Tuesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen’s take on Windows 8
  2. New AMD A-series processors officially launch
  3. CPU World: Second generation AMD APUs are already in stores
  4. Fudzilla: Nvidia silently slips few new mobile GPUs
  5. Gizmodo: Leaked iPad mini photos show first look at black model, 3G support
  6. VR-Zone: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban lifted
  7. IGN has Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer commentary (video)
  8. OT: Former Apple, NASA engineers wed to

    brew up insanely-great coffee – Network World


Tuesday

  1. Hackers shifting from ‘disruption’ to ‘destruction’: U.S. cyber chief – The Raw Story
  2. Ars Technica: Time Warner, AT&T want Kansas

    City to give them Google Fiber-style deal

  3. The Telegraph: Simon Cowell and Will.i.am ‘to launch hunt for new Bill Gates’
  4. FanlessTech: AMD celebrates in silence
  5. Newegg says Dealicious!
  6. Dealzon’s deals: $450 coupon for 17.3″ hp Envy 17 i5-3210M, $250 coupon

    for 14″ hp Envy 14 Spectre i5-3317U, $100 coupon for 13.3″ Sony Vaio S

    series i5-3210M, and $150 coupon 13.3″ hp Envy Spectre XT ultrabook

Mobile

  1. Hardware.Info posts benchmarks: Samsung Galaxy Note II vs. Apple iPhone 5
  2. TweakTown reviews Apple iPhone 5

Software and gaming

  1. ServerWatch: Linux 3.6 delivers solid progress
  2. Softpedia: Introducing openSUSE for ARM
  3. Guild Wars 2 update notes – October 1st
  4. OCmodshop’s Resident Evil 6 review
  5. Hardware Heaven’s FIFA 13 review (PS3)

Systems and storage

  1. ocaholic reviews Asus ROG Vulcan ANC
  2. TechSpot’s Acer Aspire S5 ultrabook review
  3. Bits and Chips, Guru3D, Hardware Heaven, Hardware.Info, HotHardware,

    HTL, Legit Reviews, PCPer, Phoronix, Technic3D, techPowerUp!,

    TweakPC, and TWL on AMD’s A10-5800K APU

  4. KitGuru reviews AMD A10-5800K with Asus

    F2A85-V Pro and Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4

  5. Guru3D’s MSI FM-2 A85XA-G65 motherboard review
  6. Hardware Secrets updates Core i3 reference table
  7. ThinkComputers reviews ASRock Z77 OC Formula
  8. TweakTown’s 240GB KingFast F3 Plus 7mm SSD review
  9. CowcotLand reviews 240GB Corsair Neutron GTX SSD (in French)

Multimedia and cases

  1. HT4U reviews EVGA GT 640 and GTX 650 SC (in German)
  2. NikKTech’s Xtreamer Prodigy Black 3D media player & streamer review
  3. KitGuru’s Lian Li PC-X2000FN chassis review (w/ dual Xeon)
  4. Benchmark Reviews on CM Storm Scout 2 case
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    • vargis14
    • 7 years ago

    Tuesday IV. FanlessTech: AMD celebrates in silence:

    I think this is a fantastic idea and the ideal use for a trinity HTPC setup. Setup with a inexpensive 90-128gb ssd for a os and some program and games. Very Ideal if you have Home nas box with your media on it or a gaming tower/home server.

    A completely Silent rig, nice and slim. Plus with the SSD it would be a snappy little box you could hide anywhere that has some fresh air. Add a ceiling fan “I have ceiling fans in all my rooms to keep the air from standing plus it keeps the heat off the ceilings in winter” and i bet you could even overclock the GPU and CPU. But it seems like overclocking the GPU if you are doing some light gaming is all u need yo do you can keep the cpu running stock maybe even undervolt it.
    I read Ocaholics review that included undervolting the top of the line trinity down to 1.250 or 1.1275 volts with no loss in performance or clockspeed, just a 30 or so watt reduction in power draw under load.

    Too bad trinity did not come out last year. I just might have built 2 to replace my dell HD zinos i replaced with I3 2120 systems with a 6570 and a 7750 video cards for a grand total of around 800$ for both systems combined from Microcenter and i am very happy with them. Not one hiccup from either of them considering they are Gateway refurbs. One was 229$ and added a asus LP 6570 and upgraded the g530 to a i3 2120 and the other system was 319$ that included the i3 2120 but i added a his 7750 to it.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      That PCIe port looks downright silly in the picture

      • FuturePastNow
      • 7 years ago

      It’s a great idea, but 100W is a bit too much to realistically cool passively. If some company makes a mobo for the mobile version of Trinity, then we’ll be in business on a zero-moving-part HTPC.

        • vargis14
        • 7 years ago

        You would be surprised how much heat that 13″x3″….. “estimated guess on size” hunk of aluminum with those nice heatpipes pulling the heat away from the cpu and evenly dispersing it to the aluminum block. That is pretty big. I think it can easily cool 100watts. Unless you put in somewhere very confined where it can’t breath and the heat has nowhere to go.

