Halcyon Day Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. NYT: Windows 8 could make CES appearance
  2. GizmoCrunch: Microsoft tablet in January, runs Windows 7 with Apple-like UI?
  3. SemiAccurate: Radeon HD 6900 appears all over

    and the secret of the AMD 6900’s second switch

  4. Fudzilla reports reference HD 6970 has dual-BIOS

    and Nvidia attacks AMD great drivers claim

  5. ChipHell has Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 info (in Chinese)
  6. TC Magazine: Seagate makes the Barracuda Green hard drive line official
  7. Ars Technica: iPhone jailbreaker set to bring Cydia to Mac OS X
  8. Shacknews cites report: SSD hard drive improves loading

    in Gran Turismo 5; SSD mandatory for next-gen?

Halcyon Day

  1. hp exec: Costly metered pricing is what consumers want
  2. DSLReports: We’re not an ‘enemy’ of usage-based billing

    and Comcast testing new set top box

  3. U.S. senators press China on piracy, counterfeiting
  4. DailyFinance: Best Buy shares slip on weak earnings
  5. C|Net: Yahoo! layoffs of up to 700 employees set for tomorrow

    and Goldman Sachs see ‘challenging’ 2011 for Microsoft

    and Dell acquires Compellent for $960 million

  6. The NY Times: Time Warner views Netflix as a fading star
  7. Microsoft joins lobbying group battling Google ITA acquisition
  8. WSJ: Rivals say Google plays favorites
  9. Ars Technica: Google, Microsoft distribute malware after domain name trickery
  10. C|Net: Google can fix you mom’s PC, sort of
  11. TorrentFreak: Incompetent BitTorrent researchers strike again
  12. C|Net cites study: Streaming is killing off DVDs

Hardware news

  1. X-bit labs: TSMC intends to build a $10 billion Fab 16 production facility
  2. Fudzilla reports ARM targets servers and

    Acer irked by AMD rebrands in Russia and

    Germans ask IBM to make them the world’s fastest supercomputer

  3. TUAW: Joshua Kors has no idea how to use a Mac, returns it

    and Xserve no longer offers SSD option

  4. Engadget: Dell’Fractal‘ workstation designs revealed
  5. TC Magazine: Acer dual-touchscreen notebook set for January 14 launch in the U.K.
  6. VR-Zone: Toshiba unleashes NB500 series notebooks
  7. MSI to unveil new laptops at CES 2011
  8. Engadget: MSI to reintroduce WindPad tablets at CES,

    claims Oak Trail improves performance and battery life

  9. DigiTimes: Foxconn expected to ship 4 – 4.2 million notebooks in 1Q11
  10. TC Magazine: Gigabyte teases G1-Killer motherboard line again

    and Hitachi officially intros its 3TB internal and external hard drives

    and Toshiba unveils new enterprise-oriented SSDs and HDDs

  11. Engadget: Pantech’s Verizon LTE modem configured for Mac use, follow along at home
  12. TC Magazine: Colorful debuts single-slot, customized GeForce GTS 450
  13. VR-Zone: Philips launches new 3D TV; includes world’s

    first 21:9 cinema proportioned 58PFL9955H and

    Creative announces ZiiEagle Movie Box, comes with 668 movies

  14. TC Magazine: New Boxee Box software update brings fixes, better 3D viewing
  15. Engaget: Kaleidescape launches 100-disc Blu-ray movie server
  16. Dealzon’s deals: 20% coupon for 12.5” Lenovo IdeaPad U260, $175 off

    hp Elite 400z desktop, $100 coupon for 13.1” Sony Vaio Z Series, and

    $210 off 240GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD


  1. Microsoft to show off true iPad competitors at CES?
  2. MacRumors: Toshiba and Apple to invest $1.2 billion in factory to produce iPhone LCDs
  3. 9 to 5 Mac reports Apple is looking for Verizon iPad system engineers
  4. DailyTech: Verizon considers data family plans, Android killing RIM
  5. DSLReports: Android 80% of Verizon smartphone sales
  6. Analyst report: Why Verizon wants to sell the iPhone
  7. Touchscreen smartphone to become dominant by 2015 – research
  8. DigiTimes: Taiwan handset makers hoping for pooling of LTE patents

