Minecraft Creator Takes a Notch Out of Microsoft

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems, Mobile | September 29, 2012 - 11:33 PM |
Tagged: Windows Store, windows 8, censorship

And by the way -- Windows Store will censor apps. More on that later.

So around the same time as my future of Windows editorial became published PC Mag published a related piece: Notch from Mojang outrages over certification for Windows Store. Mojang voiced his concerns for the platform and its attempts to “ruin the PC as an open platform.”

I have, and continue to, claim that Microsoft appears to want to close the Windows platform in a near-future revision of the platform. Once there is enough software available through Windows Update and Windows Store it seems highly likely that Microsoft will remove all other ways on to your device -- as they have done with Windows RT. The concept of a cross-device, controlled, and secure platform is just too tempting.

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Loyal, but not stupid.

But backwards compatibility is not the only concern with going metro. Everything must be certified.

Indeed - as of the latest July 2012 certification requirements for Windows Store - Microsoft will predictably be censoring applications just as they do with the Xbox. Section 5.8 and 6.2 of the aforementioned certification requirements clearly state: applications must not contain excess or gratuitous profanity and applications must also not contain adult content. Of course this is aimed squarely at the various niches of adult graphic novels (correction: I apparently meant visual novels, not graphic novels - but I'm sure those would not be let on the Windows Store either) and similarly themed interactive content and the message is clear: get out and stay out.

I can think of a couple of countries where that will not fly.

To be fair Microsoft has addressed the issue in the very same section with the following clause:

We understand that in some cases, apps provide a gateway to retail content, user generated content, or web based content. We classify those apps as either Storefront apps, whose primary function is to aggregate and sell third party media or apps, or Streaming apps, whose primary function is to aggregate and stream web-based images, music, video or other media content. In some cases, it may be acceptable for a Storefront or Streaming app to include some content that might otherwise be prohibited in a single purpose app.

The clause functionally means: “Yeah we know web browsers cannot prevent themselves from surfing to the wrong side of the internet’s metaphorical tracks. This is not an excuse to ban them.” It also does not limit the censorship that Microsoft is clearly imposing.

And frankly the issue is not even with adult content; the issue is with the certification itself. We are at a point where Microsoft seems to want us to accept and migrate to their closed platform where everything is certified.

But what if future certification seriously limits or disables 3rd party modifications to software like attempted with Games for Windows Live? What if Microsoft decides to charge developers tens of thousands of dollars just to certify a patch? These are all serious issues to think about.

While you are thinking - consider a plan to simply ditch the Windows platform altogether and go with an open platform we can actually trust.

Source: PC Mag

OCZ's Ryan Peterson Resigns

Subject: Editorial | September 17, 2012 - 06:32 PM |
Tagged: ssd, Ryan Peterson, ocz, CMO, CEO, Alex Mei

OCZ started in a strip mall making heatsinks and fans in 2002.  Not exactly an auspicious beginning to a company that now is a dominant force in the SSD industry.  The guy that has helped the company make the massive jumps it has is Ryan Peterson.  Today OCZ has announced his resignation.  Alex Mei, current CMO (chief marketing officer) is taking over as interim CEO until a replacement can be found.

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It is hard to believe that just 10 years ago OCZ sprang into existence.  A few quick exposes from other tech sites revealed a small company that was situated in a strip mall.  Back in those years there was some questionable marketing tactics that the company used to present themselves as a much larger organization than they actually were (their website showed large, modern buildings and automated memory manufacturing equipment- neither of which the company had).  Through perseverance, decent technical support, and some really interesting products at a time where enthusiast style memory was starting to grow, the company thrived and expanded.

The memory market has softened, and seemingly OCZ was well aware of where the market was going.  They transitioned from being a memory company to a full blown SSD manufacturer.  Along the way they picked up Indilinx and are now finally starting to produce their first custom silicon.  The company continued to grow, and at the head of it all was Ryan Peterson.  Often known as a polarizing figure, he nonetheless helped to lead OCZ into a position of significance and authority when it came to SSD technology.

It seems that the recent downturn in the company’s profits, and the seeming failure of the sale to Seagate of the company, Ryan submitted his resignation and the board of OCZ accepted it.  Not much else is included in the release, other than thanking Ryan for his dedication to the company and wishing him and his family the best of luck.

This must be a hard day for Ryan, as he was truly a driving force in taking OCZ from the strip mall to the high rise.  Change is inevitable though, and rarely do we see CEO’s like AMD’s Jerry Sanders last for decades at the helm of a company.  The market is changing, and perhaps OCZ needs a new vision.  Still, OCZ is now synonymous with the growing SSD market, and their acquisition of Indilinx allows them some flexibility and differentiation in what is now a very crowded area.  Their introduction of inexpensive “server” style PCI-E SSD devices was another milestone, and it provided an inexpensive (and powerful) solution that competed well with other much more costly products from companies such as FusionIO.

It will be very interesting to see where the company goes, but we wish Ryan the best of luck.

The entire press release can be found here.

Source: OCZ

Live Borderlands 2 Launch Event with PC Perspective and NVIDIA!!

Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | September 17, 2012 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: pcper, nvidia, live, giveaway, contest, borderlands 2

I hope your day is going to be free tomorrow - we have some big stuff planned!  In cooperation with NVIDIA, Gearbox and PC Perspective, we'll be hosting a multi-hour live streaming launch party for Borderlands 2!  We'll be going over some of the unique PC-exclusive features, showing off gameplay in the crazy co-op mode and we'll have some giveaways for viewers as well including a pair of Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards!

