Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2011 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The biggest mistake you can make, next to admitting you know about computers, is offering tech support to family. Paying a backyard mechanic in beer, food or both is well ingrained in most peoples mind as is the fact that the repair will not be instantaneous. Such is not true of the lowly PC tech, not only are you unlikely to be offered anything for your efforts there is usually about a 5 minute time limit for you to finish rebuilding the smoking and infected ruin that once was a loved ones PC. On the other hand you can't say no to Mom, nor should you go for fancy repairs like you would do for yourself.
Not that you can win by keeping things secret of course, nothing will protect you from equipment that shows up dead on your doorstop or works but is just plain recalcitrant. Sometimes asking for advice before you buy is your best bet, just speculating on unreleased hardware is probably safer. Even safer would be to just listen to us talk and speculate on hardware in the latest installment of the PC Perspective Podcast ... the last one from the TWiT Cottage. Next week we should be broadcasting from the new Brick TWiT house. Then we may be doing something from QuakeCon, don't miss it if you have a chance to go!
Subject: Editorial | July 15, 2011 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: killer frogs, friday, folding@home, folding frogs, boinc, 1 billion
When visiting our Forums you will be greeted with an ever changing mix of the old and new. Some members will be tracking down manuals from old kit that they inherited from friends, such as an Epox EP-8KDA3J, while others might have the manual but are having a tough time finding drivers for their DFI LanParty NForce2 Ultra B board. Those threads are nestled between another member's indepth look at the brand new Intel Core i7-2600K with GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7, with plenty of pictures and tips on getting the best overclock.
Our podcast, PC Perspective Podcast #162 this week, has inspired one member to stop lurking and ask about a case for a NAS they want to build, while other long term members discuss the merits of SLI. One member is being very mean to their speakers at Audio Corner while in the Storage Forum you can read about the ressurection of Intel SSDs that suddenly become 8MB in size.
Also this week there has been a lot of talk about Bitcoins, both in terms of the best GPUs to use for mining as well as a rough guide on how much your electricity bill will go up thanks to your new habit, but there are other things you can do with your spare cycles. The PC Perspective Folding Frogs are going strong and helping with protein folding, but it is the PC Perspective Killer Frogs BOINC team which has something to cheer about right now. Our combined BOINC project processed workunit total has gone over 1 billion! Congrats to everyone, old members and new, that have contributed to help us pass this milestone.
122 years ago the Wall Street Journal put out it's first; conversely News of the World may have put out it's last
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2011 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one piece of advice you can glean from our Forums this week, it is that letting an 8yr old relative play with any piece of technology you value is a very bad idea, at best you will end up with a Miley Cyrus infection. If you are looking at setting up a new system and going for a nice overclock with your AMD or Intel CPU, maybe you should investigate some of the air coolers that Forum members have used successfully. That's not all, don't you hate whining PSUs, naughty SSDs and overly picky RAM?
As well you can catch the 161st iteration of the PC Perspective Podcast, or get in an argument in the Lightning Round, trade kit in the Trading Post or just go off the wall in the Off Topic Forum, the choice is yours.
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2011 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is pretty quiet in the PC Perspective Forums today, probably because everyone is too busy reading up on Llano to post. That means you should probably get any advice you need on overclocking your Athlon X2s and Phenom Black Edition processors as things are about to change. With the new motherboards comes UEFI BIOSes which will probably prove to make overclocking easier but will bear no resemblance to the Phoenix and AMI BIOSes we are all used to.
On the plus side The Trading Post is likely to get very busy over the next few months while people switch out parts.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2011 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: friday, forum, eliza effect
Upgrading anything on your PC is great fun but it can also invites great pain into your life as you give the sadistic side of your 'puter a chance to mess with your head. Even if the upgrade is external, your internet connection for instance, there is still a chance that somewhere, somehow, the PC will find a way to make you miserable. Here in the the PC Perspective Forums, we don't see this as a reason to leave forehead prints in your desk, we consider it a learning experience, and we do it to ourselves on purpose ... or possibly accidentally? It is not just PCs ether, our mobile devices are getting smart enough to mess with us as well and the customer support can be worse.
If you are looking for something more than jsut sharing tech advice, you can blow people away or blow their arguments away. If you are feeling more altruistic you can Fold@Home and try to save lives or pick up a BOINC project or 12 and contribute to our scientific knowledge. Then again if you want to be entertained while you learn, we didn't quite make the length of a double podcast but Epsiode 159 of the PC Perspective Podcast runs 1:27:10.
We apologize for the lack of a podcast, but you don't often get a chance to see your city humiliate its self
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2011 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: friday, PC Perspective Forums
Before your weekly tour through the PC Perspective Forums, it would behoove you to check out the bottom of some of our front page stories. If you click on the comments link, or just scroll down after clicking on an article you will notice it is possible to have a discussion about that article right there on the front page with other readers and with the creator of the review or news post. It is easy and you don't even need to sign up, though we would prefer that you do as membership at PC Perspective does have its privileges. If you want to remain anonymous or unverified then certainly do, though we do require you to fill something in the email address box and read a captcha, as there are still spammers out there on the internets.
To get really in depth advice and opinions you really should head off to the PC Perspective Forums, we can't give you indepth instructions on using Microsoft's debugging tools in the comments section but it is a piece of cake (slightly old cake, but still) to provide step by step instructions with pictures in the Forum its self. Some things just shouldn't be on the front page, but in the forums you will find kind souls ready to help your wetware as well as your hardware. Sometimes you will even find independent reviews in the Forums.
