Archive for February, 2007

A PC that you can overclock and the benefits of 10,000 RPM hard drives

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Over on ZDNet I've got two posts that PC Doc readers might be interested in.

Build a cheap, overclockable PC

I've had a number of enquires from readers who want to build (or buy) a cheap yet powerful PC.  Can it be done?  You bet!  What components will you need to buy?  Read on!

Speed up your PC - Fit a 10,000 RPM system drive

Power uses go to great lengths to tweak their systems in order to experience improved performance but I'm here to tell you that all the registry tweaks and killing unnecessary services won't beat fitting a 10,000 RPM drive and loading your OS onto it.


Cheap(er) Blu-ray player on the way

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Sony has plans to release a cheaper Blu-ray player.

Sony Corp. is planning to launch a Blu-ray Disc player in the middle of this year that's significantly cheaper than many current models on the market.

The BDP-S300 will cost about $600 -- about $400 cheaper than Sony's current BDP-S1 -- even though the new player will offer superior capabilities, Sony said yesterday.

Among these will be the ability to output a 1080P signal, which is the highest of several levels of video quality that fall under the high-definition banner. Many new televisions support 1080P, and it's likely that consumers will increasingly look for this function, which until now could only be found on the most expensive players.

I think that the problem isn't so much the price but people not having the incentive to make the leap to HD.

Chris Pirillo’s given up on Vista

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Chris Pirillo's given up on Vista:

I stand by my original assertion that the shipping version of this OS is late beta, at best. I realize that other enthusiasts are leaving Windows altogether (and leaping instead to Apple’s OS X), but there’s not yet enough momentum behind my willingness to do that. I’ll leave the installs of Vista 32 and 64 on this PC, but I’ll spend most (if not all) of my time back in tried-and-true Windows XP.

I’ll give Vista a second chance when the first service pack is released later this year, but until then…

To me the issue doesn't seem to be one of time but of timeframe.  From what I can understand the problems that Chris are having are just the normal pains of upgrading.  Sure, if you buy a new PC with new software then the pains aren't as severe, but they're still there. It seems to me that Chris feels that at some point in the future (a different timeframe) he'll have to invest less time in making the switch.  Not true.  Windows Vista SP1 isn't going to ship with a genie in a lamp that he can rub to make the problems go away.

If you ask me, all Chris is doing by avoiding Vista now is being a weasel to his future self.  The problems he's having now are likely to be there 12 months from now, and 24 months from now.  There might be less driver and software hassles but different hassles will replace them.  Fact.

But then again, if he's happy with XP, he can allow the Vista wave to wash over him and pick up when Windows 7 ships.  But that seems like an awfully odd thing for someone who swims in the tech pools to do.

Sounds to me like Chris needs a Mac ... 😉

UPDATE:  Just realized that Ed Bott and Dwight Silverman have picked up on this post by Chris too.  Ed makes a point worth picking up on:

There’s rarely a penalty for delaying a switch to any new platform, hardware or software. This time around is no exception.

Not sure if I agree with that.  For "ordinary people out there" this holds true, but if you're making a living in tech, I can see some big penalties.

CastleCops competition

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

CastleCops are having a competition to celebrate their fifth anniversary.  There are a lot of cool prizes on offer so it's well worth taking a trip over there to participate (full versions of Windows Vista, copies of Windows Vista Inside Out and a load of security stuff).

There's a few days left so get over there quick!

Special Offer for PC Doc readers!

Monday, February 26th, 2007

A special offers for PC Doc readers.

PC Doc offer - Kaspersky