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July 29, 2013 by

Memory lane: Remembering the Compaq Portable

In 1983 three former Texas Instruments executives launched the first IBM PC compatible computer that was the beginning of the mobile PC industry. The Compaq Portable demonstrated that mobile computers were the wave of the future.

April 9, 2011 by

Should you buy a desktop or laptop from QVC or HSN?

If you're a channel-flipper like myself, you may have switched past home-shopping juggernauts HSN and QVC, which tout their great deals in a folksy manner that doesn't have the in-your-face obnoxiousness of a typical infomercial. When I see them hawking PCs, however, I can't help but be a little skeptical: Are these really better prices than you can find elsewhere?

April 15, 2011 by

PC sales fell in Q1 as tablets trumped netbooks

Both the major PC research companies, IDC and Gartner, have reported a decline in PC sales during this year's first quarter, which was otherwise marked by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and by the launch of Apple's iPad 2, which may have sold about 2.5 million units.

November 24, 2010 by

Sizing up the Black Friday laptop deals

It's that time of year again. Yes, this is the week when shoppers will wake up in the dark, stand in line for hours and stampede into stores for a shot at $70 Blu-ray players and $300 LCD TVs.


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