2005

The Maximum PC Auction: Baby Blue

A small footprint and a super-low noise profile mean you can put this rig anywhere—it’s got the power to handle any task, even gaming!

Whether you put this rig in your living room and connect it to your big-screen TV or regularly tote it between LAN parties and your home office, Baby Blue has you covered.

To PC, or Not to PC

By Thomas McDonald
I spent the past month doing my annual Game Immersion Ritual, in which I leap into a pile of games and swim through them like Uncle Scrooge going for a dip in his money bin, emerging with a list of the top 100 releases for the year.

Darwinia

Stuck with a vast inventory of computers he couldn’t sell, alpha geek Dr. Sepulveda links the machines together to create a “virtual theme park” called Darwinia, inhabited by 2D sprites with primitive artificial intelligence.

Building for Katrina

By Will Smith
I'm sure I'm not alone, but this last month, I've been unble to really concentrate on anything but the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

How To: Pimp Out Firefox

Don't get us wrong, we're not Internet Explorer haters. We just love the tabbed interface and sweet, sweet browsing that Firefox gives us.

Casio EX-S500

If slipping the ultra-compact, ultra-light, ultra-thin Exilim S500 Card Camera into your shirt pocket doesn’t make you feel at least a little bit like 007 on vacation it’s likely no camera ever will.

Nikon Coolpix S1

While its dimensions are almost identical to the S500, the Nikon S1’s slightly thicker body makes it feel less like a “spy camera.” This isn’t a knock, certainly, as the S1 is still plenty small—you’ll have no problem stashing it in your pocket or handbag.

Zalman CNPS9500 LED

Zalman has been pimping its “blooming flower” heatsink design for what seems like ages, so we were understandably excited to see the company deviate from this mold with its all-new CNPS9500 LED CPU cooler.

Zalman Resorator 1 Plus

The Resorator’s configuration is simple: a massive 24-inch tall aluminum combination reservoir/radiator (hence the product’s moniker) that holds 2.5 liters of water.

Back to the Future

By Tom R. Halfhill
Intel’s next-generation microarchitecture for future x86 processors resembles an old-generation microarchitecture—but that’s OK.