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Posted 11/12/2000
AMD drops Mustang from their roadmap. Thanks to LaoChe of Hardware Central for the heads up.
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Posted 9/23/2000
AMD manages to get another OEM to join forces with them. MicronPC.com has announced the Millennia RS2150A, their first model to carry a non-Intel processor.
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Posted 9/17/2000
Microsoft has confirmed incompatabilities with several third party applications. Before attempting to upgrade, you should read this articles so you will know in advance whether you may or may not have problems concerning this issue.
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Posted 9/17/2000
Firewire in your car?
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Posted 9/12/2000
Napster recently experienced a 345% increase in popularity! If the mighty (mighty greedy, that is) record companies have their way and succeed in shutting down Napster, they will have millions of unhappy consumers.
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Posted 9/10/2000
Think you have what it takes to hack the code that protects pirated music? If you do, checking out this story could win you a cool $10 grande!
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Posted 9/10/2000
Sony's VAIO series of notebooks will be the first to be powered by Transmeta's much ballyhooed Crusoe processor.
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Posted 9/08/2000
After selling licensing agreements to IBM and Toshiba, Transmeta has decided to buy them back. "IBM and Toshiba can still make and market Transmeta products, but they cannot be used to underpin an X86-compatible processor."
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Posted 9/05/2000
"Between millions of people around the world I found you. Don't forget to remember this day every time MY FRIEND." That is the message you will receive if you open an email attachment infested with the "Pokey" virus, a virus very similar to the now infamous "love bug". The virus arrives as an email with the title, "Pikachu Pokemon".
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Posted 9/05/2000
Robots are poised to take over the world! Well, not quite, but they have learned to "reproduce".
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Posted 9/02/2000
Take a look at "Liberty Crack", the first documented virus targeted at a Palm Pilot and discover the possible future of computer viruses.
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Posted 9/01/2000
I have the BlackIce Defender firewall setup on my home machine. I receive attacks on a regular basis from low-life/no-life hackers trying to get into my system. In response to public demand for greater security, companies like AMD are working on "security chips" to act as a hardware (as opposed to software, like current firewalls) security solution.
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Posted 8/31/2000
This can't be good. California lawmakers are pushing a bill which would require businesses that have a presence within the state to charge taxes (to residents) on all Internet orders! If this bill becomes law, you can be sure that other states will follow.
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Posted 8/31/2000
Penguinistas will be interested in this: IBM, HP, NEC, and Intel are teaming up to form an independent lab to develop "heavy business tasks" for the Linux operating system.
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Posted 8/31/2000
Hyundai Electronics has taken Micron's lead in suing Rambus Inc.
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Posted 8/30/2000
Here's an article for those following the lawsuit against Napster. A court date has been set for October.
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Posted 8/30/2000
Infiniband I/O technology, which is expected to allow systems with several thousand connections, each with dedicated bandwidth of 2.5 Gbits/second, has been revealed by Intel and Lucent Technologies.
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Posted 8/29/2000
A couple of corporate lawsuits for you today. NVIDIA is suing 3dfx claiming patent infringements. NVIDIA seeks to restrain 3dfx from manufacturing or shipping any VSA-100 based products. My personal (and quite possibly wrong) opinion of this recent move by NVIDIA is that it is likely a frivilous lawsuit designed force 3dfx to send valuable money that would otherwise be used for R&D, advertising, etc. to a defense fund. This practice is not all too uncommon in the corporate world.
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Posted 8/29/2000
Micron has filed a lawsuite against Rambus Inc., creators of the much hated RDRAM. Micron claims anti-trust violations.
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Posted 8/29/2000
Intel issues a recall of their recently released Pentium III 1.133 GHz processor.
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Posted 8/25/2000
I have returned at long last! Several lies to investors and CPU paper releases later, Intel is is being Intel again. This time demonstrating a 2GHz Pentium 4.
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Posted 4/27/2000
It's been over a month since I posted any new news. I've just become insanely busy with my business. Hopefully I'll be able to start posting news again soon. Keep checking back!

Posted 4/27/2000
Ugh! This oughta make you sick! AMD announces the official name of its newest processor, codenamed Spitfire.
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Posted 4/24/2000
Thanks to Da Vault from AMD Zone I caught wind of Media Fusion, LLC which looks to put Airswitch to shame. We're talking 2.5gb/s (that gigabit) data transfers over existing wiring!
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Posted 4/24/2000
Once again, Intel reports chip shortages. Surprisingly (well, maybe not too surprising) it's the Celeron that get the ax this time around.
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Posted 4/24/2000
Earlier I pointed to an article indicating that the K6-2+ would be available for the desktop. Apparently that article was lying.
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Posted 4/24/2000
Athlon lovers having a hard time finding a decent motherboard based on the KX133 chipset may want to consider the Soyo K7AIA. Soyo has a reputation for building good motherboards, and from the looks of this recent article, the K7AIA is no exception.
