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The Bizarre Role Reversal of Apple and Microsoft
Steven Levy
I find this conclusion too facile. I do think it’s fair to say that the behavior of both companies is now determined by a different kind of role reversal: whereas Microsoft was once the operating system market leader, now Apple is. Apple, after all, has the most profitable and beloved OS in the arena that matters most, by an interstellar margin: mobile phones. And after repeated bungling, Microsoft doesn’t even have a viable mobile phone OS anymore.
Apple  Microsoft  hardware  pc  laptop  essays 
october 2016 by chaos
Anker issues recall for faulty USB Type-C to Type-C cable : Android
Just take this event as a cautionary tale of why you should ONLY purchase accessories bearing the USB-IF Certification Logo, and that appear on the USB-IF Roster
USB-C  hardware 
august 2016 by chaos
AMD admits RX 480 power tuning is “not optimal” | Ars Technica
Following reports that the RX 480 exceeds 150W TDP, AMD begins work on software fix.

by Mark Walton (UK) - Jul 4, 2016 8:10am EDT
graphics  hardware 
july 2016 by chaos
Open Hardware Monitor - Core temp, fan speed and voltages in a free software gadget
The Open Hardware Monitor supports most hardware monitoring chips found on todays mainboards. The CPU temperature can be monitored by reading the core temperature sensors of Intel and AMD processors. The sensors of ATI and Nvidia video cards as well as SMART hard drive temperature can be displayed. The monitored values can be displayed in the main window, in a customizable desktop gadget, or in the system tray. The free Open Hardware Monitor software runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 and any x86 based Linux operating systems without installation.
MicrosoftWindows  Linux  hardware  utilities  freeware 
may 2016 by chaos
Understanding M.2, the interface that will speed up your next SSD | Ars Technica
It's a versatile standard, but there's a lot to know.

by Andrew Cunningham - Feb 8, 2015 5:02pm EST
standards  hardware  HardDrives  SSD 
november 2015 by chaos
We use a $2,000 Glowforge to make stuff out of frickin’ lasers | Ars Technica
Subtractive cutting means more robust creations than 3D printers—and maybe bacon!

by Sam Machkovech - Oct 21, 2015 8:00am EDT
3D  printers  hardware 
october 2015 by chaos
Cool Tools – Ikea Produkt Milk Frother
Enter the IKEA milk frother, designed to create foam for latte’s and such with cold skim milk. (Can’t report on it’s efficacy here, never tried it for that purpose.)

What it does do is aerate single glasses of wine in seconds. The spinning coil (powered by 2 AAA cells) froths a full glass of wine in seconds. When the bubbles disappear, you’re good to go. If I have most anyone taste two glasses of the same wine, one aerated, the other not they choose the aerated one 80-90% of the time.
wine  hardware  reviews 
october 2015 by chaos
Cage against the EMP: New composite cases protect against the electro-apocalypse | Ars Technica
Faraday Cases keep secrets from leaking out of stored devices, prevent EMP damage.

by Sean Gallagher - Oct 15, 2015 10:51am EDT
hardware  travel  luggage 
october 2015 by chaos
SD Card Speed Classes, Grades, Bus Modes, and File Systems Explained | PC Perspective
Author: Allyn Malventano
Date: October 8, 2015
Subject: Editorial, Storage
Manufacturer: PC Perspective
Tagged: UHS-II, UHS-I, UHS, U3, U1, sdxc, SDSC, sdhc, SD, microSD, Class
storage  standards  hardware  tutorial 
october 2015 by chaos
Raspberry Pi laptop $299.99
laptop  hardware  Linux  education 
june 2015 by chaos
First Steam Machines, Steam Link, Controller hit stores November 10 | Ars Technica
Preorders can get the hardware early on October 16.

by Kyle Orland - Jun 4, 2015 12:51pm EDT
SteamBox  games  hardware 
june 2015 by chaos
Nvidia hit with class-action lawsuit over graphics card RAM issues | Ars Technica
Slow RAM partition in the GTX 970 leads to false advertising claim.

