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Thursday, January 5, 2006

NVIDIA Unveils Quad SLI

At CES 2006 Dell and NVIDIA have revealed the quad SLI setup. That's right: not one, not two, not three, but FOUR graphics cards. While this is clearly extremely cool, what is not clear is how you would actually cool this or how to convince the power company to build a substation at your house to provide you with enough juice. Wonder what kind of GLQuake framerate you'd get with that bad-boy :)

The Master comments: I have this picture of starting GLQ, hearing a loud electric whirring noise, and watching the lights dim until the transformer down the block blows. Wheee!

Xbox 360 to Get HD-DVD

The rumor has been floating around. It has been repeated and then denied. Now Bill Gates himself confirms it. The Xbox 360 will get an external HD-DVD drive this year. Here's the scoop:

Building on Xbox 360 leadership in high-definition experiences, the company announced plans to deliver a new Xbox 360 external HD DVD drive in 2006. The new drive will offer millions of Xbox 360 owners the ability to easily enjoy HD DVD movies and will provide consumers with even more choices for experiencing high-definition content, in either physical or digital form.

Now game designers will have to decide if they want to appeal to a subset of the Xbox 360 crowd and use HD-DVD technology. Here's my guess: precious few will really use it until the end of the product's life-cycle, at which point it will be moot because a new Xbox will be on the way. There's only one reason for this: to poke Sony in the eye. My guess is that the HD-DVD drive will not actually appear in 2006 either, but this announcement will just serve to affect the PS3. It will be interesting to see if there will be any HD-DVD or Blu-Ray movies available by the time either console can support them. Classic BillG, classic MS. Thanks Slashdot.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

NFL Week #17 Final

Well, it's all over. I was 10-6 while Eeyore was 11-5. I was going to change a bunch of mine at random so I would have a chance of catching her. Guess I should have. I ended up 171-85 (.668) while she was 175-81 (.684). I beat my previous record of 169 wins and a .660 winning percentage, but it wasn't enough. Last year, if you would have thrown out her first week, she would've beaten me by four games as well. Congrats, Eeyore, and just wait until next year :)

The Master comments: And if it wasn't for some advice she got the first week, she would have had another 3 winning picks as well. That'll teach her to change her picks :-)

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