Month: November 2006

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.