Friday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. Stardock: Bring back the Windows “Start” menu with Start8
  2. AMD considers its chances: Outlines three growth opportunities
  3. MediaPost: Microsoft ‘Surface’ has top tablet ad
  4. CPU World: Intels ships Core i7-3632QM CPU
  5. X-bit labs: AMD already tests next-gen low-power “Kabini” chip

    and 4K HDTV gets official name: Ultra High-Definition

  6. Halo 4 “Scanned” trailer
  7. Diablo III hotfixes – October


Friday

  1. TechCrunch: AOL’s Alto visual e-mail in limited preview
  2. Toshiba Windows 8 PCs now available
  3. Fudzilla: Patriot announces ultra-low power SODIMM memory
  4. Dealzon’s deals: $25 coupon for 18.4″ Alienware M18x i7-2670QM /

    GeForce GTX 560M, $234 off 17.3″ Dell 17R i5-3210M, $550 coupon

    for 14″ Lenovo Y480 i7-3630QM / GeForce GT 650M, and $419 off

    14″ Dell 14z i5-3317U

Mobile

  1. The Atlantic Wire: Apple fired its resident iPhone hacker for not answering an e-mail
  2. Ars Technica: Microsoft already updating Office RT Preview to final version
  3. Hardware.Info on Samsung’s Galaxy Note II
  4. TechReviewSource on Motorola Droid Razr HD (Verizon Wireless)
  5. Hardware Heaven’s Sony Xperia T Android smartphone review

Software and gaming

  1. OCmodshop: Will PC gamers be happy with Windows 8?
  2. Phoronix on AMD Catalyst: Ubuntu 12.10 vs. Windows 7
  3. GOG’s Interplay games sale

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. ThinkComputers reviews 15.6″ Lenovo Y580
  2. Tech on Budget’s Asus P8B75-M LX motherboard overview
  3. OCC’s Asus P8Z77 WS review
  4. Benchmark Reviews on motherboard advertising & DRAM compatibility
  5. TweakTown reviews 240GB Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD
  6. PCPer: Asus RT-N66U, USB-N66 & USB-N53 routers & adapters roundup

Multimedia, power, case & cooling

  1. Hardware Canucks review Gigabyte HD 7970 Super Overclock
  2. Ocaholic reviews MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning
  3. Legit Reviews on Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X 3GB
  4. Examiner.com reviews EVGA GTX 660 Ti
  5. Hardware Secrets updates Nvidia chips comparison table
  6. Hardware Secrets reviews CM Storm Ceres 400 headset
  7. NikKTech reviews SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] mouse
  8. SPCR on 350W Super Flower Golden Green PSU
  9. Techreaction reviews CM Storm Stryker case
  10. APH Networks on Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer
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    • JosiahBradley
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Toshiba Windows 8 PCs now available[/quote<] Office Depot is already selling these at brick and mortar stores. Or at least the one I just went to. An AMD E-1 based one and an AMD A6-4400 one.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    what are we thinking about the reports that MS’s new dancing ad is great? is it all the stupids?

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      ? A commercial featuring dancing teenagers was aired during a Dancing TV Show.
      No wonder it was effective…

      Now air that commercial during “American chopper” and see if it get the same positive reaction.

      “iPhoria is wearing off in the tablet market”… yep, its now into iNsanity levels.

      Apple sold 200,000 ipad a day, every single day this summer 2012.
      This holiday, with the ipad mini and the new breed of gaming apps and all,
      Apple will saturate all its suppliers capacity.

      It doesn’t matter that the surface is a better product by itself…

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t disagree that the “I” will continue to dominate. At the time i thought the ad was personally lame, but would do well with the demographic. others did not. i was just wondering what we thought of the report.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      What I think is that Microsoft has a new top talent, which is marketing and propaganda, and that now takes precedent over the quality of their product.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        i wish they had top marketing talent. maybe somebody would buy one of their decent phones. I’m not sure what your requirement is for quality. windows phone is by many standards the best mobile os. it’s consistently ranks the most reliable, highest user satisfaction, and gets cred for it’s nice looking UI. Xbox also is well reviewed these days. I assume you’re QQing about the store, and have nothing more than that. if you can demonstrate that the QUALITY of the product is inferior, please, do so.

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          The only problem that I have with Windows Phone 8 is that it is made by the same company that made “Windows Mobile” phone OS some years ago.

