Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

John Morris

<p>John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.</p>

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Latest Commodore 64 incarnation hopes what's old is new again

Latest Commodore 64 incarnation hopes what's old is new again

My first computer being an Atari 800, I don't have the first-hand experience of having owned a Commodore 64, but it's remembered a lot more ardently than those early Atari computers. In fact, the Commodore name is so beloved that it's continually being resurrected, including an attempt to make it the moniker for a line of gaming desktops.

published March 21, 2010 by

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Eurocom jams i7-980X six-core desktop processor into 17-inch D900F Panther laptop

Eurocom jams i7-980X six-core desktop processor into 17-inch D900F Panther laptop

Desktop makers are all getting into the act with freshly updated systems that feature the new Intel i7-980X Extreme Edition six-core CPU, but so is a boutique laptop builder as well.Eurocom is one of a few vendors that squeezes desktop processors into hot and heavy notebooks whose heft and lap-scorching capabilities result in these desktop replacements mostly staying on the desktop.

published March 16, 2010 by

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HP offers new Intel i7-980X six-core processor in HPE-180t desktop for under $2,000

HP offers new Intel i7-980X six-core processor in HPE-180t desktop for under $2,000

Today was the day that Intel PC partners could officially announce their support for the new i7-980X Extreme Edition six-core processor, and several companies have updated their product offerings, which will hopefully cover in the next few posts. But let's start with the biggest desktop company with a new offering: HP has added the CPU as an option for its Pavilion Elite HPE-180t series.

published March 16, 2010 by

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More details on Intel's six-core Gulftown chip

More details on Intel's six-core Gulftown chip

The performance gulf between Intel and AMD (pun intended) just got a little bit bigger.At a conference for game developers this week, Intel announced its first six-core desktop processor, the Core i7- 980X Extreme Edition (my colleague, Sean Portnoy, wrote about this earlier).

published March 11, 2010 by

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New Lian-Li computer case let you turns your PC into a mecha spider

New Lian-Li computer case let you turns your PC into a mecha spider

Antec first turned heads with its Skeleton open-air case, which exposed DIYers components but helped with air cooling and reduced dust bunnies found in a closed chassis. Now premium case builder Lian-Li is going further out with its new PC-T1R, which not only leaves your system's parts out in the open, but also has four "legs" that let you have a mechanical spider (well, semi-spider) sitting on your desk.

published March 10, 2010 by

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Shuttle shows off I-Power GXT Mini external graphics solution at CeBIT

Shuttle shows off I-Power GXT Mini external graphics solution at CeBIT

Despite AMD/ATI's lack of success with its device to connect an external graphics card to a laptop (a Europe-only release that never saw the light of day here), not everyone has soured on the idea. I posted a few weeks ago that Nvidia is considering an external graphics device, and this week at the CeBIT expo, Shuttle has been displaying its own solution, the I-Power GXT Mini.

published March 6, 2010 by

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