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Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Haus Face-Lift

I finished the new design of the Haus. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. The Master is busy wielding his 1337 PHP coding skillz to get my design functional with our database. Then we get to start changing all the other pages because Mr. Smarty Webmaster (me) didn't make things as flexible as he thought when the Haus was originally laid out. Live and learn.

UPDATE! Well, what do you think of the new look? It's going to take a day or so until we get all the pages converted over to the new format, so please bear with us.

NFL Week #15 Final

The Monday Night game was the deciding factor this week. I won, ending the week 10-5. Eeyore went 9-6. Year-to-date I am 140-78 (.642) and Eeyore is 112-91 (.551). Only two weeks left in the regular season!

Oracle released their new portal service yesterday, which is similar in some respects to Microsoft's .Net strategy. Now, we'll ignore the fact that Microsoft's .Net strategy is like EVERY friggin internet business plan in existence, and check out Microsoft's response to the new Oracle service: "They have this skewed view of the world that nirvana is achieved when everyone is running Oracle everywhere."

Now, this comes from the company who's corporate statement for at LEAST 10 years was "Windows everywhere", and whose business strategy is to destroy anything that might threaten their 100% stranglehold on OSes!

J.t.Qbe comments: Hey, don't forget their new language "C#", Micro$oft's attempt to subvert C++ and destroy Java in one swipe. Yet again. Whatever happened to Cool, anyway? Anyone remember that?

Just remember, "Windows everywhere" can also mean "in the garbage."

The Master comments: While I agree on the garbage line, there's two major points against it, like it or not. #1: there is little support in the commercial software industry for OSes outside of Windows. id Software's retreat on commercial Linux games is an example (tho an iffy one to be sure). #2: I wouldn't want to train my PC users here at work in Linux. No thanks. While I like Linux a zillion percent for servers, and have been very impressed with it's desktop capabilities, it's still not ready to be given to PC newbies. I pray for the day this is no longer the case.

Monday, December 11, 2000


Blue's News' sweet new redesign moved me to bust out my HTML skills and work on a new design for The Haus. I got a lot done today, hopefully we can reveal it soon.

Q3:TA and CDs / CD-Keys

I saw on the Quake III World forums that while there will be a new CD-key for Quake III: Team Arena, you will NOT have to have the CD in the drive. Huzzah!


According to NVIDIA's quarterly report, RAMBUS is threatening to sue them over their memory patents. Here's a snip:
[W]e have been advised by Rambus Inc. that it believes our products infringe certain patents owned by Rambus and requesting that we agree to certain licensing terms, including royalty payments. We believe the Rambus patents are invalid, not infringed and unenforceable. Although we currently are having discussions with Rambus regarding potential business alternatives to Rambus' proposed licensing terms, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to reach a satisfactory agreement with Rambus. If we are unable to do so, Rambus may sue us for patent infringement at any time.
My hope remains that if RAMBUS keeps on suing enough people, the combined force of the entire technology industry's lawyers will crush them. I hope, I hope, I hope. Thanks Ars Technica.

Sharky on 30nm Transistors

The folks at Sharky Extreme take a closer look at Intel's new 30nm transistor breakthrough, taking a look at what it means, what hurdles still need to be overcome, and what we will do with a 10Ghz processor (OK, the last one's an easy one).

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