Thursday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Reuters: Judge in Google-Oracle case seeks names of paid reporters, bloggers
  2. Bay News 9: Ex-Intel worker gets 3 years for stealing records
  3. VR-Zone on OEM’s plan for competing with Microsoft’s Surface tablet
  4. X-bit labs: Toshiba reveals first 3.5″ hard disk drives in years and

    Nvidia to start selling Kepler-based Quadro graphics solutions in October

  5. ZDNet: Microsoft is pushing users and vendors to Macs and Linux
  6. Eye on Linux: Will Android kill Windows 8 on the desktop?
  7. ITworld: SUSE slowly shows UEFI Secure Boot plan
  8. Diablo III patch 1.0.4 info coming soon


Thursday

  1. X-bit labs: Intel invests into motion-sensing technology developer
  2. InternetNews.com: Is Linux nemesis SCO finally dead now?
  3. OpenSource.com: Best Buy saved by open source thinking?
  4. HotHardware’s podcast
  5. Dealzon’s deals: $500 coupon for 18.4″ Alienware M18x Dual 2GB Radeon

    HD 6990M, $50 coupon for 17.3″ Dell Inspiron 17R i7-3610QM / GeForce

    GT 650M, $50 coupon for 11.6″ hp dm1z AMD E1-1200, and $125 off

    128GB Plextor PX-M3S series SSD

Mobile

  1. Ars Technica: iPhone price-matching may be coming to an Apple Store near you

Software

  1. Phoronix: VMware virtualization with OpenGL still smacks Oracle

    VirtualBox and Radeon Gallium3D has made much progress in two years

Systems and storage

  1. Tbreak reviews Asus ROG CG8580 desktop PC
  2. HotHardware’s Maingear Potenza Super Stock SFF system review
  3. HotHardware’s hands-on with Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 carbon ultrabook
  4. TechReviewSource on 15″ Apple MacBook Pro

    (mid-2012) and hp Envy 4-1030us

  5. Hardware.Info reviews Lenovo IdeaPad U410 ultrabook
  6. PC Perspective reviews Samsung Series 5-550 Chromebook
  7. ocaholic reviews 256GB OCZ Agility 4 SSD
  8. Technic3D (in German) and Techreaction review OCZ Vertex 4 SSD

Multimedia, power, casing & cooling

  1. Benchmark Reviews: Overclocking the MSI N680GTX Lightning
  2. HardwareLook’s HIS HD 7770 and HD 7750 iCooler 1GB
  3. PureOC reviews Cooler Master Storm Sonuz headset
  4. ThinkComputers reviews 850W FSP Aurum Pro PSU
  5. CowcotLand (in French) and ProClockers review

    be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 PSU (in French)

  6. Hardware Secrets reviews 650W FSP Raider PSU
  7. NinjaLane reviews Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition case
  8. [H]ard|OCP reviews Corsair Obsidian series 550D case
  9. Legit Reviews on Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced case
  10. NikKTech’s Akitio NT2U3 USB 3.0 dual-bay RAID enclosure review
  11. Neoseeker reviews Corsair AF and SP series fans
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    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<] Eye on Linux: Will Android kill Windows 8 on the desktop? [/quote<] No. But alternatives are welcome.

      • blastdoor
      • 8 years ago

      Any story with a title of the form “competitor A will kill competitor B” is almost certainly wrong.

      Who are the cheap whores who write crap like that?

    • fredsnotdead
    • 8 years ago

    Crytek have opened a studio in Shanghai:

    [url<]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19183014[/url<] From the article: "Despite the fact that many video games consoles are built in mainland China, they have been officially banned for sale there since the year 2000. As a result developers have focused on selling titles for PCs or mobile devices. The market is huge: analysts at Niko Partners recently told Forbes that the country was home to 150 million gamers who collectively generated half of the world's PC online games revenue." PC gaming definitely has a future but you may need to learn Chinese.

      • forumics
      • 8 years ago

      i’m chinese but i personally hate the language, its terrible to learn and its impossible to read continuously for more than a few hours.
      i certainly hope that the future of gaming doesn’t require you to learn chinese!

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        That’s kind of remarkable. Is it your native language, or is it something you had to formally learn?

