What Is Missing?

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If you’re reading this, odds are you’re in the habit of reading computer hardware websites. Odds are, you read more a few computer hardware websites.

We have a simple question for you.

What are you NOT getting from these sites that you think you ought to be getting from them?

Something New, Something Different

Let’s face it, this neck of the woods is going to go into sleep mode for more than a while. There’s not going to be very much new and relevant to the average person reading this for the rest of the year.

Yes, there will be lots of new things coming out over the next six months, many of them getting their debut in the next couple weeks or months, but for one reason or another, whether it be cost or lack of extra bang for the buck, the average person isn’t very likely to be buying any of it this year.

This means the conventional computer websites are going to be left trying to hype expensive trinkets the vast majority of their audience won’t buy.

On the other hand, though, if you come over here frequently, you’re probably tired of hearing us say, again and again, “Don’t buy this stuff.” We’re certainly tired of saying it (well, at least as often as we’ve been doing). 🙂

So what’s a poor computer enthusiast to do? More selfishly, what’s a poor computer enthusiast website to do?

That’s why we’re asking, and leaving it as open-ended as possible.

No Personal Fantasies, Please

When we’ve asked this type of question before, many of the answers received tend to have one of two faults.

The first is self-centeredness. An example of this is “Could you please buy and test equipment (often arcane) using this exact (meaning my) configuration exactly the way I like them tested?”

The second is a request for an unrealistic level of activity that would challenge a multinational corporation, much less a little website. This gets you requests like, “Could you test hundreds of _____ eighty-seven ways for a few months to see how reliable it really is, and then database every piece of data you get from that?”

If your idea bears something of a resemblance to either of these two extremes, unless your email comes attached with a check with the appropriate thousands or millions of USDs attached, maybe this isn’t what we had in mind.

Rather, we’re looking more for actions that wouldn’t be all that hard to do, but nobody does them, or does them well.

This is an important point. We’re looking for some thinking outside the box, not more of the same old. For instance, we’re not looking for suggestions like “do more reviews” because there’s already too many of them out there, and we see no point in reviewing things we don’t think you should be even thinking about buying to begin with.

We would like the suggestions to have something to do with computing, but don’t worry if they don’t have anything to do with overclocking.

In short, this isn’t a poll, this isn’t an election (though if lots of people independently come up with the same idea, that obviously would carry some weight). This is an attempt to fish for a few good ideas that would deliver a (pretty) big bang for the buck.

Do you think you have one?

If so, please send your thoughts to the special email address right below. Thanks!

Ed

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