Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Wired: How Apple killed the Linux desktop and why that doesn’t matter
  2. Reuters has an exclusive: Google, Apple CEOs in secret patent talks
  3. VR-Zone: AMD pushes Steamroller and Excavator forward
  4. X-bit labs: AMD to use GPU layout techniques to boost microprocessor designs
  5. Fudzilla: AMD Vishera six-cores detailed and Intel’s new 20nm SSD is Sierra Star
  6. Seagate may regain market leadership on the hard drive market – analysts
  7. Hardware Heaven and techPowerUp! review PowerColor HD 7990 Devil 13 6GB
  8. ocaholic and PCPer review Corsair AX1200i digital PSU


  1. Fudzilla: Minix serves up sub-$90 Android 4.0.4 system
  2. PC Perspective’s podcast
  3. NCIX and Newegg‘s Labor Day sales
  4. Dealzon’s deals: $210 coupon for 15.6″ Lenovo Y580 i5-3210M / GeForce GTX

    660M, $170 coupon for 14″ Lenovo U410 ultrabook i3-3217U, $200 coupon

    for 13.1″ Sony Vaio Z series i5-3210M, and $220 coupon for 23″ Lenovo B320

    multi-touch PC


  1. Fudzilla: Archos announces GamePad tablet
  2. KitGuru’s Google Nexus 7 in-depth review
  3. HotHardware reviews Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
  4. Hardware Heaven reviews Archos 101 XS tablet
  5. TweakTown’s Pivos XIOS DS Media Play! Android media player review


  1. Fudzilla: EA has plans for 3 to 5 news IPs
  2. Eurogamer on Guild Wars 2: Bans for first “widespread

    exploit,” game sales suspended, status update

  3. Runic Games Forums: Torchlight 2 release date
  4. Latest Borderlands 2 trailer
  5. Hardware Heaven’s F1 2012 preview (PC)
  6. Benchmark Reviews on Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII
  7. KitGuru’s Sleeping Dogs review (Xbox 360)

Systems and storage

  1. Guru3D’s rig of the month – August 2012
  2. Legit Reviews: Building an AMD A8-3870K Llano APU system for under $300
  3. TechReviewSource on Acer Aspire V5-171-6605 ultraportable
  4. iXBT Labs post Intel Core generations comparison
  5. Madshrimps review 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666MHz memory kit
  6. ocaholic revisits 8GB Crucial Ballistix Elite 2000MHz CL9 kit on Ivy Bridge
  7. Tbreak’s 1TB WD My Passport for Mac review
  8. TWL’s 750GB AData Nobility NH13 external hard drive
  9. ocaholic reviews 256GB OCZ Agility 4 SSD
  10. Guru3D’s 32GB Patriot EP Pro SDHC UHS-1 flash card review


  1. Hardware.Info’s Club 3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce review
  2. PureOC reviews Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor-X
  3. CowcotLand reviews Zotac GTX 670 AMP! (in French)
  4. Hardware Canucks post GTX 660 Ti 5-way roundup
  5. OCC’s Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 low profile review
  6. Hardware.Info’s Mede8er MED1000X3D review – 3D media player without Android
  7. Tech ARP posts camera lens buying guide rev. 4.1
  8. PureOC reviews Cooler Master Storm Ceres 400 headset
  9. Legit Reviews on Gigabyte Aivia Krypton mouse
  10. reviews Corsair Vengeance M60 case
  11. HT4U reviews CM Storm Trigger keyboard (in German)

Power, casing, and cooling

  1. ThinkComputers reviews 1000W OCZ Fatal1ty PSU
  2. HTL reviews 750W Antec High-Current Pro PSU
  3. Hardware Secrets reviews FSP Aurum Xilenser 500FLD PSU
  4. TweakTown reviews Antec Eleven Hundred case
  5. XtremeComputing reviews NZXT Phantom 410 case
  6. Techreaction reviews Corsair Vengeance C70 case
  7. TechSpot reviews Cooler Master Silencio 650 case
  8. HTL reviews Raidmax Orion case
  9. NikKTech reviews Raidon Runner R2420-B3 2.5″ enclosure
  10. Techgage’s Fractal Design Array R2 mini-ITX NAS chassis review
  11. Hardware Secrets reviews SilverStone HE01 CPU cooler
  12. NinjaLane and Technic3D (in German) review be quiet! Dark Rock 2 CPU cooler
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    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “VR-Zone: AMD pushes Steamroller and Excavator forward”

    Maybe it’s time for AMD to stop naming architectures after earth moving equipment. After all, the Internet is not a dump truck — it’s a series of tubes. So how about names like “lead pipe” or “exhaust pipe”?

