National Hard Candy Day Shortbread

The Pick 6

  1. Fudzilla: Technology growth to come to a screaming halt
  2. AppleInsider: Demand for all-in-one PCs surges as Apple’s iMac leads the way
  3. Four large mainboard makers to support AMD Brazos platform next quarter – AMD
  4. B3D Forum has AMD Radeon HD 7000 series speculation thread
  5. NPR: Why the iPhone adds $1.9 billion a year to our trade deficit with China
  6. How to correctly pronounce Asus (official video)


National Hard Candy Day

  1. Search Engine Land: Google lets you dumb down your search results with “reading level” filter

Mobile

  1. Engadget: ExoPC now up for pre-order at Microsoft Store, shipping next week
  2. Engadget’s holiday gift guide: Tablets
  3. Digital Trends reviews Nokia N8 phone
  4. Hardware Secrets reviews LG Vortex phone
  5. XSReviews on Innergie mCube Mini multi charger
  6. Hardware Bistro reviews Luxa2 H5 mobile holder

Systems and storage

  1. KitGuru’s MSI Wind Top AE2400 review
  2. ThinkComputers reviews 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 dual channel kit
  3. OCC reviews 4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme PC3-16000 memory kit
  4. PureOC reviews 32GB Patriot Xporter XT Rage USB flash drive

Multimedia and power

  1. KitGuru reviews Inno3D GeForce GTX 570
  2. XtremeComputing reviews Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC
  3. Everything USB reviews Sanyo Xacti PD2 pocket camcorder
  4. PureOC reviews Thermaltake Challenger Pro gaming keyboard
  5. t-break reviews Razer Lachesis 5600DPI mouse & BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard
  6. OCIA reviews Arctic Cooling M571 gaming mouse
  7. TweakTown’s quick review: Cooler Master Choiix Cruiser mouse & Power Fort charger

Cases and cooling

  1. Real World Labs review 3R System L-600 VREXJr case
  2. Rbmods on Lian Li Pitstop T60 ATX / M-ATX test bench
  3. ProClockers review Lian Li PC-V354 SFF case
  4. Legit Reviews on CoolIT Vantage A.L.C.
  5. FrostyTech reviews Titan Hati TTC-NC15TZ heatsink
  6. Guru3D reviews Zalman CNPS 9900 Max
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    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    l[

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    “I.Fudzilla: Technology growth to come to a screaming halt”

    Hmm Read it, and I think the software still has a long way to go to catch up with the hardware.

    Even if you brought the best server or desktop cpu back in time 20 yrs ago its potential would be hugely bottlenecked by the software.

    If aliens dropped off a cpu 100yrs ahead of us in advancement, would XP run any faster then with our best cpu???

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      “If aliens dropped off a cpu 100yrs ahead of us in advancement, would XP run any faster then with our best cpu???”

      If you look at it that way, technology already came to a “screaming halt” (wtf does that mean?) years ago.

      Except now we have things like that in our phones. Improvements in technology are supposed to make it more practical, not wastefully overkill.

      Nobody needs Facebook’s data center in their bedroom PC to use Facebook.

      • dpaus
      • 9 years ago

      l[<"If aliens dropped off a cpu 100yrs ahead of us in advancement....."<]l ...we'd still spend all our time arguing over whether it should be paired with an Nvidia GPU or an AMD one.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        LOL. +1

      • BenBasson
      • 9 years ago

      These articles surface from time to time, always predicting doom and gloom, but every time technology starts to hit a wall, an innovation is found that bypasses the problem.

      If they were to base their article on history rather than conjecture, they’d see that there’s probably nothing to worry about.

    • Flying Fox
    • 9 years ago

    q[

    • evilpaul
    • 9 years ago

    So what’s the word on Brazos? I know it’s dual core Bobcats running at ~1.5Ghz. Are they going to be able to be overclockable? Some of that on the fly overclocking might make it pretty decent.

    I know a bunch of people with older Athlon XP/P4 era PCs being used for websurfing that could use an upgrade to something faster/cooler/quieter.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    l[

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      but does it keep the best bang for buck?

        • Deanjo
        • 9 years ago

        “Best bang for the buck” is subjective to what you are running for software. Nvidia for example stomps on pretty much anything else when it comes to bang for the buck in linux land.

          • anotherengineer
          • 9 years ago

          But 95% of the world runs windows. And from what I hear Intel has pretty good driver support for linux, and they do make the most IGPs on the planet lol 😛

          Edit – So would Intel stomp Nvidia then?? I mean if their Linux drivers are good or better than Nvidia’s and the IGP is already on the mobo, that is bang for buck.

          Or does Intel’s Linux driver suck??

          I don’t know I don’t use linux.

            • Deanjo
            • 9 years ago

            lol, oh man intels drivers are far from perfect in linux land. There are HUGE deltas between their windows and linux drivers in performance. Seriously if you want the best bang for the buck in any other OS other then windows you have to go with Nvidia where their performance is fairly even with their windows driver performance. For cross platform developers and users there seriously isn’t a better solution for “bang for the buck” then a nvidia solution. With nvidia you can enjoy the same performance as windows in linux, solaris and freebsd. You take a pretty serious performance hit when you have to use the mesa stack over an optimized vendor specific stack.

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            you’re correct, but that’s only 1% of the population. ati has fine osx, and windows drivers. if you’re a gamer anyway, wtf are you using linux for? that’s the only reason I use windows. Use mint 10, and windows 7, but besides HON, there’s nothing worth playing on *nix.

            and you can run open arena on anything that came out in the last 10 years. I hardly consider that necessitating a discrete gpu. yes, wine is there, but it sucks, in most cases. it works, sometimes, but I’d hardly call it a replacement for native gaming.