          Based on past experience, I don’t trust Microsoft’s ability to make a good phone OS and I don’t trust Microsoft to provide updates going forward. My mobile relationship with Microsoft has hit the road, and it will take some number of years before I ever consider another one.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            sure, that’s fair. I think people forget that windows mobile is a decade old, however. for it’s time, it wasn’t as awful as people remember. compared to today, shoot me. I don’t think MS is going to abandon the wp platform. we’ve had more support with wp7 than you get with android, and the wp8 stuff should continue on for a while. I can appreciate the concern, however.

            • adisor19
            • 7 years ago

            Oh I still remember and it was awful.

            Adi

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      Yes. Plain and simple.

      Or audience is 18 and below. Which actually is the same thing.

    • Metonymy
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t mean to be snarky (competition too rough here for that) but I gotta say that I’m going to have to reconsider renewing my pricey Techreport membership next time if Hanaki can’t get the day’s Shortbread out sooner…

      • bittermann
      • 7 years ago

      Yup, that is one of the main reasons I visit this site…wtf happened to it?

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Either something changed in his schedule or he just got behind the eight-ball and has to work on it in the evenings now. Maybe the onerous whip-cracking management at TR needs to give him a day off. 😉

      I too prefer the day’s shortbread to match the name of the day on my calendar, but it’s no big deal. I just read yesterday’s shortbread today and todays’ tomorrow.

        • sunner
        • 7 years ago

        “…..I too prefer the day’s Shortbread to match the name of the day on my calendar, but it’s no big deal. I just read yesterday’s Shortbread today and todays’ tomorrow.

        BIF, I agree with you & others here, that Ronald’s superb “Breadbox” (kudos, to you Ron)) is not appearing as Early each day, as it used to.
        Scott (perhaps I’m wrong here) seems to be spending lotsa time in Twitter(?) discussions. Since he runs TR, is this impacting the timeliness with which Breadbox is published each day?

    • Jive
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]The Atlantic Wire: Apple fired its resident iPhone hacker for not answering an e-mail[/quote<] Terrible and misleading article title. They rescinded his offer letter for an extension of his internship at Apple because he did not respond in a timely manner.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Yup, but making it sound bad gets so many more readers.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      “Hey, what did you guys do about the guy who knows how to break all our stuff?”

      “Oh, he wasn’t on top of his email this week, so we fired him.”

      Uh…

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] Stardock: Bring back the Windows "Start" menu with Start8 [/quote<] I've been using the trial for a couple weeks now. I like it, but a permanent license costs money and there have been reports of inconsistent behavior, so beware. There are alternatives; Google is your friend.

      • NotEmul8d
      • 7 years ago

      [url=http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/<]Classic Shell[/url<] seems pretty good and free to me, while providing essentially the same functionality as Start8.

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        Yes, that was one of them!

        Regarding the other article,

        [quote<] "OCmodshop: Will PC gamers be happy with Windows 8? "[/quote<] He makes some good points about colors and the "toy factor", and one of his reader comments mention visibility and usability. I am not happy with the scroll bar on this very Techreport page on Win 8 and Firefox. I'm sure this is an issue with Windows 8's UI. It's light-gray on white, so scrolling up and down among these reader comments is something of a pain. I do miss the loss of the "3D-ish" look of screen controls, and I miss the transparency settings of Aero. Not because they looked cool or anything, no. They help me to SEE the damned controls! I still run hot and cold on Windows 8 for various things. This ambivalence should not exist; I should be excited. Every day, not just every other day. Using any interface from the Windows Explorer to IE or FF should not feel like I'm groping around in the dark for the light switch or slogging through mud with dress shoes on. Microsoft didn't do the user any favors with this user interface design.

          • Grape Flavor
          • 7 years ago

          Microsoft HAD to do Windows 8 if they want to stay relevant in the consumer space. The hard fact is, smartphones and tablets are soaring, laptops are stagnating, and desktops are continuing their steep decline for all but a few specialized uses (workstations, PC gamers). MS needs a product and an interface that is friendly to these growing markets.

          Is Windows 8 designed around the desktop PC experience first and foremost? Obviously not. But again, the world doesn’t revolve around the desktop PC anymore, and Microsoft would be fools not to adapt with the times. Besides, even Metro is perfectly usable with a keyboard and mouse, and the beloved Desktop paradigm is pretty much the same as 7 save for the new Start Screen. It’s hardly the apocalypse some are making it out to be.