          • willmore
          • 8 years ago

          I seem to remember learning English every single year of primary education here in the USA.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    that zdnet article is hilariously bad. it says
    [quote<] Dell has shown that both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu can sell. [/quote<] but apparently [quote<] Dell has decided to remove the Ubuntu machines from its online sales channel because the platform was better suited to advanced users and computing enthusiasts - or rather, not popular with ordinary folk. [/quote<] How does that match up? linux on dells DIDN'T sell... so.... [url<]http://news.techworld.com/operating-systems/3233343/dell-drops-ubuntu-linux-pcs-from-website/?olo=rss[/url<]

      • sschaem
      • 8 years ago

      posting link from 2010 articles? really.

      Get out of this Retro Ghetto and dont be afraid to open your windows and smell the wind of change instead of living in the past.

        • blastdoor
        • 8 years ago

        The zdnet article still kinda sucked.

        I really doubt anyone will switch to Macs or Linux due to Windows 8. People who hate Win8 will just stick with Win7.

        A case that could be made, perhaps, is that Windows 8 will fail in *preventing* users from switching to Macs or buying iPads. And that’s really what Win8 is all about — preventing further defections among consumers. I could definitely see it failing in that.

        But for people who weren’t going to leave Win7 for Mac, they’ll just stick with Win7 and wait for MS to offer them something better.

          • DeadOfKnight
          • 8 years ago

          That describes my position exactly, unless Valve performs some miracle with Linux and Windows 9 turns out to be equally as bad as Windows 8 or worse.

          • superjawes
          • 8 years ago

          You nailed it.

          No one will flock away from Windows until it is two releases out of date (much like the XP-Vista-7 shift). Windows 9, on the other hand, could be a different story. If that OS fails to court desktop users, it is very likely that people will start getting up-to-date alternatives. At the same time, computing will change a lot over the next few years, so we really can’t call Windows TOD just yet.

          But if people still want to bash Windows 8: Metro is awesome.

          There, have fun flaming that 😀

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]"Metro is awesome"[/quote<] Says the small minority who doesn't need or use the desktop, multitask, or use any productivity apps, and quite possibly could be a paid associate of Microsoft like Paul Thurrott. Let me quote from a second zdnet article that I strongly agree with: [quote<]I think Surface will be as dead as Microsoft Bob the second they hit the market.[/quote<] IMO, Microsoft Bob sums up the entire Metro experience, as Metro is a UI regression back to the days of 3.1 and the failed Bob interface. Enjoy it, because you're the only one who does.

            • superjawes
            • 8 years ago

            [quote=”superjawes”<]There, have fun flaming that :D[/quote<]Miss that bit? Your response is far to serious for my nonserious statements.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 8 years ago

          Except for people who buy new computers with Win 8 already installed.

          • Deanjo
          • 8 years ago

          The largest “migration” and adoption of OS X occurred when Vista came out and some did not wait for Win 7 to come out. A bad windows release does cause people to look at alternatives. I expect more of the same with Win 8.

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            that’s funny. w3counter.com doesn’t agree with that at all. obviously you’ll have source that disagrees, apple man, but my point is that it’s not clear that a “migration” happened at all from vista.

            [url<]http://paralleldivergence.com/2007/10/02/microsoft-vista-overtakes-apple-osx-in-only-eight-months/[/url<]

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            [url<]http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/apple-q4-2007-results-mac-sales-record-1m-iphones-sold-updated/964[/url<] [quote<]2,164,000 Macs were shipped, representing 34 percent growth over the year-ago quarter[/quote<] Quote w3counter all you want, Apple's growth in Mac shipments speaks for itself.

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            my numbers where systems that were accessing the internet, yours are systems shipped, not sold. I’m not that worried about it, but i think to suppose it’s cut and dry is silly. I don’t think it is.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            Lol, when have you ever seen Apple overstocked? If history proves anything Apple is extremely good at it’s stock management and they sell out their old stock before releasing a new product. You don’t become the largest computer company by poor stock management. But hey you wanna watch W3, then

            [url<]http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp[/url<] Hmm, 2006 the x86 Macs debut slight bump of .2% so slightly over their norm, Jan 2007 - present *BOOOOM* up 5%. Windows Vista was the best thing that ever happened to Apple and Macs. Guess you think they were stealing all that marketshare from Plan 9 users eh?