    • mcnabney
    • 7 years ago

    II. Ars Technica: Time Warner, AT&T want Kansas City to give them Google Fiber-style deal

    AT&T and TWC can &%*@ straight off! They have sat on their ass for the past DECADE and not improved service, but they have raised rates. They have been milking the cash cow for all that it is worth and provided terrible service.
    TWC will give me 20Mb down/1M up for $50 and the best that AT&T can do is 768Kb down/128Kb up for $30!
    Those are the choices. There is no competition. And they can’t complain about startup costs. TWC was essentially PAID in tax dollars to install their initial internet service. Google is just getting a discount. Google is also providing FREE service to local schools (public and private) and libraries in neighborhoods that it is installed. TWC has been charging big money for those.

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen’s take on Windows 8

    Must have been an expensive article.
    Or he did it for free because he has lots of shares to defend.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      YOU ARE THE DARKNESS TO MY LIGHT.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      At first, “cofounder”, not being capitalized in the title nor in your post, appeared as “confounder” to my eye.

      First laugh of my day!

      But this is why I over-hyphenize every damned-thing these days!

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 7 years ago

    That Paul Allen article is funny. He mentions many of the problems with the UI and the tips to make the most of it (which is cool) but it seems to me he struggles at being positive. I also think he’s being more than a little optimistic (naive?) about how users will view the bi-modal interface as he calls it.

    I’m just some schmo on the internet (and the older I get the more I look like a redheaded Shemp, but I digress) but I think that people on the desktop – or laptop – *who are going to purchase systems this season (and up until at least SP 1)* will abandon it in droves once they see it and will reward Apple handsomely (as noted by Deanjo elsewhere). I worry that this market is more substantial than MS thinks it is and that those people will never return to the platform (or even to a bulletproof Linux should that ever come to pass).

    I know ssk will come in any moment mentioning how much he loves it but he’s also the only person I’ve ever heard of that liked WP7 (not meant as a dig – just that in my experience ssk is an anomaly in that regard) . The problem is that the UI isn’t solid enough for people to _love_ like they do with Apple’s. Nor do they have the ecosystem of a bunch of stores to educate people for free on how best to use it.

    The funny thing is that this isn’t a case of changing underlying code for the better (mostly) which broke things – like Vista- but pure hubris. I can’t imagine why people that are getting paid the big bucks at Redmond don’t see this and yet so many other people do. I can only imagine there’s a culture there that rewards the yes men like so many large companies/agencies do. The backtracking from the inevitable fallout is going to be amazing.

    As a person that never installs until after the first service pack (or in the case of Vista skipped it entirely) it probably won’t affect me – but I expect this to put a major kibosh on holiday sales of pcs. Either that or hordes of people running to Best Buy to get Win 7 put on there (or more likely to trade “up” to an Apple).

    A single codebase is a laudable and interesting idea – a single UI isn’t. I could go on and on about how MS is stabbing Nokia in the back and a million other things that show that MS has seemingly lost its marbles but I’ve gone on too long as it is. I’ll just finish by saying that Ballmer is going to have to go – and sooner rather than later.

    Edited for clarity.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      I can’t fully agree with you. As a traditional Windows user why would I (can’t reffer to others since i’m not a market analyst) switch from an open platform to a closed one offered by Apple? Apple OS doesn’t allow me to configure my own PC, the hardware used by their prebuilt machines is sold at ridiculous prices and the games i usually play are not supported.

      So when a dude like me tries W8 and dislikes it why would he switch to Apple? The only logical reaction i see would be to stick to W7 like we all did with XP when Vista came out.

      Ofc i don’t speak for everyone, mostly for the DIY crowd, i can’t say how the great unwashed will react as a whole, i just hope they will react the same way as me.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        I mentioned specifically though that I’m talking about people that buy their PCs rather than build them – further, in case I’m not being clear enough, I’m not actually talking so much about entrenched enthusiasts like you or I who will likely wait until SP1 or Win 9 and pray that MS gets it together. I’m more referring to those people who aren’t and also not using the interface on a touchscreen.

        I don’t think that people in general will make the differentiation between a closed garden and a semi-closed garden. I doubt it’s on most people’s radar. I think that enthusiasts will find it distasteful regardless and as a betrayal to some extent. I think that general PC users will see that the UI isn’t fully baked and has some seriously nonsensical decisions and will choose something that’s more akin to what they know that has an incredible amount of support. I’m not arguing that you shouldn’t stick to W7 (I will be until SP 1 or later regardless which is what I think a lot of people will do) I’m just saying that there is no benefit to the gaming and enthusiast community and that it’s a clusterfudge for basic users in a non-touch setting.

        That any of the people that frequent this site can get used to it is something I’d expect. Hell there’s folks here that still love their command line bless ’em.

        The level of polish is just not there by all accounts and the UI comes across as neither fish nor fowl.

        tl;dr half baked UI pleases virtually no one and frustrates many;OS competes with Apple in all the wrong ways.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      So people unhappy with an unfamiliar UI will…switch to an unfamiliar UI? Makes sense to me!