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Tomorrow, Sept 18th, from 4pm ET until at least 8pm ET, staff from PC Perspective and NVIDIA will be using our PC Perspective Live! channel to discuss and show off the new "shoot and loot" title from Gearbox. 

Come join us to see Borderlands 2 in action, hang out with PC Perspective and NVIDIA reps and enter for a chance to win one of two Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards!

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Be sure to set your calendars and join us for the Borderlands 2 launch live streaming celebration!!

  • PC Perspective Live! channel - pcper.com/live
  • Start time: 4pm ET / 1pm PT

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Frictional Games Doesn't Have Too Much Friction over Piracy

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | September 11, 2012 - 02:54 PM |
Tagged: Amnesia, piracy, DRM

Frictional Games, the developers behind the Penumbra and Amnesia franchises, commented on the two years since the release of The Dark Descent through their company blog. Frictional has finally released the development budget for Amnesia which rings in at just $360,000 USD which is less than a tenth of their revenue. They also have not even thought about piracy in over a year: they are paid in sales not piracy figures – and paid they have been.

It is so nice when common sense prevails.

As I have discussed in my “Video Games Do Not Want to Be Art?” column, there are some developer-publishers who find their content intrinsically valuable and aim for long-term steady sales. Frictional Games appears to be one of those companies. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is possibly the most terrifying game in existence without compromising on their highly engaging story.

They also have not even thought about – let alone get frightened of – piracy in over a year.

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Or maybe after making Amnesia these Swedes are not scared by anything lurking in shadows.

There is room for both blockbuster titles as well as enduring content with intrinsic value. Over the course of the last two years Amnesia has sold just shy of 1.4 million units. Amnesia currently – 2 years after its release – sees a steady 10,000 units sold each month excluding bumps in sales due to discounts. This revenue is over ten-fold larger than the $360,000 development budget.

The developer kept the topic of piracy brief with a simple statement:

It has been over a year since we even thought about piracy. With sales as good as above we cannot really see this as an issue worth more than two lines in this post, so screw it.

That is literally all that has been written about piracy.

Whenever I discuss piracy I feel the need to preface my statements with, “The solution is not to condone piracy.” I do not condone piracy nor has Frictional Games. If you wish to acquire a game – pay for it. If you do not wish to acquire a game – ignore it. Still, from the developer or publisher’s point of view, do not concern yourselves with piracy figures. Piracy figures are horrifically inaccurate and – most importantly – not a measurement that pays you one way or the other.

Worry about what will increase your sales – such as adding mod tools or design to sell your product indefinitely – because that will be what puts the roof over your head.

If you lose customers because of your paranoia – companies like Frictional will be there. Good on them.

Live Blog: Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012 Keynotes

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Processors | September 11, 2012 - 11:52 AM |
Tagged: Intel, idf, idf 2012, keynote

The Intel Developer Forum is one of the best places in the world to get information and insight on the future of technology directly from those that creat it.  Join me as I live blog (Wi-Fi connection dependent as always!) the keynotes from all three days at http://pcper.com/live!!

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Be sure to stop by our PC Perspective Live page at 9am PT on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!!

Has Microsoft Given the PC to Xboxers on a Silver Platter?

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems, Mobile | September 2, 2012 - 02:20 AM |
Tagged: consolitis, windows 8

Microsoft has announced that 40 Xbox Live games will ship for Windows 8 PC, laptops, and tablets on its October 26th launch date. Microsoft also continues to misunderstand why Games for Windows Live failed in the first place.

Xbox has all but become the quasi-official branding for Microsoft’s gaming initiatives.

Microsoft suffered a substantial black-eye from their Games for Windows Live initiative. While the service does not live up to its anti-hype it does illustrate how Microsoft lost their PC gaming audience: gamers who do not choose a console do not want a console. PC gamers might wish for a cheaper experience due to the lack of license fees; they might prefer the mouse and keyboard; or they might wish to play games for longer than a console lifecycle.

If they pass up your console platform – hand delivering it on a silver platter will still be a decline gesture.

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Shattered Windows.

This time it seems more like Microsoft has given up trying to appease PC gamers. Rather than trying to satisfy the needs of the PC gaming audience (Seriously! It’s not that hard.) Microsoft would prefer to hand the PC gaming market to the console crowd and hope that they find some value to the platform.

This move seems just as risky to me as simply keeping PC gamers satisfied. The console model is designed around squirreling away as many license fees as you can possibly hide to appear less costly than the PC alternative – without actually being cheaper of course since otherwise who would pay the extra middleman? There is a lot of risk in transitioning to a new platform and they are betting their PC stronghold in the intersection between Apple fans and people who lock themselves in against PC gaming.

Or maybe the platter is served by Gabe Newell… dressed with a Tux.

Deals for August 28th - Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SSD for $70

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 28, 2012 - 05:40 PM |
Tagged: ssd, kingston, deal of the day

Top Deal

120GB Kingston SSDNow V+200 SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $70 (normally $90).

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Cheaper and cheaper SSDs continue to find their way to our deals pages!!

Laptops

Rare $150 coupon code gives lowest price ever on Core i7 model of Inspiron 17R Special Edition

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1GB GeForce GT 650M & 1080p LCD for $950 with free shipping (normally $1,139 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

15.4" Apple MacBook Pro (MC975LL/A) Core i7 2.3GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Retina Display & 1GB GeForce GT 650M for $2,150 with free shipping (normally $2,199).

