Meet the new Acer Revo Build, the Stackable, Modular Desktop PC

In case you’re on of those people who love to customize your computer, but wish it could be as easy as building a tower of LEGO (wow, it’s almost like I have an affinity for LEGO here on The PractitioNERD, or something….) at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Acer has unveiled the Acer Revo Build, a modular mini PC that can be upgraded with a series of stackable blocks with magnetically aligned pins. The base unit’s footprint measures at 5’×5′ with either a low-power Intel Pentium or that awesome, new-fangled Celeron Skylake chip, 32GB of flash storage, and 8GB of upgradeable RAM. For upgrades, you can stack other components on top of that base unit like hard drives, graphics cards, etc. Continue reading “Meet the new Acer Revo Build, the Stackable, Modular Desktop PC”

YES to Home-Theater PC, NO to Cable/Satellite…

In the past 4 years, I have become disillusioned of cable/satellite television subscriptions (though we have DirecTV at the house), and I have discovered five things about my television habits:

1) I have scaled-back the amount of television I watch,
2) I spend more time playing video games and watching DVDs/Blu-rays than television,
3) Most of what I watch is available online anyway (via Hulu, Netflix, Revision3, Clicker, Crackle, Vudu, YouTube, network websites, etc.),
4) I can watch same-day-released movies for a single one-time rental (or purchase) fee on Vudu and Amazon VOD, or some older movies for free on Hulu, Crackle.com, and other legal sites (rather than paying the additional monthly subscriptions for premium movie channels from Cable/Satellite companies.
5) I no longer mind waiting from a few or many hours for a program to show up online, I just want to be able to watch the episode on-demand (WENT I WANT TO).