Eli Pariser Cautions Web Users of the Filter Bubble

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 3, 2011 - 09:40 AM |
Tagged: Internet, Information, Filtering

TED talks are very similar to the motivational speeches that kids everywhere have had to endure throughout their junior high and high school years. The only real difference is that the talks are made available online to millions of people instead of a few thousand at a time. That said, if you are at all interested in the technology world, TED talks are usually both enlightening and relevant to present issues in the industry. 

If that preface has not already scared you off of this article, I encourage you to watch this particular TED talk (which is embedded below), where Eli Pariser demonstrates just what a "filter bubble" is, and what repercussions the once ever-interconnected Internet world faces as more and more websites make personalization take priority over discovery.

Eli uses a search on Google for the subject "Egypt" to show that the results two people get can be drastically different. In an even more "close to home" example, by being a part of a social network like Facebook, you may already be inside a filter bubble and not even know it! This filter bubble is in the form of the "news feed" on Facebook. If you have not talked to, as an example, your best friends from college or high school in a few months, it likely will appear to you that according to their lack of any posts showing on your news feed, they have dropped off the face of the planet and have not updated their Facebook status since the last time you talked to them. More than likely; however, you are part of a filter bubble and simply were not aware of it.

Facebook has somewhat recently modified the way its news feed shows statuses of your Facebook friends to show only statuses of friends with whom you have a certain number of interactions with. This may seem like a good thing at first, as it leaves more room for the people that you talk with most often. Think for a second; however, if you missed your little brother or only nephew's first winning football game score status and photos of him during the winning play because you haven't talked to them in a few weeks. While that may be something you would consider to be big news and something that you would likely want to know about, Facebook's computer algorithms may just decide the exact opposite for you.

In practice, filter bubbles and personalization on the web are likely to be more subtle occurrences. Eli Pariser's talk does beg the question of whether or not filter bubbles are the right for the Internet and its users in any capacity. Is individual personalization worth people giving up the freedom to stumble upon new information and the opportunity to get the same exposure to the world as everyone else if they so choose? Do you see the personalized web as a positive or a negative thing for the world? What are your thoughts on users being led into a "web of one" as Eli cautions?

Source: TED

PCPer v4.0 Giveaway: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 2.1 Speaker System

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 2, 2011 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: speakers, giveaway, corsair, contest

As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift recently to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0".  I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.  

But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!!  Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...

The ninth (!!) prize is a set of Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 2.1 Speakers!!

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What do you have to do to win this wonderful piece of hardware?

Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking Corsair for its sponsorship of PC Perspective as well as an interesting feature or addition you would like to see in future speaker sets.  Be creative! You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!

Source: Corsair

Do you want to write for PC Perspective?

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 2, 2011 - 12:03 AM |
Tagged: pcper, recruits

If you don't listen to the PC Perspective Podcast (what's wrong with you!?!) then you might not know that PC Perspective is looking for a handful of new talented and hard working writers and reviewers.  If you have ever thought that you wanted to take your love of technology, computers and gadgets to the next level and contribute back to it, this is the chance!

We are on the hunt for contributing writers for news coverage, reviews and potentially event coverage too.  There is no specific location required but if you happen to be in the Cincinnati / Northern KY area, that is a huge plus.

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If you think this job is just absolutely meant for you, then please get in touch with me.  Send an email to rshrout (--at--) pcper.com with some or all of this information:

  • Location in the world and times available for working on PC Perspective
  • Any previous experience working in the technology field
  • Writing experience, technical or otherwise, and links to any examples
  • Ability to work with programs for video editing, photo editing, CMS systems
  • Any product review experience
  • Specific areas of expertise (motherboards, GPUs, tablets, ARM, etc)

We are looking forward to your emails and your help in making PC Perspective the best source of tech information online!

PCPer v4.0 Giveaway: Another OCZ Technology Vertex 2 120GB SSD!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Storage | April 27, 2011 - 02:48 PM |
Tagged: contest, giveaway, ocz, ssd, vertex

As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift recently to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0".  I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.  

But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!!  Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...

The seventh (!!) prize is another 120GB OCZ Technology Vertex 2 SSD!!

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What do you have to do to win this wonderful piece of hardware?

Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking OCZ for its sponsorship of PC Perspective and maybe include a thought or two on the new site design (compliments, constructive criticism, hate filled monologues, whatever).  You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!

Source: OCZ

PCPer v4.0 Giveaway: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 B3 Motherboard

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Motherboards | April 25, 2011 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: p67 b3, maximus iv extreme, giveaway, contest, asus

As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift recently to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0".  I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.  

But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!!  Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...

The sixth prize is truly a killer motherboard, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 B3!

