March 28th, 2002
New Computing Paradigm
Spencer writes, "For quite a few years now, continuing research into the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays for general purpose computing has born fruit. The idea that you can 'program' your hardware to be its most efficient for a particular task is an old one but with today's advanced logic and high gate densities it's quite easy to do (the hardware part that is). The hard part is getting the software to work and the problem set is a huge one. However, there are some excellent examples out there and there will be more to come. For certain applications the performance increases are multiple orders of magnitude! Perhaps we'll tell our grandchildren about the 'good old Von Neumann' days."
March 27th, 2002
Cash Cow P4-M Prices to End
Mario writes, "DigiTimes reports that Intel is expected to severely reduce prices of its expensive P4-M notebook chips because of poor take-up. Intel has been forced to change its indecent pricing strategy because notebook manufacturers are using desktop P4 chips instead, which can reduce the end user price of a notebook by up to $500. Until recently, Intel's notebook processors had proven to be a very lucrative cash cow, but now, this particular gravy train has been forced to end its journey. These price reductions are expected to take effect in May. The profit margin over the desktop chips will probably drop to between $50-$90, a far more reasonable margin. This will have the undesired effect, for Intel anyway, of reducing its very enviable ASP. If you receive the DigiTimes login page, the inquirer's report can be read here."
Aberdeen Group Rubbish's AMD's Nomenclature
Mario writes, "the inquirer reports that a white paper released by the Aberdeen Group is highly critical of AMD's model number naming scheme. This topic has caused much to be written, both for and against. What can't be argued against is the commercial success of this scheme. For a more informed read, the Ace's Hardware message board has picked up all the arguments."
March 26th, 2002
ACTION ALERT: Congress Calls For Public Participation on Digital Music Issues
Joel writes, "The EFF has posted an alert concerning the CBDTPA and I've been asked to pass it along as part of the article I wrote."
VHJ Test Message Boards Upgraded
We have upgraded the message boards to remove ads and improve speed.
March 25th, 2002
Our apologies if we do not respond to your emails quickly. We are in the process of quite a few changes that will hopefully allow us to finally begin to focus on the site in the next month or two.
Students Give Intel Pariah Treatment
Mario writes, "the inquirer has a report about students lining up in droves, at the expense of Intel, to speak to AMD representatives about future employment opportunities. This happened at a technology fair where students treated Intel like a pariah. There was no reason given for this AMD favoritism, but it would be fare to say that these students have thoroughly researched both companies, which results concluded, like many other independent thinkers, that AMD is now delivering and will continue to deliver the best computer technology for the end user. That's a solid endorsement for AMD's technology and their ability to be able to attract the best minds."
VHJ Test Message Board
We have established a test message board. Since it runs on a free service provider, xsorbit, there are a lot of nosy questions when users register -- which doesn't please us. If you have any other recommendations for free services or have advice regarding a VHJ message board, please let us know. We have gotten offers for free hosting that we are considering, but we wanted to make this test run first. Thanks for all of the feedback so far.
March 24th, 2002
March 23rd, 2002
VHJ Message Board?
We have been contemplating a simple message board to accompany this site. If you have any recommendations for free services or have feedback for this idea, please let us know.
Intel Engineering Samples in Retail Motherboards?
Mario writes: the inquirer
reports that Intel's buddy,
Supermicro, which only manufactures Intel motherboards, has sold retail
motherboards that have been populated with Intel engineering sample (ES)
chipsets. This story is ironic because this chance discovery was only found
because an end user could not obtain Intel processors for his motherboard. The
end user says, "I guess this is what I get for going dual Xeons instead of dual
AMD's." As you can imagine, Intel is none too pleased. The thread that sourced
this story can be read
Jim Davison sent in a hyperlink to the story behind the remarkable set of tugboat pictures we linked to yesterday.
March 22nd, 2002
Sales Staff and Consumers Want More Athlons!
Mario writes: the inquirer reports on the results of an across the board mass poll of Circuit City's staff that has highlighted their strong desire to sell more AMD powered computers. Staff were saying that Compaq doesn't make enough Athlon based systems, and stock for this product is too slow in arriving. The poll also reported that customers are asking about AMD processors, and want to stay away from Intel's Celeron. For consumers who shop at Circuit City, it's clear that AMD is winning the hearts and minds of the people.
Happy Brithday, Chris
...aka "Churtle" -- and sometimes "Turtle" :-). And while we're at it, happy birthday, Captain Kirk.
Size Mick has found some of my recently defaced articles republished elsewhere.
...wow! Link courtesy Terry Maginnis.
The Fighting Whites
American Indian group turns "mascot" on its head. Link courtesy Dan Milisic, Bill Brier.
Happy Brithday, Nils
We have the same birthday.
March 21st, 2002
Microsoft Supports x86-64
Also from the Upside interview, Advanced Micro Devices CEO Jerry Sanders revealed that Microsoft will support Hammer's ISA (Instruction Set Architecture) known as x86-64. From the interview Mr. Sanders' states, "We’ve added 64-bit capability and instructions that Windows NT64 from Microsoft will support. This is unprecedented in history—Microsoft supporting x86 instructions other than those developed by Intel." Tip courtesy Brian Cruikshank.
Intel Free to Produce x86-64 Microprocessors
In an interview with Upside magazine, Advanced Micro Devices CEO Jerry Sanders mentioned that his company's current agreement with archrival Intel involved freedom on both sides to use each other's instruction sets. An "instruction set" is the native language spoken by a microprocessor. This agreement includes x86-64, the lingua franca of AMD's upcoming "Hammer" family of 64-bit processors, according to AMD spokesman Damon Muzny. Mr. Muzny continued, "Actually, I believe they [Intel] would be making a mistake if they didn’t [Muzny's emphasis] develop an x86-based approach to 64-bit computing... a solution that is compatible with the established, public x86-64 standard from AMD."
