Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Microsoft chooses IBM for the next XBox processor - is Intel in trouble?
NewsFactor: For its next Xbox release, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has chosen to jettison the game console's Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) chip in favor of a processor built by IBM (NYSE: IBM) . Industry observers see the change — which no one had predicted — as a major win for IBM and a set-back for Intel, whose high-performance chips power many gaming applications.

IBM has had a busy PR day today!

By not selecting Intel for the next XBox, Microsoft really is saying that Intel is not producing a chip MS feels is powerful enough to handle the next generation of video game consoles. Microsoft has also gone out of its way to start supporting AMD 64-bit with Windows. I think Microsoft sees the danger in aligning itself too closely with Intel. They're not going to choose an inferior chip if it puts its own products' future in jeopardy.

I suppose this could've been worse for Intel. Microsoft could have selected AMD for the next XBox.

P.S. This is yet another sign that the world is indeed coming to an end.
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Novell, IBM and SuSE...oh my!
CNET: Longtime Microsoft foe Novell has signed an agreement to acquire SuSE Linux for $210 million in cash, while IBM, the most powerful backer of the Linux operating system, will make a $50 million investment in Novell.

I guess Novell really is serious about Linux, huh? I find the IBM involvement just as interesting. Novell seems to be learning some lessons and proving it through their latest actions. Novell has compelling products and now it is putting those products on a platform that everyone except Microsoft can't get behind.
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Sunday, November 02, 2003

Too early to tell, but...
Let me see. The Cavs have more talent than the Nuggets. The Cavs have a proven coach. The Cavs have the most heralded player since ummmm...Herald Miner. (Or maybe DeSagana Diop?) So, why are the Cavs 0-3 and the Nuggets are 2-1 with wins against two of the NBA's best teams, San Antonio and Sacramento? It's too early to tell, but I won't be surprised to see the Nuggets continue to do better than the Cavs. I also won't be surprised if Lebron James gets better stats than Carmello Anthony this season, as the Cavs continue to struggle. Just ask another Cavalier, Ricky Davis how hard it is to get solid stats when you're on a bad team.
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Saturday, November 01, 2003

Is North Korea hosting the 21st century's Holocaust?
Glenn Reynolds: “When one is very hungry, one can go crazy. One woman in my town killed her 7-month-old baby, and ate the baby with another woman. That woman’s son reported them both to the authorities." - The wife of Soon Yong Bum, a fishing boat captain in North Korea.

This is truly disturbing. Are we just standing on the side lines (again) as the next Holocaust takes place? Where is the UN on this one?!!! The US can't do something now due to things in Iraq. The UN often comes off as having a voice of moral superiority, so where are they now? Where's the outrage and action? Why is the US the lone ranger in trying to get other Asian countries involved in the North Korean mess?

Reynolds is right. All of this is beginning to sound a lot like WWII in regards to everyone's blind eye to North Korea's atrocities. I pray that God gives some leader the strength to do the right thing in order to spare many lives.
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Brainwashed at the PDC
Jason Nadal: Only time will tell; the popularity of Longhorn will determine how long those legacy platforms have to be supported.

It's good to see Microsoft is all about supporting standards. You know, the web browser lasted for a few years before Microsoft killed it. Now it's time for Microsoft to bring us all back into the fold with Longhorn. Sigh...
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