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: 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…
Weekend Open Forum: Do you exercise regularly?

Weekend Open Forum: Do you exercise regularly?

For those of us who spend many hours in front of a computer it's a good idea to get some actual exercise done every now and then. Today's question: Do you exercise regularly? Also, for those of you into sports, what sports do you actually practice, and which ones you just follow from the comfort of your couch?

Weekend Open Forum: Your take on microtransactions

Weekend Open Forum: Your take on microtransactions

Free-to-play games have become increasingly popular and according to Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore, they'll be the norm in as little as five years, with only major franchises surviving as $60 products. "I think, ultimately, those microtransactions will be in every game...

Weekend Open Forum: Best and worst video game sequels?

Weekend Open Forum: Best and worst video game sequels?

For better or worse, the gaming industry has made it standard practice to create sequels and spin-offs of popular titles year after year. What are some of your favorite video game sequels of all time, and which franchises should be put to rest already (or given an extended vacation)?

WOF: Windows 8 ditches Aero Glass -- will you miss it?

WOF: Windows 8 ditches Aero Glass -- will you miss it?

In a lengthy blog post, Microsoft has explained some of the logic behind Windows 8's interface. Much of the article discusses Metro, but a sizable chunk focuses on the desktop environment, including some significant changes that haven't been revealed in the Consumer Preview yet.

Weekend Open Forum: Do you still have a landline at home?

Weekend Open Forum: Do you still have a landline at home?

You might've laughed at that question as recent as a decade ago, but between expanding cellular coverage and affordable VoIP services, conventional landlines are increasingly redundant. I haven't had a wired phone in five years or so and I only know a few people who do...

Weekend Open Forum: How many games do you own?

Weekend Open Forum: How many games do you own?

We’ve featured multiple video game-related questions here throughout the years but surprisingly enough, we’ve never asked how many games you actually own. Some people tend to hang on to every game they have bought while others typically trade up to…
Weekend Open Forum: Your most outdated software?

Weekend Open Forum: Your most outdated software?

Software developers have a knack for shooting themselves in the foot. In the name of progress, they introduce irrelevant features, clunky interfaces and shady monetization schemes. Before you know it, your favorite program is a warped husk of its former self, so you cling to the version you love...

Weekend Open Forum: How did you learn to type?

Weekend Open Forum: How did you learn to type?

I grew up in a generation where computers and the Internet were just starting to become a “big thing.” As such, there were multiple computer-related courses as electives in middle and high school. As a tech geek at heart, I signed up for the majority of courses offered...

Weekend Open Forum: Your most regretted tech purchase?

Weekend Open Forum: Your most regretted tech purchase?

The tech industry has an unmatched propensity for causing buyer's remorse. Gadgets are meticulously engineered so they appeal to both the hedonist and the utilitarian, while annual refreshes ensure that you're always one step behind the curve. It's a formula…
Weekend Open Forum: Do you like your job?

Weekend Open Forum: Do you like your job?

It's hard enough to find a job in a slow economy, let alone one that you truly find enjoyable and fulfilling. But you have to make a living somehow. Today we want to ask you: Do you like your job? Tell us a little bit about what you do.

Weekend Open Forum: Your next PC upgrade

Weekend Open Forum: Your next PC upgrade

With the Radeon HD 7000 series trickling out, Ivy Bridge and Kepler bound for mid-2012 and hard drive prices gradually recovering, it seems a great time to begin plotting your next system upgrade. What parts do you plan to buy in the near future? Need more horsepower, storage or RAM?

Weekend Open Forum: How often do you clean your computer?

Weekend Open Forum: How often do you clean your computer?

As the resident “computer guy” for friends and family, it goes without saying that I’ve seen my fair share of PCs over the past 10 years or so. The majority of systems that find their way to me require a simple virus or malware scan to rectify the situation but every now and again...

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