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Bit-tech to be at London International Technology show

Bit-tech to be at London International Technology show

Let us know what you'd like to see and do at the London International Technology Show.

From the 29 April to the 1 May 2011 your favourite technology website, bit-tech, will be taking part in the London International Technology Show at the ExCeL centre in the London docklands.

The LITS show will be a great place to get hands-on experience with the latest and greatest products in the tech industry and try out the latest games.

However, just as the bit-tech forum is a great place to discuss your favourite hobby with fellow enthusiasts we don't want the LITS to be a passive experience.

Therefore bit-tech is planning to host a number of seminars and demos at LITS. So far we've got plans for sessions on overclocking and modding, but we'd love to hear ideas from you too.

So, what would you like to see at the LITS event? If we like your idea enough to use it then you'll win a free subscription to the Dennis magazine of your choice!

If you have any input on what you'd like to like to see and do at the LITS please let us know in the forum.

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flibblesan 15th October 2010, 13:54 Quote
'Grandad isn't dead yet!': Extending the life of elderly PC hardware. From NAS boxes to web servers, media boxes to Linux boxes. Old hardware still has a use today.

edit: oh.. games :(
CardJoe 15th October 2010, 14:01 Quote
Games!
roblikesbeer 15th October 2010, 14:03 Quote
They should have called it the Central London International Technology Show for acronym fun times but then I suppose non of the geeks would have been able to find it ;)
flibblesan 15th October 2010, 14:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by roblikesbeer
They should have called it the Central London International Technology Show for acronym fun times but then I suppose non of the geeks would have been able to find it ;)

You win one internets and a deluxe cheesecake ;)
Nedsbeds 15th October 2010, 14:19 Quote
I suppose a pertinent seminar for yourselves might be along the lines of "interpreting and comparing benchmarks from technology sites"
Could talk about common methods of preparing benchmarks, how they relate to real world performance...
Also, talk about comparing specifications of similar products as well and how they don't neccessarily relate directly to overall performance
crash32953295@msn. 15th October 2010, 14:22 Quote
Dating advice and how to get the girl,

plus cheesecake judging competition and making seminar
maximus09 15th October 2010, 14:29 Quote
overclocking and gaming competitions!!!
Flibblebot 15th October 2010, 14:32 Quote
How to be as knowledgeable as Nexxo, collect as much p0rn as Mankz and how to become the deity of your own religion like Relix?

Oh, and how to be as miserable as Spec ;)
nemo 15th October 2010, 14:39 Quote
I'd like to see examples of the current CPC Budget/Mid-price/Performance/Crazy-but-cool pcs running some graphically intensive games (B:BC, Crysis, Dirt, Stalker COP) with maxed out settings on big 55 inch LED displays :)
Evolutionsic 15th October 2010, 14:44 Quote
Could catch a train, would be a little fun adventure!
Snips 15th October 2010, 14:48 Quote
Do a session on building a system that can actually play Crysis on full settings.

Sorry, I'll get my coat.
Teknokid 15th October 2010, 15:00 Quote
One of the most common n00b problems has got to be going for a cheap nasty PSU..

Could Bit-tech do some demo's of why more expensive PSU's are better - maybe show the output voltages, efficiency (2 systems run side by side), and maybe blow one up?
ErebusUK 15th October 2010, 15:32 Quote
Seeing as so many wi-fi networks are unsecure, why not do a seminar on security telling people not to be so dumb with easy password and unsecure personal information. Could also follow up with a talk about viruses on both prevention and cure of common problems so noobs are left feeling like this when there computer seemingly outsmarts them :(
Infiniti 15th October 2010, 15:45 Quote
i agree with you teknoid... cheap psu's = house fires!!!
Kenny_McCormick 15th October 2010, 16:35 Quote
Live modding FTW!!
pistol_pete 15th October 2010, 16:39 Quote
Why not have a 'build your own' pc hands on experience? Get some old/cheap bits and let noobs(ie, the public) have a go at assembling a system, with some advice on hand. Show them how easy it is, and a pc isn't just a box with magic inside. Educational and interactive.
DarkBanana 15th October 2010, 16:43 Quote
It's a tech conference so how about how to computerise your house? Central steaming of media and internet to various devices, computer controlled lighting and that sort of thing. Could raise some very interesting hardware and software points :)
pimlicosound 15th October 2010, 17:12 Quote
"Compu-Conkers" - in the spirit of Autumn, run a giant game of computer conkers, attaching different tech to big pendulums and swinging them at each other to see which is the toughest device in the playground.
Baz 15th October 2010, 17:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pistol_pete
Why not have a 'build your own' pc hands on experience? Get some old/cheap bits and let noobs(ie, the public) have a go at assembling a system, with some advice on hand. Show them how easy it is, and a pc isn't just a box with magic inside. Educational and interactive.

