Welcome to the first edition of my new column, Top of Mind, in which I’ll discuss a variety of issues percolating at the top of my brain. Some topics will be from the news, others will spring from my life as a tech geek, and many will be related to my day-to-day work as reviews editor here at Maximum PC.
One trend that’s been bugging me lately is the proliferation of products that come with subscription plans attached. I’ve recently encountered three examples where subscriptions are ostensibly optional, but where much of the product’s value and appeal vaporizes if you don’t pony up for the subscription.
As part of my testing for this month’s cover feature, I spent a few
quality days watching movies from the iTunes Store on my PC and in my
living room. By necessity, I had to integrate a newly updated Apple TV
into my entertainment center, which is a fairly common closed cabinet
with a few air vents in the back. All of my other electronics
devices—my receiver, my TiVo, my Xbox 360—live happily in this
environment (although I do open the cabinet door when I fire up the
I’ve been skeptical of multi multi-GPU support since the days of
Nvidia’s original Quad SLI. Back then, bad drivers, a lack of game
support, and 30-inch panels that cost a month’s pay made the prospect