Lowest price we've seen on this Inspiron 14z Core i3 Laptop bundle

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz Dual-core thin & light Aluminum-body Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD & Adobe Elements 9 Bundle for $430 with free shipping (normally $600 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Samsung Series 5 (NP530U4B-A01US) Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Dual-core Ultrabook (Refurbished) w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 16GB Express Cache for $675 (normally $900).

11.6" ASUS Zenbook UX21E-DH52 Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Dual-core Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $904 with free shipping (normally $1000 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Desktops

23" Dell Inspiron One 2330 Core i7-3770s 3.1GHz Quad-core 1080p All-in-one PC w/8GB RAM, 2TB HDD for $1,000 with free shipping (normally $1,200).

HP Pavilion p7-1380t Core i5-2320 3GHz Quad-core Desktop w/6GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $480 with free shipping (normally $650 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell Optiplex 990 Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-core Desktop w/4GB RAM, 250GB SATA III HDD, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift card for $669 with free shipping (normally $1,199 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

20" Dell Inspiron One 2020 Core i3 All-in-one PC w/6GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Bundle for $600 with free shipping (normally $750 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

27" HP ZR2740w 2560 x 1440 LED-Backlit IPS Monitor for $690 (normally $730).

27" I-Inc IL272DPB 1080p 2ms LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $200 (normally $300).

24" Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED 1080p LED-Backlit Monitor for $180 with free shipping (normally $220).

Tablets

10.1" ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime 32GB Android 4.0 Quad-Core Tablet (pre-owned) for $290 with free shipping (normally $350 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

7" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 8GB Android 4.0 Tablet + $50 Gift Card for $250 with free shipping (normally $300).

Peripherals

500GB Lenovo F360 Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black) for $66 with free shipping (noramlly $99 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

256GB Crucial M4 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s 7mm Internal SSD (CT256M4SSD1) for $209 with free shipping (normally $220).

120GB OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) for $100 (normally $139).

120GB Kingston SSDNow V+200 SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $70 (normally $90).

64GB CentonDataStick Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $30 (normally $40)

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 Video Card for $300 (normally $320>).

Dell WM311 3-Button Wireless Mouse (Glossy Tomato Red) for $20 with free shipping (normally $30).

Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN Laser Printer for $199 with free shipping (normally $399).

HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color Printer (M451dn) for $380 with free shipping (normally $500 - use coupon code 20LOGICBUY).

Home Entertainment:

73" Mitsubishi WD-73C12 73" 1080p 3D DLP HDTV w/2 Year Warranty for $1,000 with free shipping (normally $1,400).

60" LG 60PA5500 1080p Plasma HDTV for $900 with free shipping (normally $1,100).

55" TCL LE55FHDF3300 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $700with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

55" Samsung UN55EH6070 3D 240Hz 1080p LED HDTV + Blu-ray Player Bundle for $1,200 with free shipping (normally $1,500 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

50" LG 50PA5500 1080p Plasma HDTV for $600 with free shipping (normally $1,000).

47" LG 47LS4600 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $700 with free shipping (normally $850).

40" Samsung LN40E550 1080p LCD HDTV for $428 with free shipping (normally $500)

Harman Kardon HKTS 60BQ 5.1 Home Theater System + Yamaha 5.1-Channel Receiver for $699.99 (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player for $113 with free shipping (normally $139).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

16MP Nikon Coolpix S9300 Red Digital Camera for $240 with free shipping (normally $279 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Sony MHSTS10/B Bloggie Touch Camcorder w/ Sony Softcase and HDMI Cable for $80 with free shipping (normally $100).

14MP Olympus Tough TG-320 Digital Camera Bundle for $131 with free shipping (normally $159).

Miscellaneous:

Logitech Harmony 1100 Infrared Universal Remote for $244 with free shipping (normally $300 - use coupon code USMEDALS.

Ultrasone HFI-580 S-Logic Surround Sound Headphones + $2 MP3 Credit for $120 with free shipping (normally $150).

Source: LogicBuy

Deals for August 24th - 27-in 1080p LCD for $200

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 24, 2012 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: deal of the day, monitor, display

Top Deal

27" I-Inc IL272DPB 1080p 2ms LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $200 (normally $300).

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Looking for a low cost 1080p panel of hte 27-in variety?  It will be hard to find a better deal than this screen that is just $200 after in the instant rebate!

Laptops

15.6" Dell Vostro 3560 Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift Card for $629 with free shipping (normally $779).

Cheapest Dell Core i7 Ivy Bridge Laptop we've seen

15.6" Dell Inspiron 5520 Core i7-3612QM 2.1GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $725 with free shipping (normally $989 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 (209387U) Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray, 2GB GeForce GT 640M-LE Graphics for $949 with free shipping (normally $1,499 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz Dual-core thin & light Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $550 with free shipping (normally $700 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

13.3" Dell Vostro 3360 Core i3-2367M 1.4GHz Dual-core Ultra-portable Laptop w/4GB RAM, 320GB 7200RPM HDD & $100 gift card for $569 with free shipping (normally $679).

