August 30th, 2002
John let me know that someone is posing as me
on the Yahoo AMD investment board. Instances of this are
Sadly, Kathy and I have become accustomed to
such unethical behavior directed at us, particularly where money is
Please help us fight these crooks by letting us
know when you see material posted allegedly from me or Kathy. We will
not be posting on investment boards, so any posts you see supposedly from us
are bogus. In fact, I do not anticipate posting on any message boards
at all anytime soon.
And while you’re at it, please let these frauds
know that what they are doing is wrong by exposing them wherever they post.
August 27th, 2002
have been overwhelmed with hundreds of emails over the last two days.
We sincerely appreciate the massive showing of support. We'll do our
best to respond to each one of the messages, but it may take weeks given
the quantity involved and the heaviness of the topic.
we appreciate the donations. You have been very generous and it
looks like our bill will be less than we expected, especially now that we
are closing the site. There is no need for sending more money so we
have removed the solicitations. Thank you.
understand that we did not make the decision to close the site on a whim.
It was very painfully deliberated.
positive note, it looks like COSBI will live. We'll post more
details when everything is formalized.
you, Nils. Thank you, Spence. Thank you, Mario. Thank
you, Phil. Thank you, Dave. Thank you, Joel.
thank you, dear readers.
the Good Fight! We live in the most critical age in human history.
Stay informed. Stay involved. Guide humanity to a better
August 26th, 2002
appreciate your support for making us one of the biggest and most
influential hardware websites in the world. Running the website is taking its toll.
Expenses, threats, attacks, conflicts of interest and intimidating phone
calls are making it impossible to carry the site forward.
will not be updating the site any further. We might, however, eventually
release COSBI here and let it go for others to mind.
have met many beautiful people and appreciate your support. It is because
of your encouragement that we have continued to write and publish. Thank
you and we hope that you will keep in touch with us.
And They All Unwind
some hardware sites fall under scrutiny for their possible complicity in
using BAPCo SysMark, a few webmasters are becoming unraveled. We
painfully respond to Thomas Pabst's insane rant.
We removed this article for reasons noted
August 23rd, 2002
AMD Athlon XP 2600+: Part 2
examine shocking evidence revealing the level of calculated bias injected into
SysMark 2002 in what can only be characterized as a deliberate attempt to
misrepresent the performance of the Intel Pentium 4 in comparisons with its AMD
Athlon XP rivals.
California Works to Outlaw Home-Schooling
though as a group "home-schoolers," children that are taught at home
typically by their parents, dramatically out-perform their public school
counter-parts on standardized tests, America's most populous state's
Department of Education is attempting to declare all of these kids truants
and make their parents outlaws.
August 22nd, 2002
'Critical' Flaws in Microsoft Products
Attacker can read files, execute programs, format drives, etc.
1 GHz VIA C3 system:
Seagate ST320016A (7200 rpm, ATA100, 40GB); GeForce2 MX, Win98SE, 256MB
GHz P4-Celeron (Dell Dimension 4500S): Seagate ST320011A (7200 rpm,
ATA100, 20GB), integrated video, WinXP Pro, 256MB DDR-SDRAM.
Paradox is a popular database program.
Win a VIA P4PB Mainboard
got to fill out a survey, though, to get your chance at one of the ten
boards that VIA is giving away.
Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 2
been available. Here is a direct
link to the file. Thanks for the link, Jeff. Be forewarned
that the ~15.5MB SP2 will bug you for the original Office and FrontPage
August 21st, 2002
August 20th, 2002
August 19th, 2002
'Intel Inside' Program Spreads to White Box Vendors
Increasing the levels of monopolistic menace that we have reported about
for months, chipmaker Intel has broadened the scope of its aggressive
"Intel Inside" program. Providing up to a two-thirds subsidy of
advertising revenue to participating OEMs along with other incentives, the
"Intel Inside" program has been very successful in persuading major
personal computer vendors into producing and promoting Intel-based
products. These agreements often are made to exclude the use
of competitors' MPU products.
