There are some fights that live on throughout the ages: Ali vs. Frazier. McDonald's vs. Burger King. Queen Elizabeth I vs. Mary, Queen of Scots. And, of course, Mac vs. PC. Whether you're a loyalist or a convert you gotta pick a team. Time for you to weigh in, put on the boxing gloves, and test out your operating system!
I'm a Mac, but mommy taught me it takes all shapes, sizes and kinds to make the world. And so, I welcome the operating system variety in the marketplace and gawk at all the different models on TV and movie sets. I've already challenged you to guessing which way some of our favorite male characters swing, so now it's time to test your knowledge of the type of machinery our beloved geek girls rock. Have you been paying attention to the tech on TV or looking at your laptop instead? Take my quiz and find out!
I like to think you can tell a lot about a man by his computer. It's usually sweeping stereotypes about being a semi-old fashioned, number cruncher, or artsy creator, but at the end of the day we all judge a man by his machinery, right? I get a kick out of watching how TV shows and set designers sneak technology into story lines. Play my PC vs. Mac men quiz to see if you've been paying attention to your favorite TV character's operating systems.
I can give you multiple reasons why I love this concept piece I found on Coroflot. Not only is this hanging hard drive packed with virus-scanning software to help you track down any bugs that may have attacked your computer, but it can also recover any corrupted files, so it's actually a useful piece of equipment.
Plus, it's kinda cute in a totally out-of-left-field kind of way, and it flashes and glows in the dark while it's doing its thing. I'm hoping the concept artist releases these soon, cause I can really see myself picking one up, even if it's just for the fun of it!
Who doesn't love ninjas, especially when they're mini?! Fighting their way into your consoles this Fall is Mini Ninjas, which is sure to be the cutest game since LittleBigPlanet as far as I can tell from these screenshots. Mini Ninjas has you playing as one of two student ninjas that has been sent out by the Master Ninja to defeat the evil Samurai Warlord and his band of forest animal warriors.
Although you are your master's last choice to defeat the evil forces, you find that you have some serious skill as Hiro, the youngest of students, and a great intimidation factor as Futo, the largest (and of course, slowest) student. I can appreciate a great fighting game, but Mini Ninjas looks like it has a lot more going for it than just button mashing — the scenery looks fantastic, it has a cool retro art style, and the story seems to remain pretty positive, so even the younger set can enjoy playing.
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So you're a Mac. Or a PC. And you are very happy with your chosen OS — Windows or OS X having never done you wrong. But sometimes you catch yourself daydreaming. . . wondering. . . what the other side is like.
Perhaps, if you're a Mac, you find yourself wanting a Dell Mini or other netbook — how great it would be for travel! It's so light, and so cheap! Or if you're a PC, maybe you've just been told too many times how nice and easy using a Mac is.
Hey, even happily platformed geeks like to think about how the other half lives, even the most hardcore loyalists (like the gentlemen of Diggnation, pictured). Have you ever been curious about Macs if you're a PC, or vice versa?
So with the majority of you on board with the whole Netbook craze, let me just throw a little wrench in your wish list and savings plan — it's called the Nettop. Although most people are smitten with the tiny portable computers, some are not so infatuated with the small keyboard, screen, and storage availability to match. Nettops, which made a big impact at the CES conference in Las Vegas this year, are smaller than your average desktop (with screens ranging from 15-19 inches), and come in an all-in-one bundle, which is easy on the eyes and great for maximizing space.
Both netbooks and nettops run Windows or Linux, and come with a smaller price tag than their full-grown counterparts — the eee Top shown above sells for around $550 and comes with a touchscreen. So knowing that the mini computer market will now grow from a laptop-dominated world to include mini desktops (seven million units are expected to sell by next year), which would you rather buy?
Just because Gossip Girl wasn't new last night doesn't mean you have to go without a tech quiz! My love for Gossip Girl stems from its total embrace of technology and its inextricable role in furthering gossip, for better or worse. And what do they need (besides the latest smartphones) to surf devious blogs? Computers. A complicated relationship with Apple means that some characters do in fact use Macs, but there are also a lot of PC users as well. Know who's who? Test your tech knowledge!
Photos courtesy of The CW
We all know how frustrating a slow computer can be. Sometimes, I even have little patience for a slow-moving machine. So what to do? Get more RAM, move some of your data to an external hard drive to free up some space? Well if you're up late at night, you might be tempted by the Finally Fast infomercial like my pal Molly was, who tipped me off to this hilarity.
Finally Fast offers you a free diagnostic test and free software to "get your computer up to peak performance", then flashes a warning that tells us: Finally Fast is for PC computers only. So why are there Macs being used in the commercial?! Needless to say, you shouldn't trust Finally Fast if they can't even tell the difference between a Mac and a PC. Watch and enjoy.
It's the calm before the gaming storm! Spring is not just for flowers and showers, it's the time for game companies to put the finishing touches on their work and prepare to show them off in the coming months. Look out for lots of new gaming news from now until late Fall — it's crunch time! So while we wait for the goods, check out these titles that will be hitting the shelves this month.