Update: Last day! Enter now if you hadn't already for a chance at 25 great prizes!
Hopefully you've had a chance to check out our list of 50 Websites You Need to See Before You Die. If you have, you know that we're planning to run that list, with 100 entries, as the cover story for the February issue of Maximum PC. Problem is, we need 50 more. That's where you come in.
Read the list, then tell us what you think should be added to it. Remember, like the original story says, we're looking for sites that are "not the kind of website you put in your bookmarks bar and come back to again and again--they're the kind that you email to your friends along with a note that says 'holy s*** check this out.'"
What in it for you? Well, we've got TWENTY FIVE prizes to give away, and everyone who enters a site that makes it onto our list is entered to win. If two of your sites make it onto the list, you've got two chances to win. We'll pick the winners by random drawing on Monday the 29th, so you've got a little under one week to enter.
Here are the prizes:
1 - ThermalTake Challenger Gaming Keyboard Pro
1 - Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset
1 - Razer Ironclad Gaming Mouse Mat
2 - Android Collectible Minis from Dyzplastic
10 - Copies of Inception on Blu-Ray from Warner Brothers
10 - Copies of Inception on DVD from Warner Brothers
That's 25 great prizes for 50 entries. Come up with a good site, and your chances of winning are very good.
For information on the prizes, and full contest rules, hit the jump.
Futuremark has come up with a fun way to promote the upcoming launch of 3DMark 11, a DirectX 11 benchmark that promises to punish machines not up to the task. It's called the "3DMark 11 Guess the Score" contest, and all you contestants have to do is guess how three gaming systems will score in the new benchmark. Here are the three systems:
Intel G6950 CPU MSI N450GTS Cyclone Power Edition MSI H55N-E33 Motherboard 3DMark 11 Entry Preset
The obvious trend here is all that MSI branded hardware, and that's by design. MSI is sponsoring the contest, and for each system, whoever comes up with the closest guess to the actual score will win the MSI motherboard and videocard from that rig.
In Episode 156 of the No BS Podcast, we tasked you to come up with a limerick. Not just any limerick: entries had to weigh in on the eternal Mac vs PC debate. The prize? Eternal fame, plus an Asus EAH5830 graphics card courtesy of Asus.
Winner receives video card. Non-winner gets sense of satisfaction.
More than 150 entries came in. We narrowed the field to our 10 favorites, and now it's your turn. Read the 10 limericks after the jump (we've removed the names of the submitters for now) and decide which one you think is the best, then leave a comment on this post with your vote! We'll announce the winner on the next podcast, and post the finalists again, this time with names attached!
In July’s "Budget Upgrade" issue, we extended an offer to our loyal readers: Tell us about your best/worst PC upgrade story, and earn yourself two of the kick-ass, custom-made Maximum PC coins we featured on the cover of that issue. We had no idea what we were in for.
Hundreds of submissions later, we emerged traumatized. Drained of all emotion. We laughed. We cried. We got angry. We felt your pain. And, in more than one instance, we literally had no idea what the hell you were talking about (but thanks for trying!).
Alas, as you have no doubt guessed, the majority of the submissions weren't aflutter with touching, heartfelt stories about successfully upgrading a GPU or processor. No no. There were a few of these—and we promise to publish them next week—but not many. And you know, to be honest, we prefer it this way. We know the heartache of breaking a PC in the process of attempting to improve it. We also know the grief we give each other when it happens.
Don't get us wrong, a lot of these stories were hilarious-- full of D'oh! moments and stupid mistakes. But some of the winning entries were absolute horror stories; the type that make tech nerds ball up in their seats and bite their lower lip. You know the look a die-hard sports fan gets on their face when their home team loses? That's the look we had while reading through some of these.
That being said, we humbly present the 15 Worst User Upgrades of All Time. We wouldn't be able to do so without all you guys. Thanks for making this happen.
Soccer madness is upon us. If you're a true geek, you're watching game, after game, after game of this year's World Cup from the privacy of your personal computer. It's not that hard to find an online stream of any of the games in this year's tournament, and it's the perfect way to combine your love of the foot-ball and your need to actually get work done during the day. Can't lug a television into your cubicle, after all-right?
Anywho, two Firefox add-ons come to mind when I dream of soccer balls, 90+ minute feats of endurance, and that annoying horn sound buzzing in the background of every single match I watch. One of these add-ons is pure entertainment--it does nothing to enhance your Firefox experience beyond expressing your pride for a particular World Cup team in a grand, digital popularity contest. The other, however, is the add-on for up-to-the-minute World Cup scores... and more!
Thanks to our friends over at Warner Home Video, we've got twenty-one (21!) copies of The Book of Eli to give away. Here's what Warner says about the film:
Eli (Denzel Washington) walks alone in post-apocalyptic America, carrying the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Eli keeps his blade sharp and survival instincts sharper navigating a savage wasteland and coming into conflict with a menacing warlord (Gary Oldman) set on possessing the book.
Own it on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and rent it with Movies On Demand 6/15
What do we say about the movie? That's its awesome. And furthermore, that it was screenwritten by ex-PC-Gamer-EIC and occasionalNo BS Podcast guest Gary Whitta, which is also awesome. So what do you have to do to win a copy?
Wade McGilberry and his wife Katy can now pay off their mortgage and start a family on a positive financial foot, and it's all because Wade's a gamer. Give Take Two a bit of credit as well for offering a $1 million prize to the first person to pitch a perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K10.
Wade, a 23-year-old from Mobile, Alabama, accomplished the feat in just 90 minutes, which is probably a lot sooner than the publisher would have liked. For the McGilberrys, however, it was time well spent.
"I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do it, but I was going to try my hardest to," Wade said during a phone interview with GamePro.com. "I already told [my wife] that I was going to be taking the TV for the next couple of weeks or so until I did it."
As it turns out, Wade only needed seven tries, most of which was spent ignoring his in-game catcher's suggestions. Instead, he threw a bunch 2-seam fastballs as weak as possible, keeping them low and out of the strike zone. It would turn out to be a strategy that, after taxes, would be worth about $700,000.
Update: Last chance to enter! We're drawing the winner this afternoon!
Spring is in the air, and you know what that means. Flowers blooming? Birds singing? Romance in the air? No way. This is Maximum PC, and we celebrate the vernal equinox the same way the ancient druids did: by giving away one bad-ass gaming PC. That's right, we're going to give one lucky reader a $3000 gaming rig from iBUYPOWER, sporting Intel's blistering-fast 6-core Gulftown i7 CPU.
To get your name into the random drawing, you'll need to follow us on Twitter and retweet this message. We'll pick a winner with a random drawing on Monday, April 5, 2010.
A handful of hackers will leave CanSecWest's security show a little richer than when they arrived after participating in the annual Pwn2Own contest. Charlie Miller, for example, won $10,000 for hacking Safari on a MacBook Pro without having physical access to the rig. You may recall that Miller, a principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, walked away with $5,000 last year for exploiting a hole in Safari, and $10,000 for hacking a MacBook Air in 2008.
Safari wasn't the only software to fall. Peter Vreugdenhil won $10,000 for hacking Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser, while Nils, head of research at UK-based MWR InfoSecurity, collected the same amount for exploiting Firefox on Windows 7-64 bit (Nils declined to provide his last name).
Both Ralf Philip Weinmann and Vincenzo Iozzo will share a $15,000 prize for hacking Apple's iPhone. They did so with an exploit written two weeks ago designed to steal the contents of the SMS database.
"The payload executes and uploads the local SMS database of the phone to the server we control," Weinmann said.