Desktops

Lowest price we've seen on Core i5 Ivy Bridge Desktop - effective price $429

Dell Vostro 470 Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD & $100 Gift Card for $529 with free shipping (normally $679 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon HD 7570 1GB Graphics & 24" UltraSharp U2412M LCD Monitor for $943 with free shipping (normally $1,319 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

Dell Optiplex 990 Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-core Desktop w/4GB RAM, 250GB SATA III HDD, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift card for $639 with free shipping (normally $1,199 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

20" Dell Inspiron One 2020 Core i3 All-in-one PC w/6GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Bundle for $600 with free shipping (normally $750 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

27" I-Inc IL272DPB 1080p 2ms LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $200 (normally $300).

27" HP ZR2740w 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit IPS panel LCD Monitor for $668 with free shipping (normally $849).

21.5" Dell E2211H 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor w/3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $134 with free shipping (normally $179 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Tablets

10.1" Acer Iconia Tab A200 8GB Android 3.2 Tablet for $260 with free shipping (normally $300 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Peripherals

3TB Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (STBV3000100) for $140 with free shipping (normally $160).

1TB Western Digital My Book Live Network Hard Drive () for $115 with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

256GB Samsung 830 Series 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7PC256B) for $180 with free shipping (normally $250).

180GB Corsair Force Series 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD (CSSD-F180GB3-BK) for $125 (normally $270).

64GB Samsung 830 Series 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7PC064B/WW) for $75 with free shipping (normally $90).

D-Link All-in-One Mobile Companion (DIR-505) for $60 with free shipping (normally $70).

Dell V525w All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer for $81 with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code Q9S1F59BW$B6TD).

Home Entertainment:

60" Sharp AQUOS LC-60LE745U 1080p 3D 120Hz LED HDTV for $1,435 with free shipping (normally $1,800).

55" Panasonic Viera TCL-55DT50 3D 240Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $1,500 with free shipping (normally $2,000 - use coupon on LogicBuy).

55" LG 55LM6200 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV for $1,274 with free shipping (normally $1,500).

50" Toshiba 50L5200 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $730 with free shipping (normally $1,000 - use coupon code: on LogicBuy).

40" Toshiba 40L5200 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $499.99 with free shipping (normally $580).

39" Haier L39B2180 1080p LCD HDTV for $280 with free shipping (normally $380).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

16MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 Silver Digital Camera for $105 with free shipping (normally $139 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

12MP Olympus PEN E-PL2 Red Digital SLR Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens for $324 with free shipping (normally $369 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Source: LogicBuy

MSI MPower Motherboard Q&A - Ask your questions!!

Subject: Editorial, Motherboards | August 21, 2012 - 10:18 AM |
Tagged: Z77, msi, mpower, live

Tomorrow on our PC Perspective Live! channel we are going to be hosting MSI's Alex Chang, the man in charge of product marketing for motherboards and GPUs - so you'll definitely want to stop by and see what he has to say!  In preparation for his visit we wanted to give our readers a chance to ask some questions about the new product line coming from MSI, the MPower motherboards. 

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Starting with the Z77 model that has been teased at various locations (including our own PC Perspective Hardware Workshop at Quakecon 2012), the MPower motherboards will be doing some unique things like extending warranties to overclockers and running overclocking tests on EACH motherboard board it ships to retailers.  Here is a quick note from MSI on the topic:

MPower introduces a 24-hour burn-in test that is one of a kind. Electronic components are manufactured on an assembly line and then statistical sampling is used to ensure quality of construction. Every MPower board is tested using a full Prime95 burn-in test for 24 hours under a heavy overclock.

While you can probably reproduce this yourself in the comfort of your own home, MSI basically is doing this at the factory level to ensure every single board performs at the highest level. Not only are we changing the game of overclocking, but we’re also ensuring consistent and enduring performance from a desktop mainboard.

MSI has posted some new information on its website recently as well including some details on the overclocking burn-in tests:

OC Certified is MSI's OC testing procedure where Z77 MPOWER mainboards tested for stability with a 24-hour Prime95 stress test. OC Certified test a mainboard in three key areas:
• Higher Performance
• Enhanced PWM Cooling
• Better Power Stability

Higher Performance means all OC Certified tests are run at 4.6 GHz CPU speed. The Enhanced PWM Cooling test ensures that, even without airflow in a high-temperature room (30°C) without airflow from a CPU cooler. Better Power Stability is tested by running Prime95 for 24-hours in these conditions.

I would imagine that you have some questions about the product - its features, its new warranty, the overclocking capability for it, etc. and we want to offer you the chance to ASK those questions of MSI directly. 

You can comment on our post here (no registration is required) and then join us tomorrow at 1pm ET / 10am PT for the LIVE discussion and presentation of the MSI MPower Z77 motherboard.  We will have some prizes for those of you that ask the best questions so be sure to get your question in EARLY!

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Deals for August 20th - 240GB OCZ Agility 3 for $140

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 20, 2012 - 11:34 AM |
Tagged: deal of the day, ocz, ssd

These deals on SSDs just keep getting more and more insane.  With today's top deal you can get a 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA 6G SSD for $140 after a $20 MIR.  That is $0.58/GB - close to a record in our books!

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Top Deal

240GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD AGT3-25SAT3-240G) for $140 with free shipping (normally $250).

Laptops

18.4" Alienware M18x Core i7-2670QM Quad-core 1080p Gaming Laptop w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD & Dual 2GB GeForce GTX 580M NVIDIA SLI for $2,068 with free shipping (normally $3,018 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R (5720) 3rd Gen Core i7-3612QM 2.1GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $750 with free shipping (normally $1,039 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

15.6" Dell Vostro 3560 Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift Card for $649 with free shipping (normally $779).