    and Nvidia seeing popularity grow in tablet PC market

  9. Engadget: eLocity A7 tablet finally shipping, $399 still buys you Froyo and Tegra 2
  10. Fudzilla: Tegra 2 has 2.5X graphics performance of iPhone A4
  11. VR-Zone: HTC Legend gets Android 2.2 Froyo, but only in Europe
  12. Fudzilla: LG Optimus 2X brushes competition aside

    and U.S. army to equip troops with smartphones

  13. Engadget: Nokia to revamp Symbian UI, ship dual-core phones in 2011

    and Nokia delays E7 slider into ‘early 2011’

  14. TUAW: Aigo’s iPhone 4 battery case features internal charge cable
  15. TC Magazine: Gmail webapp goes multi-lingual
  16. Engadget: Slingplayer Mobile for iPhone updated to 2.0

    with high quality video streaming and new guide

  17. DailyTech: Epic’s “Infinity Blade” iOS RPG rakes in $1.6M in four days
  18. Engadget: Nook Color getting Android 2.2 and Market

    in January, current hacks could make it blow up

    and new Kindle sells ‘million,’ bests all 2009 Kindle sales


  1. The Official SBS Blog: Windows SBS 2011 Standard released to manufacturing
  2. TweakTown’s Catalyst 10.12 Windows 7 driver analysis
  3. Try Adobe Flash Player 10.2 beta in Ubuntu Linux
  4. Unixmen: Remove all unused kernels with 1 command in debian-based systems
  5. TR alum Joel Hruska on marking time: 3DMark 11 performance explored
  6. TUAW: Microsoft Office 2011 update fixes bugs

    and Indie Mac Gift Pack offers discounted Mac software for the holidays

  7. Windows Product Key Retriever 2.00
  8. Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 3.13
  9. PeaZip 3.5.1
  10. SetFSB
  11. CleanMem 1.6.2
  12. CrystalDiskInfo 3.9.4
  13. Norton Power Eraser
  14. TC Magazine: GPU-Shark is ready for Cayman (Radeon HD 6950 / 6970)
  15. Google Chrome 9.0.597.19 and 8.0.552.224
  16. ImgBurn
  17. Skype


  1. Engadget: OnLive MicroConsole torn down, Marvell Armada found lurking within
  2. Ars Technica reports WoW: Cataclysm breaks PC gaming sales records
  3. Shacknews: Microsoft confirms Kinect and Top Gear for Forza 4,

    stresses “controller-based” racing and Insane revealed as trilogy;

    Guillermo del Toro acting as external creative director and

    Minecraft entering beta later this month with price bump

  4. Joystiq: Force Unleashed 2 character pack, Endor DLC out today
  5. Fudzilla: April 2011 release for new MK
  6. Fallout: New Vegas and Team Fortress 2 updates released on Steam
  7. The 2010 Ars Technica gaming gift guide
  8. Ars Technica: Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary a sad, wasted opportunity


  1. Engadget: How to boot Ubuntu on the Cr-48 Chrome OS netbook
  2. TewakTown reviews V3 Avenger Core i7-930 gaming desktop PC
  3. t-break reviews 600GB Western Digital VelociRaptor
  4. ThinkComputers reviews Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB
  5. Guru3D reviews Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum
  6. Benchmark Reviews on SteelSeries 6Gv2 mechanical gaming keyboard
  7. Examiner’s gaming keyboard buyer’s guide
  8. The PC Format guide to… power supply units
  9. [H]ard|OCP reviews 750W NZXT HALE90 PSU
Comments closed
    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    TUAW: Joshua Kors has no idea how to use a Mac, returns it

    So, I guess people can’t get any dumber or is it lazier?