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This motherboard from ASUS has just about anything an enthusiast could ask for including:

  • ROG Connect: Plug and Overclock - Tweak it the hardcore way!
  • ROG iDirect : Tune your PC from your iPhone or iPad now!
  • RC Bluetooth: Smashes through all the barriers of conventional overclocking!
  • Extreme Engine Digi+: Smashes through all the barriers of conventional overclocking!
  • USB BIOS Flashback: Refresh the BIOS can never be that easy

How can you win this wonderful piece of engineering that currently sells for more than $360???

Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking ASUS for its sponsorship of PC Perspective as well as any ideas you have for the NEXT super-motherboard.  What other features would you like to see from ASUS? 

You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!

We will pick the winners soon and move on to the next hardware that finds its way to PC Perspective offices.  Good luck and thanks for reading!!

Source: ASUS

PCPer v4.0 Giveaway: Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1 Headset

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | April 21, 2011 - 04:28 PM |
Tagged: hs1a, hs1, giveaway, corsair, contest

As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift over the weekend to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0".  I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.  

But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!!  Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...

The fourth set of prizes is a pair of Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1 Headsets!

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Winners of this contest will be able to choose if they prefer the HS1 USB-based model or the HS1A analog connection model.  Check out the review I linked above as these are some very nice headphones with an MSRP of $99!!

What do you have to do to win this wonderful piece of hardware?

Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking Corsair for its sponsorship of PC Perspective as well as the worst audio configuration you have ever owned!  Fess up, what junk have you bought at Best Buy for $9.99??

You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!

We will pick the winners tomorrow and move on to the next hardware that finds its way to PC Perspective offices.  Good luck and thanks for reading!!

Source: Corsair

Podcast #151 - HD 6670 and 6570, Seagate and Samsung deal, 20nm Flash memory, Viewer questions and more!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | April 21, 2011 - 03:08 PM |
Tagged: Seagate, Samsung, podcast, HD6670, HD6570

PC Perspective Podcast #151 - 4/21/2011

This week we talk about AMD's new HD 6670 and 6570, the Seagate and Samsung deal, 20nm Flash memory, Viewer questions and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

  • iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast directly through the iTunes Store
  • RSS - Subscribe through your regular RSS reader
  • MP3 - Direct download link to the MP3 file

Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!

Program length: 1:12:48

Program Schedule:

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PCPer v4.0 Giveaway: Thermaltake Challenger Ultimate Gaming Keyboard

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | April 20, 2011 - 05:43 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, giveaway, contest

As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift over the weekend to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0".  I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.  

But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!!  Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...

The third set of prizes is a pair of Thermaltake esports Challenger Ultimate Gaming Keyboard!

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These babies have just about everything you want on a keyboard and probably more.  Backlight? Check.  On-board audio jacks and USB ports?  Yup.  A FAN??? Yessir.

What do you have to do to win this wonderful piece of hardware?

Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking Thermaltake for its sponsorship of PC Perspective as well as what you want to see most on your next keyboard.  I want a drink holder. 

You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!

We will pick the winners tomorrow and move on to the next hardware that finds its way to PC Perspective offices.  Good luck and thanks for reading!!

Source: Thermaltake

PCPer v4.0 Giveaway: OCZ Technology Vertex 2 120GB SSD!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | April 18, 2011 - 11:11 AM |
Tagged: vertex, ssd, ocz, giveaway, contest

As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift over the weekend to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0".  I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.  

But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!!  Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...

The first prize: a 120GB OCZ Technology Vertex 2 SSD!!

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What do you have to do to win this wonderful piece of hardware?

Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking OCZ for its sponsorship of PC Perspective and maybe include a thought or two on the new site design (compliments, constructive criticism, hate filled monologues, whatever).  You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!

We will pick a winner tomorrow and move on to the next hardware that finds its way to PC Perspective offices.  Good luck and thanks for reading!!

Friday the 15th, the day PC Perspective burst forth from it's crysalis

Subject: Editorial | April 15, 2011 - 04:41 PM |
Tagged: friday, forum

As you may or may not have noticed the front page of PC Perspective is loading a little funny today.  However we've decided we like it and are sticking with it, hoping it will soon spread to the forums like some sort of positive virus and once it does that the front page will recognize your forum user and allow you to use it on the front page.  It does have one small negative side effect, but the Hardware Leaderboard is expected to make a full recovery very soon, whereupon it will be revamped with the new picks for April.  That one negative effect is somewhat mitigated by the wonderous mutation the SSD Decoder underwent, which offers new ways of viewing it like a Lightbox or pop up window.  If you have any comments, you will be pleased to know that you can now comment on posts to the front page; we do request that comments about the new site design are aimed here, so that we can reference them at the same time.

