Software

If you are like me, the Aero themes under the Personalize menu in Windows 7 and Windows 10's minimalist design language are just not enough to give your PC a unique look. You want more than a new wallpaper, some icons, and simple color changes. There are utilities out there, both free and commercial, that will give you a custom desktop far beyond anything you can get from the Windows theme presets. You can go with the out of the box look, or customize things on your own with a little fiddling. Let's start with Rainmeter, an open source, free utility focused primarily on information display on your... Read more...
Dell's Alienware Steam Machine is under the microscope today. In partnership with several leading PC makers, Valve has finally taken their often-talked about Steam Machine with custom SteamOS to market, promising the depth and precision of PC gaming driven by a purpose-built operating system, that offers a standardized platform similar to a tried and true "just push play" console gaming experience.The Alienware Steam Machine seems like just the thing for PC gamers looking for a simpler way to game without a lot of fuss and configuration. What’s a Steam Machine, you ask? The Steam Machine is a PC-based... Read more...
  A tarnished reputation is often the hardest thing to overcome in any business.  It is much easier for a company to earn a bad reputation than it is to gain the consumer's faith in any given product.  Over the years, ATi struggled to overcome a reputation for having sub-par drivers.  This impression seemed to grab hold and not let go for many years, although the company continued to improve their drivers regularly.   The biggest step ATi took to correct the situation was to essentially overhaul their driver development process, which resulted in the introduction of the... Read more...
  ATi's New "Catalyst" Software Package Improved Performance, Reliability & More! By, Jeff Bouton June 13, 2002 In a quest to maintain their position as a leader in the video card market, ATi is constantly looking to improve the end-user's overall experience.  This applies to their latest hardware releases, as well as new and improved software developments.  As we've recently seen, ATi has begun to seriously address some issues that have plagued them in the past.  Lately, we've seen a marked increase in their efforts to improve driver performance and reliability. ... Read more...