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Tom's Hardware's Mailbox: Angelini Goes Postal

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September 1, 2010 6:17:49 AM

I like this segment... Keep it up.
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September 1, 2010 6:19:17 AM

FIRST!

*Post edited by moderator* Actually you were 2nd. Don't do it again.
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September 1, 2010 6:20:10 AM

I don't have a problem with the site, or the Ads. I drop by this site from time to time to check up on the recent news about hardware/software and other things.

I personally enjoy your long list of updates when it comes to Science and other neat things going on. Thats why I come here, and sometimes to use the Charts to show people whats what.

If it were one thing I could change, it would be the "Competitions" or "raffles" etc you have. Reason being that it is all made for the US, I mean, Canada is part of the same island and it doesn't cost much to send over here. So why not include us? We visit your site, give you numbers, etc. Include your happy northern neighbors in your fun.
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September 1, 2010 6:20:38 AM

For a second I thought it said "Tom's Hardware's Mailbox: Angelina Goes Postal" and I got really excited about Mrs. Jolie not only being a smokin' hotty, but also an avid techie and such a dedicated reader of Tom's that you guys were on a first name basis. *sigh* A man can dream though, can't he?
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September 1, 2010 6:29:58 AM

Always good to see the editorial staff keeping their finger on the pulse. It's just a shame:

TomsGames (and by extension: Second Take)
Tech Darling
Video reviews (by Ben and others)
Fringe Drinking
+ other old site services are no longer updated.

Shame Really...

P.S: The current Toms Games doesn't rate vs. old Toms Games
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September 1, 2010 6:35:24 AM

Ya Loved Second Take!
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September 1, 2010 6:37:17 AM

manitoublackAlways good to see the editorial staff keeping their finger on the pulse. It's just a shame:TomsGames (and by extension: Second Take)Tech DarlingVideo reviews (by Ben and others)Fringe Drinking + other old site services are no longer updated.Shame Really...P.S: The current Toms Games doesn't rate vs. old Toms Games


Holy crap I miss Second Take (and Tom's Games in general)! What good is a PC enthusiast hardware site without covering what it is we actually upgrade for -- the games!

I actually added Rob Wright as a buddy on Facebook, I miss them so much. Ben and Rob should be reinstated.
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September 1, 2010 6:37:49 AM

sacre If it were one thing I could change, it would be the "Competitions" or "raffles" etc you have. Reason being that it is all made for the US, I mean, Canada is part of the same island and it doesn't cost much to send over here. So why not include us? We visit your site, give you numbers, etc. Include your happy northern neighbors in your fun.


he's totally right on this one, and i would expand it to anywhere UPS ships so long as the winner pays the shipping upfront i don't see any problems
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September 1, 2010 6:55:17 AM

on that is there anywhere where we can still view the second take videos? They appear to have been removed Toms entirely and were never uploaded to youtube.
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September 1, 2010 7:09:33 AM

People still miss the point. It's not about shipping f-14. It's about laws. Which is why some states in the US aslo get excluded.
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September 1, 2010 7:36:05 AM

I'd really like more accommodation for people not in the US/UK. The world outside the US is growing rapidly & you will now find enthusiasts all over the world, Angola, Pakistan etc.

So talk to us about international retailers, mention the crap sold only in the US/UK, shipping costs for bulkier hardware etc.

PS: that link to the 2010 CPU cooler charts is going to CPU desktop charts.
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September 1, 2010 8:32:09 AM

sacre said:
I don't have a problem with the site, or the Ads. I drop by this site from time to time to check up on the recent news about hardware/software and other things.

I personally enjoy your long list of updates when it comes to Science and other neat things going on. Thats why I come here, and sometimes to use the Charts to show people whats what.

If it were one thing I could change, it would be the "Competitions" or "raffles" etc you have. Reason being that it is all made for the US, I mean, Canada is part of the same island and it doesn't cost much to send over here. So why not include us? We visit your site, give you numbers, etc. Include your happy northern neighbors in your fun.



Yep its all about red tape and taxes. Thats why raffles / contests will even exclude some US states, Rhode Island and Florida for example which requires the company to file forms stating that they will do a contest which in itself costs money.
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September 1, 2010 9:09:43 AM

I would like to see specifically watercooling benchmarks, with sub-divisions based on rads, blocks, pumps, etc.
Complicated, but very compelling.
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September 1, 2010 9:23:20 AM

L0tusI'd really like more accommodation for people not in the US/UK. The world outside the US is growing rapidly & you will now find enthusiasts all over the world, Angola, Pakistan etc.So talk to us about international retailers, mention the crap sold only in the US/UK, shipping costs for bulkier hardware etc.PS: that link to the 2010 CPU cooler charts is going to CPU desktop charts.


