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The Dedicated Testbed

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I admit to a certain laziness in my advanced years. When I was editor of ExtremeTech years ago, I maintained a certain rigor about having dedicated testbeds for graphics and CPU. A dedicated test system requires some specific tender loving… Continue Reading

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Derelict, Part IV

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Welcome to Part IV of my little SF Novella, Derelict. You can find part I, part II, and part III as earlier posts, in case you need to catch up. Bear in mind I wrote this in 1994, so some… Continue Reading

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The Not Quite Gravel Bike: Trek Domane 4.3 Disc

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I bought this bike as a backup for my primary bike, which is a Trek Domane 5.2. I viewed Domane 4.3 Disc as a winter bike, which means mostly rain here in Northern California. The disc brakes and ability to… Continue Reading

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Game Industry Changes and More VR

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This week’s podcast focuses on the incredible changes occurring on the hardware side of the game business. Eric Klein and I discuss Xbox One S, Project Scorpio, Xbox One games on Windows 10, Playstation Neo, and more. We also touch… Continue Reading

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Gamelock: When a Game Owns Your Life

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You look at the clock and graon. It’s late. Very late. So you head off to bed, but when you wake up in the morning, you think about tactics, the right builds, leveling up, weapons configurations, story branches. Your workday… Continue Reading

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Derelict, Part III

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The next installment of my novella (novelette?) written in 1994. Curiously, 1994 is the same year I began writing for Computer Gaming World. Who knows what might have happened had I never become involved in technology writing. The sensation of… Continue Reading

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The PC Wins the Console Wars

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Recently, I’ve been fielding a lot of questions related to buying or building gaming PCs. What goes around, comes around, I guess. At the recent E3 Gaming Expo, Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, a more svelte, more powerful Xbox… Continue Reading

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June Tech Grab Bag

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David Bryant and I discuss a few recent tech news bits in this podcast. Topics include Intel’s recent Broadwell Extreme launch, Samsung’s bendable screen, Facebook as a game streaming platform, and AMD’s latest GPU. On the tools side, I finally… Continue Reading