      • phileasfogg
      • 7 years ago

      Mr. Plum in the Library with the Lead Pipe. Sorry, couldn’t resist 😉

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    “Fudzilla: EA has plans for 3 to 5 news IPs”

    Since when does NOBODY in journalism spell out an acronym upon first usage in either a calling article/link or the original?

    What is “IP” in this context?

      • ish718
      • 7 years ago

      “Intellectual Property” ofcourse O_O

      • Aquilino
      • 7 years ago

      “What is “IP” in this context?”

      A saga (as in Command & Conquer), ie.: we’ve come with a shitty idea and the best thing is that we’re going to reuse it till we barf. And you too.

    • willmore
    • 7 years ago

    [b<]Eurogamer on Guild Wars 2: Bans for first "widespread exploit," game sales suspended, status update [/b<] There was a vendor in the game that gave great deals. Some people noticed it and used it to make lots of profit. Company that *made the bug* bans the users. Hmmm, that seems wrong. They took advantage of a bug, yes. They even could have been said to have abused it. Did they DOS servers to lag-bomb their oponents? Did they inject maformed packets into the stream to the server? Did they hack the client to allow them to do things the normal client doesn't? (invisible walls, auto-aim, etc.) No. I'm conflicted by this. I see the need of the game designer to keep their world sane, but they were the ones that made the mistake. Yes, the people who abused the bug *could* have reported it and refused to take advantage of it. But, how many times has a gamer played a game and hit a brick wall? Seemingly unkillable boss, player with higher level who robbed them blind, glitch in a game that prevented them from progressing and other flaws have abused gamers many times over. "I've been boned by a game flaw, why can't I return the favor this time?" comes readily to mind. A successful game is a delicate balance. I think this game designer just threw the scale off the table pulled out a flame thrower. Edit: grammer and spelling

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Article says they’ll change it to a 72 hour ban if the players agree to give up all gains from the exploit. Seems fair enough to me. Why the company can’t just do this on their own I’m not sure, must be some technical reason.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]II.Reuters has an exclusive: Google, Apple CEOs in secret patent talks[/quote<] Don't do it Google! Don't make a private agreement behind the scenes unless you'd be screwed otherwise. Just the fact that Apple is even negotiating tells me you've got something on Apple. I really want to see Apple get a taste of their own medicine with the recent Google lawsuit that covers possible injunctions on literally every Apple product.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 7 years ago

      As much as I would like to see someone take a big bite out of Apple, it may be a better business decision to call a truce, stop feeding the patent lawyers and invest in actual products that benefit and woo the consumer. That seems to benefit the largest amount of people and keeps healthy competition in the market. Besides, who would you have to ridicule for buying overpriced ego-boosters if Apple were to rot away?

        • Geistbar
        • 7 years ago

        It depends on how you look at it, as far as helping the consumer goes. In the short term, yeah, it does. In the longer term, agreements like these help to entrench the current market leaders. Apple and Google won’t sue each other, but what about a new company entering the portable market? They’ll get squashed legally. A “truce” only helps the companies that are party to that agreement.

        Beyond that, if we had BS rulings like the Apple v Samsung one happening multiple times a year without any sign of ceasing, then you can bet that there would be a serious, sustained, and well funded push to actually fix IP laws. So long as the problem can be swept under the rug, then it will stay broken.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          I don’t think all the lawsuits are good as a whole either. However, if Google settles with Apple it wouldn’t necessarily cover the other Android hardware manufacturers. So Apple could still go on suing Samsung, HTC etc while having a legal truce with Google.