that is a bloody good idea
CardJoe 15th October 2010, 17:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pistol_pete
Why not have a 'build your own' pc hands on experience? Get some old/cheap bits and let noobs(ie, the public) have a go at assembling a system, with some advice on hand. Show them how easy it is, and a pc isn't just a box with magic inside. Educational and interactive.

I like that. Like a noob creche - learning not to be afraid of your PC.
Krikkit 15th October 2010, 17:46 Quote
That's a great idea. I bet loads of folk would have a bash at that.
Redbeaver 15th October 2010, 18:35 Quote
on-site modding of course...

maybe not a whole project, but mid-project where visitors can partially see whats being done and/or final look of it...

thatll b awesome.
TWeaK 15th October 2010, 20:10 Quote
Right my bet's on pistol_pete winning this, but I'll throw in a little extra: dust. That has to be the bane of all computer repair tech's and would definitely be a good thing to throw in with the building class (that you now must do as it is an idea worthy of +1000 rep). So yeah general hardware maintenance would be a good thing to throw in alongside a building/upgrading class.
enciem 15th October 2010, 20:11 Quote
A cookery stand for essential snacking while modding your computer
Fingers66 15th October 2010, 20:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teknokid
One of the most common n00b problems has got to be going for a cheap nasty PSU..

Could Bit-tech do some demo's of why more expensive PSU's are better - maybe show the output voltages, efficiency (2 systems run side by side), and maybe blow one up?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Infiniti
i agree with you teknoid... cheap psu's = house fires!!!

+1 on this. It could be a session for those who might have built a PC before but want to learn more about the variance of components so as to be more informed when buying - e.g. knowing what to look for in a PSU, awareness of the influence of noise and heat in a GPU, how to discern between the multitude of memory types available - things like that.

I think this would appeal to a particular part of bit-tech's (and Custom PC's) target audience.
Fingers66 15th October 2010, 20:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pistol_pete
Why not have a 'build your own' pc hands on experience? Get some old/cheap bits and let noobs(ie, the public) have a go at assembling a system, with some advice on hand. Show them how easy it is, and a pc isn't just a box with magic inside. Educational and interactive.

Great idea! + rep for that. ;)
Instagib 15th October 2010, 21:18 Quote
How about a 'build your own watercooled pc' demo. It's a big step up from air cooling to watercooling. Show the boys how the men play with gear type theme.
Alsomething 15th October 2010, 21:53 Quote
I agree a modding demos from beginner to expert.

The idea of using old hardware also interests me, turning into something useful. I would also like more features on this in the magazine.

Could you also invite some of the modders who have featured in the mag with some of the most amazing modded machines. (Am I right in thinking you have had modders of the year competitions)

And for a competition, guess the overclock and settings used of a PC you screw the nuts off at the end of the show?
Ending Credits 15th October 2010, 22:54 Quote
Perhaps you could go back to the roots of Bit-tech and doing some modding demonstrations.
RichCreedy 15th October 2010, 23:33 Quote
i just want cheesecake
Kris 16th October 2010, 00:18 Quote
Letting the people from the public who don't know how to put together a pc do it at the event is a great idea!

and then, as i'm sure that time will be very limited, you could have some boxes ready where you could help people to "upgrade" a graphics card. as changing the gfx card is a simple job, yet i'm sure that many people don't know how to change it.

Oh, and games!
I'm sure a funny demo of a certain "secret of ... island" game would go down well with people who didn't even imagine that a game can be funny :)
The_Beast 16th October 2010, 01:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pistol_pete
Why not have a 'build your own' pc hands on experience? Get some old/cheap bits and let noobs(ie, the public) have a go at assembling a system, with some advice on hand. Show them how easy it is, and a pc isn't just a box with magic inside. Educational and interactive.

