The Orientation

  • The Orientation: Emulators

    The Orientation: Emulators

    Part 1: Which emu is right for yu? I love old games. They’re a part of my history and there are a ton that really do hold up years later. I’m playing through X-COM and Chrono Trigger right now, and regularly test my skills at Kung Fu, Mega Man 2, and Ninja Gaiden. Friends, co-workers, and strangers, when they catch me in the act, are always seized by a strange mix of revulsion and… Read More

  • The Orientation: Organic light-emitting diodes

    The Orientation: Organic light-emitting diodes

    Being green and working in the tech world often times don’t mix. The manufacturers of everything that gets me giddy takes a huge dump on Mother Earth in the process and that stinks. Green Peace keeps tabs on companies and lets us know who piddles in the pool and who takes a hungover-all night bender-Hot Pocket eating-dump. But we’re a long ways away before each and every company on the… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: A Linux Orientation

    All About Linux 2008: A Linux Orientation

    Keeping with our Linux theme for the week, I present this week’s Orientation on, well, Linux. Despite a market share of less than 1 percent for the Linux OS compared to 92 percent for Windows and a smidge over 7 percent for Apple’s Mac OS, the seldom used (by the general public) OS is the epitome of open source dev and free software. I mostly dabbled with Linux in college and… Read More

  • The Orientation: Electronic Paper

    The Orientation: Electronic Paper

    Welcome, welcome, welcome to another installment of CrunchGear’s “The Orientation” where we do our best to make technology easy to swallow and understand just for you, dear friends. This week we’re going to look at electronic paper. All sorts of crazy things are coming into the mainstream these days like the Kindle or those fancy e-ink watches and it appears we’ll be… Read More

  • The Orientation: Digital TV

    The Orientation: Digital TV

    Welcome, friends, to another edition of The Orientation. This week we’re going to be looking at digital TV. The switch is coming soon. Ok, not really. It’s still a year away, but let’s take a look at what it’s all about. What’s the difference between analog and digital? Should you care? Does it really matter? The answer to the last two are a resounding, yes. If… Read More

  • The Orientation: Touchscreens

    This week we’re going to take a closer look at what Devin thinks is just a fad. Touchscreens seem to be invading all sorts of devices from cell phones to TVs more so now than ever before. They’re meant to improve our lives, or, at the very least, make things more convenient. But do they? How do they even work? Will one form or another of the technology last? Surely, Devin is wrong. Read More

  • The Orientation: Digital Light Processing

    This week’s Orientation will be focused on digital light processing aka DLP. The technology has been around for 21 years, but it hasn’t hit the mainstream until the last couple years. It’s a trademark owned by Texas Instruments. Its main purpose, in the beginning, was a way to project images from a monitor onto a large screen, which doesn’t stray too far from what we use it… Read More

  • The Orientation: High-Definition Multimedia Interface

    The Orientation: High-Definition Multimedia Interface

    It’s been a while since my last Orientation, but we’ve all been traveling around for various events and such over the last month so it’s been a little hectic. To get things back on track, we’re going to talk about High-Definition Multimedia Interface, better known as HDMI. The Super Bowl is coming up as well as March Madness and some of you just got a brand new HDTV for the… Read More

  • The Orientation: The differences between GSM and CDMA

    The Orientation: The differences between GSM and CDMA

    It’s come to my attention that not everyone understands the subtle yet significant differences between GSM and CDMA. We’ve received random e-mails from folks asking how they can get XY phone from AT&T to work on Sprint’s network and it makes me scratch my head. My first instinct is to curse and hit the Spam button, but I slowly realize this individual just doesn’t know… Read More

  • The Orientation: WiMAX

    The Orientation: WiMAX

    Welcome to the first installment of CrunchGear’s The Orientation. This is a new weekly column where we take some of the gadgets, technologies, and concepts of the tech world and make it easily digestible to those who might find some of it to be over their heads. Most of us surf the Web over Wi-Fi on a DSL network or cable modem, and if you’re really unlucky then you’re still on a… Read More