Intel is turning its sights towards "Mom and Pop" operations who
produce so called "white boxes," an area where AMD has been traditionally
sources have disclosed that many within Intel anticipate that the clear
performance lead will shift to AMD with Hammer. Furthermore, Intel
is aware that Prescott, which is essentially a simple 90nm shrink of the
current Northwood core, will not improve Intel's standing against Hammer.
fact, "Tejas" the successor to Prescott that we exclusively exposed, is
the chipmaker's attempt to counter Hammer, primarily by addressing the
manifold flaws in the current P4 core.
have written over the last few months, Intel has stepped up its strengths
with OEMs to secure its position with these vendors in anticipation of the
Hammer launch. By broadening its "Intel Inside" program to white box
vendors, the chip leviathan is accelerating this strategy which includes
imposing contracts that involve exclusivity clauses, preventing these OEMs
from producing products based upon CPUs from competing vendors.
far more money than competitors AMD, Transmeta, and VIA, Intel has the
resources to buy the MPU market and it appears that this is in fact the
Santa Clara chipmaker's intention.
Close Encounter of the Dell Kind
"ToshiroOC" describes a close encounter he had with Michael Dell at the "International
Summit of Young Technology Leaders":
was reading the article on ZDNet that you so kindly posted so all
of us informed techies could get a good laugh, I remembered what Michael
Dell said during an open-session Q&A that I had the opportunity to attend.
One of my good friends David asked Michael Dell why Dell refused to use
AMD based products despite greater performance and lower price compared to
Intel. Mr. Dell looked somewhat perturbed and hesitated before saying
"Well, I guess that would be a good idea if AMD still had good
performance, and if I remember correctly, the last time AMD was better
than Intel was 1986."
When asked about the Opteron processors, he said, without hesitation at
all, "Ah, yes, well, at Dell we are devoted to giving our customers the
best solutions possible and AMD's Hammer processor, or the Opteron, is
something we are very closely analyzing. Next question."
something for thought.
AMD Get Major Business Desktop Win
press release today, Advanced Micro Devices announced a business desktop
win with a tier one OEM. Partnered with the integrated nVidia nForce
chipset, the AMD "Thoroughbred" Athlon XP will power the Compaq D315
tests indicate that the Athlon XP/nForce combination significantly
outperform similarly positioned and even much more expensive integrated
solutions using Intel parts.
Breeching the business space through a major OEM like Hewlett-Packard is a
milestone of AMD, which has typically found itself relegated to marginal
players due to Intel's entrenched strength in the business channels.
August 17th, 2002
Pentium 4 Owners Sue Intel
group of Intel Pentium 4 owners have lodged a class action lawsuit against
the chip behemoth Intel along with several related OEMs. The suit
claims that Intel et al misrepresented the Pentium 4 as being a superior
processor to both the Pentium III and AMD's Athlon when in fact it "is
less powerful and slower than the Pentium III and/or the AMD Athlon."
Attorneys from the law firm Carr Korein Tillery do not have to look far
for evidence to substantiate their claims as we
established months ago that the Intel P4 is often slower than much
cheaper and lower-clocked AMD Athlon XPs. In fact, when writing
benchmarks it is actually difficult to
produce comprehensive tests that show any advantages for the Pentium
4. The only areas where the P4 consistently trumps the Athlon XP are
in tests that are memory bandwidth intensive or have SSE2 optimizations.
courtesy of Keith.
August 15th, 2002
Pundit Site O'the Day
Sometimes crazy, but always interesting, Austin's talk show king Alex
Jones runs the InfoWars.Com
website where he manages to dig up news items that will make even the most
staid readers/listeners/viewers start looking over their shoulders.
You can also listen
to Alex rant, rave and sometimes bring up truly scary stuff every workday
from 11AM-2PM Central (these shows are also rebroadcast late at night and
AMD's Dresden Site Safe From Floods
contacted AMD spokesman Damon Muzny regarding the near biblical-scale
flooding being experienced in Dresden, Germany, the home of AMD's
Mega-Fab30. Although the floods are certainly serious, damage is
limited to regions close to the river Elbe. Fab30 is safe being
located on a hill that is far away from any flood basins.
Intel Versus Free Speech?
what could turn out to be a landmark case, chip titan Intel is fighting
for powers that could potentially transform the Internet into a minefield
of litigation. If the Santa Clara chipmaker gets its way, it could
be considered "trespassing" punishable by law to browse certain websites
(even by indexing bots) or send unsolicited emails (which might or might
not help reduce Spam, but could possibly set a precedent for more
prevalent and intrusive email scanning both at work and even by ISPs).
