Monday, November 30, 2009

Dell Studio XPS 8000 Review
Budget desktops and high-end gaming rigs seem to get all the desktop-PC headlines these days. The pragmatic, however, know that best desktop to get day-to-day tasks done falls somewhere between the two extremes: the lowly and oft-overlooked mainstream desktop. But just because a computer is a workhorse doesn’t mean it has to look like one. Take, for instance, the Dell Studio XPS 8000, which starts at $699. Keeping with the theme that beige boxes are long dead, the Studio XPS 8000 is a midtower model with a flat white chassis, a shiny black front bezel, and silver trim. It has a snazzy-looking exterior that manages to be understated at the same time...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

How to Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Windows XP
Windows 7 and Windows XP can co-exist on your PC—here's how to make it happen.
Even though Windows Vista supplanted Windows XP as Microsoft's latest operating system (OS) in early 2007, many PC users chose to stick with XP instead of upgrading to the new OS. Additionally, many buyers of new PCs chose to get those systems with XP preinstalled, instead of Vista—and some were even willing to pay a premium for ability to "downgrade" from Vista to XP! The reason why so many chose to stick with XP and forgo Vista was due to the perception that Vista was less reliable and more troublesome than XP. Some even argued that Vista was "half-baked." Whether these perceptions were accurate or not, they scared a lot of people and businesses away from using Vista...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Acer Aspire M3802-U9062 Desktop Review
Nearly any computer user who has built or upgraded a PC should be well familiar with Newegg.com. Newegg caters to the do-it-yourself crowd, with competitive prices on motherboards, processors, and more. But what fewer folks may be aware of is that Newegg also sells complete systems—reselling desktops and laptops from popular manufacturers, such as Gateway, HP, and Lenovo. And in line with the low prices of the components it sells, some of Newegg’s systems have price tags that are difficult to beat. Take, for example, the Acer Aspire M3802-U9062, a midrange desktop exclusive to Newegg that sells for $649.99. It might not have the latest-and-greatest technologies powering it, but this PC is no slouch, and similarly configured PCs from other manufacturers sell for considerably more...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sorenson Squeeze Adds Workflow Enhancements
Sorenson Squeeze is a name well-known to video professionals. For many, it is the only go-to application for video encoding, as it has earned its reputation primarily for the advanced algorithms it uses to generate high-quality video encodes. So videophiles should be happy to learn that the software's next generation, Sorenson Squeeze 6, is available starting today. As with previous generations of Squeeze, the new version brings with it performance improvements, tweaks to the user interface, new filters, and more supported file formats. But perhaps the biggest change that Squeeze 6 brings is a new focus on workflow...