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Sunday, November 7, 1999

Internet humor

Couple cool cartoons online for ya all:

Graeme Devine .plan update

Graeme Devine of id posted a .plan update today with a list of "tips & tricks" for Q3A. Check'em, they'll generate a chuckle.

Stomped Revamp

Looks like Stomped has had a facelift. The second in a year if I remember right. But at least the new look doesn't take a week to load :-)

A.T. adds: I think it looks pretty swanky. Although having Redwood stare back at me is a little eerie.

Saturday, November 6, 1999

RealNetworks, Microsoft Use GUIDs

Slashdot pointed me to this article in Wired which shows that not only RealJukebox uses and transmits GUIDs (globally unique identifiers) but so does RealPlayer as well as Microsoft's Windows Media Player. Neither RealPlayer nor Media Player scan your hard disk and report that information like RealJukebox did, but both of them send your GUID to the server you are requesting a media stream from. This is only getting uglier . . .

GeForce DDR for $299

A number of manufacturers (Creative Labs and now Hercules/Guillemot) have announced GeForce boards with 32M of DDR RAM for a MSRP of $299. Wow. Crawl, get your credit card ready!

Savage 2K Preview

VoodooExtreme has posted a preview of S3's Savage 2000. It is not a "hands on" preview but discusses the specs and features of the chip and what it might mean to the 3D card market.

Pondering the Imponderable

OK, if regular memory is too slow and there are other bandwidth issues keeping the GeForce from hitting its 480 mpixels/sec and the Savage 2000 from hitting its 600 mpixels/sec, how in the world will 3dfx really be able to get 1000 mpixels/sec? Since 3dfx has yet to a) make use of the AGP bus, b) produce a chip capable of 32-bit color, and c) come up with a decent OpenGL ICD, I really wonder if they can do it.

The only way I can see them actually getting 1000 mpixels/sec is if they use embedded memory. I guess we'll know more by Comdex. Believe it or not, I'm actually hoping 3dfx pulls it off. To survive, they have to pull it off. By the time Napalm is released, NVIDIA's NV15 will be announced. It wouldn't surprise me if the NV15 had a fillrate (pure speculation) of about 750 mpixel/sec. If Napalm can't do 1000 mpixels/sec, it will neither be substantially faster than NV15, nor will it have hardware T&L. The plot thickens . . .

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