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            First off, Macs made stuff that didn’t sell. Hence almost going under. I’m sure they shipped some of that stuff. They knew enough to at least ship them.

            AND no change was registered in w3 until JAN 2008, a full year after vista launched. Obviously they’re moving them, but why did it take a year for market share to increase with osx if it was because vista sucked. That just doesn’t make sense.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]AND no change was registered in w3 until JAN 2008, a full year after vista launched. [/quote<] Yup, just about the time people got tired enough of their XP machines. Like everyone goes out and buys a new computer after the Christmas season and they got tired of waiting for Vista SP1.

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            that doesn’t make sense.

            i would argue it probably has a lot to do with the macbook air release that happened around that time, and the fact that office 2008 launched as well. it was the biggest change apple made to the pc market, and it sold well.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            The MBA didn’t start selling well until the price drop to $1499 in June of 2009 and MS Office had next to no impact on Mac sales what so ever. Hate to burst your bubble but iWork outsold MS Office by a huge margin.

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            Ok, that’s fair, my MBA guess was a guess, but your excuse that people suddenly hated vista SOOO much after it had launched a year makes no sense. it’s a sudden shift, far to long in the life of vista for that to make sense.

            Also, do you have a link to the iwork sales beating office? i couldn’t find anything with google or bing.

          • sschaem
          • 8 years ago

          The article already stated that windows7 is THE alternative to Metro.
          But the point was : this give a reason for people look elsewhere.

          ex: I never care to install linux in the past 5 years, until I installed the Metro consumer preview.

          My point is for Sweatshop to realize that the windows era is fading. Metro is not a revival and he should start to look elsewhere for OS that cater to the PC enthusiast. Metro if for the angry bird facebook crowd, and its only going to get worse in that sense.

          But ok, how many people will go to a ‘best buy’ place and be faced with this fast food ordering station and think “I want a laptop, not a tablet with a keyboard toy”
          Then test drive a macbook, and walk out a convert?

          All I can say is that stores better stock up on windows7 laptops if MS doesn;t want to get slaughtered.

          Also, lets ignore Acer, HP, Valve, Epic, etc… being pissed of at MS just because of Metro.
          All seem to make a push for Linux. If Linux get that much backing, by the time windows9 comes out Linux will become all the things windows8 should have been and more. (My wish & hope)

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        what’s your point? that they stopped selling linux mainstream YEARS ago and haven’t gone back? I like linux. I use it daily. the fact that linux has failed on the desktop for YEARS, and has been trying to succeed, but failing still doesn’t stop that article from sucking.

          • Shouefref
          • 8 years ago

          I too believe that W8 will bring more people to shunt Windows. I don’t know whether they will choose a Linux distribution to do that, but, hey, basically OS X and Google Android are Linux too.
          And, yes, Google Android on the desktop would be able to give a good “dunk” in Windows market share, I’m sure about that.
          Add to that that some manufactures might be willing to give people the possibility to shunt MS, and then you could get something.
          Linux doesn’t work on the desktop, because people think it’s aimed at nerds en computer freaks.
          Linux doesn’t do much to take away that feeling, with odd names like “gnome” or “gzip” (ever tried to [i<]pronouce[/i<], "gzip"?). I think that changing those odd names what already help the spread of Linux.

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            you don’t say? I had no idea you didn’t like windows 8. I thought the 20 posts you’d made suggesting that you think people will hate windows 8 and abandon it for other platforms were accurately portraying your position. thank you for reiterating it again (I realize i’m obnoxious, and constantly say i like windows 8)

            the part of your post that i do agree with is the last 3 sentences. you’re right. linux needs to fix its crap marketing if it wants people to use it. Android might stand some chance, but not as linux, as android. if it wasn’t for that robot logo, nobody would have ever touched it. I don’t think android would “give a good dunk” because i don’t know what that means. At this point, android isn’t secure enough, reliable enough, or familiar enough to make a desktop takeover.

            • Shouefref
            • 8 years ago

            “good dunk” is 10 to 15%

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMrPjl-927Q<]This[/url<] is a good dunk.

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            that’s not too bad.

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