Thanks L0tus, link fixed!
As far as expanding, I think we do as well as possible there. Specifically, where you like to see more focus placed? We have many countries covered. Others are simply more difficult...
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September 1, 2010 10:09:01 AM

I like your jacket.
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September 1, 2010 11:48:35 AM

I didn't know about the awards section, and most of the other sections mentioned in the article, guess I have some footing to do around this site.
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September 1, 2010 11:51:05 AM

pangeditYep its all about red tape and taxes. Thats why raffles / contests will even exclude some US states, Rhode Island and Florida for example which requires the company to file forms stating that they will do a contest which in itself costs money.


Quoted because someone is going to miss it and post the same question. RH actually needs the competition starter to submit a statement to the Secretary of State if the prize is over $500 in value. Some places have stupid laws. Plus the more countries you run the competition in, the more forms you need to fill out before you can even get the contest going.

Another shameless plug for Aussie THG! :D 
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September 1, 2010 12:14:45 PM

L0tusI'd really like more accommodation for people not in the US/UK. The world outside the US is growing rapidly & you will now find enthusiasts all over the world, Angola, Pakistan etc.So talk to us about international retailers, mention the crap sold only in the US/UK, shipping costs for bulkier hardware etc.PS: that link to the 2010 CPU cooler charts is going to CPU desktop charts.



ps ps south america here! we're a bunch of enthusiasts!
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September 1, 2010 12:53:41 PM

Angelini, totally awesome that you're using your glamour shots picture as representation of yourself... when was that picture taken?... be honest.... :) 
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September 1, 2010 12:58:11 PM

Very cool ideal Chris for a new article. Answering questions this way reminds me of a statement one of my old teachers made. She said,"If you have a question please speak up as others maybe wondering the same thing." Your answer to Foscooter was something I was wonder about.

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Greetings Foscooter. There actually is a place like that already. On the front page of the site, in the right-hand column, there’s a box called Tom’s Hardware Awards. Any piece of hardware that we’ve awarded a Best Of Tom’s Hardware or Recommended Buy award to will land in that column. There’s a landing page for the full list of awards in the past year or so, available by clicking here.
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September 1, 2010 1:19:43 PM


We have had some huge improvements here in the forums lately, which say a lot about Joe's ability and solid efforts from the moderator team Chris.


1. Reporting of spam ... notice the BIG improvements here lately??

2. Our growing numbers of "specialists" in each area who are dishing out heaps of good advice and growing the forums??

3. Our mad scientists in the Overclocking section who are always pushing the envelope ... but sometimes having a few wisps of expensive smoke appearing at odd times??

4. And lastly, our forum comics who keep the place sane and always have something positive to say, and who diffuse the flamewars.

These are the people I hope your going to encourage Chris.

Some small prizes we could give away like sticks of quality RAM would be a good idea too ... hint hint.

Please give Jane a payrise (sorry randomizer edited this post).

:) 






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September 1, 2010 1:21:15 PM

Dear Tom,

I am an active reader of your website. I would appreciate it if you would start doing your amazing analysis techniques on the hardware aspect of the smart phone segment.

Example: What is a snapdragon processor? How does it compare to my i7 CPU? At what frame rates does this snap dragon processor run Crysis? Can I overclock my snap dragon processor?

I was thinking you could expand this to touch screen reviews. Graphics capabilities, sound measuring, etc...

Maybe there is a reason why this segment is more of an afterthought. In my humble opinion, it seems that the smart phone segment should have it's own tab on your header. I'd like to know your thoughts!

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September 1, 2010 1:29:31 PM

Thanks for the updates! But like some said earlier, I'd like some more video game coverage.
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September 1, 2010 1:53:56 PM

Ehanger asks “There are a lot of people who own early DX10 cards like the 8800gt or 3870 and are looking for an upgrade. Could Tom’s do an article comparing those kinds of cards to newer GTX 400/HD5000 series cards to see what kind of a difference a newer card could make?”
The 8800GT, 9800GT, and GTS 240 are all essentially the same card.
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September 1, 2010 2:02:09 PM

Hear, hear! Hooray for globalization! :) 
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September 1, 2010 2:06:50 PM

i miss my pentium 166 running a pair of voodoo 2's in SLI!!! now that was hi-tec back in the day.
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September 1, 2010 2:35:27 PM

Well, I find the answer about older cards like the 8800gt dissapointing.

One of the most common scenarios I see are people with 8000gt on an i7 system, who want to choose between going SLI with 8800GT, or switching to a newer card.

Also, is what effect have an 8800GT -on a GTX 460 SLI- system as physX accelerator? makes sense?
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September 1, 2010 2:37:49 PM

@Angelini
I asked many times for XY price vs performance charts.
I never got an answer, not even an explanation of why those charts are excluded.
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September 1, 2010 2:51:39 PM

" Could Tom’s do an article comparing those kinds of cards to newer GTX 400/HD5000 series cards to see what kind of a difference a newer card could make?" yes and i think they should.
I have so many people ask me this question and on just about every forum i see posts on this type of question.

Good read, good article :) 
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September 1, 2010 3:18:37 PM

Awesome. I look forward to the new charts :D 
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September 1, 2010 3:27:37 PM

Good news for the users ;)  I only wish that someday I can work with the Tom's team :) 
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September 1, 2010 3:41:15 PM

Interesting. While we're asking for stuff ...

