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It's hard to imagine 12 months has gone since 2009 rolled over and we now look onward to a new decade. Over the past 12 months we've seen TweakTown continue to grow in all areas with a heavy focus on expanding the amount of content we have along with the diversity of it. But of course, without you, our loyal readers, we wouldn't be much at all. So we would like to thank you all for putting a bit of time aside each day or week to check out what's happening in the computer world.
On behalf of the team at TweakTown, we wish you all a fantastic New Year and enjoy the rest of your holiday break with your new toys or whatever else it is that has helped put a smile on your face this holiday season.
We hope you've enjoyed what TweakTown has had to offer you over the past 12 months and we look forward to bringing you all another year's worth of new and exciting coverage throughout 2010.
Time to bring on 2010 with a BANG! Peace out.
Well, it's that time of the year again where we all have the perfect excuse to wind ourselves down and spend quality time with the family (and of course, ourselves!). 2009 was definitely another big step forward for TweakTown with a broader range of coverage and style thanks to further growth within our team and focus on delivering premium quality content to the people that matter most, you guys!
Time to take a breather for a few days and give ourselves a pat on the back for another successful year, along with a big thanks to you guys for sticking around and supporting us of course. Things will naturally slow down on the site for a bit over the next few days, with a repeat slowdown to occur as the new year comes around. But don't worry, we'll of course be back with bigger bells on come Jan 4 2010.
On behalf of the TweakTown team, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and enjoy whatever goodies Santa has abound with your name on them. Let's all look forward to another exciting year come 2010, beginning with the fun and frills of CES early into the new year.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers what they thought is the most exciting new or upcoming technology.
We ran the poll for a little longer than usual compared to our previous polls and as a result, we got more votes than usual. Over 7,500 people voted.
Out of all of the options, our readers are most excited about the upcoming Fermi DX11 GPU based video cards from NVIDIA taking the most votes at 21%.
Next up and at a fairly close second with 18% of the votes, our readers voted for Ultra Fast and Larger Capacity SSDs. In third place with 14% of the votes was the recently launched ATI Radeon HD 5970 dual GPU video card from AMD.
Forth place was interesting in that it was tied by three different contenders - Windows 7, DX11 computer games and 2160p next-gen ultra HD video. 3D Monitors, Movies, Games and the like got 7% of the votes and interest for Multi-Touch Displays, Next-gen Netbooks and Alternative OS like Google Chrome OS wasn't very high.
Thank you for taking the time to vote. It allows us to see which technologies you are most interested in and what we will take more time to cover. On the same token, it also tells us areas where we need to improve our content coverage.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know who you think makes the best Solid State Disk drives? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Long time TweakTown readers will remember our "SBG" or System Builders Guides section that was a popular feature on our website some years ago.
It was retired for reasons I cannot exactly remember right now, but we are very happy to announce that as of today SBG v2 is up and running! It looks and works much better than the first version of the past.
For one, from our prospective, it is much easier to update and maintain using our swish back-end system - that may be one of the reasons the first version was taken offline. The second, from a user point of view, the pricing is dynamic and updates in real-time. Unfortunately not all products are listed on PriceGrabber (our price search engine partner), so some of the prices are added in manually, but many are updated dynamically providing you with the latest information.
We have three systems in the SBG:
TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC - for this one our system recommendations are based on building the best PC for a limited price of around $1000 USD.
TweakTown Commander PC - and for this one our system recommendations are based on building a mid-range computer system that provides the best bang for buck up to $2000 USD.
TweakTown Admiral PC - and finally the big daddy! Our Admiral PC represents the best desktop computer system you can build without any cost constraints.
We hope you enjoy the return of SBG and that it proves useful with your next system build!
Well folks, hasn't this been a long time coming?
We've had our little spot on the Internet for 10 years now posting loads of quality daily technology content and we have finally got our act together and put together a proper newsletter, for lack of originality - we're calling it the "TweakTown Weekly Newsletter".
We've actually had the idea to put out a weekly newsletter for a year or more now, but as things go, we've been incredibly busy working on a whole bunch of various projects simultaneously, but we are here now and now I've got to say something interesting, before you delete this email.