            • Deanjo
            • 9 years ago

            Gaming? I never said anything about gaming (Although many run fine under wine). There is more to graphics then just gaming such as cad and gpu computing. Two items that I do a lot in linux. Our financial software that we program also relies heavily on gpu computing for realtime analysis and that is ran on a multitude of OS’s.

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            well in that case, sure. but you’re now talking about less than .5% of people. for 99.5% of users, gaming is all they do with a gpu. 1% of people use linux, certainly less than half of them use CAD on linux. I can see that being a rather niche market, and not of huge consequence to your average user.

            • Deanjo
            • 9 years ago

            Still doesn’t disprove that “bang for the buck” is subjective. Even if we keep it within the windows realm if a person doesn’t play XYZ game that may favor ZYX card the “Bang for the buck” shifts to whatever card gets you the best performance for the games you play. It also shifts when you start taking into account the hardware you are going to be using with it as well. If your using a higher res display for example and you want to play at those higher resolutions an otherwise capable card at lower resolutions may choke on those more demanding resolutions.

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            correct, but the assumption is made on average users. obviously it CAN be subjective

            • Deanjo
            • 9 years ago

            One other thing on the “ati has fine osx” comment. That isn’t really the case. Trust me, I used to train their tier 2 reps and be in contact with apple engineering for 5 years. Most graphic related issues are the machines with ATI graphics.

          • designerfx
          • 9 years ago

          no, it’s subjective to using the right drivers. look at techreport’s review of the 69xx series versus anandtech and tweaktown. Notice something? Techreport is not the only folks, but their review and anyone else who used older drivers had reviews saying the 69xx series was “only okay”, and the performance was noticeably lower.

          the folks who used newer drivers were saying it was great, faster or equal to the 580, etc.

          not a surprise here. what is a surprise is that people don’t do enough reading to realize this.

        • anotherengineer
        • 9 years ago

        It’s probably still the radeon 4850 lol I seen one online the other day selling for 88 bucks brand new!!!

        Edit – 75 bucks lol
        §[<http://www.onhop.ca/product/11051311/cp-radeon-ax4850-512md3-pph?f=Shopbot<]§ Edit - yep 4850 except for the highest resolution §[<http://techpowerup.com/reviews/Gainward/GeForce_GTX_460_SE/29.html<]§

      • Lans
      • 9 years ago

      Pointless but while we are at it, Nvidia still has the second fastest graphics card.

      More interesting is what kind of impact will Sandy Bridge / Ontario have on the discrete graphics market. Will it force discrete to move towards the higher end or will it not matter at all etc?

      • can-a-tuna
      • 9 years ago

      My prediction: AMD maintains fastest graphics card title even next year.

    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    I always pronounced Asus with a long ‘a’ sound and a short ‘sus’, as in the word ‘sustain’. Besides, the word ‘Pegasus’ has all short vowel sounds, with short ‘a’ and ‘u’ sounds, but it’s just awkward to have Asus with two short vowels.

      • evilpaul
      • 9 years ago

      I say it the same as “aces”, basically.

      One of the TR podcasts they had somebody from ASUS tell them how it’s actually pronounced. I don’t remember what it was though.

        • Corrado
        • 9 years ago

        Uh-soos is the proper pronunciation.

    • SonicSilicon
    • 9 years ago

    re: VI — She pronounces it differently each time. Add to that some argument over what is correct diction of Latin and we’re almost as lost as ever on how to say Asus.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      I just say it however I want, and then constantly correct other people, regardless of how they say it.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    finally a filter for people like me! thank you google!

    • Lans
    • 9 years ago

    The Pick 6 V: NPR: Why the iPhone adds $1.9 billion a year to our trade deficit with China

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      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      well done mr. lans.

      edit: i should say i was referring to the 1# post, not his comment. I actually didn’t read it…

      • evilpaul
      • 9 years ago

      The idea that a “trade deficit” is good or bad is wrong, anyway. Americans want iPhones. Chinese want some dollars. Both parties benefit. There isn’t a problem here.

        • Suspenders
        • 9 years ago

        It’s bad for the US if said deficit lasts for decades and decades. The longer it goes on the uglier the correction tends to be as well, ie expect the US standard of living to drop sharply once China’s done depending on the US for a market and can switch to it’s own internal markets for growth.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 9 years ago

          Any large, developed country ought to be able to do the same, though. I don’t see why the standard of living would “drop sharply.” It would be a slow transition, as is possibly already happening. Some things that moved away will move back. They didn’t leave because they were no longer feasible, just that someone else was doing them cheaper.

            • Suspenders
            • 9 years ago

            The standard of living would drop sharply because foreigners would no longer be willing to finance Americas spending binge. Basically, imports have to be paid for one way or another, and a country can do this either through exporting its own products, selling it’s assets to foreigners, or selling its future income (borrowing). The only reason why you can afford to buy all those foreign made goodies is because essentially, the big exporting countries like China or the Arab oil exporters lend you the money to do so by buying up your assets or promises on your future income (which has the effect of holding up the dollars value). Nowadays, there isn’t much left to buy in the USA, and once this show is over (and it WILL end, because it’s unsustainable), the US dollar will probably plummet in value, making all those imports (and especially oil) suddenly a lot more expensive for Americans. This is what I mean by a sharp drop in the standard of living. Russia at the dissolution of the Soviet Union is a good example.

            Also, economic crises don’t tend to happen slow, they happen quickly and suddenly. There won’t be a “slow transition”. Things build up for a long time until the sh** hits the fan, a la financial crises or Great Depression.

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