So Handy

PCPOWERPLAY - - THE PCPP TECH HANDBOOK - Daniel Wilks Edi­tor @dr­wilken­stein

So here we are, liv­ing in the future. Thank­fully, un­like as was prophe­cied in the 1975 film, Roller­ball, the world isn’t a ter­ri­fy­ing place ruled over by ob­scenely wealthy oli­garchs and cor­po­rate en­ti­ties, rav­aged by en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ters and pla­cated by tele­vised violence. Ahem...

Any­way, it’s a new year and a new chance to put out a Tech­ni­cal Hand­book full of use­ful ad­vice for get­ting the most out of your PC, or ways that you can im­prove your PC ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s al­ways a plea­sure to work on these kind of long-form is­sues, and I think the con­trib­u­tors have done a re­ally stel­lar job this time around, cover­ing a wide range of top­ics, from set­ting upo your own home cloud server to using esports in class to pro­mote team­work and fair play. Hell, I even built my­self a me­chan­i­cal key­board with­out once in­jur­ing my­self too badly to come into work. If that’s not im­pres­sive I don’t know what is.

Usu­ally we can clearly see at the be­gin­ning of the year what the ma­jor trends for tech­nol­ogy are go­ing to be for the next 12 months be­cause of CES, the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show if you’re not too fa­mil­iar with the TLA (Three Let­ter Acronym, though tech­ni­cally the A should be re­placed with an I as TLA is an Ini­tial­ism rather than an Acronym as you pro­nounce the in­di­vid­ual let­ters rather than the word the let­ters spell). This year, how­ever, seemed to be more of a grab-bag than most so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see which tech­nolo­gies will come out ahead as the pack lead­ers.

Smart houses and smart de­vices were def­i­nitely ubiq­ui­tous, but as far as PC tech­nol­ogy goes, the only real pace-set­ter as far as I’m con­cerned is the part­ner­ship be­tween Nvidia and a num­ber of mon­i­tor man­u­fac­tur­ers to pro­duce a range of BFGDs, Big For­mat Gam­ing Dis­plays the size of TVs but fea­tur­ing G-Sync and 120Hz re­fresh rates. There has been a push to bring the PC into the lounge­room for a few years now but this, I think, is the first real step to that idea be­com­ing a reality. Of course, the mon­i­tors will prob­a­bly cost all the money in the world, so the revo­lu­tion may take a while com­ing.

Enough with the prog­nos­ti­ca­tion. The mag­a­zine world waits for no man, so en­joy the Tech­ni­cal hand­book and we’ll see you again soon.

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