            • Geistbar
            • 7 years ago

            Certainly, it’d depend on what gets covered any agreement. I just think it’s a bit short sighted to say “I hope the industry titans reach an agreement to only sue everyone else” — those agreements help a lot in the short term, but they allow the problem (terrible IP laws) to be swept under the rug. When the problem can be swept under the rug, [i<]it will be[/i<].

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago

      “Just the fact that Apple is even negotiating tells me you’ve got something on Apple.”


    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Legit Reviews: Building an AMD A8-3870K Llano APU system for under $300 [/quote<] OK, the whole building of the system for < $300 is certainly interesting, but in the benchmark section they compare a top of the line Llano that was AMD's best APU for the first half of 2012 to a celeron box from.... 2004 (Pentium 4 based celeron here). Surprise Surprise... the Llano wins the benchmarks. Looks like we've found a way to guarantee across the board wins for AMD systems....

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      I thought it was a legit review

        • chuckula
        • 7 years ago

        Neely…. I have only one response to you: [url<][/url<] Your years of trolling have brought this on you!

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Wired: How Apple killed the Linux desktop[/quote<] Interesting, my Linux desktop just told me that it isn't dead yet, and that it wants to go for a walk.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Maybe it’s me, but I enjoy reading articles like this on my linux desktop–just like I’ve been doing for over a decade. Keep’em coming!

      • xii
      • 7 years ago

      Perhaps it can join mine. I’ve been reading “Linux on the desktop” doom messages since the nineties… right from my Linux desktop. It doesn’t make me angry or sad, it’s just irrelevant. The Linux desktop, or more correctly the whole collection of different options one has, is not going away. It might need well some corporate push to do some of the less glorious GUI polishing or get better hardware support, but with or without that support, there have been, are and will be enough people interested in contributing to keep it moving along. It’s not a commercial product as such, and most people – including journalists – often fail to understand that open and free software does not have to strictly adhere to traditional market models or economic reasoning. Sure, more support would be nice, but it’s not going to die without it. Besides, things look a lot better than the nineties, with more vendor support, name recognition and a new market with diverse operating systems and form factors.

      For my purposes, Linux is a better desktop than OSX, and far better than Windows. I feel limited and locked down in other operating systems.

      • corwin155
      • 7 years ago

      i dual – boot linux on my win pc
      if i was going to drop win pc (which its looking likely)
      im not going to go to stolen linux by (cr)apple

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago

      Weird article. I kind of doubt Mac users would have been Linux users had there been no Mac. Note that apple touts the number of windows users switching to the Mac, not the number of Linux users.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t know if they would “switch” but the Mac is fairly popular with linux users and most of those run dual boot.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      In a way, he is right. If it had not been for OS X coming out, linux may have seen far better growth. Right now OS X is the “other desktop OS”. Where OS X adoption has been growing on a fairly steady pace for the last decade, linux has barely moved in terms of marketshare in the desktop space. Then there is the commercial application side of things. You are seeing a lot more applications being ported over to OS X then to linux.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        yeah, i agree with the article. I don’t see linux growing much beyond it’s current market share for that exact reason.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Ya even old die hards like Ryan C Gordon have been concentrating their efforts on OS X ports and not linux ports lately.

          Other things that hurt linux is the unavailability of many online services like Logmein or Netflix (although rumblings are that Netflix will finally be available on linux with the switching of their service from Silverlight to HTML5). In a lot of ways, linux keeps shooting itself in the foot with having so many options to do the same things as well such as desktops, api’s, sound systems, refusing to co-operate with closed source developers etc. It not only splits up the talent pool but it also makes it hard to support.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            1 disto, 1 everything, maybe they could compete. nerds would never allow it though

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            They don’t need one distro. They just need to come up with some set in stone standards and follow through with them. One gui toolkit, one sound system, one packaging system, one filesystem hierarchy, etc. Key components like those should be universally followed. It’s what the LSB tries to do but then you got the likes of Debian going “Screw you, we are doing our own thing”.

      • codedivine
      • 7 years ago

      Wired should be worrying about itself given the string of poorly written articles lately

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Wired: How Wired killed Wired

    • DancinJack
    • 7 years ago

    Yo Ronald, you should throw this in the ‘bread.


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