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        Mac OS looks and feels much more like Win 7 than 8 does. Plus there’s an insane amount of support for it – which means not having to contact your brother, uncle, cousin as one typically does with PCs.

        Once you’ve gotten a two button mouse installed on a Mac it’s generally trivial for most people to get to work right away.

      • Shouefref
      • 7 years ago

      The problem is people don’t have a choose: you swallow or you choke.
      I meet more and more people who’ve bought a pc or laptop to get W7 on it, to avoid W8.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        Do you mean in advance of Win 8’s release? That makes sense. Unfortunately new systems are coming out those purchasers may miss out on. On the other hand I expect a lot of returns of Win 8 based systems after black friday.

          • Shouefref
          • 7 years ago

          Yes, in advance of Win 8’s release.

        • twalkman
        • 7 years ago

        Agree. It’s the same as the ribbon in Office. They forced down everyone’s throat. I so regretted upgrading to Outlook 2010.

        I blame it on Balmer. He wants to be dictatorial like Jobs but he doesn’t have the technical sense to know what he’s deciding.

          • Shouefref
          • 7 years ago

          It’s not only that he doesn’t have the technical sense to know what he’s deciding.
          It’s also that the Apple users are a completely different kind of users. They’re more kind of gadget lovers, whereas MS users are more kind of tool users to do a good job. They don’t care for fancy stuff. They want good, sturdy stuff. They’re centred on the results, not on the tools.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      PROPS FOR THE SHOUTOUT!

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        LOL awesome.

        Thanks for the laugh.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          <3

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VIII.OT: Former Apple, NASA engineers wed to brew up insanely-great coffee - Network World[/quote<] Just in time - Ziltoid is coming!

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      I reckon that Devin Townsend is one of the very few that can afford an 11k coffee maker.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        deanjo will tell you he can, AND IT’S ALL THANKS TO APPLE.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Nope, it’s all because of my foresight.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            And what does your foresight tell you now? That AAPL is going to $1500 per share?

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            More record revenue reports on the way, share price at all time high com May/June.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            you’re so easy.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Ya but I’m a gold digger.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 7 years ago

      [url<]http://youtu.be/pUS_sjVaRjU[/url<] Thank gourd for this strange man.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]III.The Telegraph: Simon Cowell and Will.i.am 'to launch hunt for new Bill Gates'[/quote<] I now know why there is so much wrong in the world Quote Will.i.am is the "director of creative innovatiopn" for Intel Unquote I give up.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      Universities bestow honorary doctorates regularly too. Nobody expects the recipients to teach a class.

        • Arclight
        • 7 years ago

        BTW i did a copy paste of the quote in my original post. Notice the spelling of the word “innovation”….was it intentional or a subtle joke made by the Telegraph editor?

        Man idk, Intel is no University and Will i am is no innovator. I don’t even…..let’s just forget it. I’m leaving Earth

          • UberGerbil
          • 7 years ago

          I was wondering about that, like it was Disney’s Imagineering or something. Maybe they mean something else entirely.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      I think it’s sad that even here on TR we can’t escape these horrible people and their influence on the uneducated masses.

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        I agree.

        I hereby decide to downvote any post about somebody who uses periods in his first name. And any post that mentions Simon Cowell. Too bad I can only downvote once per post. ๐Ÿ˜€

        EDIT: Except for Arclight’s post above. Special dispensation because I agree with him.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          I see what you did there.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      Wasn’t Lady Gaga the same for Polaroid or something, and how is that working out for them?

    • entropy13
    • 7 years ago

    [b<]Apple: iPhone 5 defect โ€œnormalโ€[/b<] [url<]http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/apple-iphone-5-defect-normal-180031918.html[/url<]

      • nico1982
      • 7 years ago

      See? You are taking the photo the wrong way ๐Ÿ˜›

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        Our Lord and savior, Steve Jobs, works in mysterious ways.

      • nico1982
      • 7 years ago

      I just checked out the offending photos: if they are real and unaltered by photoshop, it is insane that such a thing made it to the public :O

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    Why is TR late on Trinity review? I know they like to take their time, but have had access to them for a while, because of staged reviews. They could just work on them beforehand and release it all at once.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 7 years ago

      Illness and setting up new game benchmarks take time. Ok, they called in sick and had a couple days of gaming with the new releases.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 years ago

    Hey guys. What’s up? I guess this is where I say first post.

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 7 years ago

      And this is where you get downvoted.

        • tfp
        • 7 years ago

        I up voted to be different, down voting is too trendy. (Third Post!)

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if a thousand downvotes had cried out in pain and then were suddenly snuffed out….

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      GOOD JOB. IT’S A TOUGH GAME THESE DAYS.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        THANKS MAN!

      • satchmobob
      • 7 years ago

      Ahh, I remember that first post feeling.

      Congrats, bro. Srsly, you deserve it!

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