Caffeinated Pixels

Fueled by obscene amounts of coffee and a love for all things 8-bit and shiny, Pete wants to share his experiences with you. He'll try not to twitch and fidget too much, so as to not distract you from sharing his Apple vs. PC thoughts and comparisons, wistful yearning for a return to classic gaming, and focused spout-offs inspired by a life circling around computers, video games, and gadgets

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Peter Redmer's blog

Review of the NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 Wireless Router (R8000)

I've been a long time fan of NETGEAR routers, and with the R8000, they've really upped their game. There's a lot of hype about this particular router; many tout it as one of the best, if not the best on the market... and it certainly looks the part. However, with use by an average household, is it really worth it? Does it measure up?

Unboxing the NETGEAR R8000

I won't bore you with too many details here -- unboxings are cliche, no? I do really dig them, though, so here's some pics of what it's like to open one up. The packaging is top notch and very blingy, and this router really has a distinctive look.

Review of NETGEAR PR2000 (Trek) Travel Router and Range Extender

Mobile warriors, rejoice!

I could sum up this review with those three words, but that's hardly enough detail, no?

The NETGEAR PR2000 is a unique, specialized product but manages to be very easy to set up and use. Its footprint is incredibly small -- only about 3.3 inches square -- and can be powered either by plugging directly into the wall or via USB. This makes it ultra-convenient. Plus, it's actually three products in one:

CES 2013 Provides No Answers to My Tablet Dilemma

From the safe, somewhat chilly confines of my Chicagoland abode, I have been remotely watching the goings-on at CES in sunny Las Vegas. So far, I've seen some pretty sweet gadgets: Window cleaning robots! Nanocoating for cellphones! Roving game balls!

I Found The Perfect iPad Mini / Nexus 7 Tablet Stand...

...and it was only 12 stinkin' bucks.

My whole life, I've zealously protected my gadgets with cases and screen protectors, and in recent times, cases with built-in stands for my tablets.

However, the current crop of svelte, super-sexy tablets like my iPad mini and Asus Nexus 7 demand to be used "naked." The iPad mini feels positively industrial, almost alien, due to its cool metal backing and extreme thinness. The Nexus 7 feels familiar yet sporty with its "perforated" rubberized back, which resembles (not coincidentally, I imagine) a leather-wrapped sports car steering wheel.

I don't want to experience these devices with "protection." I want to raw dog these gorgeous gadgets.

From PC to Mac and Back: For Me, Apple Isn't As Fun Anymore

I can't hold it in any longer. I'm experiencing some serious cognitive dissonance here with some of my recent choices regarding technology. Back in the day, I was a hardcore dedicated DOS guy. Between running my own BBS (it was called The Laughing Dog. I need to dig up some of my ANSI/ASCII art one of these days) playing Doom over 2400 baud modem and watching demoscene intros, I couldn't imagine using a Mac. I ridiculed the PowerMacs we had at my high school -- they simply felt sluggish and limited to me.

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