- In Best of the Best, you should be able to click on link and find all the parts you would need to build a computer. There are no suggestions for memory, or networking components (wired and wireless), nor power supplies.
- In Best of the Best, there should be a valid review for each part on that list. If there isn't a review, how did it get on the list? If there's a review, where is it? I'm referring specifically to the Torqx drive that's on there. No review. No data. No link. No nothing.
- You have 11 months to come up with the Christmas Guide. You haven't had one in two years. Get crackin.
- Resolve not to build a bargin-bin Dream Machine this year. Feel free to skip the $2000 paint job always, however.
- It would be nice to see a review of photo tagging and organizing software, both free and paid solutions. It might not be a very popular thing but for some of us with collections it would be extremely helpful.
1. We're working on the links in #1 right now. We'll fix that by the end of this month.
We don't review power supplies or memory, simply because we don't feel like we can qualitatively measure their performance and reliability well enough to give them a verdict given the equipment we have. Networking components are built into PCs for the most part. Onboard Ethernet is good enough for desktop use, and most people should just buy the same brand of USB Wi-Fi adapter as their router to maximize compatibility.
2. Sometimes stuff gets added to the BotB before the review is posted. I'll get Norm to make sure that that the BotB doesn't get updated before the reviews are posted in the future. If it's on the list, you can rest assured that we've tested it, and it is good. We also don't write full reviews for individual CPUs, but we do do test them all.
3. I killed the Gift Guide because everyone else is doing them, and we weren't finding stuff that was awesome anymore. You're actually only the first or second person who has complained about it, so I feel like that was probably a good decision. As always, I'd rather not doing something than do a half-assed job of it.
4. It's too early to say, but I'd be surprised if there's a bargain bin dream machine this year. I'd guess that it's probably not going to be a $20k monster, but it'll be impressive. The nice thing about doing a cheap one every few years is that it lets us reset the whole thing, so it stops being so much about topping last year's model and just about making something awesome.
5. We've done some how-tos on that topic before, but it's something I'm struggling with now. If you don't mind spending the money, Photoshop Lightroom is really good, but it doesn't include face tagging yet.
Regardless, thanks for your feedback, and sorry for the slow response. I was more or less offline from the 18th until the 4th, so it's taken me a while to get through the deluge of email (3000 messages on Monday morning, yay) and forum stuff.