Thursday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Gartner and IDC: PC shipments tumbled over 8%

    in Q3, only Asus and Lenovo escaped unhurt

  2. Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple is the defining fight in the industry today
  3. X-bit labs: WD quietly adds 8TB My Book Duo, 4TB

    4TB My Book external hard drives into lineup

  4. Dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

    12.04 on a PC with UEFI board, SSD, and HDD

  5. VR-Zone: Firefox 16 removed due to security risks
  6. New MS Office reaches RTM
  7. Ars Technica’s review: Free, open source

    VirtualBox lags behind VMware and Parallels

  8. The Verge: Office for iOS and Android reportedly confirmed

    by Microsoft product manager, due March 2013 (update)


  1. Reuters: U.S. appeals court reverses sales ban on Samsung smartphone
  2. TechSpot’s interview with Malwarebytes’ founder, Marcin Kleczynski
  3. PC Perspective podcast #222
  4. Win a Roccat Isku gaming keyboard from Big Bruin
  5. Dealzon’s deals: $50 coupon for 17.3″ hp Envy 17 3D i7-3610QM,

    $20 coupon for 15.6″ hp m6 i5-3210M, $100 off 15.6″ Asus K55

    i5-3210M, and $60 off 128GB Samsung 830 series 2.5″ SSD


  1. SlashGear: iPhone 5 production slows as Apple fixes aluminum issues
  2. Fudzilla: Adreno 320 wipes the floor with Tegra 3

    and Asus Padfone 2 comes on October 16th

  3. Droid Life: Google posts Android 4.1.2 JZO54K

    factory images for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7

Software and gaming

  1. Google Docs export format change: Delayed to

    1/31/2013 for scheduled release domains

  2.’s CAINE 3.0 review
  3.’s exclusive: OnLive assets were sold off for just $4.8 million
  4. OStatic: New Linux and Android game platforms gaining momentum
  5. New PlayStation Store coming October 23rd
  6. Kotaku: Looks like Grand Theft Auto V is ready to be shown to the press
  7. VR-Zone : Creator of Wing Commander announces new space sim
  8. Benchmark Reviews on Orcs Must Die! 2

Systems and storage

  1. HotHardware’s iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 notebook review
  2. Phoronix: AMD drops Steamroller “bdver3” compiler support
  3. Hardware Canucks review AMD A10-5800K APU
  4. Hardware Secrets on ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6
  5. Legit Reviews on Gigabyte GA-A75-D3H FM1
  6. PCPer reviews 4TB Western Digital RE RAID Edition
  7. X-bit labs review Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSD
  8. CowcotLand reviews 240GB Corsair GS SSD (in French)
  9. TweakTown’s Synology DS412+ NAS review

Multimedia, case, and cooling

  1. HardwareLook’s HIS HD 7970 IceQ X2 3GB GHz Edition review
  2. HTL reviews MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC
  3. techPowerUp! reviews Zotac GeForce GTX 650 Ti AMP! Edition 2GB
  4. Hardware.Info’s Panasonic TX-L55DT50 LCD TV review
  5. OCmodshop’s Cooler Master Skorpion Mouse Bungee review
  6. KitGuru reviews Cougar Challenger case
  7. PureOC reviews Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU cooler
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    • GTVic
    • 7 years ago

    Firefox 16.0.1 is out so the problem is already fixed.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    Y you never mention Steam games that become free2play for the weekend? Last week or 2 weeks ago it was Cod MW3, now there is another game called something something done by an indie developer.

    • seeker010
    • 7 years ago

    anyone read the hardwarecanucks review of the A10-5800k? this part made my jaw hit the floor.
    “While x86 supporting applications allow it to pull slightly ahead of Llano and the lower end Intel processors, a lack of x87 support causes it to lag far behind every other processor in the SinJulia test.”

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      Why did it make your jaw hit the floor? (y’know, other that HC not really understanding what they’re talking about)

        • seeker010
        • 7 years ago

        that something so blatantly wrong could be written on a supposedly hardware review site.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t know much about CPU inner workings but this is what i found on wikipedia:
      [quote=””<]x87 is a floating point-related subset of the x86 architecture instruction set. It originated as an extension of the 8086 instruction set in the form of optional floating point coprocessors that worked in tandem with corresponding x86 CPUs. These microchips had names ending in "87". Like other extensions to the basic instruction set, x87-instructions are not strictly needed to construct working programs, but provide hardware and microcode implementations of common numerical tasks, allowing these tasks to be performed much faster than corresponding machine code routines can. The x87 instruction set includes instructions for basic floating point operations such as addition, subtraction and comparison, but also for more complex numerical operations, such as the computation of the tangent function and its inverse, for example. Most x86 processors since the Intel 80486 have had these x87 instructions implemented in the main CPU but the term is sometimes still used to refer to that part of the instruction set. Before x87 instructions were standard in PCs, compilers or programmers had to use rather slow library calls to perform floating-point operations, a method that is still common in (low-cost) embedded systems. [/quote<] Source: [url<][/url<]

      • codedivine
      • 7 years ago

      Well either way, x87 has been deprecated by both AMD and Intel for a long time now in favor of SSE2 and should not be used in benchmarks.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        x87 performance is still important to some applications. It still has a higher precision then SSE2 which can make all the difference in critical scientific calculations that are not that friendly to rounding errors.

