No BS Podcast #216: Katherine Departs, CES Gear Discussion, and More

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Cancer_Ridden_Lung

No BS Podcast #217 Download Link

http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_217_20140128.mp3

You're welcome.

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Block_Dude

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Rift2

I will miss her she added a good touch to the magazine...

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don2041

Where is the link to download the mp3 of the podcast?

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joshnorem

It's the first link in the article. Download here.

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Phrish

I'd like to hear more about Timely and why folks are sweet on this app.

It's pretty, good font for the digital clock, but...
- Doesn't seem to use system alarms, so I can't see next alarm set from other clock type apps. Alarm Clock Xtreme (my preference) does do this.
- Can't tap and hold the main clock screen for easy access to night mode. Forces you to go through the menu. The standard system clock has this quick night mode access.
- When in night mode, the screen dims but still bright enough to see the pretty background. This can be irritating if you prefer it very dark when sleeping. There is no blackout mode.
- In night mode, there is no movement of the time/clock. Could make screen burn-in possible, even dimmed as it is. Almost every other clock/alarm app I've ever used prevents burn-in.
- Snooze duration is adjustable, but jumps from 7 min to 9 min to 15 min. Why can't I set 10 min? The OCD side of me really gets unnerved by this. Alarm Clock Xtreme lets you set any duration you want to on a slider.
- No access to system alarms, MP3's, etc.? I can set any alarm sound I want to in Alarm Clock Xtreme.
- There's not a lot of customization possible. Alarm Clock Xtreme allows for tons of customization including individual and default alarms, behavior of app when speakers and headphones are used, alarm access from the notification bar, and much more.

Maybe I don't get it. It's prettier than Alarm Clock Xtreme or the built in clock app, but not nearly as useful for me. Maybe Tom MacNamara can elaborate a bit more on what he likes so much about it?

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tom_m

I recommended Timely mainly because it's free and looks nicer than the stock alarm app on my phone.

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btdog

I really enjoyed reading Katherine's stories in the magazine and hearing her on the podcast. She's a tremendous asset to MPC and will be sorely missed.

I wish you the best.

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brannank

Josh, I e-mailed you a couple of important stories that I was surprised I didn't hear covered on the Podcast(or in an return e-mail;). AMD's "Free-Sync" technology that is already available for free and that does the very same thing Nvidia's G-Sync does. The next was the story about the Nvidia GTX 790. And before I forget, you guys may be interested to know that multiple sites have reported as coming down the pike-a GTX Titan Black Edition with 10 to 12 Gigs of onboard VRAM. I would love to hear you guys discuss these items soon. Thanks for the podcast guys!

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joshnorem

Thanks for the suggestions - on this particular show since CES had wrapped up and had all that cool gear, it took over the entire show. We'll be sure to have some GPU talk in the next episode :)

josh

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brannank

Thanks Josh, for the reply. I look forward to hearing the next podcast!

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Ghost XFX

The question that was nagging me for quite some time til now, as it concerns the CES this year, I wondered how many vendors actually used W8 as opposed to W7? I think the actual answer to that would be a very stark indictment on MS's unwillingness to give the consumers what they really want for an OS....

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John Pombrio

They mentioned that they hardly saw ANY PCs at the show this year, so the operating system was immaterial.

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Ghost XFX

How does that happen? At the CES and not see any PCs...?

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gordonung

CES is primarily a gadget/phone case/car alarm/television/digital camera show. 

On the show floor, I didn't see very many PCs but I also took most of my meetings in suites since few PC vendors bothered to hit the floor these days.

I will say that most of the vendors were/are running Windows 8. Whatever you think of Metro/Win8, if you're hawking a tablet/hybrid, it will have Windows 8.

 

 

 

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Carlidan

Well I hope Katherine the best on her new job.

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roadshow41

I'm running out of fingers to count the EICs of MPC on. I've been a reader since just after the change from Boot and this mag runs through editors almost too fast to keep track. Either it's a great stepping stone to other endeavors or Gordon drives them all to madness and they escape with what little shred of sanity that they have left ... or both.

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John Pombrio

Lots of changes going on in the magazine industry in the past few years so quick revamps and turnovers seem to be the norm in pretty much most magazine staff. There is also a lot of folks who work for several publications at once so job swapping is very common with them.

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fellowleo

Sorry hear of Katherine's departure to other endeavors as through the years of turmoil and change, 2 things have remained constant at Maximum PC, Gordon and Katherine. Though she rarely participated in the Podcast in the past, it was nice for her input the past few months. I wish her well in her other pursuits. Will Gordon now inherit the Editor in Chief position or an outsider be brought in?

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Gameaholic1337

30hz 4k Monitors are fine - for Pr0n and let's face it that's what pushes display tech forward. It pushed the vcr out in favor of the dvd. Now we have semi-affordable 4k - just in time for the netflix 4k streaming that's about to come out. As for gaming I'm hoping for a 4k IPS high refresh rate Gsync mointor with small bezels within the next year or two.