So, the purpose of our Weekly Newsletter is to highlight our hottest content of the week, we'll also include our favorite Download of the Day and Deal of the Day for the week. We'll let you know what is happening behind the scenes in this spot. We'll remind you of our Weekly Giveaway.
If it increases in popularity enough, we may even add in some exclusive newsletter-only content such as a short review. For now, please send us all your tips and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You know, over the last few days we have told you why we think the new Zune HD is going to give Apple a run for its iPod Touch money. However, most of that has been very speculative. We are sure many of you are wondering where we are getting that idea from.
Well wonder no longer, today the FedEx guy brought us something to make us smile and to let us really tell you how the Zune HD will fare against the iPod Touch. This new toy was a 16GB Zune HD Black.
We received this from the gang over at NVIDIA. They are very excited about this new PMP as it has their own little sweet heart, the Tegra, under the hood. This new SoC is very versatile and powerful. Over the next few days we are going to be giving this a nice run around the block to see exactly how it performs versus an iPhone 3G S (the closest we have on hand to a new iPod Touch).
Until then enjoy these shots taken with a slightly green looking iPhone 3G S.
In our review of the ASRock X58 Extreme we had a few issues with memory; most notably with our kit of Kingston KHX160003K3/3GX. For some reason we could not get that RAM to post. Well this started a series of e-mails between ASRock and TweakTown.
We tried a different BIOS and still could not get the board to post with that kit of memory in the board. Well today an ASRock Engineer actually stopped by our lab In Orlando, FL to take a look at the board and at the setup.
This is an impressive move by a mainboard company and the first time a company engineer has actually wanted to physically see the issue. I am very used to getting a new product or trouble shooting over the phone or through e-mail but a personal visit is something altogether different.
The engineer in question was named William Yu; William was quick to let me know it was not just the board that he was there to see, but he also wanted to meet me and to see the testing setup. I was unable to reproduce the exact issues I was having with the original BIOS and setup but William did let me know that ASRock was very concerned with making sure issues like this are addressed.
He also asked me about expectations from mainboards in general and was very interested in hearing our input on board layout design, overclocking and performance.
I have to say that any company that would be willing to make this effort certainly has my respect. The X58 in question is also running much better with the latest BIOS P130 than it was. I have been able to cold boot the Kingston KHX160003K3/3GX kit several times and was even able to run some tests through it. More importantly I was able to boot this kit using both of the XMP profiles (1866 and 2000).
We just concluded a design contest over at 99designs (a great tool for getting new logos etc made) and we are pleased to show you our brand new TweakTown award logos.
We'll be implementing these on the site shortly.
This new design is just the beginning of what's to come.
After a good couple months of planning, consideration and execution, we are very pleased to welcome you to the brand new TweakTown web design for 2009!
So, what do you think? - We are very satisfied with the end result and much kudos needs to go to our head developer Justin who was responsible for a great part of what you now see.
We still have a lot of work to do - Justin is going to start working on a much more improved custom made publishing back-end as of now and once that is done, you, as our readers, will begin to see a whole series of new features and sections introduced over the following months.
Our lips are sealed for the moment, but we are quite sure it will help TweakTown grow even more and also provide a lot more value and entertainment to the site for you; more so just than articles and reviews.
Another step that we have decided to make in the very near future is to merge TTGamer into TweakTown, resulting in your primary source for all the latest in gaming news and reviews as well as regular technology content and I.T. news.
For now, life goes on and you can expect the same level of high quality technology content along with much more of it.
It should be noted that there may be a few small teething problems to come with the new design, but we will be dealing with any potential issues or bugs very promptly over the next few days.
Stay safe and thanks for reading!
On behalf of the large and growing team at TweakTown, I want to wish you all a very big Merry Christmas as well as a safe, happy and prosperous New Year for 2009!
As it is time for our annual break and time to take it easy for a little, news and content will slow down over the next couple of weeks. We will still post new items for you to read, but it will just be slower than usual. You should all be spending time with your family and friends anyway!
Again, Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!