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Technology Apathy Is Bad For Everyone

Posted on 12th Apr 2012 at 10:03 by Paul Goodhead with 37 comments

Paul Goodhead
As you’d expect, I’m often sought out by friends and family when they’ve got a PC or laptop buying decision to make - chances are many of you are too, given that you’re here on bit-tech. I don’t mind doing it of course, but I’m always intrigued by the approach some people take when buying a new computer.

The aspect that surprises me the most is the way that many of the people who have sought my advice over the years have a ‘just enough to get me by’ approach to computing - they’re only looking for a PC or laptop that will perform the tasks they do now. This is their prerogative obviously - it’s their money after all - but I’ll always challenge them on it.

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What is on that screen?

Posted on 18th Dec 2010 at 12:30 by James Gorbold with 114 comments

James Gorbold
One of the first things I do when proof reading an article that is about to be published on bit-tech or Custom PC is check whether the URL at the top of the review does correctly link to the product manufacturer's homepage.

So while proofing the review of the MSI X58A-GD65 motherboard I came across this image which I just had to share with you. It's an advert admitedly, but the artwork is so bizarre that I thought it worth a caption competition.

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Two weeks with MSI's X-Slim X340

Posted on 11th Jun 2009 at 10:42 by Richard Swinburne with 0 comments

Richard Swinburne
After our review of MSI's X-Slim X340 in May, I nabbed the machine off Tim's desk just before I left for Taiwan.

It's an 'extended test' I told him (and MSI), but really I wanted to try the X-Slim for myself, because having played with it at CeBIT I wanted one. Now, after a couple of weeks use, I'm not so sure.

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The perfect netbook

Posted on 14th Mar 2009 at 17:36 by Antony Leather with 10 comments

Antony Leather
I’m sure most of us have had to lump an old heavy laptop around at some point or another. For those of us who commute a fair distance to work, something that weighs in at more than 2kg can be a royal pain in the backside to carry around, especially if you have a case, power brick and other sundry hardware too.

My old 1.6GHz Pentium M laptop has certainly seen better days but it’s relatively nippy and handles XP and video playback fine. Also, because our lab is five floors away from our desks here at Dennis, I was able to start writing up reviews between benchmarks whilst still in the lab tweaking things. However at nearly 3kg, I felt I’d run some dreaded army marathon with a ton of gear on my back by the time I’d got to work.

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