How about an article about whatever happened to add-in audio cards. Is Creative no longer, well, creative?
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September 1, 2010 3:52:08 PM

Tom's, I just like to say I'm a daily reader of your news and reviews and I think you are doing a great job.

Love the Charts and Benchmarks, keep up the good work.

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September 1, 2010 4:15:57 PM

Quote:
Angelini Goes Postal


Put on some shades and grab a golden shovel, and you could pose as the Postal Dude :p 

The forums are for the questions. Need a way to sort of forward those emails into the forums.
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September 1, 2010 4:20:43 PM

1) Can we filter any posts asking about Cryis frame rates?
2) Monitor reviews? Prices have really dropped in 23" range and haven't seen a review in??
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September 1, 2010 5:05:46 PM

Chris Angelini,

What about the ads.smartadserver.com stuff? Tom's gets REALLY slow to load some times, and it's always a delay downloading ads that prevents the page from loading. Often times the nav bar will load (visually, but it's not active) and the page will stop with the browser indicating it's waiting for smartadserver.

It's quite annoying, and even slows down the Forums from loading as well. Last night was horrible for example, both at work and on my home PC (different ISPs even).
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September 1, 2010 6:18:40 PM

What about making an article on great places to purchase your computer hardware and software? Would this be possible with all the states and retail stores in mind, what more the online stores? You could get alot of marketing budget for this. This also would help alot of ppl.
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September 1, 2010 6:31:47 PM

Offical kinds of statements are always nicer when chewing ppl out.
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September 1, 2010 6:50:23 PM

Great way to answer some questions that don't necessarily need an article written about it. Thanks.
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September 1, 2010 9:08:14 PM

ImmortalJman is absolutely correct. Also, in regard to the question about older cards, I would suggest adding SLI/Xfire setups to the graphics card hierarchy charts as a quick way to see how much of a jump to expect. I'm guessing people want more of a general idea as to what they'll get from adding a duplicate card in comparison to a new card/architecture, rather than full benchmarks.
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September 1, 2010 11:11:01 PM

reynodWe have had some huge improvements here in the forums lately, which say a lot about Joe's ability and solid efforts from the moderator team Chris. 1. Reporting of spam ... notice the BIG improvements here lately??2. Our growing numbers of "specialists" in each area who are dishing out heaps of good advice and growing the forums??3. Our mad scientists in the Overclocking section who are always pushing the envelope ... but sometimes having a few wisps of expensive smoke appearing at odd times??4. And lastly, our forum comics who keep the place sane and always have something positive to say, and who diffuse the flamewars.These are the people I hope your going to encourage Chris.Some small prizes we could give away like sticks of quality RAM would be a good idea too ... hint hint.Please give Jane a payrise (sorry randomizer edited this post).


This! I must be (even more) handsomely rewarded for my efforts!
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September 2, 2010 1:34:16 AM

TOMS HARDWARE IS SUPERB.i'm only 13 years old and i have more computer knoweledge than all the students of my class.Everyone asks me for buying new config's,and problems.I also read CHIP Magazine.

THANKS TOM'S HARDWARE.
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September 2, 2010 2:25:13 AM

That's what I want, no limits.thanks tom.tnx very much
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September 2, 2010 4:23:08 AM

Nice, witty answers from Chris :) 
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September 2, 2010 5:45:51 AM

And what's wrong with the GeForce 4MX? It just so happens I just got done playing Re-Volt on that very integrated chip and it was a lot of fun!
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September 2, 2010 5:48:06 AM

chrissmartinTOMS HARDWARE IS SUPERB.i'm only 13 years old and i have more computer knoweledge than all the students of my class.Everyone asks me for buying new config's,and problems.I also read CHIP Magazine.THANKS TOM'S HARDWARE.


Average age here is 12. Dang boy, you're old!
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September 2, 2010 12:44:11 PM

Alexa states the most frequent visitors are:

Based on internet averages, tomshardware.com is visited more frequently by males who are in the age range 18-24, have no children and received some college education.

Tomshardware.com has been online since 1997. Compared with all internet users, the site's users are disproportionately male, and they tend to be moderately educated, childless users under the age of 35 who browse from home.

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/tomshardware.com#

Global Rank 1224 Today !!

Iv'e been trying to encourage all my mates who are women and have 8 kids and are in their 40's to try to balance things up a bit.

JD is also visting his mates in the nursing homes ... putting THG on all of the PC's there as the homepage !!!

This could explain some of the recent posts ...
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September 2, 2010 2:40:31 PM

We understand that new directx video features would be missing by doing SLI of a past generation card. Most people on this site would already know that, and you could put a blurb in the article saying this, which you could cut and paste in any future edtitions.

I would like to add to those suggesting this, because for many of us the (often) minor video feature improvements are not as important to us as just maintaining GOOD (if not excellent) video quality and decent FPS with a more reasonable cost.

Of course you'd always have people complaining that you did not cover every single last gen card or SLI configuration, but at least having a few examples would be helpful and interesting reference material.
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