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More Father's Day weekend gift ideas

It's Father's Day weekend and I thought I'd leave a few more ideas for the weekend after yesterday's PC builder's guide.  Yes I know I didn't cover Mother's Day and I'm sorry to all the Mother's out there.

June 14, 2007 by George Ou


Build the biggest bang per dollar PCs: June 2007 Edition

It's Father's day coming up and what better way to put a smile on Dad's face than a new computer.  The timing couldn't be better with the arrival of the newest 3-Series motherboards from Intel and the somewhat new 690G AMD motherboards which I reviewed yesterday so it's time to build a new PC with the biggest bang per dollar.

June 13, 2007 by George Ou


Microsoft repels Google antitrust complaints

The New York Times has a story about Microsoft fighting off Google's antitrust complaints against Windows Search built in to Vista."Google complained to federal and state prosecutors that consumers who try to use its search tool for computer hard drives on Vista were frustrated because Vista has a competing desktop search program that cannot be turned off.

June 10, 2007 by George Ou


Practical strategies for protecting your data

In my series on RAID technology and why it makes sense for home users, fellow blogger Robin Harris took me to task saying that RAID won't ever fly in the home.  Robin's main gripe with RAID is that it doesn't address the backup along with other complaints such as the cost, reliability, and complexity of RAID technology.

June 7, 2007 by George Ou


ASUS and Intel slaughters OLPC with Eee-ase

ASUS and Intel have actually created an alternative for Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) called the "Eee PC". The difference here is that the ASUS Eee PC is actually something that looks usable and perhaps even desirable for everyday use as a super cheap UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC).

June 6, 2007 by George Ou


The death of single threaded development

Applications use to get free performance boosts whenever the clock speed on the CPU and memory bus went up at an exponential rate.  For two decades, applications just magically doubled in speed every two years without any requirement to redesign the code but the era of the "free lunch" performance boosts is over.

June 5, 2007 by George Ou


Intel releases new 10.0 compiler

Intel today has announced availability of the newest Intel 10.0 compilers for C++ and Fortran developers which boasts huge optimizations across a wide range of applications along with some basic auditing of code security.

June 5, 2007 by George Ou