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Tech journalist by day, badass biker by night, and a 24/7 Boston sports fan, Paul Lilly epitomizes the archetype of the modern day geek. You won’t ever catch Paul wearing a pocket protector or suspenders, but you might find him cruising down the highway on two-wheels wearing an Oregon Trail t-shirt, or sticking his head in a home brewed PC while donning a do-rag or Celtics jersey. Like so many from his generation, the Commodore 64 seduced him into the titillating world of computers, and through the years, he’s courted a number of OSes and platforms from DOS on up to Windows 8. Paul covers the news beat and reviews, and is a general wiseguy who keeps the mood light. He’s also a seasoned freelance writer whose work has appeared in Maximum PC, PC World, Computer Shopper, and a number of other online and print publications.

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It's not taking long for memory makers to crank out DDR5 kits that blast way past the initial wave of 4,800 MT/s offerings that arrived when Alder Lake debuted. How high they'll go remains to be seen. In the here and now, however, Corsair is offering up for the sale the world's fastest DDR5 memory kit under its... Read more...
Almost half a century ago, Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak demonstrated and then released the very first Apple computer, which later became known as the Apple-1. Only 200 of the hand-built machines were ever made, 175 of which were sold to a computer shop in Mountain View, California. Out of those, it's... Read more...
There are about a million and one different gaming headsets on the market (rough estimate, slight exaggeration), and aside from affording you a whole bunch of different choice, it increases the chances of finding one at a discount. That's the case right now with a popular wireless headset for the Xbox Series X being... Read more...
For a frustrating minute (figuratively), it seemed like graphics cards would never be in stock at anywhere close to MSRP levels ever again. It's been depressing, to say the least. But over the course of 2022, prices have been steadily falling and are now at the point where the average cost for both GeForce RTX 30 and... Read more...
The landscape of relatively affordable handheld PC gaming consoles is beginning to expand. Up to this point, Valve's popular Steam Deck has largely flown solo in this space (other handhelds on par with its power and capabilities have been priced much higher up to this point), but just within the past week at least two... Read more...
It may seem hard to fathom but much faster solid state drives (SSDs) are on the horizon, with sequential read and write speeds on pace to double over today's fastest solutions. In a brief demonstration posted to YouTube, Phison showed off an engineering sample SSD ripping off reads just shy of 12.5GB/s and writes... Read more...
The only real certainties in life are death, taxes, and scammers trying to swindle you out of your money. In the digital age, that means phishing scams run rampant, as it's a relatively low effort and potentially high reward ruse. Some efforts are more convincing than others, perhaps such as the one that is targeting... Read more...
Windows updates are typically supposed to patch security holes, add new features, improve performance, increase stability, or offer some combination of all those things. They're not supposed to leave your PC in worse shape then before they were installed, though that sometimes happens. That's the case right now for... Read more...
It's hard to believe that it's been a year and a half since the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 came out, and even harder to fathom that they're still difficult to find in stock. That is, unless you're willing to pay an obscene markup by a marketplace seller. Forget that nonsense because if it's the Xbox Series X... Read more...
The Steam Deck is the handheld PC gaming console everyone wants, and a big reason why is because Valve came out of the gate with aggressive pricing. Combine that with easy access to Steam games and optional Windows support, and it's easy to see why it's in such high demand. Well, it might getting some competition very... Read more...
There is no definitive timeline on when precisely the chip shortage will end, only that it won't last forever. Huge investments (billions of dollars) are being made into factory upgrades and expansions, to hopefully avoid another situation like this one from playing out in the future. In the meantime, the situation is certainly improving, Read more...
Now is your chance to add every BioShock game ever made, in remastered form, to your games library without spending a cent. Or a dime or a dollar, or any money at all. For the next week, BioShock: The Collection is up grabs at no cost, you just have to claim it before the freebie offer expires. Then it's yours to keep... Read more...
Barring any regulatory hurdles, Broadcom is buying virtualization giant VMware for around $61 billion in a cash and stock transaction, the two companies announced today. The sale amount is based on the closing price of Broadcom's common stock on May 25, 2022, and as part of the deal the company will assume VMware's $8... Read more...
During an investor briefing, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) CEO Jim Ryan offered a blunt assessment of the PS5 stock situation, saying Sony's ability to supply the market with its latest-generation console is "the one area where we've fallen short of expectations." In the next breath, however, he promised that... Read more...
We have a special guest joining us today for our 2.5 Geeks livestream, Robert Hallock, Director of Technical Marketing at AMD. He'll be joining us to discuss everything AMD revealed during its Computex 2022 keynote. That means we'll be prodding for some juicy details Zen 4 and its accompanying 600 series chipsets... Read more...
NVIDIA continues to generate record revenue from its two biggest earners, those being its data center and gaming divisions, and in that order for the first time that we're aware of. They combined to help propel NVIDIA's first quarter earnings for its fiscal 2023 period to $8.29 billion, the most it's ever accumulated... Read more...
If you managed to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 console and have been holding off buying a second controller, now is the time. The DualSense (voted best controller of all time) has never been cheaper than it is right now, and in a variety of color options, too. The discount is part of Sony's wide ranging Days of... Read more...
You may have lugged around a backpack with a laptop inside, but what if the backpack was the PC? That's the idea behind Zotac's VR GO, a wearable PC that's again been upgraded. The latest iteration—VR GO 4.0—packs an 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processor paired with discrete NVIDIA RTX graphics, though interestingly... Read more...
Anyone who has ever asked for a case recommendation in the past several years has most likely been told to check out NZXT's H710 lineup. The H710 is a super popular mid-tower series, and while not perfect, is certainly a serviceable and attractive solution for a DIY build. It's also now officially dated, because NZXT... Read more...
There are plenty of delicious (not edible, trust us on that one) solutions in the single board computer (SBC) space, and while Raspberry Pi is the one most people probably think of right way, it's not the only contender. ASUS tinkers with SBCs, as do a spattering of other companies. Among them is Banana Pi, which... Read more...
Google has begun rolling out another update to its Chrome browser on all the major desktop platforms (Windows, Linux, and Mac) and there are at least 32 reasons why you should apply it sooner rather than later. That's the number of security fixes the latest update includes. If you're looking for just one very good... Read more...
Microsoft's Build 2022 event is underway, and while there have not been any surprise consumer hardware launches (not yet, anyway) like a tri-folding Surface or anything of that nature, the company did announce something special for developers.  Called Project Volterra, it's a mini PC and development platform designed... Read more...
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