The common practice of hyperlinking could also become an issue.
case centers around Ken Hamidi, an engineer fired from Intel in 1995 in
what he claims is an instance of age discrimination. In efforts to
organize support from within Intel to make the company more employee
friendly, Hamidi sent unsolicited email to Intel employees. To stop
the flow of email, Intel invoked a 17th Century legal principal known as
"trespass to chattels." However, this ancient tort infers inflicting
physical damage to another's property, which Intel cannot argue here.
has since become a vocal Intel critic and is the author of the well-known
site Face Intel.
August 14th, 2002
XScale Fails to Deliver
As Nils noted several months ago,
Mario writes that others, including perennial Intel-minion ZDNet,
are discovering that the marketing-driven chip-king has pulled another
hollow "frequency first" gambit, this time with the disappointing XScale
(note that Intel's StrongArm tied for our
Embedded Processor of 2001, a feat its XScale successor is tragically
unlikely to duplicate).
ZDNet has picked up on a few of the
aspects of Intel's latest and not so great StrongArm-based XScale
PXA250 processor that serves the PDA market. In short, the XScale
performs no better than the StongArm it replaces even though it operates
at nearly twice the clock-speed.
sounds very similar to the P4 intro where its higher frequency failed to
translate into higher performance until SSE2 optimized benchmarks, extra
cache, and big frequency ramps saved the day [ed: sort of; the Athlon
XP still wins a good many benches]. XScale runs at almost twice
the frequency of the StrongArm SA1110 design that it replaces, but only
gives comparable performance when executing tasks on Microsoft's Pocket PC
PDA operating system.
said, "Fundamentally, devices don't seem to be demonstrating the
performance improvement that many were expecting." Although a
generational mismatch between Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system and
Intel's XScale processor is the line that is currently being trotted out
as an explanation for this, Microsoft has no plans to upgrade the OS for
XScale, so consumers will again be offered new technology that fails to
meet expectations and is invariably more expensive. Further commentary can
History again repeats itself and the frequency myth continues. The sad
fact for companies like AMD, is that history has taught us that Intel's
first generation products, even though they may perform badly, will
eventually go on to turn silicon into gold.
Duron Still Top Dog
The PC business can be very frustrating when
consumers unknowingly pay more for a computer than they had to. Bearing
this in mind, the Tech Report has
reviewed Intel's recently released $89, 1.7 GHz Celeron against AMD's
soon to be retired Duron at 1.3 GHz. With a 400 MHz frequency advantage,
the Celeron was still second best in overall performance; it's also $26
more expensive than the Duron (boxed) on Price Watch. When you add the
fact that Celeron based motherboards are inherently more expensive than
Duron solutions, buying AMD makes even more sense.
It should not be forgotten that AMD's current Athlon will soon supplant
Duron as the value processor, which will further increase AMD's
price/performance advantage. As an example, AMD's Athlon XP 1700+ boxed
processor is $9 less expensive (Price
Watch) than Intel's Celeron offering, with the added boost in
performance which that brings. Will any of this help AMD to gain back
market share that they've recently lost to Intel?
AMD is still blazing a trail of glory in the value segment. If only
consumers had eyes that could really see and minds that could fully
comprehend. Let's hope that those in the know are educating their friends
and customers on the performance and value advantages that they can gain
when choosing AMD. You wouldn't fill up your tank with Intel's gas when
AMD's variety is 41% cheaper. Processors are also commodity products, so
should be viewed in the same light. So, don't get conned into buying
technology that costs you more for less.
Little Hattie Louise Smith
gave birth Sunday night to Hattie Louise Smith. At birth,
black-haired, brown-eyed little Hattie was 20-inches long and weighed 7
pounds, 3 ounces. Mother and daughter are back from the hospital and
both are doing fine. God is Great!
Another Hammer FAQ
time at AMDZone.
August 10th, 2002
Dr. Gene Ziegler's Seuss-ian Poem
of you enjoyed the Dr. Seuss-like poem we published August 8th (and which
we mistakenly credited to a "Dr. Gary"). We have since discovered
that this well circulated piece is the effort of Cornell's
Ziegler, a.k.a. Dr. Zseuss. Visit Dr. Z's site for a
full version of this beloved poem. Another of our favorites from
Dr. Ziegler and well worth reading is "Hang
the Information Highwayman!"