I really like that idea and if they don't break anything they get a nice piece of cheesecake as a reward


if cheesecake isn't involved somehow it isn't a presentation put on by bit-tech
thehippoz 16th October 2010, 04:28 Quote
how about this..

have a goat sitting in a chair on one side typing on a keyboard.. then a big cloud in the middle and on the other side, a fat kid on a computer who yells bingo!

then you poke the goat with a stick and make him squeel.. preach the dangers of the botnet :)
No_Na_Me 16th October 2010, 14:37 Quote
So we have a
Beginner zone, where you can put bits in and out,
Middle zone, water cooling etc...

Then how about the ultimate case mod's With several winners from Mod of the Month?

I'd like to see some example of HTPC's with various software and hardware setup Windows Home Server v a Linux based set up
Maybe XBMC, My Movies etc... Possibly with a short 10 minute tutorial session on set up and ripping Movies / DVD or Blu Ray / advantages of Lossless music.
thelaw 16th October 2010, 15:29 Quote
Fair enough having a demostration to PC building - Maybe on the side or as a add on a course/demostration to get the techno phobia friends/family that got dragged along to the expo - getting them involved in using the internet/computers as well, my mother in law is a prime example of a person that does not know how to operate a DVD player let alone a PC, couldn't send a email, let alone turn a pc on connect to the internet in the first place...pc building is one thing but there are a few out there that could benefit from being introduced to a computer period to show its not that scary after all.
dunx 17th October 2010, 18:23 Quote
Would anyone incapable of building a PC actually get to such a show ?

I need a "How to stop your over-clocked South--bridge from melting" lecture, as I keep having SATA problems...

LOL

dunx
earlydoors 18th October 2010, 00:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redbeaver
on-site modding of course...

maybe not a whole project, but mid-project where visitors can partially see whats being done and/or final look of it...

thatll b awesome.


I like the modding angle...

How about give two expert modders (maybe from the bit-tech community) the same raw materials and a few hours/a day to produce the best rig, to show what they can do, post the results here in the forums and give the skilled bstards a chance to win a prize!?

On second thoughts, could be unrealistic to ask them to do it in one day, but I'm committed now, that's my idea! ;)
Mankz 18th October 2010, 06:58 Quote
I'll pop down and show off some scars if you like.
Fingers66 18th October 2010, 10:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz
I'll pop down and show off some scars if you like.

This for a major win! ;)
bulldogjeff 18th October 2010, 20:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
I like that. Like a noob creche - learning not to be afraid of your PC.

Lol noob creche, kinda got a ring to it:D
Kris 20th October 2010, 11:35 Quote
And lets not forget networking: I'm sure many have had strange problems with setting up their wifi routers.
A small program where you explain some of the kinks in getting a home network up and running might be helpful to some.
For example: for someone who is new to routers, it might make it hard for them to realise what does "port forwarding" mean(when they need to do it to "unblock" their online game or something of the sort).
Blarte 21st October 2010, 12:09 Quote
I actually giggled out loud at the "show you some of my scars comment" .. serves me right for reading this site during work hours ...

* Set up two PC's using idential Hardware specs but air cool one and water cool the other and then rant about the pros and cons of each set up once some magic and trickery has been performed on each machine...(overclock)
Blarte 21st October 2010, 15:48 Quote
for good measure ...throw in some semi naked ladies dressed only in cheese cake ...sure fire stand attraction
Daytona178 10th November 2010, 12:07 Quote
As we know Hyper Threading and triple channel memory don't increase FPS in game benchmarks (so normally an i5 760 is just as good as a 1366 CPU at the same Ghz when only gaming),,,but what about in real life situations with loads of crap is running in the background? This is what I propose:

Have two systems, one an i5 750 @ 3.5Ghz & a I7 920 running at 3.5Ghz, 6GB's of RAM in each and the same video card, motherboard, etc. Start off with both being a fresh install and run the game benchmarks, then start loading on extra software and see how it affects benchmarks. So firstly load a big bulky anti-virus, then load iTunes, then load a youtube video, and just keep adding stuff to see if HT and Tri-channel RAM make a noticeable difference in these circumstances. I would be curious to know the results!
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