by Kyle Orland - Feb 23, 2015 11:47am EST
graphics  video  legal  hardware 
february 2015 by chaos
The Setup / Veronica Belmont
In which I discuss my podcasting recording gear and ask for lighting recommendations:
hardware  audio  video  podcast  interviews 
january 2015 by chaos
“Emailing” Hardware To Space — Backchannel — Medium
Written on Dec 16 by
Mike Chen
Founder, Made In Space/Bettir (YC W15).
3D  printing  hardware  space 
december 2014 by chaos
Logical Increments - PC Buying Guide
This guide helps you pick a computer for a specific budget. If your budget is as high as $5000, or as low as $250, we can suggest PC components for you that will give you good quality for the price, and good performance for the price. The guide also has a short description of what PC components are, what extras you need for a complete PC (DVD-writer, operating system, screen, mouse, etc), as well as places to buy and places to get more in-depth info.
computers  shopping  guide  comparison  hardware 
july 2014 by chaos
Why won't this F****NG thing work!? A guide to troubleshooting post-build problems. : buildapc
You recently finished building a PC, maybe it's your first, maybe it's not, but it's not working right. Maybe it worked for a little while, and started misbehaving, or maybe it never worked. Here's a quick guide to common problems and methods to test and confirm the cause, or resolve the issue.
diagnostic  guide  computers  hardware  SysAdmin 
june 2014 by chaos
Performance Charts - Tom's Hardware
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money
Best Graphics Cards For The Money
Best SSDs For The Money
computers  hardware  video  performance  comparison  SSD  ***** 
march 2014 by chaos
PCI-SIG - FAQ - PCI Express 3.0
Q: Will PCIe 3.0 products be compatible with existing PCIe 1.x and PCIe 2.x products?
A: PCI-SIG is proud of its long heritage of developing compatible architectures and its members have consistently produced compatible and interoperable products. In keeping with this tradition, the PCIe 3.0 architecture is fully compatible with prior generations of this technology, from software to clocking architecture to mechanical interfaces. That is to say PCIe 1.x and 2.x cards will seamlessly plug into PCIe 3.0-capable slots and operate at their highest performance levels. Similarly, all PCIe 3.0 cards will plug into PCIe 1.x- and PCIe 2.x-capable slots and operate at the highest performance levels supported by those configurations.
video  hardware  standards 
march 2014 by chaos
EmacsWiki: Repeated Strain Injury
hardware and software options to reduce or prevent RSI
Emacs  ergonomics  configuration  hardware 
december 2013 by chaos
High Pressure Shower Heads - Shower Heads in Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Polished Brass and Oil-Rubbed Bronze
High Pressure Shower Heads - Enjoy Your Showers Again!

Disappointed and unsatisfied with your current shower head? Is low pressure making your showers less enjoyable than they used to be? Then you're at the right place!

Eight years ago we began the search for the the best high pressure shower heads on the market, testing dozens of shower heads from many manufacturers. Our testing focused on one attribute: High Pressure. So what makes a great high pressure shower head? Not a high price. Not a "status" name. Definitely not whooshing air or some "new technological breakthrough". What matters is excellent stream control, the right number of streams, and an internal design which minimizes blockages. The bad news is that you can't determine these without testing. The good news is that we've done the testing and found the best! Great shower heads become harder to find each year, but they are still available!
shower  bathroom  hardware  shopping 
november 2013 by chaos AVerMedia - C875 Live Gamer Portable (LGP) HD Game Capture for PC/PS3 & 4/Wii U/Xbox360 & One up to 1080p, 60Mbps: Electronics
H.264 Hardware Encoding up to 1080p, 60Mbps; Extremely Low Encoding Latency (typically <300 milliseconds)
One click to record and stream PC, Xbox360 & One, PlayStation 3 & 4, Wii U HD gameplay
"PC-Free Mode" for Recording On The Go (SD card not included)
USB 2.0 Interface, 1080p@60 HDMI Pass-thru for HDMI and Component Inputs. Compatible with Windows 7/8
3 month Premium License of XSplit Broadcaster
video  hardware  games 
november 2013 by chaos
Falcon Northwest - The Best Custom Built Computers for Gaming and Business
Unique designs, created with a purpose - Falcon Northwest is one of the last boutique makers still designing our own PC cases. It's a lengthy and extremely expensive process to design, test, and produce a PC case. Many of our competitors have gone to off-the-shelf cases that you can find available everywhere. If you just want something cheap that holds your components and don't mind it looking like every other PC out there, there a hundreds of budget boxes. But slapping your company logo on a stock case doesn't hold a candle to systems that were designed from the ground up with a specific purpose. To us, the case is the very framework of your system, dictating how components interact with each other, how you interact with the system, and how the look of it makes you feel. We design everything from the airflow to the aesthetics to serve the purpose of the particular system type. You can see, and hear, that difference in every aspect of a Falcon - from cooling performance, to the noise level of the system, to the quality feel of the metal exterior.
computers  hardware  laptop  shopping 
october 2013 by chaos
Frame Rating: A New Graphics Performance Metric | PC Perspective
Author: Ryan Shrout
Date: January 3, 2013
Subject: Graphics Cards
Manufacturer: PC Perspective
Tagged: video, stutter, radeon, nvidia, graphics, gpu, geforce, frame rating, fluid, amd
graphics  hardware  testing  video  performance 
september 2013 by chaos
We are a couple of guys with an interest in hardware and design that connected while discussing what we wanted from a small form-factor (SFF) computer case. We felt that the available cases were either too big, too limited, or too lacking in the aesthetics department. So we set out to design our own SFF case, with input from the community of hardware enthusiasts at [H]ardForum. After months of R&D, through numerous iterations, then a successful prototype crowdfunding campaign and product testing, we've arrived: the NCASE M1 is ready for production!