Spud Writes Dud Opteron Piece on ZDNet
writes, "This has to be one of the stranger FUD articles I’ve read
regarding Opteron (and its kind of sticking in my mind as one of the
sillier FUDs I’ve ever read -- you’ll see what I mean when you read it). I
don’t know how to characterize this spud-dud-FUD piece (and you will come
to your own conclusions about it) but a recent Salon.com quote I read
regarding the current Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neil comes to mind:
‘Secretary O’Neil is “bizarrely ineffectual” ‘ was the Salon.com quote.
That pretty much sums up how I felt about this FUD attack against Opteron
by good old non-Intel-influenced ZDNet (Intel, get it over with, buy ZDNet
"By the third page of this FUD attack against AMD and Opteron, I felt like
I did after the 2000 election: dirty, slimy, and showers didn’t seem to
work to make me feel clean again till months after the election. Oh well,
as time has gone on I’ve learned to let slime roll off my brain, and by
this time tomorrow I’ll hardly recognize Mr. Berlind’s picture much less
his grammar (oh, and check out the grammatical and typo errors in his
piece… what, we don’t use grammar and spell checkers at ZDNet anymore? No
editorial staff reviewing our work there? Hire me ZDNet! I kin compose and
spel as wel as David do!)
"Read it; it’s good for cheep [sic] laughs. :)"
Questions About September 11th
good place to start.
Protect Us From the Internet, Big Brother!
Support the War Effort and fight the
evil Internet! As we have written long before, we are afraid
that in time we will all have to be "licensed" to use the Internet.
Of course, these licenses will no doubt be withheld from "irresponsible"
and "traitorous" media who foment discontent, criticize the government and
"impede" its anti-terrorism efforts.
other words, we have to be very careful that zealots, who are currently
exploiting our nation's pathos and phobias after the horrible acts of last
September, do not use their positions to control independent media, usurp
free speech and destroy privacy.
(Pedophilia is one of the worst crimes that a human being can commit.
By violating the sacred trust of children, these people rob the young of
their precious innocence. However, what is disturbing beyond this is
the mass media's frequent portrayals of these crimes as a unique Internet
phenomena. For instance, a horrible act of pedophilia that resulted
in the death of a child occurred recently in Rogers, Arkansas yet was not
carried beyond the outraged local media. Meanwhile we are nationally
bombarded regularly with stories -- sometimes tenuous, vague and even
misleading -- about Internet pedophiles. If the government wants to
be effective in this area, it needs to start by going after those
organizations that send out pedophile Spam.)
August 9th, 2002
Intel's Andy Grove Donates $5,000,000 to Stem Cell Research
aging Darth Vader seeks the fountain of youth. Although current laws
prevent the additional harvesting of human embryos for federally funded
studies, privately backed research has the
secret handshake "Boog-A-Loo") to obtain "new lines of embryonic stem cells"
from aborted babies.
can't help but recall the story of the fetching Countess Elizabeth Bathory
who turned to "witchcraft" as time -- as time does to us all, Dr. Grove --
slowly drained her of her youthful beauty. In twisted attempts to
stay the inevitable toll demanded from the march of years, the Countess would bathe in the blood
of virgins at the "magical hour" of four in the morning.
rising desperation, the aging seventeenth-century Countess resorted to
torturing and killing young girls so that she could splash their fresh
blood on her face in hopes that this would rejuvenate her skin. At the
apex of her depravity, she even drank the blood like a vampire, first from
a golden flask and then directly from the children's bleeding throats.
Eventually, Countess Bathory established a girl's academy in her castle to
ensure a supply of blue blood after finding no positive benefits from her
years of harvesting peasant girls.
though a mountain of evidence grew against her, the Transylvanian Countess
(ironically, born in Dr. Grove's native Hungary in 1560) was not indicted
until she carelessly disposed of the bodies of two maidens attending her
Believing that wolves would consume the remains, she had the corpses
tossed out of her castle's window. Instead, the girls' tattered
remains were discovered triggering an investigation which led to her
end, Countess Elizabeth Bathory was found guilty of murdering nearly 600
(some say 650) young girls and was walled up alive inside her bedroom in
Bathory castle where she died four years later. Lacking her royal
heritage, her wicked assistants did not have it so easy: each had their
fingers ripped off before being burned at the stake.
August 8th, 2002
Sun Blasts Intel's Itanium
64-bit chip the "most expensive disaster in the history of high tech."
Link courtesy of Mark Ingbritson. ZD graciously throws in for
balance a remark from the australopithecine Kevin Krewell. "GRUNT!