15.6" HP ENVY 6t Core i5-2467M 1.4GHz Dual-core Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 32GB mSSD for $675 with free shipping (normally $900 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" HP ENVY 4t Core i3-2367M 1.3GHz Dual-core Sleekbook w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $575 with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Desktops

Dell Inspiron 620 Intel G630 2.7GHz Dual-core Mini Tower w/4GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $330 with free shipping (normally $524 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell Vostro 260s Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-core Slim Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 21.5" LCD Monitor, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse and $100 Gift Card for $499 with free shipping (normally $699 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon HD 7570 1GB Graphics & 24" UltraSharp U2412M LCD Monitor for $980 with free shipping (normally $1,319 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

23" HP ENVY 23-1050t Core i5-3450S 2.8GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge 1080p All-in-one PC w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD & Blu-ray for $900 with free shipping (normally $1,100 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

23.6" Hanns-G HK241DPB 5ms 1080p LCD Monitor for $140 (normally $170).

21.5" HP L2201X Ultra-slim 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $122 (normally $150).

Peripherals

240GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD AGT3-25SAT3-240G) for $140 with free shipping (normally $250).

64GB Centon DataStick Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $30 (normally $40)

Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner for $39 with free shipping (normally $70).

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System w/ Bluetooth Adapter for $185 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell 1250c Laser Printer/Toner/Cable Bundle for $383 with free shipping (normally $480).

Gaming:

24" Sony PlayStation 1080p 3D LCD Monitor Bundle (includes 3D Glasses, HDMI cable, MotorStorm Apocalypse) for $200 with free shipping (normally $300).

Home Entertainment:

55" Samsung UN55EH6000 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $1,170 with free shipping (normally $1,600).

46" Samsung UN46ES7500 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV + Wall Mount for $1,483 with free shipping (normally $1,999).

46" Samsung UN46EH5300 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + $200 Gift Card for $850 with free shipping (normally $930).

D-Link MovieNite Streaming Player for $38.00 (normally $60).

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player for $105 with free shipping (normally $145 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Source: LogicBuy

Live Review Recap: GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | August 16, 2012 - 08:45 PM |
Tagged: video, nvidia, live review, live, kepler, gtx 660 Ti, GK104

A PC Perspective Live Review Recap is a recorded version of a previously live streamed event from http://pcper.com/live.  If you couldn't make the original air time, or simply want to re-watch, the on-demand version is provided below!

Today has been a busy day for the PC Perspective crew.  Not only have we published like 100 graphics card reviews in the last three days but we also held a live event at the offices to host NVIDIA's Tom Petersen to discuss and debate the release of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti.

If you need to catch up, you should check out our GeForce GTX 660 Ti review posted earlier today to learn all about this $299 GPU that offers very compelling performance that competes with the HD 7950 and leaves the HD 7870 a fairly distant second.  Based on the same GK104 chip as the GTX 680 and the GTX 670, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should find a lot of new homes this week.

For this event we not only gave a short presentation with some demos and review discussion, we also featured questions from the hardware subreddit and gave away an EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti to a lucky viewer! 

Stay tuned to PC Perspective for more events and contests and the best reviews anywhere on PC hardware!!

Deals for August 16th - AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB for $360

Subject: Editorial | August 16, 2012 - 06:03 PM |
Tagged: deal of the day, amd, 7970, tahiti

Top Deal

VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 Video Card w/four PC Games for $360 (normally $430 - coupon code on LogicBuy)

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Laptops

18.4" Alienware M18x Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-core 1080p Laptop w/ 4GB RAM, 750GB 7200RPM HDD & 2GB Dual Radeon HD 6990M CrossFireX Graphics for $1,999 with free shipping (normally $2,618 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge Dual-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1080p LCD, 2GB GeForce GT 650M for $850 with free shipping (normally $1000 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

15.6" Samsung Series 3 (NP305E5A-A05US) AMD A6-3420M 1.5GHz Quad-core Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $400 (normally $530).

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz Dual-core Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $500 with free shipping (normally $700 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

13.3" Dell XPS 13 Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Dual-core Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,100 with free shipping (normally $1,339).

Desktops

HP Pavilion Elite h8-1360t Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon HD 7570, Beats Audio & Adobe Elements 10 Bundle for $750 with free shipping (normally $950 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Wireless-N, $20 Shutterfly Credit & Radeon HD 7570 for $800 with free shipping (normally $900 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/12GB RAM, 2TB HDD, 24" Dell LCD Monitor, GeForce GT 640 & $100 Gift Card for $1,150 with free shipping (normally $1,360 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

30" Dell UltraSharp U3011 2560 x 1600 IPS-panel LCD Monitor w/3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $1,133 with free shipping (normally $1,399 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

27" Dell UltraSharp U2711 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) LCD Monitor w/3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $764 with free shipping (normally $999 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

24" Dell UltraSharp U2412M 1920 x 1200 LED-backlit IPS LCD Monitor w/3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $282 with free shipping (normally $369 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

23" Dell U2312HM UltraSharp 1080p IPS-panel LCD Monitor w/DisplayPort & 3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $206 with free shipping (normally $299 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

Tablets

10.1" Acer Iconia Tab A700 Quad-Core Android 4.0 32GB Tablet for $425 with free shipping (normally $449).

Peripherals

180GB Intel 330 Series 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD for $140 with free shipping).

