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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: Would you get a Chrome OS laptop?

Weekend Open Forum: Would you get a Chrome OS laptop?

The recently launched Chrome OS notebooks from Acer and Samsung offer a glimpse of the future Google envisions, where all your computing is done hassle-free through the browser. Would you be interested in getting one, even if just as a secondary machine? What would you consider the sweet spot in terms of price? Vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Weekend Open Forum: Your desktop's looks

Weekend Open Forum: Your desktop's looks

For some reason, it's always fascinated me to see how other folks maintain their operating system's desktop. Although most of us keep our virtual workspace somewhere along the lines of "messy but functional," we add personal touches with custom wallpapers,…
Weekend Open Forum: Hobbies away from the PC

Weekend Open Forum: Hobbies away from the PC

The fact that you're visiting a site named TechSpot is indicative of your passion for technology and if you're anything like me, you probably spend more time online than you do sleeping. Between work and play, it's not uncommon for…
Weekend Open Forum: Where do you buy your PC games?

Weekend Open Forum: Where do you buy your PC games?

According to stats released by NPD last summer, digital game downloads surpassed retail stores in terms of units sold. During the first six months of 2010, gamers bought 11.2 million digital PC games versus 8.2 million physical units. That trend…
Weekend Open Forum: Your first and current mouse

Weekend Open Forum: Your first and current mouse

First introduced in 1968 by computing pioneer Douglas Engelbart, the mouse has evolved from an extremely simplistic "position indicator" to a highly specialized tool relied upon by billions. Although the basic input principles remain unchanged, modern mice offer decades of…
Weekend Open Forum: Are you using a dedicated sound card?

Weekend Open Forum: Are you using a dedicated sound card?

A decade ago, most hardware buffs could agree that sound cards played a significant role in performance-oriented computers. In addition to circumventing board-level interference, discrete cards offered more driver functionality and I/O options. Sound cards also reduced load on your…
Weekend Open Forum: How much did your case cost?

Weekend Open Forum: How much did your case cost?

Although some enthusiasts are willing to splurge on extravagant computer cases, many shun the notion of spending $200+ on a glorified metal box. That's understandable with when you compare the features of products such as Cooler Master's $60 HAF 912…
WOF: What CES products are you most excited about?

WOF: What CES products are you most excited about?

As anticipated throughout 2010, this year's conference is inundated with tablets. Although we've seen a few too many unimaginative clones, many new slates have intriguing attributes. Some carry a sliding hardware keyboard, others run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, at least one…
WOF: What software are you willing to pay for?

WOF: What software are you willing to pay for?

[Weekend Open Forum] Earlier this week I was talking to one of our web developers about the software tools we use on a regular basis and were also discussing the kind of software we usually feel compelled to buy and the reasoning for doing so or not. In this WOF we ask you about the type of software and services you are more willing to spend money on. Discuss!
Weekend Open Forum: Gadgets you can't live without

Weekend Open Forum: Gadgets you can't live without

Those of you born more than a couple of decades ago can probably remember a time when cell phones, personal computers, cable television, and other modern conveniences weren’t something you’d take for granted or outright didn’t even exist. Some say…
Weekend Open Forum: Where do you buy online?

Weekend Open Forum: Where do you buy online?

As the holiday shopping season gets rolling, our question for you is: How much do you rely on online retailers and where do you prefer to buy stuff? Not only tech, but things in general like clothes, gifts for family and friends, food, flowers, anything you are used to buy online these days. Even if it's a local store, we want to hear about it.
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