Hardware 17 - Ramobo: First Blood

Posted on 20th Jan 2011 at 07:32 by Podcast with 25 comments

In this week’s hardware podcast Paul, Harry, Antony and Clive sit down to discuss the latest happenings in the world of computer hardware.

First on the list of topics, much to Clive's disappointment, is the launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge based LGA1155 CPUs. We cover the basics of what makes the new processors so ace, while discussing who should actually be upgrading to these ridiculously overclockable chips.

Harry also gives us the low-down on his experiences at CES, and lets us know what impressed and what disappointed at the show. Unfortunately, this year was mostly dominated by concepts and roadmaps, rather than actual retail-ready products, but there were still some interesting nuggets to discuss.

We then briefly touch on gaming laptops, and whether we think they're worth the cash, before going on to announce the winner of the last hardware podcast competition. We also announce this episode’s competition - if you think you know which piece of hardware we’re describing in the podcast, send your answers along to

As ever, the bit-tech hardware podcast features music by Brad Sucks and was recorded on Shure microphones. You can download the podcast direct, listen in-browser or subscribe through iTunes using the links below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the forums.


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docodine 20th January 2011, 07:46 Quote
MP3 link doesn't work :(
l3v1ck 20th January 2011, 07:48 Quote
Just in time for my flight this afternoon. You guys are awesome!

(if the link works)

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megadriveguy 20th January 2011, 07:49 Quote
Yes the mp3 link doesn't work
Flanananagan 20th January 2011, 07:57 Quote
And it's not up on iTunes.
Bloody_Pete 20th January 2011, 08:21 Quote
Awww wanted to listed on my bus to uni :(
Baz 20th January 2011, 10:18 Quote
Sorry about this guys: Looking into it.
Material 20th January 2011, 10:32 Quote
Aaaaaaargh! Drama bomb averted, all fixed now. Download should work straight away but it'll take iTunes 10 mins or so to catch up.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
maximus09 20th January 2011, 11:12 Quote
still not on itunes, well not through my iphone anyway :(
Material 20th January 2011, 11:27 Quote
It's downloaded fine here. Did have to manually ask it to 'update podcast' though.
Flanananagan 20th January 2011, 18:11 Quote
I won the competiton! Huzzah!
Material 20th January 2011, 19:05 Quote
yay, wooo....

now you just need to reply to my email so I can actually send you your winnings :p
thehippoz 20th January 2011, 19:05 Quote
docodine is that a penis going into your mouth on your avatar?
Flanananagan 20th January 2011, 19:30 Quote
I have replied! I even sent some makeshift internets until I mail yours.
docodine 20th January 2011, 20:31 Quote
Originally Posted by thehippoz
docodine is that a penis going into your mouth on your avatar?

It's the guy's hand

Music video is 'Total F***up' by Max Normal.TV
Flanananagan 20th January 2011, 21:31 Quote
What's in my box of goodies anyway? I notice that this podcast's winner will get a nice headset...
Material 20th January 2011, 22:01 Quote
your box of goodies is, ummm, well...

Seriously though, I'm sure we'll scratch something together, we have a whole box of stuff we've picked up from press trips and events to pick from.
Flanananagan 20th January 2011, 23:01 Quote
Oh sweet. I thought it was a set prize sort of thing (mug, stickers and tshirt or something for example) :P.

Speaking of which, a CPC mug doesn't just give +1 Stamina, but also +1 tasty.
maximus09 21st January 2011, 08:59 Quote
is anyone else still having issues with the iTunes download? I downloaded from itunes on my iPhone and the podcast comes up as a quicktime movie and doesn't download to podcasts in iPod. Instead I have to go to iTunes and play it from there and I can't access it from any where else?!?!
Ergath 21st January 2011, 11:11 Quote
"Android is a cheap knock-off of iOS" Oh Rly? I'm sorry, I must have missed Steve Jobs' name on the podcast credits. Or perhaps I came to "Mac User" by mistake?

Android tablets may have a way to go in terms of quality, but as a mobile OS Android is in no way a "cheap knock-off" - it's an alternative with different strengths and weaknesses.
wuyanxu 21st January 2011, 11:42 Quote
lol, Rammobo

i think bit-tech staff are just tied of cheap knock-off tablets, such as the Next (cloth shop) tablet, which happen to be running android.
coolius 21st January 2011, 11:48 Quote
Hey guys, I love your podcast and have been listening ever since the first one. However please stick to the PC Hardware discussion rather than mobile phones and tablets which you clearly are not experts in!
I am also surprised that you didn't mention the Windows ARM demonstration or nVidia's desktop project which were surely the most relevant points of each keynote to this site?
Plus it's pretty clear that none of you have much experience with android which is surprising as I thought you were advocates of open-source software and modding devices?

Apart from that - keep up the good work!
Flanananagan 21st January 2011, 11:49 Quote
As much as I love Android, and as much as I loathe people that use iPhones and iOS for their misinformed choices, iOS DID come first, and Android did take a lot of the UI features (improved on them nonetheless, but still used them).
Ergath 21st January 2011, 11:51 Quote
P.S. Parts of the UK are very likely to get 4G in the next year. You heard it here first.

So you might get chance to use your (as yet imaginary) iPhone 5 4G... or you could just use one of the "cheap knock-off" :D Android handsets which have been supporting 4G for months.

EDIT - @Flanananagan - Xerox developed the first GUI, elements of which have been used by OSes ever since - does this make Windows, Linux and Mac OS a knock-off of Xerox's Star?
Flanananagan 21st January 2011, 17:17 Quote
No, not at all, just the layout of apps on a homescreen in both OS' are similar (and android came second).
Ergath 21st January 2011, 18:42 Quote
Originally Posted by Flanananagan
No, not at all, just the layout of apps on a homescreen in both OS' are similar (and android came second).

Not wanting to be argumentative (and I won't be posting more in this thread in order to avoid calls of "LOL @ butthurt fandroid!!1!") but I can't agree with you Flanananagan; all of my WinMo devices since way back when had applications laid out in a grid - the background was white instead of black but that's the only major difference. It's true that the actual homescreen was different (particularly as it could be customised with widgets a la Android), but there again, my old Palm OS Tungsten T3 used a homescreen with applications in a grid, and that dated from 2003.

Yes, Android has drawn from iOS, in the same way that all GUIs draw on existing platforms, but Android only "copies" iOS in that it's well designed, slick and intuitive.
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