Let’s not bury the lede, as they say in the newspaper business: This issue of Maximum PC will be my last. After more than 200 issues, 16 Dream Machines, and lots of bent hardware, my time here is done.
Deputy Editor Gordon Ung gives you a tour around this year's benchmark-busting beast
Every year we set out to build the most kick-ass PC, where money is no object and performance rules the roost. This year's $16,000+ Dream Machine is no different. It's by far the most powerful PC we've ever built--shoot, it even cracked into 3DMark 11's esteemed Hall of Fame leaderboard!
The whole might be greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts are pretty damned impressive, as you will see in these behind-the-scenes videos of all the Dream Machine's components, with your host Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung!
As a close observer of politics and messaging, I’ve noticed that the politician who controls the terminology, controls the message. Thus inheritance tax becomes a “death tax” and a $1 trillion tax increase turns into “revenue enhancement.”
The Mainstream tech media declared the PC dead—yet again—and enthusiasts had a full-on freak-out when rumors surfaced thatIntel intended to dump socketed processors within two years. You can read the details of the story here, but let it be known far and wide, Intel will support socketed processors for the “foreseeable future.” AMD, likewise, had already taken the pledge, saying it would be offering socketed CPUs, too.
Note: This column originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Maximum PC is happy to announce that beginning today, magazine readers, PC enthusiasts, and parents of preteen females will be able to now rent Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung for private parties being held in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Dubbed the “Rent-A-Gordon” Program, the nascent editor-lending service aims to achieve the dual objectives of allowing people other than the staff of Maximum PC to enjoy Ung’s one-of-a-kind personality, and to help raise additional funds for his legal defense fund following a recent Facebook prank gone awry.
On February 28, Ung’s sendup of a viral Bill Gates image jokingly promised a GeForce GTX Titan to anyone who clicked the Facebook Share button. Ung soon found that more than 8,400 took his prank seriously, and the editor became the target of a class action lawsuit when he failed to deliver the goods. Gordon explained that he put an asterisks in the corner of his sign noting specifically that he would not deliver, but legal scholars who have weighed in on what is now referred to asTitangate say such disclaimers won't stand up in court.
"Could ya'll possibly make an 'all rant edition' podcast this year like there have been in previous years? I liked those episodes of all the rants from the past year cut up into one." – user steven4570
We admit it — we’ve fallen behind on reader questions over the past, oh, year or so. Sorry about that. To make up for it Deputy Editor Gordon Ung, Intern Chris Zele, Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang, and Editor Josh Norem have pulled together to answer a backlog of reader questions in No BS Podcast #192 (Warning: we use "adult language"…a lot). First we yank a few questions from the voicemail inbox, and then we tackle questions from twitter, and then finally face questioning on Facebook. After the Q/A session, Gordon steps up onto his soapbox and delivers an impassioned plea regarding tablets. It’s an hour and a half of nothing but your questions and Gordon’s untreated psychosis.
Click the "Read More" button to see how you can submit your own questions to be read on the podcast.
October was a scary busy month for Tech (Halloween pun totally intended). Manning and "womening" episode 191 of the No BS podcast are Editor Josh Norem, Editor-in-Chief Katherine Stevenson, Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang, and Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung. This time around the crew tackles a wide variety of topics that include: