A Small Correction
"IBM has ported DB2 to the Suse Linux x86-64 build for AMD's x86-64.
Now doesn't this sound a bit better than just IBM ports DB2 to hammer, as
most headlines are reading? Now ask yourselves WHY the wording is so
carefully chosen by major news sites when a bit more would explain things
If You Value Freedom And Privacy, You've Got To Defend It
"Here's a good piece by Nicholas Petreley. The analysis is excellent and
page two is a must read for those who cherish their freedom and privacy.
(If you haven't figured out yet that Microsoft is a serious threat to your
privacy get a clue.)"
Apple To Adopt nForce?
Mario writes, "the
inquirer has an interesting story about the possibility of Apple
adopting Nvidia's nForce chipset. This speculation is based on motherboard
pictures that were put up on the web, but which have since been speedily
removed. Apple already uses Nvidia's graphics technology in some of its
products, so if this turns out to be true, this would be a strengthening of
ties between these respected and innovative companies.
"This makes for some long-term possibilities, which are also very
interesting. Apple's Steve Jobs has
publicly said that his company would look at the options of moving to a
X86 platform next year. This of course raises the big question: AMD or
Intel? Apple and Intel are not exactly bedfellows, so such an arrangement
would seem improbable but not impossible. Also, Nvidia does not currently
have a P4 bus license to which it could connect its core logic technology,
so this brings AMD nicely into the frame with Hammer. This
speculation, which if
it became a reality, would certainly give Apple a very differentiated
product range compared to any Wintel offering; something that Apple
customers would really appreciate. Apple would also be able to tout
performance numbers with the same zeal as its market leading ergonomics. OS
10, Hammer, and nForce; sounds like a dream ticket to me."
Linus Torvalds Prays Intel Will Adopt Yamhill
Jerry Andrews send
us this link from the inquirer.
Breaking Performance Bottlenecks of SMP Systems with Opteron
"How are we going to wring out the maximum performance from AMD Opteron
systems? We don't want to simply match existing SMP performance (which
can be awful) but develop both OS and application designs which take
advantage of the lack of limitations the new AMD architecture provides."
Read more on what Spencer has to say
The Inquirer Reports On
A Piece At ViaHardware
Jerry Andrews says
"This deserves to be pointed to on the VHJ main page. All your Athlon
powered readers will enjoy it (as I did)," about the what the Inquirer
reports in its Something
for the weekend, sir? - Hardware Dribble. “Viahardware has written to
plug its piece on 'Why the Buzz on AMD's Hammer won't quit. To understand
the future, check out the past, they suggest. Back in 1999, as Athlon neared
launch, no one quite knew what to expect. Would K7 deliver-or would it sink
like a stone?' they ask. Will Hammer match the impact Athlon had? The piece
For Whom Prefers Details On x86-64
Nils writes, "Dave
Feustel has pointed me in a very useful direction. There are very fine
information sites on the fine details of Hammer's software side." Read more
Acer Aspire 1300 Notebook
Jeff Wood sends us this, "I
reseller in Canada and have Acer Aspire 1300 notebooks on order. They
will be in stock in 2 weeks so it looks like Canada will be selling these. I am also a Premier Partner with AMD talk to you soon as
I get more info.
1300 AMD ATHL. 1.2, 20GB 256MB 14.1iTFT DVD-CDRW here is the product spec
from my order sheet.
price from me will be $1999.00 Canadian."
Opteron Desktop/Server Comparisons
Spencer writes, "The
Inquirer has a link in their their Daily Wibble page to the Japanese
site PC Watch Impress. On that page were a pair .jpeg's that on first
impression were identical but by clicking back and forth you can immediately
see the differences between the
server versions of the pending Opteron (Hammer) chips. The server chip
has nearly 1000 pins (or BGA bumps), a lot more cache, three fast
HyperTransport links, and dual (probably interleaved) 72 bit DDR 333 memory
channels. There's even a little note on the desktop image that shows how HT
replaces address, data and control bus elements (just as Nils has indicated
The Driver Depot Presents: 'The Sum of All Drivers' Contest
Phil writes, "The contest runs
till midnight, August 31st 2002. Prizes for the top computer-driver
uploaders are Top Uploader - $100 USD, Runner up - $50 USD, Random Drawing
Prize - $25 USD."
Hypersonic Future Travel
"Via Science Daily comes this link to a
NASA release featuring
hypersonic aircraft that are within a decade of testing. The press
release gives some details of the programs and the artists renderings are
interesting. The first
X43A test was aborted in June of 2001 when the hosting Pegasus rocket
veered out of control. More tests of the 10 foot long X43A are planned. For
a quirky but kinda cool hydrogen
fuel page, see this."
What Ties Apple, Nvidia and AMD Together?
"The Inquirer has an interesting analysis piece that postulates that
Apple could challenge Microsoft with Hammer/nForce hardware. It's plausible
that such a switch to an x86 platform could occur and the article notes that
if AMD can crank out Hammers and Dell finally sells an AMD product it's
likely that Apple will have a go at what will be effectively a new market
segment, the mainstream 64 bit desktop. Of course there's more to the mix
with Open Office, ATI's hardware, OSX on a real Unix kernel, the whole open
source movement, etc. Nils must be smiling...."
New AMD Powered Notebooks
Mario writes, "the
inquirer reports that
Acer has launched the
Aspire 1300 range of notebook computers that are powered by AMD's new
130 nm mobile Athlon XP. Unfortunately, those products will only be
available in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. You can
blame Intel for the
lack of availability in Acer's home market, Asia (USA as well?). Those
fortunate enough to have a choice will be able to select models that are
powered by either a XP1400+ or a XP1800+.
Closer to home, Wal Mart has new AMD powered HP notebooks
available online. What caught my eye in the value segment was a
$1,098 Pavilion XF315. This is powered by a 1.2 GHz Duron processor, has
256 MB of memory, a 20 GB hard drive, and a 14.1 XGA TFT display.
Surprisingly at this price point, it is also fitted out with a DVD/CD-RW
drive, which should help them sell like hot cakes. They also have better
featured but more expensive Pavilions with Athlon XP processors at 1400+,
1500+, and 1800+. It's also worth noting that 40% of their HP notebooks for
sale are AMD based.
Mike Magee Leaks Details Of AMD 'Celeron Debacle'
Nils Dahl writes,
"Note that AMD used an MSI K7N420 Pro motherboard for the Duron and Athlon
XP system base. This isn't really fair, as the nVidia integrated video
easily beats even Intel's new 845G integrated video. But then the real world
"As a useful test, this all seems
eminently proper to me. It is Intel's latest integrated solution pitted
against AMD/nVidia's integrated solution from last year. It also is an amusing
statement by AMD about its opinion of the nForce 420 design and perhaps a
reminder of just what the industry missed by neglecting the 420 for so long.
"And when the next generation
nForce does ship, things will get much more interesting.
"Now if you have heard any details
of the nForce solution that will match the 32-bit clawhammer, don't tell me. I
love pleasant surprises."
just an old man - smiling
Internet Domain Case
Thanks to our
reader who sent in this, "From the Globe and Mail (Toronto newspaper) about
small(er) businessman winning Internet domain case against (very) large
business -- won on appeal in court after Internet arbitration awarded the
name he'd registered to Molson."
AMD Goes on the Offensive Against P4-Celeron
and quotes Van’s Hardware in
an aggressive presentation that notes that P4-Celeron + i845G combinations
are incompatible with leading gaming titles like Tiger Woods 2002, Spiderman
and Nascar 2002. Intel discloses a number of these incompatibilities at its
website. Kathy’s recent
tests support AMD’s claims that this hardware combination, which is
common in OEM systems, simply doesn’t measure up to competing and often much
cheaper AMD-based systems.
Hunting Amino Acids In Space With Spectroscopy
Spencer writes, "From
New Scientist comes this report of spectrographic radio telescope
analysis of large galactic molecular clouds that report the distinctive
signature of glycine. Glycine is a simple amino acid that other research has
shown can be produce by exposing various combinations of elemental ice to
ultraviolet light. This is more minor supporting evidence for the notion of
'panspermia', that life exists simply because it is an eventuality born of
the nature of the cosmos. Panspermia is far from proven, even less so than
the more terrestrial and swiss cheese theory of evolution. (New
Scientist blatantly ignores or dismisses contrary evidence to evolution
so be forewarned when reading NS of their heavy bias and limited data.) Of
course, the existence of such molecules is not surprising given their
simplicity and the tremendous variety of conditions found in the huge volume
of the universe. This is a piece of data that leads to a "could possibly be"
type of conclusion (and nothing further is logically possible from this data
point). It will be interesting to see how long it takes for others to
trumpet this research and claim they have found the ultimate origin of life.
The drive to suppress the need for a Creator runs deep in much of the
Eclectic Bad Writing
Spencer sends us
this, " 'On reflection, Angela perceived that her relationship with Tom had
always been rocky, not quite a roller-coaster ride but more like when the
toilet-paper roll gets a little squashed so it hangs crooked and every time
you pull some off you can hear the rest going bumpity-bumpity in its holder
until you go nuts and push it back into shape, a degree of annoyance that
Angela had now almost attained.'
"In keeping with the eclectic nature of Van's Hardware, I thought you may
enjoy something completely different. The above missive is the award winning
entry for the Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest, also known as the "It was a
dark and stormy night" contest. Via GMSV comes this link to hilarious single
paragraph story starters. If you've found Hemmingway badly in need of a
sharp penciled editor, you'll love these contorted bits of prose. I
laughedtill it hurt..."
Bill Brier sends us this,
"Did you know - If you had bought 1000 dollars of Nortel stock one year ago,
it would now be worth 49 dollars? If you had purchased 10,000 dollars of
Enron stock a year ago it would be now be worth toilet paper? If you had
spent 1000 dollars on beer a year ago, drank all the beer, then brought the
cans to a redemption center for the nickel deposit, you would have 107
dollars? Given current economic conditions and the volatility of the stock
market, my advice is to drink a lot of beer and recycle the empty cans."
Happy Anniversary VHJ
"Today is our 1 year anniversary for VHJ. We would like to thank all
of the folks who have helped in the past year to get us here. We are
particularly thankful for Spencer, Phil, Nils, Mario, Joel who have been
regular contributors to the site and to Dave and the gang who are running
and moderating the forums. (If I have forgotten someone, please let me know.
I'm 8 months pregnant and the baby sometimes completely consumes all of my
brain waves.) Also a thanks to all of you who have in the past year written
and sent us something the was of particular importance that you felt needed
to be expressed and shared with others. We have covered a wide range of
topics far beyond the bounds of computer hardware and news.
"Our year has been
filled with 2 moves, a new job, 2 family passings, a little one due next
month and all that other really important stuff that goes on... and what of
your year? It has been a joy for us to have this website and to have
developed the relationships and acquaintances that we have because of the
site. Thank-you to our readers and friends."
NYTimes.com - 07-10-02 Article "Sept. 11 tape could hold some clues to
John Oram sends us
this link as a follow-up to his previous
Bill Brier sends
us this. We found it particularly timely after recently receiving our own
$1000 bill from a cardiologist's office. We still have no idea what this
doctor looks like, as he wasn't actually there for any of the
Kathy returns to
Sam's Club to retest the PCs. Also, available for download is a preview
version of COSBI QuickTest.
Chicken Feathers to Replace Silicon
Phil Trent writes,
"These researchers are like environmental versions of George Washington
Carver. Deep research into seemingly mundane materials is a great source for
new materials. Corning's research into new uses for glass produced fiber
"Good luck to them; there is likely an abundance of chicken feathers that
could be put to good use."
Transparency As A Killer Virtue
writes, "One of the wonderful features of open source is that it is OPEN.
What you see is what you get and there aren't any hidden agendas, sneaky
features or backdoors that compromise your security and privacy. Could this
'transparency' be the killer virtue or feature that is a must have for
individuals and corporations? Doc Searls of Linux Journal has had some
interesting musings on this notion and its implications for building all
important infrastructure. If you groove freedom and self determination
you'll dig this brief article.
More Loss Of Privacy:)
Spencer sends us
this. "Check to see if YOUR drivers license information is online in a
COSBI For Dummies
Kathy tests the
newest version of COSBI at the local Sam's Club. She shares her results and
experience with the new benchmarking application.
A Hammer-Powered Cray Supercomputer?
analysis published last October, Nils noted the supercomputer-like
architecture of the Hammer, so it may come as no big surprise to our readers
that, according to a Wall Street Journal article, Sandia National
Labs and Cray were working with AMD on a "large" Opteron-based system.
DigiTimes: Intel Strong-arming Taiwanese PC Makers
The Taiwanese IT
DigiTimes reports today that semiconductor giant Intel is
coercing PC makers to not sell AMD-based notebooks in Asia, one of the few
places in the world where Intel is still finding profits.
According to the report,
both Asustek and Acer have disclosed that they
have agreed not to sell notebook computers based on AMD CPUs in Asia in
order to “maintain their relationships with Intel.”
As we published in an
AMD’s 0.13-micron “Thoroughbred” Athlon
XPs exhibit very attractive mobile
characteristics. This combined with the distinctly mobile-unfriendly
high-leakage P4 design place Intel at disadvantages to its chief rival in the
high-end mobile space. The mobile market is particularly attractive due to
its relatively lofty margins.
VHJ exclusive, we reported in the
that Intel is currently ratcheting up pressure on OEMs in an effort to force
PC makers to drop AMD chips. The
DigiTimes news item is but
two examples of this. According to our sources, domestic PC builders are also
feeling similar coercion from the Santa Clara chip goliath.
According to our sources,
Intel’s current strategy is to attempt to retard or reverse AMD from its
previously strengthening positions with OEMs in anticipation of the Hammer
launch late this year. AMD’s Hammer is a revolutionary 64-bit chip design we
expect to decisively trump Intel’s offerings in performance across essentially
all targeted market segments.
Looking at Lindows
Positioned as the
Linux-derived foil to Microsoft OS's, "Lindows" purports to bridge both the
Linux and Windows worlds. We have a Wal-Mart Lindows machine at our
disposal and we have to say that although the machine is solid, at this
point we have been greatly underwhelmed with the Windows compatibility
features of the operating system.
We have been able
to successfully install Microsoft Office 2000, which is a noteworthy
advancement beyond typical Linux-Wine (Wine is a Windows emulator)
distributions. Unfortunately, few of the applications would run stably
and those that would run were painfully slow.
Word, PowerPoint and Excel have been the three most solid applications of
the Office 2k suite although all three have been noticeably sluggish on a
1.3GHz Celeron. Outlook locks up before loading any mail. We
were able to load one of our databases into Access, but were unable to view
either queries or tables.
Although we will
provide a much more detailed analysis next week, we can already state that
Lindows is currently not the panacea that many wishing to wean themselves
from Microsoft have hoped for. However, Lindows is a step in
the right direction and demonstrates that complex COM-based applications can
be made to operate under Linux. Also keep in mind that Lindows is
still a work in progress so we can expect improvements in the months to
Open Source In Government
Spencer writes, "Here is
some excellent news for open source proponents: The U.S. House of
Representatives has just begun testing
Document Data Types (DTD's) to document their legislative bills.
started last year the new document format is based on open standards and
will allow greater access and searchability. The
DTD's themselves are public domain (as
should be virtually all government developed methods) and follow the
WWW Consortium's ongoing XML standards
efforts. XML is virtually guaranteed to become the lingua franca of data
interchange between disparate systems since it provides hierarchical
structure, semantic tagging and data content in the same portable,
human/machine readable format. Open source projects such as Open Office use
XML as the native storage format for their resultant documents. Perhaps
this is a sign of an inexorable shift away from closed, proprietary formats
such as Microsoft's Office formats. Let us hope so."
Internet Law Articles
"Here's the link to
Dan Gillmore's recent articles which include his recent postings on the
Internet Law seminars at Harvard. Another Must Read column is 'Microsoft
Grips the Levers, Harder'."
Is The Future Hyper-anarchy Or Total Control?
Spencer writes, "Via GMSV
comes the above quote recently made by Harvard's Jonathan Zittrain. Dan
Gillmor is posting excellent summaries while he attends five days of Harvard
lectures and seminars on Internet law. With deep thinkers in abundance (and
lawyers only 38% of the crowd) there is some serious issue opening and
bashing underway. From despair over ultimate governmental control to
cybersquatting to ICANN's increasingly inbred behavior, there is much to
learn from simply following this column. Freedom and privacy are at stake
and it is up to us to know the issues."
"Egan Orion (what a great name) of the Inquirer has posted the news
of a new Linux daily site. It may give
Linux Today a run for its money. It's good to see healthy
competition for excellent Linux news. All you Microsoft weenies pay
Did Intel Scupper Company Takeover?
Mario writes, "the
inquirer reports that Time Computer, one of AMD's biggest UK partners
that successfully took over "Intel
only" Tiny Computer, has failed in its efforts to acquire the French PC
system integrator Continental Edison. A source close to the French company
said that Intel may have been involved in the collapse of the talks, to
prevent the success of the UK company from reaching mainland Europe. If this
is true, then this is another - no doubt legal - unethical act to prevent
AMD and its partners from further developing important markets. With AMD
second quarter sales that are approximately $300 million lower than the
previous quarter, there's nothing like kicking a man when he is already
down. Regrettably, it's the consumer who ultimately pays with higher prices
when actions of this nature maintains the status quo.
Dowload Microsoft Fix - Lose Privacy
"This item on New Scientist points out some of the controversy
surrounding the terms of aggreement that you MUST accept in order to get an
important fix for Microsoft Media Player. How long will you let Microsoft
Amber Passed Away Last Night
She fought very, very hard; she had to battle for most of her short life.
Amber would have turned three this November.
We are grateful
for the many letters of support. We especially appreciate all of the
prayers made in Amber's behalf.
If you have
children, embrace them; cherish them because life is fragile and fleeting.
Don't let the
chance to spend this 4th of July holiday with family and friends slip by.
Mend broken fences; let those closest to you know the depth of your love.
Every opportunity we have to do these things is a gift.
Amber Caitlyn Richardson: 1999-2002
GeForce 4 Ti 4600 Review Posted, Hovertrek personal hovercraft,
Trans-dimensional portals and what they have to do with PDAs, Monkeys using mind
control to play video games, X-pro surveillance helicopter, KT333 Mainboard
Roundup, AOpen AX4B Pro-533 & AX4G Pro Reviews, Acorp
7KT333 Review and Shuttle AK35GT2-R Review.
send us this link to P4 and Mobile Athlon
XP (up to 2200+?) laptops.
O'Reilly On The State Of Open Source Software
"In this two page article, Tim O'Reilly reviews the current state of the
open source software movement. Of course, most of the Internet runs on open
source and whole state and national governments are now turning their backs
on proprietary software (read Microsoft) and utilizing the incredible
economic and freedom advantages of open source. Microsoft has launched a
fierce FUD campaign to persuade bureaucrats everywhere that open source is
evil and the heat is on so badly that some government employees are running
for cover. The arguments for open source run very deep and Tim has put
together an excellent brief. It's a really good read."
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