PC Pitstop Newsletter – August 2009 #2

Back to School Shopping Tip
Is Firefox Growth Real?
Do Kids Still Use Computers?
The Other Browsers
$100 for 1 Lucky Friend
Chris Pirillo Video: Can you Put XP on a Vista PC?
Bits from Bill: Facebook not for Everyone
Technologizer: XP Users Speak Out
TechBite: 14 Smart and Free Websites
The Dodge Retort: Netbooks Don’t Work at Work
Tip #1: Building Your Own PC
Tip #2: Identify PC Parts
Tip #3: Speed Up Menus
Tip #4: Record What your Hear
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Top Loved Notebooks

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These are exciting times in the world of computing, and portables are seeing all the action. One thing that is becoming obvious is that the line between netbook and notebook is starting to blur. Netbooks are becoming more powerful and Notebooks are becoming lighter, and longer lasting. Shown below are your picks for Most Loved Notebooks. Keep in mind that Netbooks have been filtered out of these results and were the category we used to kick off the Most Loved series. You can find those results in the previous July Newsletter or by looking for previous articles in TechTalk.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – July 2009

Top Loved Netbooks
Is Windows 7 Price Right?
Windows 7 Family Pack Discount
Ask the Pros – Drive Management
OEMs Get Win 7 on July 13th
Chris Pirillo Video: Ask the Pros -Enlarge Fonts on Web Pages
Bits from Bill: Twitter Attacks
Technologizer: Firefox Review
TechBite: Hows Your HardDrive Doing?
The Dodge Retort: HP Mini Review
Tip #1: Windows 7 Tutorials
Tip #2: Gmail HTTPS setting
Tip #3: Start Your PC With No Case
Tip #4: Rotate Your Monitor Display
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Top Loved Netbooks

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Welcome everyone to a new and very exciting part of PC Pitstop. Roughly a year ago, as part of the incredibly popular OverDrive test, we began collecting user input about PC satisfaction. We began asking the following three questions:

  • * How satisfied are you with this PC?
  • * Is this PC running slow?
  • * Is this PC hanging or requiring frequent reboots?

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Netbooks – Who’s Using Them?

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Netbooks – those ultra small portable PCs – are they a niche product, a passing fad or an up and coming product just in its infancy? PC Pitstop analyzed the prevalence of netbooks that ran our on-line diagnostic scans during Q4 2008 and Q1 2009. For the purpose of our analysis, we looked at processor descriptions as well as the display size for portables. For the most part, we found that the netbooks usually contained the Intel® Atomâ„¢ processor. We also set a filter for portable display size of less than 11 inches for the purpose of our analysis.

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