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Richard's Biggest Fails of 2009

Posted on 4th Jan 2010 at 12:33 by Richard Swinburne with 29 comments

Richard Swinburne
Joe didn't let me put this in the Biggest Fails of 2009 article because he doesn't like bullet points. I do though, so I'm posting my Biggest Fails of 2009 as a blog instead...

By which I mean, my choice observations of failure, not my own personal mistakes.

Ahem.

Anyway, we’ve had a bumper year for new products – many of which have leaped forward in terms of performance: Intel's Lynnfield and Nehalem EP CPUs, Indilinx SSDs, DirectX 11, ATI HD 5800 series, Windows 7 (and of course, Snow Leopard and Karmic Koala). Even minor updates such as SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 have shown promise. However, there have been many failures - and unlike everyone else in the main Fail article, I'm not going to limit my rage to just one. Nope, I'm ranting about them all!

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Reader Advised HTPC Buyers Blog, Oct 09 #1

Posted on 27th Oct 2009 at 11:28 by Richard Swinburne with 38 comments

Richard Swinburne
Yep, you read that right, I want your help in designing a Home Theatre PC reference guide to go on the site and in the mag.

I get constantly asked for one, but we simply don't test enough HTPC hardware to be as widely knowledgeable as I'd like in order to recommend a setup with 100 percent confidence.

The difficulty is that HTPCs vary by country; in the UK we don't have analogue HDTV (cable) access like the US, not to mention other issues, like varied internet TV services and user need - does it need terrabytes of storage or is gaming compatibility a priority, for example?

With that in mind we want your advice; what have you seen that works? What would you recommend to others that fits the spec below?

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