64GB Centon DataStick Pro USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $25 with free shipping (normally $40).

VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 Video Card w/four PC Games for $360 (normally $430 - coupon code on LogicBuy)

D-Link DIR-815 Wireless-N 300 Dual Band Router for $70 with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

D-Link DIR-655 Extreme Wireless-N Gigabit Router w/ USB Port for $70 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

SAMSUNG ML-2165W Mono Wireless Laser Printer for $50 with free shipping (normally $80).

Dell 1355cnw Color Multifunction Laser Printer for $270 with free shipping (normally $420 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell V525w All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer for $81 with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Gaming:

Call of Duty: Black Ops PrecisionAIM Controller (Xbox 360) for $10 with free shipping (normally $20).

Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition (PS3) + 30-Day Trial of PlayStation Plus for $20 with free shipping (normally $40).

Home Entertainment:

60" Samsung PN60E550 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV + BD-E5900 3D Blu-ray Player Bundle w/2-Year Warranty for $1,298 with free shipping (normally $1,550).

55" TCL LE55FHDF3300 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $700 with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

46" Westinghouse LD-4680 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $450 with free shipping (normally $800).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

14.3MP Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera for $673 with free shipping (normally $749 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

18MP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Silver Digital Camera for $300 with free shipping (normally $350).

16MP Nikon COOLPIX L810 Black Digital Camera for $199 with free shipping (normally $229).

Source: LogicBuy

Join PCPer and NVIDIA for a GeForce GTX 660 Ti Live Review!

Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | August 16, 2012 - 11:06 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, gtx 660 Ti, kepler, GK104, live, live review

Hopefully by now you have read our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB graphics card that was just released.  I think you'll find the article interesting so be sure to give it a look to see how this $299 GPU competes!

However, we have another event to promote right now: NVIDIA's Tom Petersen will be joining me on PCPer Live! at 10am PT / 1pm ET to talk about the GeForce GTX 660 Ti and its performance, features, pricing and more! 

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Join us at http://pcper.com/live at 10am PT / 1pm ET!!

If you have questions for Tom or me, you can either leave them in the comments below or head over to this thread in the hardware subreddit to leave your thoughts.

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Oh...and we ARE going to be giving away at GeForce GTX 660 Ti on the live stream, so you'll want to make sure you are in attendance!!!

Deal for August 15th - Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD for $169

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 15, 2012 - 11:19 AM |
Tagged: kingston, ssd, deal of the day

I know, I know, we keep pointing you towards SSDs on sale and you just don't have money to spare.  Well maybe today will be different for you.  Through this deal we found on LogicBuy, you can pick up a Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD for just $169 with free shipping

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This Kingston drive uses a SATA 6G SandForce controller capable of read speeds of 555 MB/s and write speeds of 510 MB/s - more than enough for nearly any gamer!

Source: LogicBuy

Deals for August 14th - Samsung 830 128GB SSD for $97

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 14, 2012 - 10:45 AM |
Tagged: deal of the day, ssd, Samsung

If you are still looking for a deal on your first SSD, the very popular and highly recommended Samsung 830 Series drives are among the best.  Using the offer below, you can get the 128GB model for just $97 with free shipping!

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Top Deal

128GB Samsung 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD for $97 with free shipping(normally $117.00).

Laptops

17.3" MSI GE70 0ND-033US Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Gaming Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p LCD, 2GB GeForce GTX 660M for $1,130 (normally $1,250).

17.3" Alienware M17x Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-core 1080p Gaming Laptop w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 2GB Radeon HD 6970M for $1,349 with free shipping (normally $1,849 - use coupon code ?W22Z75PB3DT22).

15.6" ASUS N56VM-TB71 Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p LCD & 2GB GeForce GT 630M for $900 (normally $980).

15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge Dual-core Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p & 2GB Radeon HD 7730M for $750 with free shipping (normally $900 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Ultrabook w/8GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 32GB mSSD, 1GB Radeon HD 7570M for $892 with free shipping (normally $1,189 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Lenovo ThinkPad T430s Core i3-2370M 2.4GHz Ultra-thin Business Laptop (Customizable) w/4GB RAM, 320GB HDD for $703 with free shipping (normally $879 - use coupon code 2DAYSALE).

12.5" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Core i3-2370M 2.4GHz Ultra-portable Laptop (Customizable) w/4GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD for $711 with free shipping (normally $889 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

13.3" Dell Inspiron 13z Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/6GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $629 with free shipping (normally $839 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Desktops

Dell Vostro 260s Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-core Slim Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse, 21.5" LCD Monitor & $100 Gift Card for $529 with free shipping (normally $749).

Dell Optiplex 790 Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-core Mini Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB SATA III HDD, 3-year warranty, Windows 7 Pro, 21.5" LCD Monitor & $100 Gift Card for $649 with free shipping (normally $849 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Alienware Aurora Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-core microATX Liquid-cooled Gaming PC w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray, Radeon HD 6870 for $1,229 with free shipping (normally $1,729 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

Two (2) Dell ST2420L 24" 1080p LED-backlit HDMI LCD Monitors Bundle for $340 with free shipping (normally $480).

23" HP 2311xi 1080p IPS panel LED-backlit Monitor for $170 with free shipping (normally $230).

Tablets

10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab 16GB Android 3.1 Tablet (Refurbished) for $249 (normally $299).

7" Nook Color eBook reader for $145 with free shipping (normally $150).

