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The Nerd Fountain

Nerd Fountain is not a first look-driven outlet, instead we are a podcast and blog that reviews and interviews designers, developers, and publishers from multiple industries to deliver both an inside perspective and a human touch from behind the closed doors that drive nerd culture. We also discuss mid-life dating, give advice, and answer emails. Shows range from The Nerd Fountain's main feed, which features specific discussion points, paired usually with a tabletop or video game review, followed by casual conversation. Other shows include Interviews and shows from the road between Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau and other collaborators.
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Mar 16, 2015

I got a chance to speak with David Leong the Public Relations Manager for Kingston and Hyper X.

First I checked out the Hyper X Cloud 2 gaming headset will feature virtual 7.1 usb headset, compatible with pc, xbox one w/ adatper, and ps4. surround with button press. memory foam earcups 53mm drivers, 40mm is the norm for consumer non-gaming headsets. headband is memory foam as well. for long hours of gamepaly. aluminum construction. All the controls are on the side of the headet and will retail for $100 "e-tail."  

 

Next up were the Hyper-X gaming mouspads that have been iterated upon and are being re-released as a single product with a solid and softer foam pad for longer play and durability. The new skin is called Hyper Fury, comes in 4 sizes and the largest size can basically cover an entire table at 19x35. 

 

David then switched gears for us and we discussed their new entry level DDR4 Ram. The techy aspects David goes into will likely go over our audiences head but I got real into it. I usually don't micromanage my ram speeds, and for those like me this new series of ram should cater to my gamer needs.

 

Mar 10, 2015

NewEgg showed Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau the latest build of Windows 10 at PAxEast 2015. NewEgg happens to be Jeff's go to retailer for online nonsense like shotgun mics and monitors, but as of the last few years NewEgg has made headway into many more dynamic marketplaces.

During my first half-hour with NewEgg, I was shown the latest build of Windows 10. Windows 10 intends to streamline and integrate all play and usage between every windows enabled device using a screen, be it your windows phone, your television rocking the Xbox One, or a pricey Microsoft Surface.

In the interview posted above, you'll hear from Andrew of NewEgg all about the new features Microsoft has recently implemented.

The demonstration began with a simple display of the tablet to non-tablet modes which was nothing fancy. Your big monitor can be a tablet, and you can screen your tablet to your monitor.

Next came Cortanna which is Microsofts answer to Apple's Siri and Google's weird voice thing. Cortanna was able to pick up extremely complicated questions and instantly Bing them...correctly! I was pretty blown away by this text-to-speech functionality as a writer and hold out hope that it has plenty of useful integration into Microsoft's next suite of office tools.

Next they showed off the side positioning function or the snap function, which I was familiar with from infuriating times using my xboxone and having random snaps close my game to show nothing I wanted to see. Thanks Kinect. Unlike that nonsense though, the new snap to function is totally nuts but in a good way! I was watching a twitch stream while other applications were running in different open windows on the same monitor. And then there were 4 screens at once all running multiple desktops at once. You can hear my audible amazement.

The next piece of awesome came in the form of the new Microsoft All-in-One's which will have all of these features and be able to detach from the base and be used as a Microsoft tablet. There was some new taskbar stuff that went over my head but if you are a more experienced user decipher it from the interview and leave a comment below! 

I want to add for the the sake of farcical objectivity in the face of a monopoly that I am a Microsoft fanboy. I'm 32 years old and I have been using Windows operating systems since around windows 3.2. It had an integrated dos shell but you always just wanted to go into dos mode anyways because it was easier to just manage everything by command line. 

I love life. That and I think the Gates are super rad people.

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