March 20th, 2002
March 19th, 2002
Intel to Milk MP Xeon Server Market
Mario writes, "Before SledgeHammer arrives next year, Intel will use this time to milk every last dollar from its customers who purchase its new MP Xeon processors. Prices start at a dizzying $1177 for the 1.4GHz part, and end up at an out of this world $3692 for the 1.6GHz device. These prices won't hold when SledgeHammer arrives. the inquirer reports that a shocked Intel system integrator was none too pleased. If you don't have to buy Intel solutions, hang on until AMD's SledgeHammer arrives and save yourself some dosh [ed: and some money too -- just kidding, Mario!].
Michael Moore clears it up. Libel applies to email.
Orville Henry Dies
...a respected sportswriter.
March 18th, 2002
March 17th, 2002
Slander at Tom's Hardware
An email thread sent to us by an editor of HardGamers.com demonstrates that Tom's Hardware Guide is guilty of criminal slander. UPDATE: We have discovered a cached Google image of one of Van's articles that Thomas Pabst now fallaciously claims authorship for. Note also how the article summary has been changed, clearly demonstrating the intent of these edits.
March 15th, 2002
Thread of the Day
Mario writes: "THG's removal of authorship from articles written by Van Smith has created no small stir among the hardware community. Ace's Hardware discuss the moral and legal arguments."
Honesty and Integrity Play Second Fiddle at The Pabster
Mario writes on THG's latest display of "deceptive, unethical" journalism practices. And no, Van is not posting this. It's his wife, who has had her set of encounters with the Herr Doktor Fuehrer.
March 13th, 2002
Intel Discloses U.S. Operations Lost $350 Million Last Year
Thanks to Mark for this link from Bloomberg.
March 12th, 2002
Updated: DigiTimes Now A Subscription Service
DigiTimes has changed their conditions for their free subscription. Unlike what they advertised (and what we reported) yesterday, the free subscription is only good until May 31, 2002 (not 2003) if you sign-up before March 18. After that time your free subscription will entitle you to the latest two weeks of news, access to the home and main section pages and a limited choice of daily emails. For more information on the changes or to register, go here. If you are unhappy about the change, contact DigiTimes Editor Stephen Taylor.
March 11th, 2002
DigiTimes Now A Subscription Service
DigiTimes.com is now a subscription service. You can register for free until March 18, 2002. Your subscription will be good until May 31, 2003. If you register between March 18, 2002 and May 31, 2002, the rate for a subscription is $200. After May 31, 2002 a new subscription rate will be put in place.
March 8th, 2002
March 7th, 2002
ExtremeTech in Trouble, Part Two
As we reported February 24th, Ziff-Davis’ online hardware site, ExtremeTech, has been allegedly suffering severe financial woes. In an article released today, ExtremeTech’s parent company, Ziff-Davis Media, is in danger of facing bankruptcy if it cannot “buy more time on a loan it took out in the form of a credit line” according to a report from Internet.Com, another corporate online publishing rival. The report maintains that ZD Media suffered a nearly half-billion dollar net loss last year. In a crowd of low-budget Internet websites published by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, the corporately backed ExtremeTech has reportedly failed to capture the confidence of this fiercely independent and influential audience.
Stuck in a Windshield and Left to Die
The victim of a hit-and-run accident was alive for two to three days while embedded in the windshield of the car that struck him. The alleged assailant drove about four miles after the incident with the victim lodged in her car's front window. She parked her vehicle in her garage, where the victim died days later from blood loss. Afterwards, the woman allegedly dumped the body in a park and began the process of dismantling and burning her automobile. The woman disclosed her October crime last month in a party. Brad sent us this unsettling link.
Pentium 4 Incompatibilities Bite Oracle
Again, the problem is traceable to the Sun JRE. Apparently, the JRE in question does not properly recognize the Pentium 4, causing the Oracle installer to abort. As with the MATLAB bug below, the issue can be remedied by visiting Sun's site and downloading the latest Java Runtime Environment. In particular, the old "symcjit.dll" files seem to be at fault. The JRE snafu does not reflect an Intel Pentium 4 deficiency as much as it calls out a questionable programming decision on the part of Sun.
March 6th, 2002
Pentium 4 Incompatible with Some Software
Although not highly publicized, the Intel Pentium 4 is not able to run all legacy software due to innate incompatibilities. For instance, the popular mathematics package Matlab 6.0 (R12) will generate errors when attempting load the program on an Intel Pentium 4-based system due to conflicts between the Windows Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and the Intel Pentium 4. If you are encountering these issues, either upgrade to Matlab 6.1 or install a newer JRE as directed in the Mathworks link above. The Pentium 4 and this JRE might also trigger failures while browsing the Web, or when running other programs that utilize Java, such as Sun’s StarOffice.
March 5th, 2002
...and tobacco works too, so cigarettes might be good for you after all. Joking aside, the biotech enables very cheap inoculation production. The link is courtesy of Tim Lemmon.
March 4th, 2002
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March 1st, 2002
Benchmarketing 101: Intel SysMark - Take 2
Hal Speed writes, "Since your article, BAPCo also changed their contact information in the press release you link to. The original version of the press release on MadOnion's site still has the Mission College address."
AMD Takes Jab at Intel - Take 2
Bill Brier writes, "They are indeed the upper four notes of the Intel theme. The theme is played in parallel octaves, but I guess AMD didn't have enough space to put both the bass and treble staves on the board. <Grin> Just think what would have happened if they had squeezed in a picture of the aliens, with a hammer over their heads."
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