Peripherals

1TB Toshiba Canvio USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (HDTB110XK3BA) for $87(normally $130).

128GB Samsung 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD for $97 with free shipping(normally $117.00).

64GB Centon DataStickPro USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $35 with free shipping(normally $50).

3GB VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 Video Card for $370 with free shipping (normally $430 - use coupon code YWI68641).

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6450 Low Profile Video Card for $10(normally $35).

Xerox Phaser 6280N Color Laser Printer for $399 with free shipping (normally $549).

Brother HL-2280DW Laser Multi-Function Printer for $95 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Gaming:

Madden NFL 13 (PS Vita) + $10 Credit for $35 with free shipping (normally $40).

Home Entertainment:

55" Proscan PLED3792A 37" 1080p LED HDTV for $320 (normally $400).

55" Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV + $50 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate for $1,250 with free shipping (normally $1,350).

42" LG 42PA4500 720p Plasma HDTV for $400 with free shipping (normally $500).

32" Samsung UN32EH4000 720p LED HDTV + $40 Gift Card for $319.99 with free shipping (normally $350

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player for $110 with free shipping (normally $145 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

Klipsch Reference S4 In-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphone for $46 with free shipping (normally $69 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

16MP Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Digital Camera (Red) for $210 with free shipping (normally $249).

16MP Canon PowerShot A2400 IS Black Digital Camera for $134 with free shipping (normally $159 - use coupon code 16MP Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera for $269 with free shipping (normally $300).

Miscellaneous:

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System w/ Bluetooth Adapter for $185 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Serta Executive High-Back Leather Chair (Black or Brown) for $145 with free shipping (normally $230 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Source: LogicBuy

Utorrent Becoming Ad-Supported Software

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 13, 2012 - 05:07 AM |
Tagged: windows, utorrent, torrent, software

µTorrent (hereafter used interchangeably with utorrent) is one of the most popular BitTorrent clients in the world, boasting more than 125 million active users a month, it has massively grown in popularity since its 2005 debut. The software is still in development, and current parent company BitTorrent Inc. has explored various methods of monetizing the application over the years. Some time ago, the developers introduced a new µTorrent Plus feature that–for $24.95–added a antivirus add-on, codec pack, remote access, and file conversion plug-in. The paid for version, which has essentially been little more than donation-ware (not that there is anything wrong with that, just that the Plus version does not add much in the way of actual torrenting that the free app is not also capable of). BitTorrent Inc. also introduced a browser toolbar, which in addition to Plus, was the company’s sole method of monetizing the software. Until now.

The µTorrent developers have announced that the next version of the torrent program will introduce ads.

In addition to the usual bug fixes and under-the-hood performance tweaks, is a (direct quote) “fresh approach to creating a no-nonsense and free torrenting experience.” Allegedly, the developers are introducing the ads to keep the lights on and pay the bills.

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The µTorrent client. No ads in the beta yet, but the next stable release should see ads in the torrent list above.

The new ads include a "featured torrent" at the top of the torrent list that will offer up suggested downloads of various multimedia files, pieces of software, and deliver important updates. Reportedly, the developers are working on offers with third parties (including indie artists) for the featured torrent such that it will present relevant results without compromising privacy. They have stated that utorrent does not collect personalized information. Rather, the ads will be “relevant” in the sense that the offers will be adjusted based on community feedback and other non-personalized factors. Your IP address will likely be used to give you country-specific ads, but they otherwise should not collect any other data or track your usage, according to the announcement.

It is free software, and the developers should be able to make some money off of their work. So long as the ads are not intrusive, the practice is all well and good. Also in the “good news” category is that µTorrent Plus members will not see any ads, so the paid-for version has some additional value for those that have already donated money.

It is not all good news though, and the community does not appear to be happy at the moment. According to the announcement, while users of the free version will be able to close out individual offers, there will be no way to turn off the ads all together. If users do not find an ad relevant, they are encouraged to click the “x” within the ad, after which a new offer will appear.

To be more specific:

“There is no way to turn in-client offers off*. We will pay attention to feedback, and may change this in the future.” [Of course, uTorrent Plus users will not see ads].

Also riling up some community members is an article by torrent-enthusiast website Torrent Freak, which has called out the developers by alleging that adding the new offers (ads) is merely a money grab.  The site calls into question the developers statement about needing the ads to “keep the lights on.” Torrent Freak reports that, according to a source in the know, uTorrent’s parent company BitTorrent Inc. is in no financial trouble and “currently generates between $15 and $20 million in annual revenue.”

Either way, the company is providing a roundabout way to get rid of the ads by buying the µTorrent Plus version. Alternatively, there are several other free torrent clients out there if you do not wish to see ads. Personally, I do not think that µTorrent is doing anything wrong by attempting to monetize its work, but I do find the rather quiet announcement irritating. I think that the developers could have found a more receptive audience if users did not have to find out about the change from other sites first. Update: after some thought, this is just the first announcement and users may well be told within the application of the changes before updating when it does come out. Here's hoping. (end of update). It just feels a bit like they tried to slip the ad announcement in without users being any the wiser (as I believe it’s a small percentage of that user base that follows the developer’s forum). As far as the ads themselves, I will have to wait and see once it is official (the latest beta build I have does not yet have ads) to determine if the offers will be intrusive. Assuming the privacy statement is legitimate and the ads do not impair normal torrenting, I’ll keep using µTorrent and support them with ads since I can’t justify a Plus purchase currently. The latest beta build does improve the support for magnet links, and I have not had any problems with it yet so I'll keep using it.

