The TR Podcast 68: Lunchbox PCs, Nvidia’s latest, and Just be-Cause

The Tech Report Podcast Date: July 18th, 2010

Time: 1:19:30

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, Geoff Gasior

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Show notes

This episode starts with details about our Nvidia-sponsored Just Cause 2 giveaway. Scott and Jordan quickly go on to relate their experiences causing mayhem on the game’s pacific island with a grappling hook, magical parachute, and plenty of explosives. Moving on, our panel discusses not only Scott’s impression of the new iPhone 4 (which he’s had for the past few days), but also Geoff and Cyril’s search for good smart phones up in Canada.

Next, Scott lays out the details of the PhysX x87 problem, and he gives us the skinny on his review of the new GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. Geoff also talks about a cool new barebone nettop, after which Cyril appraises the unbelievably big yet intriguing Thermaltake Level 10 case.

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Tech discussion:

    We’re giving away 20 digital copies of Just Cause 2 (0:01:17)- Read more

    Reminder: Our reader survey is still going (0:12:40)- Read more

    Of iPhones, Androids, and Palms (0:13:36)

    PhysX hobbled on the CPU by x87 code (0:27:01)- Read more

    Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 460 graphics processor (0:37:06)- Read more

    First regiment of GTX 460 cards sets up camp at Newegg (0:53:49)- Read more

    Atheros, Wilocity collaborate on 60GHz wireless PCIe (0:54:39)- Read more

    Zotac’s Zbox HD-ID11 barebones nettop (0:58:02)- Read more

    Thermaltake’s Level 10 enclosure (1:04:35)- Read more

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

Comments closed
    • glynor
    • 9 years ago

    Oh yeah… I forgot to come and comment here. Great job on this one, Jordan. Really enjoyed it all around!

    I have to say, you have the absolute best production values on any podcast I listen to, short of the ones also produced for other distribution methods (like the NPR/PRI ones, for example). Even those, you’re easily on par in most respects (which is impressive since they probably have much more high-end mics and gear). And I, for one, certainly do notice and appreciate the work you put into making the M4A with the chaptering and everything. It comes in very handy for me all the time.

    Alright, enough fawning Jordan fanboyism. You mentioned briefly that you might do a segment on the tech you use to produce the show. I’d LOVE to hear about that!

    • bodom81
    • 9 years ago

    Good Podcast, This is the first one I’ve been able to listen to. If I would have worked in an office or somewhere I had access to the web for a long period of time I’d have been following these for a long time. Just as I have been a long time article reader.

    • Fursdon
    • 9 years ago

    “The second half of the episode is all about PC hardware. Scott has done the writeup on AMD’s latest server-class processors and graphics cards, while Geoff has tested two new solid-state drives, one of which turns out to be our current Editor’s Choice.” -Show Notes

    Lies! Where is this mythical second half of the episode?!

    That, or the cut function/delete key pulled a fast one on you.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 9 years ago

    I would get the PalmPre. It’s a fantastic phone. I really did not want a smart phone but my job semi forced me to get one. I had the choice over a iPhone, Pre or a BB.

    iPhone not a option for me for many reasons, BB, nope so I got the Pre.
    The phone is very fast hardware and software wise the included apps are very polished. I have not gotten any add on apps yet because I find the phone already has what I need.I use the phone to make calls, text and now as my music player. I always have the email client running for work and now and then crack open the web browser to use google maps or something else. Having true multitasking is great because I can respond to a email or open a different app all while still listening to my music.

    AgainI think it’s a great phone. If you are not a slave to your cell phone (hello ALL iPhone users) and just want a simple smart phone with all the basics (web, email, txt, im) this phone is great.

    There is also something awesome about being able to SSH into the mangement box at work or check the nagios box on my cell phone.

      • glynor
      • 9 years ago

      I’m glad to hear you’ve had good luck with your Pre. Unfortunately, my personal experience hasn’t been so kind.

      Just one small data point: We have -[<28<]- 23 Palm Pre users in a group that I help to manage (most are the "original" ones, but 3 or 4 of them are the Pre Plus version). Of those, *[

    • ChangWang
    • 9 years ago

    I agree with Geoff on the Apple thing. It was hard for me to continue to support a company that blatantly censors comments from its own forums. That, along with how arrogant they act just bothers me.

    That said, the iPhone OS is much more simplistic than Android. I recently switched from a 3G (partially for the same reasons Scott mentioned) to the HTC Evo and it’s taken a while to get adjusted to it. I was using the Sense interface for a while, but I wound up switching to a more simplistic UI called LauncherPro (www.launcherpro.com). Battery life seems to have improved since I got the device, which is a plus.

    I haven’t used any WebOS device yet, but there hasn’t really been a draw for one of those either. The Pre looked ok, but not quite for me

      • Jonsey
      • 9 years ago

      What makes android so hard to use? Scott was bagging on android, but listening to his description of him using his iphone 3g sounded much worse than anything on a recent android phone.

      Seriously, what task is android just too clumsy to handle?

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    Dearest Thermaltake,

    I am writing to tell you that I was going to purchase many, many Level 10 units from you until this one guy from a podcast on TechReport said you didn’t even want your Level 10 unit back! I would like to give you a name of the person who said it, but they all sound the same to me, except for that one guy who has a funny accent that pops out every now and then. He was either a French guy, a Canadian guy or a French guy who lives in Canada but isn’t French-Canadian. Then there’s that other guy, but I don’t know if it was him. Or that one other guy, either. Anyway, the guy who said you didn’t want your case back even said he wasn’t sure if he could say it! Guilty! Then they all laughed mightily while joking about melting it down for scrap metal; even I was highly offended.

    Personally, I like my case levels to go to 11, so you will not be seeing any sales from me until you fix this situation.

    Sincerely,

    bdwilcox

    • codedivine
    • 9 years ago

    The RSS feed is broken 🙁

      • jdrake
      • 9 years ago

      Fixed! Thanks:-)

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