          Microsoft made a bold move with Windows 8, and while I was terrified at first, I’ve come to accept it. It’s just not realistic or reasonable to expect everything to be PC-gaming-centric or desktop-centric when, statistically, we are the smallest market.

          We can rage and despair that we’re not the undisputed masters of the computing world any more, or we can adapt with the times. I suggest we do the latter.

            • Geistbar
            • 7 years ago

            I agree with you for the most part here. I think the main issues people are expressing with Win8 are mostly minor things that you learn to get over: the start screen & inclusion of metro. I think Microsoft probably could have handled those better — there’s no reason not to at least have a button to bring you to the start screen, and they could have made some option to boot straight to the desktop for power users — but in the end, I expect they’re like the ribbon, in that most people will adapt and get over it (or even like it).

            My big worry about the future of Windows isn’t any of that though. I see them transition towards a much more closed platform, which is definitely not in my interests. I can deal with interface changes, and if I absolutely can’t, then I can find some software to emulate what I want. I can’t deal with the principal home OS switching from an open garden to a closed garden. Linux is the only alternative open garden OS with any kind of traction, and I just can’t see it gaining enough ground to make it a truly viable alternative for 80+% of home users.

            • BIF
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]...It's hardly the apocalypse some are making it out to be.... [/quote<] Well, that's nice that you think so, but you're being unfair to a big portion of the user base out here in the real world. Whether or not it's an "apocalypse" is a [u<]subjective observation[/u<], and I think people should try a little harder to understand that. With regards to Windows 8's UI, it does no good to say or imply that people should just "suck it in" and "get with the times". Here's the reality that everybody should realize: For some people, Windows 8 is like cutting somebody's thumbs off and then expecting them to be able to use chopsticks or silverware like they always have. And the damned invisible scroll bars are terrible. No, I won't offer an eye analogy, I'll leave that to your imagination. The comments and implications about how we should just stop complaining are unfair, and in some cases even approach an insulting tone. It really bugs me that so many people have no empathy on this because it's a serious matter for some people. Sure, I want to use Windows 8 in my new machine (and I probably will because I'm a geek), but at the same time [i<]I think Microsoft screwed this one up[/i<]. And dammit, I'm not afraid to say so. Too many people are "going along to get along" and they make it worse when they berate those like me who are having some difficulty working our favorite chopsticks without our thumbs.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            what’s wrong with the scroll bars? it’s grey, so? are you finding them hard to see? I don’t understand.

            • BIF
            • 7 years ago

            Yes, as I said, they are light-grey on a white background. Against a typical Tech Report web page (also with a white background), this makes the scroll bars invisible. This is one of MANY legitimate usability complaints that people can have, and that’s why I get angry when people have a flippant attitude toward those who have some difficulties.

            Sorry if I didn’t explain it better.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i can appreciate that. if your eyes aren’t great i can see it being an issue. maybe a theme can fix it?

      • mcnabney
      • 7 years ago

      Was Win7 broken and I didn’t know? I usually don’t buy new tools unless the old ones break.

      • tviceman
      • 7 years ago

      I haven’t touched Win8 yet, so I have a few questions for those that have used.

      How are the My Documents and Control Panel initially accessed?

      Where is the shutdown / sleep button when in the desktop mode?

      How do you open Windows Explorer for the first time?

      If you install a program, and opt not to make a desktop icon, is it still listed anywhere that can be viewed BESIDES having to open explorer and navigating to the x86 program files folder?

      Thanks in advance!

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        1. same as before, except you can right click the bottom left for the best menu ever that has all the tech nerd stuff.
        2. right hand charms menu, click settings, then power
        3. same as you would on 7, it’s in the taskbar or the start screen
        4. it’ll show up in the start screen, as it would be an entry in the start menu of 7

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          Yes, but this is a “special action” that the user has to take, and the old way has been removed.

          This is not a new OS where there was nothing before. We DO have a “before Win8”, and a lot of people are used to that. New features are great, but PLEASE don’t remove the old ones without allowing people to operate their brains and hands in “classic mode”.

          Make it an option. Dropping Aero should have been an option. Dropping colors should have been an option. Dropping the start button and start menu should have been an OPTION.

