If I win the iPad, I'll post a video of me violently smashing it with a sledgehammer. Then I'll send the pieces to Michael so he can benchmark it.
The IDG survey is obviously for them to do market research on what advertisements to put on the site. Since I never see them anyway (premium subscriber and proud adblock user), I'm happy to add in my data point to show them I don't care.
I don't like IDG. They are too commercial, too focused on advertising (especially OBTRUSIVE advertising) and annoying users by constantly trying to sell something. Hey, IDG, wake up: you sell stuff by presenting well-reasoned logical arguments to people, not by showing whizzy flash ads. The text of Michael's articles is 100,000 times more likely to sell me a product than anything I would ever see from IDG.
In fact I have been gladly buying desktops and laptops with an Intel IGP for a while now thanks to Michael's continuing coverage of the progress of the Intel Linux drivers. Suck on that, IDG.
My buying decisions would be exactly the same if Michael's site were just plain text messages from a mailing list with zero advertisements and no hot-links, etc. That stuff is just there to "generate revenue", but the irony is that you aren't going to get any revenue from it anyway because everyone hates the ads so much that they wouldn't buy anything from them!
Michael, what's your recommendation for a good, affordable 2.5" SSD in the 512GB+ capacity range? Hopefully with TRIM and works well on Linux. Something to throw in my ThinkPad T530 in the caddy bay. I'm in the market for one but I'd weigh your opinion more heavily than your ad network sponsor.
Last edited by allquixotic; 07-10-2012 at 11:27 PM.
I'll even take reviews of boxes from the customizers that will install Linux for you like http://www.pugetsystems.com/ and http://avadirect.com/ maybe he could even work with them to have a Phoronix branded custom gaming box that is assured to work perfectly "out of the box" with Linux or even better, assured to run Coreboot.
I'd also like to see Larabel get some proper gear and training for testing thermals and noise levels, though it'd be too much to ask for him to get into how to review the electrical system properly. If he could do some overclocking as well, especially if he could get his hands on an infrared camera it'd make for some interesting hardware reviews.