Now is your chance to own the first ever case developed with direct community involvement - by and for the users. Your support in bringing this project into reality will help show case manufacturers that this kind of community-oriented development can work and result in better products.

If you supported us during the prototype campaign or during development, thank you!
computers  cases  hardware  shopping 
august 2013 by chaos
Coding Horror: The CODE Keyboard
August 27, 2013

What would you do, if you could do anything?

I don't mean in a fantasy superhero way, but in terms of resources. If someone told you that you now had the resources to attempt to make one thing happen in the world, one real thing, what would that be?

If you're Elon Musk, the patron saint of Hacker News, then you create an electric car and rocket ships. And then propose a hyperloop. Not bad. Not bad at all.

My dream is more modest. I decided to create a keyboard.
keyboard  hardware 
august 2013 by chaos
LightUp: Learn by Making by LightUp — Kickstarter
Kids learn electronics by building projects: combines the first ever augmented reality tutor app with electronic building blocks.
education  electronics  AugmentedReality  hardware 
june 2013 by chaos
The Sweethome
Well, thanks. The Sweethome is the sister site of The Wirecutter, our electronics leaderboard. It’s a list of the best home gear, each item chosen mindfully and with many hours of research, interviews with the world’s most knowledgable experts and testers, all in service of backing up our own testing and opinions. It’s not a blog. We don’t do news and we don’t post multiple times a day–we just want to help you pick out great gear and get on with your life.
gear  reviews  recommendations  hardware  tools  cookware 
may 2013 by chaos
Bartendro - robot bartender
alcohol  drinks  robot  opensource  hardware 
may 2013 by chaos
Gamasutra - News - Opinion: Xbox One is a desperate prayer to stop time
Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander wasn't particularly impressed with today's "groundbreaking" Xbox One unveiling.

May 21, 2013 | By Leigh Alexander
games  Xbox  hardware  essays 
may 2013 by chaos
Security Snobs - High Security Lock Products
Welcome to Security Snobs, your one stop shop for High Security Locks and Services.
Security Snobs, in partnership with Han Fey Lock Technologies, are offering the cutting edge of high security locks worldwide. We are happy to offer a wide range of products from two primary product lines, Abloy and BiLock. If you are a first time visitor we suggest looking at our Getting Started page and our reference material for important information about locks and the differences in our two primary brands.

Security Snobs ships out of many locations worldwide including inside the US and Europe. We will always ship from the closest facility and shipping costs and times are greatly reduced due to many locations. We generally have all items in stock and ready to ship within one day. Orders over $300 include free ground shipping in the United States. For more details on our shipping please see our Shipping Information page.

We also carry the entire Stanton Concepts product line, including the famous RKS/Robokey cylinder. Additionally we offer some high security cutaway or salesman sample locks useful for understanding the mechanics and internals of many of today's popular locks.
security  locks  household  shopping  hardware 
january 2013 by chaos
Yubico - Two-factor authentication with the YubiKey
A YubiKey is a One-Time Password (OTP) generator device. It generates a unique sequence of characters as an OTP every time its button is pressed. As the term suggests, a One-Time Password is valid only for a single use and cannot be used again for authentication. YubiKeys are typically used in implementing strong two-factor authentication solutions which provide much stronger security when compared to using only a username and password. The YubiKey supports multiple types of configurations and may be used to generate One-Time Passwords as well as static passwords.

security  passwords  authentication  hardware  opensource 
january 2013 by chaos
CES 2013: Monoprice Launches Cheap 2560x1440 IPS Monitor | PC Perspective
January 10, 2013 - 04:50 PM | Tim Verry

Monoprice is now selling 1440p monitors with LED-backlit IPS displays for $390. They are proving a hot item though as they are already back-ordered to March 2nd!
monitor  hardware 
january 2013 by chaos
Is the Steam Box here? | MetaFilter
Valve and Xi3 team up to bring the Piston to CES.
Valve  SteamBox  hardware  games 
january 2013 by chaos
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