OK, here it is folks - The Hardware 2.0 "Best Kit List" for Dec 07/Jan 08. Here I've tried to compile a list of the best high-end and mid-range components currently available.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sifts through the marketing hyperbole and casts his critical eye over the latest technological innovations to find out which products make the grade and which don't.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology.
I probably should have outgrown video games by now ... but ... :-)
I'm left puzzling over an odd system requirements recommendation posted for Firefox ...
I'm keeping a close eye on the latest Firefox betas to be released by Mozilla. The reason is that if past performance issues have been fixed, it's quite likely that I might consider making a switch to it as my main browser. While I find Internet Explorer 7 to be fine, I think that there would be advantages to switching to a unified browsing platform across Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
No matter whether the OS is Windows, Mac or Linux, you can't escape the fact that you're going to have to spend some time caring and feeding your system - and anything that makes that process easier is welcomed by me!
Two company, two very different headlines ... why?
Today I'm going to be spending some time fitting up a new system on the test bench - this one is an AMD "Spider" Phenom 9000-based system. I've read the reviews and been through the benchmarks but I want to get beyond that and find out how this platform feels and performs under real-world conditions.
The other day I reported that I was getting emails in from disgruntled Xbox Live users who had been banned by Microsoft for allegedly connecting to the online service using modded consoles even though the consoles were totally unmodified. Today I'm hearing that some of those affected are finally getting somewhere with tech support.
That never ending quest for better and better frame rates means that gamers will spend their money on pretty much anything that will allow them to get the edge on their opponents and frag them just that little bit faster. However, not everything leads to better performance. 2007 saw two technologies aimed specifically at gamers which have turned out to be about as effective as herbal viagra - PhysX and DirectX 10.
Face it - Elvis is dead and both Vista and Leopard failed to make grab the hearts of users in the way that their makers hoped they would.