Weekend Open Forum

Weekend Open Forum

Dedicated to our weekly open discussions, the TechSpot community debates and voices its opinion on a range of different subjects. Common themes include the latest product launches or polls about your computing habits.

Weekend Open Forum: Technology predictions for 2013

Weekend Open Forum: Technology predictions for 2013

Earlier this week, IBM shared what it expects to see over the next five years in technology, with several scientists predicting that computers will become more intelligent and human-like. Although we're not daring enough to gaze half a decade into the future, we thought it'd be fun...

WOF: Biggest tech failures of 2012

WOF: Biggest tech failures of 2012

When we asked this question a year ago most of you agreed that AMD’s FX brand relaunch, Sony’s PSN data breach, Netflix’s Qwikster spin-off, and HP’s handling of WebOS while almost quitting the PC market were among the worst tech…
Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

I jumped on the social networking / media bandwagon pretty early on when MySpace was just starting to take off. I rode the social wave over to Facebook and hung around there for about seven years before finally deciding to…
Weekend Open Forum: What's the oldest part in your PC?

Weekend Open Forum: What's the oldest part in your PC?

Although most of us upgrade our systems regularly, it's generally uncommon to replace every single component -- even for a fresh build. Instead, parts less crucial to daily performance such as optical drives, bulk storage, cases or even power supplies are recycled over the years...

Weekend Open Forum: What type of mouse pad do you use?

Weekend Open Forum: What type of mouse pad do you use?

Two realizations struck me while seeking a new mouse pad recently: 1) there's a lack of small plastic pads from major gaming accessory makers, and 2) folks take there mouse surfaces very seriously. On my journey, I found debates about the ideal material, with people defending...

Weekend Open Forum: What's your favorite horror movie?

Weekend Open Forum: What's your favorite horror movie?

Although I don't regret "cutting the cord," there are some inherent drawbacks to relying on Internet services and discs for shows and movies -- namely that you always have to know what you want to watch. That's generally fine because I'm not interested in most of what's on TV and...

Weekend Open Forum: Did you jump on the 3D bandwagon?

Weekend Open Forum: Did you jump on the 3D bandwagon?

A couple of years ago it seemed like not a day could go by without someone announcing something 3D-related. TV manufacturers raced to one-up each other with 3D-capable television sets, some requiring no glasses but offering poor viewing angles, while…
Weekend Open Forum: What games have you replayed and why?

Weekend Open Forum: What games have you replayed and why?

Although Steam and its ilk coax me into buying new games regularly, it's uncommon for me to beat them and it's even rarer that I take them for a second spin -- especially once I've abandoned them. However, for whatever reason, a handful of games still manage to hold my interest after five or...

WOF: Do you carry a USB drive every day? If so, what's on it?

WOF: Do you carry a USB drive every day? If so, what's on it?

With flash storage being more affordable, compact and rugged than ever, it seems common for people to routinely carry a USB drive -- or six, in the case of our news editor Rick, who runs a PC repair business. Naturally, most of his drives contain bootable utilities, operating system installers...

Weekend Open Forum: Tech innovators who deserve more attention

Weekend Open Forum: Tech innovators who deserve more attention

With the rapid advancement of modern technology, it's increasingly humbling to look back at the computer industry's beginnings. Bill Gates, Linus Torvalds, Tim Berners-Lee and the late Steve Jobs are all famous for their contributions, but there are hundreds of scarcely-recognized individuals...

Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite co-op games

Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite co-op games

While I enjoy the heck out of single and competitive multiplayer games, it's hard to match the fun of a well-produced co-op experience in my opinion. There's something particularly engrossing about tackling in-game obstacles with a coordinated effort. Unfortunately, few titles step up to the plate and those that do generally take a halfhearted swing...

Weekend Open Forum: Sports and technology

Weekend Open Forum: Sports and technology

I’m no different than the average Joe when it comes to things I’m passionate about. Two things high on my list of interests are technology (obviously) and sports. For years the two remained separate but over the past few years…
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