CPU is an acronym for "Computer Power User" in the case of the Sandhills Press Magazine. It appeals to computer modders and cutting edge gamers. I am neither, but even so the magazine almost always has something useful or interesting or both.
In the August 2014 is a kind of curiosity. It is a computer case that is also a desk. The idea is good, but the price seems a bit rich. Despite the $989 or $1189 prices, the combination might be very useful in some tight situations or need for portability of full desktop systems. Computer mainboards and components go into a "drawer" which is several inches deep. On the front of the drawer is a shelf for the keyboard. The glass top of the case is the desk top. The "desks" are 35 inches or 47 inches wide depending on the previous prices. Made by chassis make Lian Li this is a major diversion from the traditional idea of "desktop" PCs.
I suspect a woodworker or metal craftsman could make a desk which did essentially the same thing however and stuff a computer or two into the homemade drawer.
The computer world vandals and thieves have now made ransomware that hits Android Tablets. AVAST has produced an anti-ransomware product for Android-based tablets. It Is available from the Google Play Store.
And if you want to get an idea of the activity of the computing pokers/snoopers, vandals and thieves extent, you can look at a visual representation map of such activity at Norse. Check the Norse Map at map.ipviking.com. You may have to right click on options in window and then open link in new tab etc. Kind of scary to watch real time attack sources and targets on a glowing map of the world.
Apache OpenOffice 4.1 includes new features for communicating with assistive technologies which apparently will help blind users utilize text to speech systems. www.openoffice.org.
And if you buy the magazine, digital or paper, you can read a very interesting detailed article on the development and current status of 3-D printing in plastics, ceramics, and metal...as well as meat and who knows what. The article is titled, "The Revolution will be Printed." You can also find an article with links to research using the wi-fi signals in your home and office to determine how many people etc are in a space. Kind of scary. Also of course, are ads and articles on a whole raft of other products and beta software coming soon to a website near you.
***Stay tuned even if like me, you probably won't be buying or assembling the latest and greatest expensive gaming platform-- Doug Wiken