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    “Basically Adreno 320 blows the competition out of the water” (including nVidia)

    Good job AMD, finally some good press !!

    oh yea, I ‘forgot’ Dirk sold AMD profitable mobile division to Qualcomm in 2009 with its Adreno products.
    Even so their isn’t much player in the mobile graphic. Even Intel still license imageon designs.

    Its baffling AMD sold this key technology for 65 million to a competitor, and then go buy a company that makes a PCIe bridge for 365 million to compete head to head with Intel in the server market.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      Dude leave it be. Water under the bridge. I’ve had girlfriends that did the “remember when you did that stupid thing” and brought it up a million times – and then wondered why I stopped calling them. It’s annoying and pointless and drags down the content and quality of the conversation without driving it forward.

      It makes no difference now. Furthermore in order to keep the company’s stocks from tanking he had to do *something*. Spansion was long gone and Xilieon (sp?) got sold about the same time.

      AMD was right to not get into the incredibly cut throat handset business – the margins aren’t there and even without ATI’s tech Qualcomm would likely still be destroying them. It isn’t a friendlier market than x86 – far from it. You presume that somehow AMD would have magically made itself into the number one handset chip maker without a shred of evidence. But I’ll play devil’s advocate here a minute for your benefit – presume they did go all out on handset chips as you would have liked them to do – they would have exited the x86 market with no one to sell it to – taking a complete loss.

      Servers are forever – at some point the number of phones needed will peak along with the tech (no idea how far out that is but it will plateau at some point). Furthermore this was not a one man decision – the board had to sign off on it.

      We can debate hypotheticals all day long but it’s pointless and doesn’t change things now.

      Nitpick – intel does not license Imageon/Adreno graphics cores to the best of my knowledge. intel has consistently licensed Power VR for its graphics units.

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        Do you realize that this is the news ? I didn’t write this article.

        Reality, this is a hot topic, Qualcomm surpassed Intel market cap last month.
        Every where you hear, its PC in decline and the explosion of mobile.
        Adreno is a central part of Qualcomm success.

        And I never proposed that AMD must have worked on a SoC in 2009, just continue to work & license their mobile GPU like they did for the past many years.
        This was a profitable division, a very rare achievement for AMD.
        It seem insane to give away a profitable division, holding core IP and clients to what is almost considered a competitor.

        This is not like AMD used the picture of a front loader in its presentation for bulldozer…
        This action will reverberate for years to come as one of “Stupidest move done by a CEO…”

        AMD as we know it will most likely be gone in 12 to 24 month.
        Another round of down sizing, more loss of key personal, lower sale, more delays, etc..
        (Check AMD Q3 pre release.)
        Brushing history under the carpet wont make the current situation any better.

        Its just important to remember that Qualcomm mobile GPU success is mostly due from Dirk Meyer selling AMD mobile division to them in the first place.

        If you heard it all before, its easy not to read my drivel.

        And yes, I wanted to say imagination (not imageon) when talking about Intel SoC.

        PS: Maybe you need to ask yourself why your past girlfriends had to remind you of the thing you did… If you just ignore the issue or dismissed it you wont move on.

          • heinsj24
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<]Every where you hear, its PC in decline and the explosion of mobile.[/quote<] In actuality, it's "everyone and their mother has a functional PC, but not everyone has a spiffy smart phone or tablet, yet. So let's sell them one that will be: 1. slightly underpowered, or 2. impossible to upgrade, so they will want to buy a new one in less than two years."

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 7 years ago

          The article didn’t bring up your tired and never ending desire to bring up the past. You did.

          It doesn’t matter now because you can’t change the past. Talking about it is stupid unless you have a time machine. Do you?

          Whether AMD is gone or not is immaterial to this discussion because a) this is a Qualcomm article and b) the only thing we can do as consumers is buy either stock in AMD or AMD products. In every single article or thread even peripherally about AMD or Qualcomm you bring this up. Every single one.

          Harping on the past is stupid and I’m done talking to you about it. If you have something of actual value to contribute – fine.

      • flip-mode
      • 7 years ago

      Yep. AMD has made a few bad product division sales. It’s sad. AMD is really a sad story – some of it their own doing, some of it not, but sad nonetheless.

      • anotherengineer
      • 7 years ago

      “oh yea, I ‘forgot’ Dirk sold AMD profitable mobile division to Qualcomm in 2009 with its Adreno products.”

      I would beg to differ, I would say the entire board did.

      Rarely does a CEO have the power in a publicly traded company to sell off entire divisions without the rest of the exec staff and boards approval.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    VR-Zone: Firefox 16 removed due to security risks

    – You know, FF didn’t have weird issues like this, as well as horribly slow performance (fine now), until after Google released Chrome. The biggest problem with community driven projects is that they are more susceptible to internal sabotage than external threats, and the only real defense is eternal vigilance. The way this security risk is described, that’s exactly how I picture it, since the vulnerability sounds more like a “feature” than a bug.