What do you think though? Will you keep using utorrent with ads? If you want to leave the utorrent developers feedback on the change, the team has asked for comments on the announcement thread.

Source: utorrent

PC Perspective Gaming Night - UT2004

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 12, 2012 - 11:53 AM |
Tagged: ut2004, unreal, live, gaming

Doing anything tonight?  Maybe while you watch the tape delayed closing ceremonies to the 2012 Olympics you'll want to join the PC Perspective Team for a little UT2004 (Unreal Tournament 2004) old school gaming action? 

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We'll be starting up the game at 8pm ET tonight and you can join me, Josh, Ken and others as we play some team deathmatch, standard DM, CTF, Onslaught and more!

Don't you deserve a little down time?  Even if you can't join us on the server, you can watch the live stream of our smack talk at http://pcper.com/live!!

The information below will be filled in a little later this afternoon:

Server: game.pcper.com (66.42.168.64)
Port: 7777
Download pack (you MIGHT need): UT2004_MegaPack

You can easily join us by looking in the Internet server browser and finding "PC Perspective" or simply hit the console (~) and type "open game.pcper.com" or "open 66.42.168.64".  See you tonight!

Live Recap: PC Perspective LAN Party - Unreal Tournament 2004

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 9, 2012 - 10:35 PM |
Tagged: video, ut2004, unreal, live

After the PC Perspective Podcast on Wednesday night, we played some Unreal Tournament 2004 with many of the PCPer staff and fans.  If you missed it - shame on you!  Keep an eye on the Upcoming Events schedule on the right hand side here to see when and what we'll play next.

In the meantime, feel free to waste a couple of hours watching us play UT2004 - in the past.

PC Perspective Hardware Workshop 2012 @ Quakecon 2012 in Dallas, TX

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Cases and Cooling, Processors, Memory, Systems, Storage, Mobile, Shows and Expos | August 9, 2012 - 10:30 PM |
Tagged: video, workshop, streaming, quakecon, prizes, live, giveaways

It is that time of year again: another installment of the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop!  Once again we will be presenting on the main stage at Quakecon 2012 being held in Dallas, TX August 2-5th.  

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Main Stage - Quakecon 2012

Saturday, August 4th, 2pm CT

Our thanks go out to the organizers of Quakecon for allowing us and our partners to put together a show that we are proud of every year.  We love giving back to the community of enthusiasts and gamers that drive us to do what we do!  Get ready for 2 hours of prizes, games and raffles and the chances are pretty good that you'll take something out with you - really, they are pretty good!

Our thanks for this year's workshop logo goes to John Pastor!!

Our primary partners at the event are those that threw in for our ability to host the workshop at Quakecon and for the hundreds of shirts we have ready to toss out!  Our thanks to NVIDIA, MSI Computer and Corsair!!

 

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Live Streaming

If you can't make it to the workshop - don't worry!  You can still watch the workshop live on our page right here as we stream it over one of several online services.  Just remember this URL: http://pcper.com/workshop and you will find your way!

Case Mod Competition

Along with the Hardware Workshop, PC Perspective is working with Modders Inc on the annual case mod contest!  There are two categories for the competition: "Scratch Built" and "In the Box" that will allow those that build their computer enclosures from the ground up to compete separately from those that heavily modify their existing cases and systems.

For more details, be sure to check out the on going thread at the Modders Inc Forums!

Prize List (will continue to grow!)

Continue reading to see the list of prizes for the workshop!!!

Source: PCPer

Qt to have a new owner: Nokia selling the toolkit to Digia

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Mobile | August 9, 2012 - 07:08 PM |
Tagged: Qt, nokia, Digia

Ars Technica reports 125 employees at Nokia will move to Digia in a deal to relocate the open toolkit, Qt, away from the cellphone manufacturer. The deal reassures developers of software -- especially open sourced software -- their toolkit will continue to be maintained. Qt is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Symbian and MeeGo with other platforms such as Android and iOS planned for support.

I have a special place in my heart for Qt because of a couple of programming projects I have worked on. Finding a good cross-platform interface framework is more difficult than you would think. One project required developing a text-style editor for both Windows and Linux. Qt provided classes for dockable windows and panels, Webkit browser support, and just about anything else I could need.

It really was a cute framework – literally, that is how you pronounce it.

I was one of the first to get a little tenseness in my gut when Nokia started to partner with Microsoft and their Windows Phone platforms. Nokia was slowly distancing themselves from the framework they owned at the time. The Linux and other open source communities were getting quite involved with Qt due to how closely it is tied with KDE. Microsoft is embracing open source communities more than they have been but I would hesitate to trust them that much.

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GTK+ is basically the viable alternative to Qt.

So developer framework choice could very well have been between The Gimp and a gimp.

There has been no word on the finances of the transaction.

It is still yet to be seen whether Digia will be a good owner of the framework. Certainly the most recent analogy was the purchase of Java along with the rest of Sun and its assets to Oracle. That certainly did not end up as the best of situations for the end-users of the platform.

Thankfully the framework is published under the GPL along with their commercial license. Should GPL-compatible applications require the framework they would be able to fork from whatever the latest supported GPL release would be and continue on from that point.

Software which uses Qt in a way which is not GPL-compatible still has a few worries going forth. Digia appears to be have some level of trust by the community. We will need to stay tuned to see.

Source: Ars Technica