% mean?
      – all cpu’s shipped ever?
      – cpu’s shipped this year / quarter?
      the only only that has any frame of reference is the 3rd one
      overall the reporting doesn’t make it clear what the numbers represent
      but more importantly, there’s no source on where the numbers are from

      other than you noted:
      “LGA 775 45 nm Core 2 products were released about 3 years ago”
      which seemed to indicate you’re only looking at core2
      what you didn’t mention (and the article did) was the platform was around:
      “for some six years”
      in other words, they’re possibly including p4-prescott for LGA775 numbers
      which sort of clarifies the 65%, but not explicitly so
      especially without any kind of source for the numbers

      so again, exactly where did the numbers come from and what do they represent?

        • jdaven
        • 9 years ago

        “This is the Core 2 Duo / Quad and current Celeron socket.”

        From the line above, I don’t believe the numbers include any Pentium 4 era CPUs or Core Duo/Solo. I think they are all 45 nm. It is not completely clear whether they meant shipping or current cumulative market share but after reading the article again I think they mean cumulative market share to date. But I could be wrong about that.

      • GTVic
      • 9 years ago

      Corporate buying is responsible, they insist on having a non-changing system for the length of their lease cycle and that is what keeps these processors going. We have to suffer with corporate PCs that are 1+ years out of date when they first arrive and that only gets worse near the end of a 4 year lease cycle.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago


    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    “IX.Actor says gamers are at fault for lousy movies ”

    Wouldn’t it be the “writers, directors, and actors” or “hollywood’s fault for lousy movies????

    I tend to agree that most movies now kinda suck, I find myself watching my Indiana Jones trilogy more often than new movies lol

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      Most movies at any given point in time suck. We just tend to remember the really good ones 5, 10 years down the track.

        • yogibbear
        • 9 years ago

        People finally start listening to people that watch the good movies that were out then 10 yrs later. Takes a while for popular opinion to catch up.

    • poulpy
    • 9 years ago


      • sschaem
      • 9 years ago

      Not sure we are even one generation of console up just yet.

      I think next gen wont be made on anything but 28nm or smaller, and we are not there yet.

      My impression is that we are not a generation past yet until mid 2013

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Black Friday = sham

    not worth the hassle and stress for dubious sales.

      • Jambe
      • 9 years ago

      Peh. I just saved a bunch of monies buying bits from Steam. Bought 6 copies of Portal for $15 to gift away…

    • Jigar
    • 9 years ago


      • Peffse
      • 9 years ago

      HA! I like how you put employee*[

    • TaBoVilla
    • 9 years ago

    3.9 TB per square inch! makes Johnny Mnemonic’s 160 gigabyte brain storage pale in comparison. And that was supposed to be 2021!

      • poulpy
      • 9 years ago

      Also comes with the added benefit of less brain swelling!

      • smilingcrow
      • 9 years ago

      The irony is that you can download Keanu Reeves mind onto a floppy and I mean old skool 5.25.

      • Generic
      • 9 years ago

      As a 30 year old man I get the sneaking feeling I will be long dead and buried befoore HDDs fall by the wayside.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      Johnny Mnemonic must not have had a lot of porn on his mind…

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