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We geeks are a diverse bunch that run the gamut from pretty-boy, genius, millionaire entrepreneurs that regularly change the world, to socially inept, stereotypical nerds that really have no place leaving the confines of our cubicles (I fall somewhere in between). And our interests are equally as diverse. Don’t agree? Come to a big tech-centric... Read more...
When Google+ first launched and started making waves in the social networking world, many things changed. The perception of Google as a search-only company changed. The way that people viewed social networking as a 1-horse race with a couple of niche players on the side changed. Today, we're starting to see that... Read more...
The economy is still in shambles for many industries that are trying to recover, but one are that is exploding is tech. In particular, Silicon Valley has rebounded in the last 12 months ahead of the economy in ways that mean only one thing: tech is hot and getting hotter. Social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and (now) Google are... Read more...
While in the process of reviewing the ASRock Vision 3D home theater PC a few months back, I became entrenched in all things 3DTV. At the time, I had already been building up a new home theater around a Samsung 3D TV and the opportunity coincidentally arose to evaluate a 3D-capable device, so I jumped at the chance. With that ASRock HTPC and... Read more...
"Social media will save the economy, unite the people, and shine peace and prosperity across the land!" ~ Random Social Media Marketer, 2010 Fads come and go. In the business world, most have tried some new widget, gadget, web scheme, or marketing technique in recent years that simply did not produce a... Read more...
A few months back, we took a look at a true-5.1 channel headset from Psyko.  We started that post off with this opening, “Aside from a powerful graphics card and large monitor, one of the best ways to increase the realism and immersiveness of PC games is with a high-quality, multi-channel speaker setup. Hearing sounds that seemingly... Read more...
By now, regular readers of my blog should know that I have an unhealthy obsession with input devices. I constantly experiment with different mice and keyboards in an effort to find the “perfect desktop”, at least for my tastes. Over the years, my quest has led to me to two conclusions: 1) I prefer wired laser mice, with high-resolution... Read more...
While trying out the VueZone iPhone app, I consider the ethics of having my two-and-a-half year-old daughter under surveillance. By Daniel A. BegunA number of months ago I was watching one of the final episodes of 24. (I was never really much of a 24 fan, but I started watching it during the final season because Battlestar Galactica babe,... Read more...
When it comes to notebook hard drives you almost can't get enough of two things, capacity and speed.  Though SSDs (Solid State Drives) definitely address the speed issue, they only exacerbate the capacity issue (at least currently).  Not to mention, the higher you go up in capacity with SSDs, into the... Read more...
In an attempt to squelch my insatiable--and sometimes unhealthy--need to experiment with all kinds of keyboards and other input devices, I recently acquired three more 'boards for the collection, the latest Das Keyboard Pro Silent, the Microsoft Sidewinder X4, and the unique Phantom Lapboard.  Although they all technically do the... Read more...
Aside from a powerful graphics card and large monitor, one of the best ways to increase the realism and immersiveness of PC games is with a high-quality, multi-channel speaker setup. Hearing sounds that seemingly wiz by your head and being able to pick up on subtle tones coming from different directions, can transform a ho-hum gaming session... Read more...
I am a total keyboard snob; there's no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  Over the last few years, I've personally tested virtually every possible keyboard type--and every key switch type--and am convinced there is no better option than a mechanical keyswitch keyboard if you spend any significant amount of time in front of a computer.... Read more...
Although USB 3.0 is a relatively new technology that is not yet natively supported by any of the core logic chipsets currently on the market, a number of motherboards from major players like Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI (among others) sport an NEC-built USB 3.0 controller that supports the feature. The main advantage of incorporating such a controller... Read more...
By Daniel A. Begun Those who know me well enough, know that I’m not much of a phone person--which is to say I don’t like to talk on the phone much… I’m more of a talk-to-you-in-person, eye-to-eye, kind of guy. But then again, as my wife likes to point out, I’m not much of a talker to begin with... She says I’m... Read more...
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