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In the hope of renewal and re-acquaintance
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:11

So many things have transpired this year that it is hard to know where to start.

AOA has experienced a considerable and protracted slowdown of traffic. As you already know, Alliance of Overclocking Arts was established as an overclocker's site. But the landscape of the overclocking hobby has changed dramatically in the past few years. It simply isn't the black art that it once was. Those of us who have taken AOA upon ourselves as an avocation have been powerless to change this.

We intend to try to maintain and support AOA as we move out in a new direction. How long we can do this will depend upon our success in our new endeavor.

In an effort to follow our own interests as they have emerged over time, we have decided to branch out into a new area of computing.

We are opening a new Linux Gaming site.

This is why we are contacting you. We would very much like to invite your participation in launching the new site.

We have been working for several months, putting together a library of first class games that can utilize modern hardware. Not always the newest games, but usually the best of games.

What we have now is a forum; what we need is you. Please come and help us kick the tires. And don't worry if you're not running Linux...yet. You might just decide to take a test drive after you see what we've got.

We hope to see you at


Daniel Edgar [Daniel~]
Chris Richards [Gizmo]
Dan Marsh [danrok]
Graham Murphy [Aedan]
Brian McCracken [booman]
Bob Zubaly [ThunderRd]

Supporting our troops
Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 16:04

Today is Veteran's Day here in the States; a day we set aside in special observance of those who have, at one time or another, answered their nation's call for their service and put themselves in harm's way to keep the rest of us safe.  Other countries have similar observances.

While we are honoring our veterans (whose sacrifices should NEVER be forgotten) we should not forget the troops who are currently deployed.  Many of them have taken pay cuts and put their family's well-being at some risk in order to do what they percieve to be their duty to their nation.  We should see to it that while they are serving US overseas, that their FAMILIES are taken care of here at home.

Federal law requires that a company give a member of the armed forces time off in order to answer their obligation.  However, many companies do just the bare minimum to comply with the law.  The result is that these men and women take off to do their duty, and lose a substantial portion of their income in the process, as well as benefits.

However, there are a number of companies that go above and beyond the requirement of the law, and actually ATTEMPT to do what's right.  I think these companies deserve our attention and patronage.  As Christmas season approaches, before you go spend money on something, take a look at the list of companies that support our troops, (scroll to the bottom of the page) and consider sending some business their way.

Ethnic equality and net neutrality
Written by Gizmo   
Sunday, 10 February 2008 11:38

Roughly three weeks ago, the United States celebrated the 'birthday' of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the great leaders of the 20th century (and to my mind, one of the great leaders of American history).  I put birthday in quotes because it wasn't the actual birthday, rather it was the designated holiday for the celebration.

So what has the birthday of a martyr got to do with net neutrality? 

IBM to buy AMD?
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 23:38

The Inquirer is reporting on a rumor that IBM might be considering buying AMD.

The result of this rumor was that AMD's stock price surged.  While I'm sure that this is welcome news for AMD, I really can't see it happening.

  1. If IBM purchase AMD, they go head-to-head with Intel.  They've been down this road before and it didn't turn out well for them.
  2. Anybody remember the mountain of debt that AMD is carrying?
  3. AMD need AT LEAST a year to get back into the market in a serious way.  That means that anybody buying AMD has to be making a long-term play.
  4. What does buying AMD actually get IBM?  Nothing they don't already have, so far as I can see.
Now, I'm no guru, and I've been known to be way wrong before, so why don't you tell me what you think, in the forums?  
Microsoft, IE8, and the META-madness
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 22:23

Microsoft have come up with a non-standard standard way to implement standard non-standard behavior.

To be sure, they worked with people from the Web Standards Group (WaSP) and other developers to lend some air of legitimacy, but basically what they've done is just what I said above.  To understand what this is all about and what it means, we need to back up a little and take a look at some history. 

AMD stock takes another tumble
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 11:22

The news just keeps getting worse for AMD.  According to an article at Forbes,American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman downgraded the stock from 'buy' to 'neutral', causing the stock price to drop about 2.3% in value, and revised his target from $17 to $11.  As a consequence, the stock price hit a new year low.  In addition, he indicated that he doesn't see the potential for anything positive from AMD for at least 3-4 months.

This second part is particularly damning for AMD.  Stock prices rise and fall at the whims of investors, and a stock may fall in value, not because a company is doing badly, but simply because the company isn't doing what the market wants.  Most successful businessmen will tell you that letting Wall Street manage your company is a quit route to bankruptcy, so simply having the street downgrade your stock is not necessarilly a bad thing.  To have an analyst say that they don't see the potential for a 'material positive change' for 3 or 4 months is another matter.

Hopefully things will begin looking up for AMD pretty soon.  They certainly aren't looking real good right now.

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