CheckMySpecs is indeed very easy use: Clicking one button labeled Collect the Data populated a compact interface tabbed with fields for Basic Data, CPU Information, Graphics, Currently Running, Installed Applications, and Misc Data. Once the fields are filled, you can click a button to share the data. With great trepidation, we pressed this button, expecting to see a page that let us review the data and decide Yea or Nay to post it, like nearly every other Web site that involves posting data collected on you or your PC. And our concerns were justified because the next thing we saw was our data posted on the Internet, with a unique ID that we could use to retrieve the stats or share them with others. CheckMySpecs' opaque app also caused an unhandled exception when we ran it again: Not an encouraging sign.
Many PC enthusiasts like to post and share the performance and hardware on the many public forums dedicated to the topic. It's not difficult to do, especially if you have a geekish or tweakish background. CheckMySpecs makes it entirely too easy. Some opt-in and opt-out choices, firmer security assurances, and the ability to exclude some data might help. Until then, check your specs at the door, and use CheckMySpecs at your own risk.