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LINK 85: 2011 PC NOTES COLUMNS

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:49 pm

JANUARY 2011: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/jan11/articles ... s-0111.htm

Not every enhancement to your audio PC is worth the money — and top-spec graphics cards are a case in point...

Next Generation Graphics Cards - AMD Cayman series with up to 300 watts to keep cool!

Pick A Card - modest graphic cards suitable for the musician passively cooled and retailing at under £40.

Known Unknowns - what’s in your PC? Sandra, PC Wizard and Speccy can help.

PC Snippets - Windows 8 News, Logitech solar-powered wireless keyboards.
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February 2011 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:05 pm

FEBRUARY 2011: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/feb11/articles ... s-0211.htm

You may be surprised at the data-transfer capabilities of your USB ports. Here’s how to find out what you’re dealing with...

USB Ports - are yours Full-speed, High-Speed or even SuperSpeed?

Positive ID - looking in Device Manager, how to measure USB transfer rates to make sure.

PC Snippets - Intel Sandy Bridge Processors, Kingston USB 3 Drives, Microsoft shape-shifting controller patent, Theremin using Xbox 360 controller.
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March 2011 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:31 pm

MARCH 2011: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/mar11/articles ... s-0311.htm

Keep the creativity flowing and discover long‑lost plug‑ins with a properly organised Start menu.

Vista Search Box - good for known apps, but not for everything.

Hidden Gems - the unwieldy scrolling list of the Start Menu.

Organised Sound - SMOz utility to help you find your audio applications.

Sandy Saga - over-clocking excitement, system-dependent audio results, variable PCI performance, advice for the musician.
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April 2011 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:01 pm

APRIL 2011: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/apr11/articles ... s-0411.htm

The launch of Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors hasn’t gone as smoothly as it might have done — and the saga continues...

Water Under The Bridge? - design problem in Intel Cougar Point chips, Gigabyte Check Utility

Green Credentials - the carbon footprints of Sandy Bridge, AMD Fusion APU.

Latest From Microsoft - Windows 7 Service Pack, Explorer 9 Internet Browser.

PC Sound Bending - Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch, ToneBytes Bend Box mini-reviews.
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May 2011 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Wed May 04, 2011 3:53 pm

MAY 2011: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/may11/articles ... s-0511.htm

Just as Superspeed USB 3 is starting to appear as standard, there’s a new kid on the block. So what’s so great about Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt is Go! - intended to replace PCI Express, SATA, USB, Firewire and external video connections, why it could become the new audio interface standard.

MIDI Massage - using MIDIOX to individually tweak and then combine the ‘feel’ and controllers of your MIDI keyboards.

PC Snippets - Sandy Bridge Under Control, AMD Fight Back.
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June 2011 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:38 pm

JUNE 2011: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/jun11/articles ... s-0611.htm

The Sandy saga has been taking up column space for several months now — so how long should you wait before crossing that bridge?

Intel’s Arbitrary Decisions - P67 and H67 chipsets compared

The Waiting Game - could the new high-end Z68 chipset become the new favourite for the musician?

Install & Be Damned - the tell-tale symptoms of over-enthusiastic virus-checking.

PC Snippets - the ‘pointy finger’ interface of Windows 8, Commodore 64 PC
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July 2011 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:14 pm

JULY 2011: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/jul11/articles ... s-0711.htm

Computing’s big names continue to offer more power in less space, as Intel pioneer new microprocessor technology and Seagate put even more data storage on your platter...

Ivy Bridge - the world’s first 3D transistors, further extension of Moore’s Law.

Nebula Kernels Promoted - Acustica Audio’s Volterra Engine enhancements.

Raising The Bar - third party developers step up to the plate with Nebula libraries.

PC News - Windows 7 On The Up, Seagate Break 1TB Barrier.
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