In the Cases'n'Cooling Forum, a new case mod has appeared; the Blood Ice HAF 922 is worth a look whether you are into case modding or just want to see an impressive tool set and workbench. In the Storage Forum a member is having an unpleasant time with a recent SSD upgrade as is someone in the Linux Forum.
The live watchers are already upset with us and the rest will just be receiving the bad news, but for the first time in quite a while we failed to provide our dedicated viewers a fresh PC Perspective Podcast on Wednesday. With Ryan in Seattle schmoozing with AMD and a pending riot of Vancouver residents, we decided to call it off. Perhaps next week we shall torture you with a double length episode?
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2011 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: friday, forum
With all the news from E3 it seems topical to check out the Fragging Frogs and the Gaming Forum, as there is a lot of buzz there right now. You can share your thoughts on a game who's release was once predicted to herald the end of the universe and the latest incarnation of a game that ranks among the favourite of the Frogs, Battlefield 3. (Not that it should be 3, not even counting Bad Company or addons there are more than three Battlefield titles.) That release is a perfect reason for you to play with fellow forum members on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8PM EDT, where you can get in a real flame war with them! Not everything is good news however, if you own a Codemasters game you should know they've joined PSN in the 'Recently Hacked Club'.
In the General Forum is a fellow looking for a PC to go to college with, so don't recommend a mobile GTX560. The Motherboard Forum is hopping as well; not only because of the new Intel Z68 board but also because of AMD's new 990 chipset ... though there isn't much action in the CPU Forum as AMD released the new chipset and socket but we are still awaiting the arrival of the Bulldozers. The Cases & Cooling Forum members are quite excited by the new self contained water cooling systems Corsair announced at Computex and the Storage Forum is up in arms about the problems with OCZ's Force 3 SSDs, though you nust admit that OCZ has done a stellar job of letting people know what happened and providing a fix.
The people in this Forum may seem a little 'off", but once you get to know them they are a friendly and funny bunch, while all the serious people looking for a debate are hanging out at The Lightning Round. On the other hand, if your fingers are tired out after a long week, why not grab a pint and sit back and watch the newly bottled PC Perspective Podcast, this week we take it to #158!
Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2011 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PC Perspective Forums, friday
There is no giving up in the PC Perspective Forums, a member may have just had a medically licensed vacuum cleaner suck out the contents of their wallet and when trying to relax in front of the PC afterwards found a dead monitor awaiting them instead of the comfort they were looking for; they do not give up. Instead like the dedicated enthusiast that we all are, the PC was disassembled to find the root of the cause, in this case a PSU with bulging capacitors, and then they posted to our forums which has gathered several informative replies on how to properly replace the bad caps. You can also take inspiration from this member who is still working with an old Biostar board based on the nForce750a chipset or from this member who is trying to determine if their screen is broken or if it is their GPU that is to blame.
Perhaps less frustrating than serious PC problems, it could still be quite upsetting to find out your PC can't handle the bandwidth demanded by your new Blu-ray player or the hurdles of installing your OS on an SDD for the first time (OK, less hurdle and more hurtle) or even deciding whether it is worth using 4 DIMMs yet or not. Those type of decisions provide a lot of meat for our forums, be it deciding between a Core i3 or a Phenom II or even which software is best for testing stability.
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 27, 2011 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: friday, forum
Our Tech Talk Forum is a great place to hang out and discuss general technology questions, such as the eternal question of which screwdriver to use, since we can't get hold of a working Sonic Screwdriver, do you have a preferred electric screwdriver or do you prefer the traditional one like mpulliam and I do? Perhaps you are more interested in moving to SoCal where NewEgg is apparently opening up a pick up location.
Head over to the Processor Forum for speculation on Bulldozer, since the recent leaks have given us a bit more information; or maybe a laugh at the Apple fanatics and the price they pay for the same hardware we use? Especially considering that while some of their designs are nice, they can never match the imagination of a dedicated modder!
There is a lot more inside, take a walk through the forums and see what you can find or even better ... what you can offer! For a more laid back way to catch up on the latest tech news you should catch the new PC Perspective Podcast, #156 even has Ryan in it!
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 13, 2011 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sorry, PC Perspective Forums, friday
After a few weeks hiatus from the Friday Forum Post, as work has been trying to kill me the past few Fridays, we return you to your regularly scheduled link fest.
In the Tech Talk Forum you can peruse a variety of topics, from decent printers to electric screwdrivers. The Networking & Security folks are researching suspicious problems on a modem while the Hardware Leaderboard Forum is attracting suggestions from readers as well as comments about the Leaderboards its self. Suggestions for PC builds is not the only user generated content on the Forums, though some posts are longer than others.
If you want to see how you rate against others, there is now a thread in the Overclocking Forum to post your PCMark 7 scores. Try it out and see if you should be giving pointers or keeping an eye out for hints you can apply, assuming your GPU will cooperate.
Even if you have been ridiculously busy that is no reason to neglect the Trading Post, where not only do you get a chance to pick up great kit at even better prices from your fellow PCPers there is the Great Give and Take thread to consider ... or for a completely different kind of give and take, The Lightning Round is still blowing up a storm that you can jump right into!