    [quote<]The flaw would allow malicious software to track the internet usage of the browser and determine which pages the user had accessed and provide the URL to those sites.[/quote<] Google's funded Firefox for a good while and now they have their own browser that's competing. I wouldn't put it past them to sabotage their competition. They're not the only ones competing for marketshare, nor are they the most unethical, but they are in the best position for a good backstabbing, and the Mozilla foundation can't say anything that would jeopardize their funding. Just saying you have to be [url=<]careful[/url<].

      • xii
      • 7 years ago

      Google is Firefox’ main sponsor, and the progress of the web — such as support for new standards — benefits Google probably more than most other companies. I doubt Google sees the Mozilla organisation as a competitor to their business model, or that mere browser market share is one of the highest priorities to Google’s business goals.

      While Google is a large corporation, it employs individual people, most of whom probably have an honest interest in and passion for technology and the internet.

      Open-source projects might appear easy to sabbotage, but I think that in reality, in a quality open-source product, there is at least as much of an hierarchical structure as in proprietary products, with as many code checks and rigid permission control. Indeed there’s more of a merit-driven approach than in a corporate culture where often lots of people get (or end up with) access to everything, just merely because they work there.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      Where is the logic? There’s no benefit and Chrome makes no money for Google. I think you’re seeing potential boogeymen where there are none. As a friend of mine used to say “Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence” – one of Napoleon’s better quotes.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        chrome makes no money? don’t tell this guy, googles VP might be upset!: [url<][/url<]

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 7 years ago

          I stand corrected. I still don’t see why Google would intentionally cripple Firefox when all they’d have to do is stop funding it.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i’m not agreeing with l33t, i’m not insane. I’m just saying that they do make money

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        What about incompetent malice? J Rockefeller once said competition was a sin, and I think that qualifies as incompetent malice. If you don’t have competition, you get crappy products that don’t innovate, and the market stagnates, yet this is the mindset of the monopoly men. Greedy CEO’s don’t think about the long-term, and will do anything to make a short-term buck, even if it bankrupts the company and the economy. Ballmer is the perfect example of the modern psychotic CEO. His past behavior is borderline mental, and so are his business decisions. At this point in time, the biggest threat to Microsoft is Microsoft itself, and they’ve made a Bogey man out of Apple to emulate on the desktop, when Apple never had enough desktop marketshare to be considered a credible threat.

        Where’s the logic? I don’t know. I just know it doesn’t exist, especially in the larger picture of the economy, and I’m pointing that out.

      • flip-mode
      • 7 years ago

      Silly and absurd.

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    Reuters: U.S. appeals court reverses sales ban on Samsung smartphone

    *waits for Apple counter-appeal*


      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      I like how every news outlet on the planet had something about the Apple victory, but there’s so little, relatively, about this.

        • chµck
        • 7 years ago

        It’s bad for those who went long on AAPL.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      The best part:

      “But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which had previously put a stay on the injunction, ruled that the district court in California “abused its discretion in entering an injunction.”


    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    HP -16%. Wow.

      • insulin_junkie72
      • 7 years ago

      Geez, in the US, only Lenovo (+6%) didn’t drop amongst the listed companies. Even Apple was -6%.

      Asus appears to be rolled into the “Others” category that was +4%.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      AMD 10% down for Q3 and is predicting much worse Q4 and a drop of margin by 30%.

      Again, whats amazing to me is AMD in July officially stated a possible +2% raise in revenue.

      If I was the CFO of this company I would resign… wait, he did resign last week.

      I smell something really rotten going on at AMD 🙁

      • Shouefref
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Even a market share gain for Apple came only because its shipments dropped at a gentler rate than most of its peers. [/quote<] Een Apple isn't invulnerable

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        It will be interesting to see if this is confirmed when apple releases earnings in a couple of weeks.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VR-Zone : Creator of Wing Commander announces new space sim[/quote<] Yay!!! Not another boring fps!

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      I still remember when I finally got Wing Commander II running on my 386SX…. those were the days.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      It looks like a spiritual successor to Privateer with Independence War thrown into the mix. 😀

        • Forge
        • 7 years ago

        Actually, Chris Roberts refers to Freelancer many times when discussing this game. Apparently this is what he intended Freelancer to be all along.

      • esterhasz
      • 7 years ago

      God damn it, when Wing Commander II came out, we gathered at a friends house to install the game on his 386DX-25. But we had forgotten to load smartdrive before starting the installation. We waited for a full five hours before the game was copied on the HD because the transfer was so slow.

      But then finally the intro, evil Kilrathi leader glances through his ship’s window out into space, bringing his hand up in a fist going – on the Soundblaster in full recorded speech: “and soon Earth itself will be in our grasp”… fuck yeah. that was a great moment.

      Edit: btw, everybody better pledge something right now, even if it’s just underpants.

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