The TR Podcast 41: Customer reeducation, CPU nirvana, and everyone loves Atom

Date: April 25, 2009

Time: 1:35:21

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, Matt Butrovich

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Show notes

We’re back after a brief hiatus with a well-rounded podcast episode. Scott kicks off the conversation with a frustrating revelation about Lenovo’s new ThinkPad automatic update feature, then we share our thoughts on Time Warner Cable’s bandwidth quota trial saga. We also give Apple a shout-out for making all iTunes Store music DRM free—despite the ensuing price increase.

On the CPU front, we examine AMD’s latest Phenom processor as well as the chipmaker’s new Opteron roadmap. Finally, Matt gives us the rundown on OCZ’s first foray into the netbook world, we discuss the merits of Nvidia’s Ion chipset, and our latest poll prompts Scott to comment on the Atom processor’s usefulness.

A quick reminder: we’ve switched to a twice-a-month schedule for the podcast, so our next episode will air on May 9. The episode after that will go up on May 23.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. – [email protected]

Tech discussion:

    ThinkPad auto updates discontinued (0:03:27)- Read more

    Time Warner Cable shelves bandwidth quota trials (0:11:51)- Read more

    iTunes, other services now charge more for some songs (0:20:34)- Read more

    AMD’s Phenom II X4 955 processor (0:25:44)- Read more

    Opterons to have 12 cores in early 2010, 16 cores in 2011 (0:34:03)- Read more

    TR’s April 2009 system guide (0:52:10)- Read more

    OCZ’s Neutrino DIY netbook (1:03:09)- Read more

    Ion takes flight with Acer AspireRevo nettop (1:12:42)- Read more

    Poll: Does Intel’s Atom provide a good user experience? (1:18:38)- Read more

That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on the next episode.

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    • thermistor
    • 14 years ago

    A day of vacation from work spent ironing kids’ dance costumes. And listening to the TR podcast.

    Very informative and entertaining…made the time with the starch and iron fly by.

    • slickdoody
    • 14 years ago

    Great job on the podcast guys. I found it very informative and interesting.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 14 years ago

    Excellent podcast as usual. however I have a question. In the podcast it was said that nVidia’s Ion platform cannot playback 1080i HD content, yet can play back 1080p. How is that so? I thought 1080p was way more demanding than 1080i, since 1080i is just a up scaled resolution.

    It would seem that the strain of 1080 lines would be more difficult to process than 540 lines in 1080i mode. Is there some type of acceleration engine or something that is optimized for that resolution? How well does the ion platform process 720p

    • DrDillyBar
    • 14 years ago

    Good to see a sponsor for the podcast. Is there any word on how long those coupons will work for?
    Scott rambling on about CPU tech is one of the great things about the podcasts, and it’s been far too long since he really had a chance.
    Keep up the great work!

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 14 years ago

    Actually… now that I think about it… I should probably go with GoDaddy next time I have the idea to grab a domain and some web space.

    • Aphasia
    • 14 years ago

    I really didnt mind the joke, as long as it doesnt crop up every episode. Nice to hear a new podcast though, missed it last week.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 14 years ago

    I appreciate jordan trying to think outside the box with broadcast humor, but yeah… idk. I think he should keep his stinky jokes within the confines of the actual discussion parts where they seem to work better.

    An example of a good “stinker” joke was when Geoff was talking about his /[

    • clone
    • 14 years ago

    please no more indulgent jokes that run for more than 30 seconds during the opening….. really bad.

    the rest of the show was pretty solid and glad to see you got a new sponsor.

    • jonybiskit
    • 14 years ago

    For some reason it took me a while to realize that that is the baby from a Nirvana cd. lolz. Good stuff Jordan.

    • Meadows
    • 14 years ago

    There’s a typo in the title.

    Edit: that’s better.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 14 years ago


    • _Sigma
    • 14 years ago

    How long are the promo codes good for? I have two domains with GoDaddy so I won’t need these until end of this year…

    • Faceless Clock
    • 14 years ago

    Yes! So this means weekly podcasts against…right…right?

    • jonybiskit
    • 14 years ago


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