Me like Intel!"
Ziegler Explains Why Computers Sometimes Crash
packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted at a very last resort,
and the access of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.
If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted cause the index doesn't hash,
then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!
If the label on the cable on the table at your house
says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
but your packets want to tunnel to another protocol,
that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall,
and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse;
then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
'cuz sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang!
When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy in the disk,
and the macro code instructions cause unnecessary risk,
then you'll have to flash the memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM
then quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your Mom!
Intel and Microsoft Won't Expense Stock Options
blokes are backtracking on squirrelly accounting practices.
Jerry writes, "Let
me see here. We’ve got a global economic meltdown about on a scale that
compares to the 1930s. The DOJ is tying up the loose ends in its
slap-on-the-wrist settlement with the software industry’s biggest
monopoly. Said monopoly is working on becoming an even larger monopoly
through Palladium and .NET. They change their licensing requirements and
the average business ends up paying 400-500% higher fees to them in this
environment… and what a surprise, “corporate user resentment and
dissatisfaction” with them are at an all time high. Tell me something I
August 7th, 2002
How to Break ANY Microsoft Windows System
Spencer writes, "The Inq has a short piece with a link to a well
article that shows how ANY Microsoft windows system can be
compromised, wherein the attacker can achieve privileges even higher than
"A very few months ago it was acknowledged that Microsoft Windows (all
flavors) have such severe and built-in security failings that if the
source code were released it would "compromise national security" (this
came from Microsoft itself)! This is just one example of the truth of that
statement and there are hundreds, perhaps thousands more..."
Could Microsoft Implode?
Spencer writes, "It has been known for some time that Microsoft has
perhaps made more use of stock options than any other company in the
history of high tech. Most people are unaware that by issuing compensation
in the form of stock options the company can take a tax deduction but NOT
have to show the cost of the options on it's profit and loss statement.
Thus has Microsoft avoided paying income tax and has essentially been able
to make it appear that they are immensely profitable when in fact if the
cost of the issues options were taken into account, they would show a
"The Inq has an interesting piece with it's own links to material
that is very enlightening (if somewhat dated). When I can learn more, I'll
post a follow up. In the meantime, the only thing propping up MSFT stock
is expectation. All else is smoke and mirrors. I expect they are not at
all happy about this form of publicity in the current light of
congressional oversight of financial reporting. Read the links, understand
the issues and decide for yourselves if they are a financial risk or not."
Controversial Website O'the Day
Courtesy of Steven. No SWAT teams, please!
August 6th, 2002
SOUND OFF! DIY Mobile
think it is high time for the computer industry to come around to
establishing do-it-yourself (DIY) mobile standards that enable end users
to put together notebooks just as easily as we assemble our own desktops
today. In fact, with the modular mobile technologies already in
place now, DIY mobile standards should be able to facilitate even simpler,
more idiot-proof system assembly.
quite find the perfect notebook because none of the bone-headed, jack-ass
OEMs have the common sense to put the right components together?
Want a laptop, but are afraid to make the sizable investment in a device
that crashes in value almost immediately because it is obsolete in only a
matter of weeks and has limited upgrade paths? Wouldn't it be nice
to easily change out your notebook's dated XGA screen for a lovely new
UXGA? How about swapping your glacial SDRAM-based Celeron notebook
motherboard for screaming Hammer/DDR setup? Or wouldn't it be sweet
to transform that aging battery-guzzling, gizzard-frying P4 notebook into
an icy C3/CLE-based system with a seven hour battery life? Just
bought a P4 and then weeks later -- DOH! -- Intel comes out with Banias
that is much faster than your chip and runs twice as long away from the
Comprehensive, open DIY mobile platform standards could address issues
like these and many more. Establishment of a DIY mobile market could
even pull the computer industry out of its current malaise.
on the link above and send us your thoughts on DIY mobile standards.
Cool Little Computer Projects
out the weird and interesting things you can do with VIA's teeny-tiny
August 5th, 2002
Nils writes, "This
link is the
first page of an article on IBM's Deepview super display system - a
distributed rendering concept that routinely produces 3200 x 2400 color 3D
images. This is a neat example of the distributed video display systems that
I have occasionally mentioned as an ideal use for Opteron. Note the System
hardware and software specs - multiple Linux systems linked by standard