Numbers, percentages, bits of data; normally, we tend to look at these tidbits as information, useful for statistical analysis and not much more. Accounting isn’t sexy. Spreadsheet programmers don’t cultivate the same star power as lead programmers on video games. But numbers and raw data hold a unique and powerful allure their own – just ask John Carmack.
In Steve Jobs' two stints at Apple, the company made some great products. Their most amazing products. But no one's perfect. Not even Steve Jobs. And Apple produced a few pieces of total crap during his reign. Here're the worst.
Futurists, computer scientists, and trendsetting analysts all agree – the personal computer, particularly in its current configuration, probably won’t be with us too much longer. And we understand the reasoning. The PC is a space hog in a world where space is increasingly at a premium, it's an energy hog at a time when energy is both costly and precious, and it's no longer the driver of the technology industry it once was. That honor now goes to all those nifty little pads and pods and tabs we suddenly can't seem to live without. The long-in-the-tooth desktop, meanwhile, has already been relegated by some to dinosaur status.
Yet as much as it's been beaten down, as much as its fate seems sealed by a world that now craves mobility and a technological revolution that's now revolving in other directions, the PC isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It remains the workhorse of the workforce, the finest tool in the arsenal for visual arts, and the panacea for non-console gamers everywhere.
Having said that, we thought we'd take a look at what might happen to those devices that surround the grandaddy of high tech. Click through for a rundown of fifteen peripheral devices and concepts notable for their evolutionary stance.
Let's face it, the reason we do what we do is that we're modders at heart. And though most of our time is taken up in the lab, finding ways to maximize PCs of all shapes and sizes, that doesn't mean we can't appreciate console mods too. To the contrary; after seeing what people have been able to fashion their trusty consoles into, we felt compelled to make a gallery featuring some of our favorite console mods of all time. We still think PC gaming is superior, but we respect a good hardware hack - and with these kick-ass mods, we're seeing a whole new side to consoles.
Whether you sneak a peak at the toys section while grocery shopping at Target, or get dragged along to the local Toys R' Us with by your own kids, a small part of all of us wants to dig in. Why? Because at some point in each one of our lives, toys ruled our world. But, more importantly, many of them taught us virtues we would carry into our adult lives, and possibly pass on to our very own kids. Model cars and space ships taught us patience and attention to detail, Legos taught us that with the right amount of creativity, anything is possible, and Transformer robots taught us that, well, robots are freakin' cool.
With that in mind, we'd like to present to you twenty of our favorite current toys for nerdy kids. We didn't just want to find the coolest toys per say, we wanted to find cool toys that encourage kids intelectually and creatively as well. What did we miss? Maximum PC parents, what toys do you buy for your kids?
Adventure. Excitement. A geek craves not these things...most of the time. While most of us are content to walk in the light, a number of our most craven geek brethern have chosen to follow a darker path, seeking power, fame and glory through any means neccesary. Plying their geeky wiles towards bending the world to their will, these nerdy neerdowells will stop at nothing to survive and thrive. To make sure you know to steer clear of such villianous vermin, we've put together a gallery of some of the worst offenders. After all, knowing is half the battle.
Exhausted but undeterred, we hit the show floor of Comic-Con 2011 hard on our final day, raffling away our coveted Star Trek PC, and, as always, keeping a vigilant eye out for awesome costumes. Click through the images below!
The madness called Comic-Con continues to rage in San Diego, with brave field agents Alan and Nathan reporting live from the chaos. This first batch of Comic-Con 2011 pictures went live yesterday afternoon, and already we're already back with another helping of photographic evidence.
Read on to check out the crazy costumes and crowds of Comic-Con.
It is with a particular mix of eager excitement and apprehensive trepidation that we prepare ourselves every year for Comic Con. Between the panels, the announcements, the previews, the games, the costumes and the crush of super fans, it's often a geek overload. However, who better to tackle such a monstrous event than the Maximum PC staff?
What did we do before the widespread adaptation of Google Maps and GPS? Well, if you're anything like me, you probably got lost. A lot. But maps are good for a lot more than finding your way around - especially if they're online, where they can also be a way to track trends and crimes, help find you a new apartment, search the night sky and test your knowledge of world geography.
The integration with maps and photography can help to tell a story, or create art. In honor of a long standing appreciation for cartrography in its many forms, we present to you twenty-six awesome (and mostly interactive) maps. Enjoy - and be sure to share your favorite maps in the comments!