The Forums are currently unchanged, both in design and in content.  Users having problems with their new kit or simply looking for feedback on their new purchases are still in evidence.  We even have some experimentation in virtualization going on in the Motherboard Forum and you can help with the birth of a new HTPC over in the Video Cards Forum.  You can also grab our 150th PC Perspective Podcast from the obvious tab.

 

Enjoy the new look of our front page, but please don't neglect our Forums as they might feel a little self conscious of their old look!

Welcome to the new PC Perspective!

Subject: Editorial | April 15, 2011 - 01:02 AM |
Tagged: pcper

As of just after midnight ET on Friday the 15th of April, we made the switch over to the new version of the PC Perspective website!  This is a very exciting (and daunting) time for us here on staff, so please bear with us as we fix the little hiccups that will occur during this time.  In fact, we need your help!  If you see something wrong, strange or something you just plain don't like, please leave us a comment in the are below after you have signed up for a new account.  

We are counting on YOU to help make PCPer.com better for all of us!

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Not only that be we are going to be giving away lots of PRIZES over the next couple of week thanks to our awesome sponsors that have stuck with us over the years.  Keep hitting up the home page for the first prizes to be revealed and how to win them...

Source: pcper.com

Watch The PC Perspective Podcast LIVE @ 10:00pm ET

Subject: Editorial | April 6, 2011 - 09:30 PM |
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Are you ready for The PC Perspective Podcast LIVE right here or by visiting http://live.twit.tv/??  Lots of great topics on the agenda for today!!  Come join us for the show!!

Be sure to subscribe to our show right here: http://pcper.com/podcast 


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March Madness at PC Perspective: win some prizes!

Subject: Editorial | March 16, 2011 - 11:30 AM |
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It is that time of year again as the nation (and maybe the world) prepares for the madness that is March and the NCAA basketball tournament!  As we have done in previous years, we are setting up a bracket competition through CBSSports.com that will result in endless fun and of course some prizes for our readers!

 
The prize packages are still being worked out, but plan on a couple of graphics cards and motherboards at the very minimum.  How do you get started?
 
Go to http://pcper-com.mayhem.cbssports.com/e (pool password is "pcper.com") and register (you may already have an account there) and sign up for our group.  We can only accept 400 players, so sign up early to reserve your spot!
 
 
Make sure you sign up at http://pcper-com.mayhem.cbssports.com/e (pool password is "pcper.com") to get in on the action!  It's fun for everyone and SOMEONE will be lucky enough to get some prizes out of it!! 
 
Discuss your picks and favorites in this thread of our forums!!

Intel Reports Record Quarter: Fines? Pah!

Subject: Editorial | January 13, 2011 - 04:57 PM |
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Intel is nothing, if not consistent.


Razer looks to tempt with a $50 gaming mouse

Subject: Editorial | July 30, 2010 - 11:56 AM |
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Not everyone is willing to dump $100 or so on a gaming mouse, especially if they have been using a cheaper one their whole lives and have never tried a higher end mouse.  Razer is looking to tempt that crowd with the Abyssus which uses the same sensor as the more expensive DeathAdder 3G.  It only sports a pair of buttons along with a scroll wheel/button but is designed to be equally comfortable for left handed users as well as right handed on

Source: techPowerUp!

Intel Q2 2010 Earnings: Best... Quarter... EVAR!

Subject: Editorial | July 14, 2010 - 11:49 AM |
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Economic downturn?  Pah!

Scan one baby picture and suddenly the square pixel is your fault

Subject: Editorial | June 29, 2010 - 11:57 AM |
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Back in the 1950's Russell Kirsch was working as a scientist at the National Bureau of Standards and figured out a way to scan a picture of his infant son into the experimental computer (SEAC) that he was working with into a 176 by 176 grid of black and white squares.  He now apologizes for that, as that action contributed to the birth of the square pixel we all know and try to antialias out of existence.  He is now working with a technique to overlay a grid of 6 pixels a

Source: MAKE: Blog

Testing Embeds

Subject: Editorial | March 13, 2010 - 12:40 PM |
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Happy New Year to all of our readers!!!

Subject: Editorial | December 31, 2009 - 08:46 PM |
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http://michaelontheair.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/nerd_approved.gifThe dog with the party hat on my calendar tells me that today is New Year's Eve...I had no idea.  We have been working on SO much stuff since early December that the entirety of this holiday-laden finale to the year has simply soared by me.  Testing for several articles coming up very quickly in the new year (2010, btw) is still being run a

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Subject: Editorial | December 24, 2009 - 07:26 PM |
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I apologize for the lack of news and updates this Thursday, but most of our staff is with, or on their way to, family and family events for the Christmas holiday.  I have been busy in the house today testing some new hardware for post-New Years reviews and hardware launches while putting finishing touches on presents and goodies to spread around to our friends and relatives.  I have also been making year-end donations to places like the SPCA and