          There are so many ways that Microsoft has botched Windows 8, and NONE of them have to do with any of the new stuff. ALL of them are related to a premature removal of the old stuff!

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “AMD considers its chances: Outlines three growth opportunities”

    What does this mean for their x86 CPU division after Excavator?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      It means they’ll continue to focus more on server application than desktop client application. That’s not really a different direction than they were already going, Bulldozer was already much better in server applications. Any advancement for desktop use will be a happy coincidence, and they also said they are going to push APUs more so maybe that’s the direction they want to go for desktop.

        • Althernai
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]That's not really a different direction than they were already going, Bulldozer was already much better in server applications.[/quote<] People keep here saying this, but I don't see it. We needed to buy around $1M of extra capacity for last April. Our server guys took a look at Interlagos and the proposal presented to management was basically "Do we go with the safe option of ordering Westmere-EP again or try for Sandy Bridge-E and hope that it arrives on time?" All of the things working against it on the desktop also work against it on the server: the lack of FPUs is obvious, the power consumption is high and the performance per core is low. Yes, there are some server tasks where none of these matter and perhaps there are more of them than there are such desktop tasks, but in general, if it loses badly on the desktop, it's safe to say that it will not do too well on the server.

          • Chrispy_
          • 7 years ago

          I am guilty of never ordering an AMD server; When you have:

          [list<][*<]hundreds of people relying on a platform, [/*<][*<]downtime costs far outweighing purchase costs [/*<][*<]Intel-certified platforms[/*<][/list<] The natural thing to do is stick with what you know. If it goes wrong because of Intel and someone says why, you can at least say "that was the safe option" My experience as a poor student playing with the Athlons of the day taught me that whilst their CPU performance was better than Intel's, AMD's platform support was way below par. Perhaps that's changed now, but if there's even a hint of stigma, I'm not risking it....

            • Flatland_Spider
            • 7 years ago

            Desktop stuff is different then server stuff, and AMD’s server stuff runs fine. It always has. I’ve seen Intel and AMD servers in production, and there isn’t a difference between them.

            There is a big difference between software and the quality of admins.

            Why are you bothering with x86 if this stuff is so critical anyway? Shouldn’t you be running something designed for high availability, like a mainframe, HP’s NSK, HP-UX, high-end SPARC stuff?

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]There is a big difference between software and the quality of admins.[/quote<] As to terms of quality that is true. There is however a big difference now as well in terms of overall performance. Of course the key performance metric that one should look at differs with the role of the server.

            • Flatland_Spider
            • 7 years ago

            Indeed. Each company has different strengths, and you always define the workload then build the server.

      • AlvinTheNerd
      • 7 years ago

      My hypothesis based on the data released is that adding a second decoder in a steamroller module didn’t bring performance up to par with Intel and clock rate increases have been just as problematic. Thus Steamroller and Excavator look to be in the same market position as Bulldozer and Piledriver. With that market shrinking, they made a decision.

      My guess is they cut the team on Excavator but will let Steamroller come to market. They are then putting the people they want to keep behind Jaguar and its future path with the idea that they can more easily push that architecture into the midrange PC than get Steamroller down into power envolopes. And they will leave high end desktop behind completely. As for server, Jaguar with SeaMirco might be able to offer better performance in a highly threaded task than Steamroller which is why Excavator has been cut.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Maybe AMD needs to give up on the construction-themed product names and focus more on what the customer needs.

      Bulldozer, Steamroller, Piledriver? We need to get off the ground, and soon. I suggest “Cementmixer”, “Skycrane”, “Elevator shaft”, and maybe “Skyscraper”.

      Okay, maybe a name with the word “shaft” in it is not appropriate…

    • Jafo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]4K HDTV gets official name: Ultra High-Definition[/quote<] Damn that is a big TV.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      4k is old news. It’s time for 8k

      [url<]http://www.nhk.or.jp/digital/en/technical/02_super.html[/url<]

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        *yawn* Wake me up when HDTV is $0.05 per K.

        • mcnabney
        • 7 years ago

        8K is stupid. It requires a 100 degree viewing angle – which is like sitting in the front row of a movie theater.

      • Parallax
      • 7 years ago

      I thought 8k had already reserved the name “Ultra High-Definition”.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 7 years ago

        and 4g is 1gigabit/s but that doesn’t stop cell companies from calling their service that.

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