The Blockbuster Video near me recently closed its doors, as did the one next closest to me. In a way, I actually found it rather surprising given that they were always busy when I went in and that their incredible quantity of new releases were always out on rental with a waiting list. However, the overall landscape of movie watching has changed dramatically over the last ten years. The way we get our entertainment fix keeps evolving, or perhaps devolving. I’m pretty sure most people would agree that the impact of a movie on the big screen is an entire different experience than your home TV. I really don’t care how big your TV is (honestly, I don’t).





The fact of the matter is more people are going the route of convenience. While the social function of movie going was replaced with the video rental, it now seems even going to the video store is too inconvenient for most. We’ll talk about how this relates to America’s obesity problem in another article….just know that it does. The general populous now wants their entertainment fix, they want it now, and they don’t want to leave their couch to get it. That is where Netflix, Hulu, Blockbuster Online, etc, as well as straight from cable providers, comes in. Push a few buttons, pick a movie and you are watching. More HDTVs and Blu-Ray players are coming equipped with the necessary software and internet connection for this, but nothing beats the rapidly developing HTPC. Intel and AMD have both put out powerful and affordable APUs that can do all you need in an HTPC. With the HTPC, you can even pause your Netflix and head over to Facebook to make sure none of your friends ate a bagel without your knowledge.


The Cooler Master GeminII M4 answers the need for a high quality cooler capable of fitting in some of today’s tighter cases. The Cooler Master GeminII M4 is aimed specifically at the HTPC and slim PC user, managing to use a top down slim 120mm fan on a cooler standing only 59mm tall. The slim fan has 500-1600rpm capabilities utilizing PWM for utmost cooling/noise balance, while managing to push out 58.4cfm at full speed to make sure things stay cool. Four 6mm copper heatpipes use direct contact on a flat milled base, and wrap 180 degrees through an aluminum fin array. The GeminII M4 uses easy and flexible mounting with hardware included for all current Intel and AMD sockets, including LGA775/1155/1156/1366/2011 and FM1/AM2/AM3.