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Posted 4/17/2000
Investigators are trying to determine what led an unborn child to fatally shoot his twin with a .38-caliber revolver during an altercation in their shared Albuquerque womb Monday.
Sound strange? In an age where violent criminals are getting younger and seem to act without any cause, this may soon be a reality.
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Posted 4/09/2000
Thanks to futureman from Hardware Central for the tip on this article which talks about a new type of memory threatening to hand the trusty hard drive its demise. Okay, so there's been talk of this for years, but it's always interesting to read!
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Posted 4/09/2000
Early reports on AMD's Spitfire have been disappointing (64k L1 and L2 cache??? What's up with that?!) However, the Thunderbird is rumoured to have 256k L2 cache and copper interconnects. This should promise higher yields and better overclocking capabilities! Thunderbird will be available in both Slot A and the new Socket A. Check out AMD's stock prices while you're there. AARGHH!! Why didn't I buy at $14?
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Posted 4/05/2000
You may have heard about "low-k dielectrics." If not, you will after reading this article. Thanks to miha76 from Hardware Central for the tip. Low-k dielectrics will allow CPU's to run faster and cooler, similar to the move from aluminum to copper interconnects, and also allow manufacturing down to 0.13µ
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Posted 4/02/2000
Sounds like Dell may have finally had enough with the Intel shortages. There is rumour that Dell is negotiating to buy 100,000 Spitfires from AMD.
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Posted 3/29/2000
An in depth review of Intel's Celeron II. Hardware Central positions it as an answer to AMD's Athlon. Can a CPU based on the aging Pentium Pro core, with inferior integer and FPU performance, compete against a 7th generation Athlon with 4X the L1 cache? With Spitfire on the horizon, time will certainly tell.
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Posted 3/28/2000
The corporate world, it seems, is just as sue happy as the real world. Rambus Inc. filed suit back in January against Hitachi, creators of DDR SDRAM, for alleged patent infringements. My personal comment? Rambus is so crappy compared to DDR that it couldn't possibly of been born from Rambus technology.
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Posted 3/24/2000
Sorry about my absence, I accidently killed my Athlon last Saturday! Just received a shiny new 600 today. Here's a very interesting article explaining the Williamette.
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Posted 3/24/2000
Yikes! Privacy advocates (that should be all of us) are gonna love this! The U.S. Government is watching your emails... and your cell phone conversations, and your faxes, and your long-distance phone calls.
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Posted 3/17/2000
A review of EPoX's 7KXA motherboard based on VIA's KX133 chipset.
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Posted 3/17/2000
What the--?! I thought the Athlon 550 was discontinued! Not so says AMD. In a move designed to make Intel hurt even more than they already are, AMD revived the 550 at a price competitive with a Celeron!
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Posted 3/17/2000
Who needs copper? LSI Logic Corporation is making plans to process a 0.13µ processor using the traditional aluminum interconnects.
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Posted 3/17/2000
Intel states that it will release an 850 and 866MHz processors. I'm not sure how to comment on this. Will this just be another "paper" release. Complaints continue about the Coppermine shortages, yet Intel continues to release more and more processor speed grades.
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Posted 3/17/2000
Things have been a little dead lately. Here's an article on the K6-2+ to keep you occupied. After abounding rumours that the K6-2+ would only be available in the mobile version, this article claims that the K6-2+ will indeed be available for the desktop.
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Posted 3/07/2000
I lied. The 1 gHz Athlon began shipping yesterday!
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Posted 3/04/2000
The "gig" is up! Both AMD and Intel have announced that they will be releasing 1 gHz CPU's this month. AMD says an Athlon 1 gHz will release Monday, March 13th along with a 950 and 900 mHz version. Intel has yet to specify an exact date, but it is known that the Coppermine 1 gHz will run on specialized motherboards with oversized heatsinks. They will also only be available in extremely limited quantities. AMD on the other hand isn't expecting any supply problems and the Athlon will be available in quantity.
AMD Athlon
Intel Coppermine

Posted 3/04/2000
My family's first home computer was a Texas Instruments 99/4A back in '83. So there was a little nostalgia involved when I came across this article. Texas Instruments expects to overtake Intel as the leader in the semiconductor industry by 2010.
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Posted 3/01/2000
Microsoft's X-Box (a gaming console) will be powered by an AMD Athlon. This (in combination with a Gigapixel chipset), according to The Register, will make it 6-8 times more powerful than the upcoming Sony Playstation 2, yet still will be less expensive than the Sony.
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Rich at Hardware Central pointed me to the following article. A new thermoelectric material is in the works. This has the possibility -- according to the article -- to increase a processors speed by up to 100% and to cool to as low as -200° C.
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chuck1 at Hardware Central tipped me off to Seagate's latest Cheetah HDD. This monstrosity clocks in at 15,000 rpm, has a 3.9ms average seek time, and a 4-16 mb cache.
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