Year: 2006

Digital Music News Research Group

Digital Media Desktop Report: November, 2006 Price: $195

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This report tracks the month-to-month global install base for leading digital music applications. Several types of applications are covered, including those related to paid downloads, subscriptions, music management, and file-sharing.

A Video is Worth a Hundred Blogs

I was shocked when Dell announced their first battery recall in August 2006, quickly followed by Apple. Being cynical by nature, the only reason that these companies would proactively do an expensive battery recall was to limit liability on a potentially explosive (pun intended) issue. I talked to numerous industry vets and learned that the potential exists for many more battery explosions and recalls. At PC Pitstop, I made it our mission to inform the public of the danger of battery fires, and practical tips to avoid them.

December 2006 Newsletter

Commentary: A Video is Worth a Hundred Blogs
100,000 Kbps? Lightning Fast Connections Drive Test Enhancements
Announcing the Pitstop 500! Great Prizes for the Fastest PC
Research: Keeping Microsoft Up at Night & Slaying the Antivirus Giants
Tip: Protection from Little Fingers
Research: Password Survey Results
Research: Password Management Software Trends
Tip: Disabling Auto-Restart
New Survey: Data Backup & Storage

Market Research Video: Software Stocks

The PC Pitstop Market Research team is pleased to share this exclusive report detailing key trends related to publicly traded software companies. From anti-virus leaders like Symantec in a free fall of market share to the emergence of a new player in the Microsoft dominated office productivity space, this analysis uncovers some very intriguing shifts in the industry. View the video below to learn more.

Playing with Fire III

Last night, before I went to bed, the battery in my notebook felt a little hot. All these crazy thoughts went through my head. Was this the first sign before it explodes? What would I do if my notebook exploded in the middle of the night? Perhaps, I was being paranoid, but I pulled the battery out of my portable before drifting off to sleep.

November 2006 Newsletter

PC Pitstop Exclusive: Notebook PC Explodes
Full Test Overhaul
Playing With Fire III
Authority on the Dangers of Li Ion Batteries Speaks Out
New One Stop Resource for Safer Computing
Research: Analog Modems Finally Obsolete?
Tip: Make your Internet experience safer, faster and smarter
Survey: Passwords
Tip: Save Hard Drive Space and Open Files Faster

Analog Modem Attach Rate Trends

As the popularity of broadband internet connections has increased, the prevalence of analog modems has declined. Over 40% of desktop PCs running the PC Pitstop on-line tests do not have a modem installed.

Notebook PC Explodes

We intentionally created conditions in which the Li-ON battery pack would explode inside a generic portable. The results are dramatic. There are numerous conditions where these fires can occur in real life. Faulty battery packs (driving the recalls), faulty protection circuits inside the PC, exposure to excessive heat, and blunt force are some of the major ways that this could happen to you.

Playing with Fire: Part II

Tony Olson
CEO D2 Worldwide

Rob: Hi, this is Rob Cheng. It’s October 13th, 2006. I’m here with Tony Olson who is an old friend of mine that I worked with at Gateway. He was the Vice President of Engineering. Tony started a brand new company called D2 Worldwide and he has a lot of insight into the portables and what’s going on there. Tony, first tell me a little bit about D2 Worldwide and how you learned so much about the portables.