The TR Podcast 115: Dude, where’s my host?

The Tech Report Podcast Date: July 15, 2012

Time: 1:04:29

Hosted by Scott Wasson

Co-Hosts: Geoff Gasior and Cyril Kowaliski

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For reasons you’ll have to listen to discover, we are host-less for this episode of The Tech Report Podcast. Nevertheless, the crew pushes forward and kicks off the program with talk of Max Payne 3 and the latest (and best) Borderlands 2 trailer. Then, it’s on to a slew of display stories, including the mysterious 27″ Korean IPS displays and triple-monitor gaming from Geoff. Finally, our latest system guide hits the sweet spot of the latest and greatest hardware at the best price point.

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Tech discussion:

    A review of Max Payne 3 – (0:01:39) – Read more

    Latest Borderlands 2 trailer takes cues from The Lion King – (0:07:08) – Read more

    27″ Korean IPS displays? – (0:10:11) – Read more

    Hands on with the MacBook Pro Retina display – (0:13:40) – Read more

    Triple-screen gaming on today’s graphics cards – (0:19:24) – Read more

    Summer 2012 System Guide – (0:43:24) – Read more

    Microsoft to offer cheap Windows 8 upgrades to everyone – (0:54:09) – Read more

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

Comments closed
    • grantmeaname
    • 7 years ago

    This had me cracking up from the very beginning! So wonderful…

      • jdrake
      • 7 years ago

      Glad you liked it:-)

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    I see that you guys play Max Payne just like I do. You never ever ever ever ever ever kill someone unless you’re doing so in slow motion, unless you run out.

    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    Three things:

    1) Have to wonder about the life of those pixels in cheaper monitors. I get paranoid when deals are a little too good to be true, especially when you’re depending on millions of little dots to keep on trucking.

    2) You don’t have to worry about Jordan until they start sending major appendages/organs in the mail — fingers and ears don’t count.

    3) Justttttttttttt when you think one of the most asinine meme’s are locked in a coffin with silver chains buried at the bottom of the sea, you guys have managed to dig it up again. Thanks guys, pro.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]3) Justttttttttttt when you think one of the most asinine meme's are locked in a coffin with silver chains buried at the bottom of the sea, you guys have managed to dig it up again. Thanks guys, pro.[/quote<] Protip: Don't try to get rid of things by locking them in a coffin with silver chains and then burying them at the bottom of the sea. You'll have every salvager on earth trying to dig them back up.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]1) Have to wonder about the life of those pixels in cheaper monitors.[/quote<] The panels are made by LG, they roll off the production line in the same batch as panels that go on to become $999 Apple Thunderbolt displays. The difference is that Apple pays a premium to get the tested, zero-dead pixel panels. The Korean cheapies are untested, so expect a dead pixel or two. As for quality of the panel itself, there is no drawback if you do your research and get a model that uses the exact panel Apple does. LG is a reputable company, and whilst the name on the front of the monitor may not be a high-quality brand, the electronics and panel inside are top notch.

        • dashbarron
        • 7 years ago

        I’ll reply on my assumed knowledge / your response.

        The research part of it can be aggravating, stressful, and yield poor results, but I digress.

        As for pixels…nothing sours a purchase of a multi-hundred dollar monitor than getting a dead pixel in the exact middle of the screen, or a dead pixel wherever your fancy is to drive you nuts; more than one is even worse and would equally sour the experience. As long a consumer buy a monitor with the mindset there may be damaged goods (i.e. buying used/eBay) then all is probably well — although this is not the mindset of most consumers.

        But I don’t really know the process is too well. Maybe it really is one of those hidden deals (especially if they’re Apple-quality monitors with non-Apple prices).

          • Chrispy_
          • 7 years ago

          I only know Korean monitor laws as a result of my brief research;

          They split the screen into 9 equal tiles.
          The monitor must be replaced if a pixel is defective in the central tile.
          The monitor must be replaced if there are a total of five defective pixels.

          Given that a large proportion of the flawless panels are sold to apple, you have a higher than average chance of getting a dead pixel, but at least it won’t be in the middle of your screen, and on those panels the pixel pitch is so low that a dead pixel is far less noticeable than on, say, a 24″ 1080p.

          It’s a gamble, there’s no support in the US, and shipping back to Korea for a replacement under warranty will cost you around $50. I gambled and won but, as always, YMMV.

            • dashbarron
            • 7 years ago

            Still a cool tip anyways. Maybe a way to get one of those 27″ on the cheaps eh? 🙂

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    My prediction about jdrake’s whereabout’s before listening: bangin’ chicks while sky diving.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 7 years ago

      Hey that’s my fantasy, I thought of it first!

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      i’m sure the reality is FAR FAR nerdier. he does have glasses…. idk why, but he reminds me of milhouse from the simpsons…

        • jdrake
        • 7 years ago

        For the record, I don’t have glasses. That picture was me testing 3D at CES 2 years ago. This is a more recent photo of me. [url<]http://instagram.com/p/MWu8F4TXcU/[/url<]

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          ok. You still remind me of milhouse though. just milhouse without glasses. it’s not a bad thing. he was a sweet kid.

          • Arclight
          • 7 years ago

          SSK has spoken, now you HAVE to wear hipster glasses.

    • Welch
    • 7 years ago

    Also havent listened yet but the first thought was the old forum thread “Dude, where’s my 4gb!”. From the looks of it you guys really listened to us about reviewing monitors. Im assuming thats what your going to talk about with the 27 Korean IPS since another Gerbil requested a review of more monitors and suggested starting with some of the intriguing Korean ones :).

    <3 TR

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, I would be very happy to see more monitor reviews on TR.

      I just took the plunge and have been running a Shimian 27″ IPS for a couple of weeks now. I got lucky; Zero dead pixels and picture quality (subjectively) indistinguisable from the Apple Thunderbolt display using the same panel. The housing is ugly from behind but it’s pleasing enough from the front.

      a) who looks at the back of their monitor on a regular basis?
      b) I paid £195, shipped. The Apple Thunderbolt display sells for £900 over here.

      I’m not awe-struck by the quality of the panel, but that might be because I’ve spent the last few years running a Samsung 245T, which is a good-quality, top-rated MVA panel that in no way represents most of the garbage on the market these days.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        You were running a 245T? No wonder you hate FPSs. Input lag from hell. Also, it’s S-PVA; Samsung does not make MVA panels.

          • Chrispy_
          • 7 years ago

          I love FPS gaming! where did you get that from? Anyway, I’ve been running a pair of 245’s for several years, one 245T one 245B. The B uses a TN not an MVA panel, guess which one I used for gaming! 😉

          I always understood that PVA was a patterned subset of MVA, i.e. both are multidomain, but Samsung expaned on that with subdomains being targetted at specific viewing angles in a pattern. Meh, I’m no expert; I’ll use the phrase “VA” next time if it’s confusing people.

          The Shimian I bought is without a scaler. Input lag is essentially zero (tested as sub 9ms which is largely the pixel response. The fastest panels on the market are around 6ms, so it’s pretty much as good as it gets).

    • codedivine
    • 7 years ago

    Haven’t listened to it yet, but thats the best title of any podcast episode ever 😀

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    Many people are lactose-intolerant, which is a sugar that’s water-soluble only. Reduced-fat milk therefore contains more lactose, and makes you gassy with less effort; the same is true for all reduced-fat dairy products.

    The more you know.

    Now, on to listening.

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