whitsongordon
Whitson Gordon
whitsongordon
Whitson Gordon is a writer, gamer, and all-around tech nerd. He eats potato chips with chopsticks so he doesn't get grease on his mechanical keyboard.
Feb 4
Save

Ugh sorry, I added a link to that comment but comments with links in them are hopelessly broken right now. Let’s try again: https://www.popsci.com/build-custom-computer-desk/

Ugh sorry, I added a link to that comment but comments with links in them are hopelessly broken right now. Let’s try

Feb 3
2

Good question! I see far too many big desks made out of doors or Ikea Karlby countertops that are sagging under the weight, and more people need to know how to combat that. I used some anti-sag stiffeners screwed into the underside—two, to be exactand it’s kept the desk very sturdy. I wrote about the full desk build at Read more

Good question! I see far too many big desks made out of doors or Ikea Karlby countertops that are sagging under the

Feb 3
1

I knew I couldn’t have been the only one to think of this! I’m hoping this starts a trend...

I knew I couldn’t have been the only one to think of this! I’m hoping this starts a trend...

Feb 3
1

Those are the HS50M studio monitors. I think that specific model is discontinued but was replaced by the similar HS5. (I use them in conjunction with a Dayton 8-inch subwoofer to fill out the low end.)

Those are the HS50M studio monitors. I think that specific model is discontinued but was replaced by the similar

Feb 3
Save

I thought about doing this, but couldn’t find one that “matched up” well enough for me to take the plunge.

I thought about doing this, but couldn’t find one that “matched up” well enough for me to take the plunge.

Feb 3
1

Yeah, the stock is really low on this one, so a lot of times you get third-party sellers hawking it for a huge markup. Wait for it to come back in stock at MSRP, it’s worth it!

Yeah, the stock is really low on this one, so a lot of times you get third-party sellers hawking it for a huge

Feb 3
Save

I have been meaning to play with PowerToys for some time but just haven’t gotten around to it. So many thing it can do that seem like they should just be built in to Windows!

I have been meaning to play with PowerToys for some time but just haven’t gotten around to it. So many thing it can

Jan 22
Save

I almost included Shadow of Mordor on this list except it got a pretty decent amount of attention when it came out, so it didn’t quite fit in with the others. But yes, I had so much fun with that game. Way better than I expected.

I almost included Shadow of Mordor on this list except it got a pretty decent amount of attention when it came out,

Jan 22
Save

Having personally been to a GWAR concert before...yeah this sounds about right. I mean the whole 40k lore is basically GWAR, so I’m surprised I didn’t draw this connection years ago.

Having personally been to a GWAR concert before...yeah this sounds about right. I mean the whole 40k lore is

Jan 22
Save

I wouldn’t call Doom underrated, so I didn’t include it in the piece, but it is friggin’ incredible. That’s pretty great performance for such old hardware though, nice!

I wouldn’t call Doom underrated, so I didn’t include it in the piece, but it is friggin’ incredible. That’s pretty

Jan 22
1

Woah, didn’t know about that bundle! Thanks for mentioning, I’ve added a link to the article.

Woah, didn’t know about that bundle! Thanks for mentioning, I’ve added a link to the article.

Jan 14
1

I owned those Klipsch ProMedia speakers for years and loved them. When they broke, I replaced them with some studio monitors, but sometimes I still think about going back to them to save some space on my desk. For that size and price, it’s hard to do much  better—and I’d take them over the more expensive Audioengines Read more

I owned those Klipsch ProMedia speakers for years and loved them. When they broke, I replaced them with some studio

Jan 1
1

Yep, and I think the onus should be on TV manufacturers—that “audio sync” setting needs to be able to go in both directions to account for soundbars receiving audio over optical or ARC.

Yep, and I think the onus should be on TV manufacturers—that “audio sync” setting needs to be able to go in both

Dec 31
Save

I mean, I’m always down for Lifehacker-style tricks like this.

I mean, I’m always down for Lifehacker-style tricks like this.

Dec 31
Save

Interesting; I’ll have to check it out. I’m skeptical, especially given a lot of people (including myself) do not have a room with symmetrical walls on either side to “bounce” side-firing sounds off of, but color me intrigued.

Interesting; I’ll have to check it out. I’m skeptical, especially given a lot of people (including myself) do not

Dec 31
1

I don’t usually link to my work at other publications, but for the sake of brevity in this comment, I’m going to do so—I’ve written about this delay issue at length here.

In short, yes, it’s an extremely common issue on soundbars, not because of a problem with the soundbars themselves, but just due to the way audio is Read more

I don’t usually link to my work at other publications, but for the sake of brevity in this comment, I’m going to do

Dec 31
Save

Yes! Great point! It may give you a bit of extra height, but you won’t get the full effect with vaulted or textured ceilings. That’s where that Yamaha or similar Sony bars can come in handy, since they use virtual processing rather than up-firing drivers—though that usually comes at the expense of sound quality.

Ultimat Read more

Yes! Great point! It may give you a bit of extra height, but you won’t get the full effect with vaulted or textured

Dec 31
Save

Samsung’s high-end soundbars, in terms of sound, do sound better than most other soundbars out there. But I have a big problem with the surround versions, at least the ones I’ve used in the past.

A few years ago, when they upgraded the K950 to the N950, they changed it from a 5.1.4 bar to a “7.1.4” bar—with the side Read more

Samsung’s high-end soundbars, in terms of sound, do sound better than most other soundbars out there. But I have a

Dec 31
Save

I said this at least twice in the article, but here we go again: THIS IS MISSING THE POINT.

Yes, a soundbar will almost always be inferior to a proper surround setup. But surround setups are not practical for everyone. Maybe you have a small apartment and don’t have room for a proper setup, or maybe your spouse is not Read more

I said this at least twice in the article, but here we go again: THIS IS MISSING THE POINT.

Yes, a soundbar will

Dec 17
Save

Yeah, that’s what I meant about their search being terrible--4K being a separate listing is just nonsensical, and has been a source of frustration for me on many occasions. I don’t know why they’re the only ones that don’t get it. It’s too bad too, because my understanding is that Amazon actually does a pretty decent Read more

Yeah, that’s what I meant about their search being terrible--4K being a separate listing is just nonsensical, and