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  • Rants on Content Piracy External GPUs and Windows 7


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 32:25

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    Originally recorded December 2017

    Show Notes

    Podcast Piracy
    Content piracy has always been an issue in the Hardware Review world.  I have even seen instances where someone lifted an entire review including the images so it could be reposted and claimed as original content.  Other sites have been known to take a review press release and “re-write” it as a single page.  This page is full of SEO keywords and written such that readers finding the article will not know where it came from.  They call this content farming and while it isn’t copyright infringement, due to how the articles were written, it is prevalent enough that google stepped in an attempt punish sites that did that. 

    Another form of content farming is taking a freely available “feed” like and RSS and republishing it on a 3rd party website.  Normally this is a very helpful way to provide exposure to news but when done incorrectly can really make people upset.  Dennis recently found a site, iVoox, who had created a Podcast aggregate site to consume podcast feeds.  They would translate the text into Spanish and even offered paid subscriptions to their members.  The bad part, they harvested these feeds from the internet, stripped all of the links back to the author of the content, posted ads on the pages and never bothered to ask permission to use the content as their own.

    Shady to say the least.

    External GPUs - Gaming in the dorm
    There are all kinds of computer users out there.  Some are well versed in the ways of the hardware force while others, not so much.  Some folks have unlimited resources while others might have limited budgets, limited space, limited time and might even have significant others.   Whatever the limitation it shouldn’t detract from your ability to use a computer however you want.  In this segment Dennis and Darren talk about external GPUs and how these devices can be used to expand the usability of certain systems in certain situations despite creating their own limitations in the process.

    Related Links
    How to transform your laptop into a gaming powerhouse
    Alienware Graphics Amplifier

    Windows 7 is on the Decline
    Who would have thought that one of the most usable and game friendly operating systems would be on the decline.  Yes, the stats are in Windows 7 finally dropped below 50% in total market share.   As of this podcast the accepted percentages are.

    • Windows 7: 49%
    • Windows 10: 36%
    • Windows 8: 8%
    • Windows XP: 7%
    • Windows Vista: (hehe ya right)

    Of course this news comes ahead of many hardware makers who have stopped developing drivers for old operating systems and NVIDIA even announced that they are no longer going to support 32bit operating systems.  All of that seems good but, it is still surprising that Windows 7 has stuck around this long.

    Related Links
    Windows 7 finally dropped below the 50%

    Episode 82 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)