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Call me lazy, backward, a troglodyte, whatever

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 14th 2016 | Discuss
Tags: pc disk-imaging transfer programs

I didn’t create the problem, I’m a victim like you I’m not buying a new PC. Even though the one I have is embarrassingly old, going on three years now, and even though it crashes once a day, I’m sticking with it

You will know computers really work when . . .

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 31st 2016 | Discuss
Tags: pc secuity it user interface

Computer—what’s that? I kinda’ grew up in the computer era, beginning with punch cards and patch panels. At the time it was exciting, the newest thing. Only super geeks could play with computers, and we (forgive the lack of humility) were not only tolerant of

The letters of the future

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 16th 2016 | Discuss
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Although we speak in code, we all have the decoder We’ve lived through, enjoyed, and profited from the PC era, and of course it’s not over yet, just shifting to the high end. As the PC (a convenient and beloved two-letter acronym, sometimes confused with political

On Siggraph and other conferences

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 3rd 2016 | Discuss
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Resiliency due to relevance Siggraph and other shows are right-sized for the audience they serve. Allow me to elaborate. We at-tend, as visitors, and occasionally as speakers, several conferences a year (maybe as many as 40). Some are company events like IDF, DellWorld, GTC, etc., and most are industry events such

Could 2016 be the make or break year for consumer VR?

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 20th 2016 | Discuss
Tags: vr mobile vr pokemon nintendo

The promise of so many things this year The subject of VR is getting more air time than the U.S. political can­didates, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. Google is going to build a high-end VR HMD—no, wait a minute, they&rsquo

Seeing is, . . . everything

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 13th 2016 | Discuss
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The human brain processes entire images in 13 milliseconds We are visual animals. Ninety percent of the information we gather about the world and ourselves is done by our visual system, and naturally, we use our vision as a model for all other systems. If you want to build a successful

The year shapes up

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 11th 2016 | Discuss
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If the first quarter is when the tech industry states its highest ambitions and fondest dreams, the second quarter is when many promises come to fruition … or not. New products promised at the end of the previous year, and in the first quarter, will start showing up on store

FLOPS vs FRAPS: cars and GPUs

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 22nd 2016 | Discuss
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What makes the difference where the rubber meets the road? FLOPS—Floating-point Operations Per Second is a measurement of a processor’s arithmetic processing speed and has been used since the early 1960s to evaluate and compare CPUs. FRAPS—FRAmes Per Second— is a benchmarking scheme

Trendspotting

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 7th 2016 | Discuss
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Born of many fathers, VR and AR grow in popularity In doing research for my book on Augmented Reality, I re­alized many people were ex­plaining AR and VR, what it is, how it works, who invented what and when. I think that is the measure of

The AIB is here to tell ya, I’m not dead yet

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 26th 2016 | Discuss
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PC sales are down, it’s the end of an era, woe oh woe, what’ll we do?  Relax. The hysterical headlines of shares pushers on Seeking Alpha, Motley Fool, and various “news” sites are enough to make anyone think the world is coming to