Bethesda VP of marketing Pete Hines talked about the complexities involved with developing games for the PC platform and confessed that it's a "headache," plain and simple. Too many hardware and driver combinations is one reason why developing games for the PC is so challenging, but the biggest obstacle is piracy, Hines told Joystiq in a recent interview.
The major hard disk drive manufacturers have already admitted that the massive flooding in Thailand will put a severe crimp in HDD prices and availability for the foreseeable future. (A lot of major HDD factories reside in Thailand, you see.) In fact, HDD prices have already begun to climb at many major online retailers. But could the fallout be even more widespread? A new report says that the lack of HDDs could cause as overall PC shortage this holiday season, as OEMs who plow through their existing HDD inventory won’t be able to replace the components.
A clean, efficient, and smoothly running PC only makes your life that much easier as a user: Your data is organized and accessible; your operating system is free of errors and other third-party problems; your system, well, works – and it works nearly as well as it did the first day you installed the OS.
In short, apps that help protect your system from yourself, from the outside world, and from its persistent push toward chaos are critical parts of the PC user experience, period. As it just so happens, we’ve come up with a list of the 21 best programs that can help prevent (or mitigate) PC performance problems before they make your life miserable.
Politics makes for strange bedfellows, and so does competition in PC platforms, This helps explain why Acer chairman JT Wang is in full support of Hewlett Packard keeping its PC business rather than spinning it off or selling it to a third party. Wondering what that has to do with Acer? It's simple, really -- HP is the world's largest PC manufacturer, and both have a common enemy in Apple.
Hewlett Packard went bonkers there for a short while and actually considered selling or spinning off its Personal Systems Group (PSG) so it could focus on servers, printers, and software. Fortunately for HP, newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman quickly reversed course on what could have been a disastrous heading for the world's No. 1 PC maker, So now what?
After leaving the markets hanging for a few weeks, HP has finally clarified its future plans in the PC business: it’s in. HP will not undertake the course of action began by former CEO Leo Apotheker to spin off the PC business. This marks the first major change led by new CEO Meg Whitman. Don’t get too excited; webOS is still dead (we checked).
Market research firms International Data Corp (IDC) and Gartner both report that HP still sits on top of the world as the largest PC maker, shipping more units than other computer maker in the third quarter. Given that HP is maintaining a sizable lead despite all the turmoil surrounding the company's past, present, and future, why on earth would HP go forward with plans to sever its PC business? That's a question HP itself is having trouble answering, and it now looks as though newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman wants to back off plans to spin off or sell HP's Personal Systems Group (PSG).
While our Data as Art gallery went down mighty fine for many Maximum PC readers, we weren’t fooling ourselves: this is Maximum PC, the magazine that shows you how to build computers, not Maximum Software. You folks want hardware - and hey, who are we to disappoint?
We cast our net far and wide to dredge up 25 of the flat-out coolest examples of people repurposing components from PCs, VCRs, CDs or whatever and prove that, yes Virginia, hardware can be art, too. Where else can you find terrifying robots made out of mice and hard drives?
Mmmmm, eye candy. Who can resist the allure of HD graphics and high FPS rates? Not us, that’s for sure. But all too often, people forget that banging visuals are only half of a satisfying entertainment equation; audio is just as important as video if you truly want to be submersed in your favorite action flick. Along those lines, yesterday, DTS – who sits next to Dolby atop the audio codec heap – announced a partnership to bring its DTS UltraPC II Plus technology to upcoming Fujitsu PCs.
The Intel-backed Ultrabook armada is all ready to set sail for an ambitious incursion into the domain of ultraportables. But the real motive is not to make a dent in the Apple-dominated ultraportable PC market but to stop the rapid advance of the iPad and other tablets. Even though Intel and its PC vendor chums have been making a lot of noise about this new breed of ultra-thin and light notebooks, Dell and HP continue to be conspicuous by their absence from the ranks of Ultrabook backers. So where are there Ultrabooks?