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Wednesday, February 9, 2005

IGN Buys 3D Gamers

IGN/Gamespy announced that they have acquired 3D Gamers. Sigh. I'm sure they will be assimilated into the vortex of crap that is FilePlanet. There won't be any place decent to download patches or demos soon.

Fiorina Out at HP

Call me a prophet. Back when the HP/Compaq merger was approved I said "I've a feeling that history will show this merger to be about as successful as the Time-Warner/AOL merger" and "one day we'll all look back on this and laugh." Today, evidently, is that day. HP CEO Carly Fiorina was forced out, mainly because the merger that she championed didn't bring the quick success she promised. Surprise, surprise.

J.t.Qbe comments: Ding dong, the... er, maybe not. Adding to the good news coming from HP, development of OpenVMS is actively continuing and a new version will be released in the near future. I can't remember where I read it. Sorry.

DOOM3: RoE and Xbox April 4

Activision and id have announced that the DOOM3 expansion, Resurrection of Evil, and DOOM3 for the Xbox will be released on April 4. id usually just says, "When it's done," but there ya go.

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, my computer has now almost completely become a work machine. On Saturday, I ended up picking up a copy of Burnout 3: Takedown for my PS2 (which actually was quite hard to find in-stock anywhere in Green Bay). My wife and I have really been beating that game to death. It's frightfully addictive ("No, just one more race, I promise!"). I'd go so far as to say that it's one of those games that you would specifically buy a console for. Interestingly enough, my older two boys really aren't interested in playing it that much. My three-year-old loves it and would play it constantly if we let him. Not that he's very good at it or anything, but he has fun. That's really the important part.

The Master comments: Eeyore is thinking about picking that one up as well. Our youngest likes crashing cars, so that game ought to be right up his alley.

The Cell, Part I

Ars Technica has posted the first part of their look at the new Cell processor, currently under development by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba. The Cell will be the brains behind Sony's forthcoming Playstation 3 console. It's really a "back to the future" kind of CPU, applying old concepts in a new way. The article is quite technical, but still can even give plebs like myself an idea of what makes the Cell unique.

The Master comments: The Cell processor is very interesting in that IBM is moving backwards to a time when the processors themselves knew very little about the instruction stream, and did what they were told. Programmers will have a massive amount of control over this type of processor, but it will be interesting to see if it will ever work in a "general" computing environment. I'm sure this type of CPU will work very well in gaming, supercomputing, and other controlled work environments.

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