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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

State of 3D

Tom's Hardware has posted a new article discussing the graphics "state of the art". While I realized that power requirements have been going up for new systems, they're talking about 1 kW power supplies. I need to get a new cooling tower constructed in the back yard. Good grief.

J.t.Qbe comments: I wonder if you'll be able to run that from an ordinary outlet or if you'll need to have your computer room wired for 240. That's what you need for 1.5 kilowatt ham radio amps.

Monday, July 24, 2006

ALP at LinuxWorld

PalmSource will be showing off the Access Linux Platform (ALP) at LinuxWorld next month. ALP is PalmSource's next-generation PDA OS based on Linux. My hope is that ALP will bring better memory access, stability, and multitasking (or at least task-switching) to the familiar face of the Palm PDA apps. Thanks Palm Infocenter.


I shouldn't be shocked by this, there's been rumors flying for weeks, but it's been finally announced: AMD buys ATI. I'm split on this one myself. Companies that buy video manufacturers always seem to tank (remember Rendition?), but on the other hand this gives AMD a solid video solution to embed in their chipsets. I would expect ATI's drivers to improve measurably as well.

A.T. Hun comments: I'm torn on this one too. I wonder if NVIDIA will keep producing chipsets for AMD processors. I'm not a business expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I would think that AMD should stay as small and flexible as possible to keep up the battle with Intel. Conversely maybe this will give them an extra income stream so that they won't have to keep winning against Intel to survive. This much is sure: time will tell.


I got my extended home network wired on Sunday (man, cutting that drywall was tough), and I fired up my old server box for the first time in quite a while. Installing Fedora Core 5 on there was a failure with CDs--the Fedora CDs are so full that the old CDROM on this box couldn't read them past the hour mark. I ended up building a mirror FTP server on my XP box, and doing a remote install using VNC and FTP to my XP machine. This worked REALLY well. I just have to get X and the firewall configured properly on here.

The more I look at Linux, the more excited I get about it. I need to upgrade my PCs power supply and add a SATA HD, then I'm going to setup my machine to dual-boot Linux and XP, with Umbuntu being my main partition. I'm really looking forward to the switch. Linux feels like it's finally hit the tipping point, where the software is mature enough to make a Windows switch possible.

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