    VR-Zone: Philips launches new 3D TV; includes world’s first 21:9 cinema proportioned – Holy crap 21:9?!!

      • aatu
      • 9 years ago

      Just thought I should mention that they’ve had a 21:9 television for over a year already, the only new part is the 3D feature.

    • oldog
    • 9 years ago

    It seem like every other driver release from ATI breaks the functionality to enable manual fan control in CCC. This one follows the pattern 🙁

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      Manual fan control, I edited the bios on my his 4850 turbo to optimize the fan control, perfect now and never have to fiddle.

      I never install CCC, driver only and everything good.

      And ChronoTrigger FTW

      §[< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_edU1dZI5I<]§

    • sirfixalot
    • 9 years ago

    Meh, Google can fix my mom’s PC is showing mostly Mac.. I thought Macs were so simple to use that people don’t need any help doing basic tasks?

    Well, my mom has a Windows PC and she never asked me how to do anything.. but then again, the only times I see her upset about anything happening on the PC is when she can’t finish a game of solitaire fast enough to beat her record..

    Seriously though, I would so much rather like to see something that changes people’s willingness to learn, explore and discover how to do these things themselves at work.
    A lot of people take training courses in Word, Excel, Using a Search Engine, etc, but five days later it seems like it never happened, and then they are back to asking the nearest “nerd” to do it for them.

    I even see a lot of desktop publishing staff frequently asking how to fix formatting issues in word, often repeating the same solution over and over, but because the problem looks different each time, they assume the solution is different. Cut, paste in Notepad, copy from Notepad, paste back in Word has solved most such issues, but some people never learn to just try it out themselves before demanding others help.

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago


      It’s the A.D.D. generation.

      edit – VIII.Ars Technica: Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary a sad, wasted opportunity

      Ya no doubt, NO SMB 2 WTFPOSBBQ EPIC FAIL

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    RE: new Windows slates —

    While I still think that MS has a fighting chance with Windows Phone 7, I’m less convinced that they have a chance in the tablet world. It sounds like they are still trying to shoe-horn a desktop OS into the tablet form factor. It’s too late in the game to be making mistakes like that. If they can’t get the OS right for tablets in 2011 then it’s game over for them in tablets.

      • ColdMist
      • 9 years ago

      And maybe some people want a desktop OS to run all their desktop apps, but in a portable form factor. Just because you don’t want it doesn’t mean everybody else doesn’t want it.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        I really have trouble swallowing the idea that tablets the size of folded laptops are somehow more portable.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      It is *[

    • Grigory
    • 9 years ago

    Bah, Matrox all the way!

      • Deanjo
      • 9 years ago

      Pffft, nothing beats a Hercules MDA

        • Grigory
        • 9 years ago

        Actually, the HGC was way better than the MDA! :p

    • Lans
    • 9 years ago

    The only thing I know of Nvidia’s compliant about AMD’s image quality that is related to driver is the FP16 to FP11 optimization for DX9 path which can be explicitly disabled in control panel now (and Nvidia has offered the same “hacks”). Otherwise I don’t see why they are attacking AMD graphics driver over image quality related issues unless Nvidia is implying they improve their texture filtering quality through their drivers so AMD should do the same! 😉

    This is what I think is desperate:

    Guru3D reviews Point of View GTX 570 TGT Ultra Charged (yesterday)
    Guru3D reviews Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum (today)

    Just a quick scan tells me most of the pages are the same except for first and last page… the product gallery page is almost the same except for the pictures…

    I am fine with product launches to spoil the other’s launch but this just seems like a desperate attempt to stay in the spotlight to me (they could easily combine reviews for better comparison of factory OC’ed GTX 570s).

    EDIT: messed up reply to #1…

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      Nice observation about Guru3D. And I agree. Too bad info on the interwebs doesn’t have a per byte cost.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    MMMMMMMM Bread Im Hungry!!!

    Edit – Nvidia attacks AMD great drivers claim

    Nvidia we are tired of your complaining.

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