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Doing It Right
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 15:52

People give big corporations a lot of crap about how they take care of their customers.  Most of the time, the big corporations deserve the crap they get, too.  However, we should also acknowledge when they do things right.  This is one of those times.  Let me tell you about what an outfit named ASUS did for me.  (You can discuss this in the forums, also.)

HT Dual core processors - problems ahead?
Written by Aidan   
Tuesday, 05 April 2005 02:47

Dual core processors are looking good in many ways, but are unexpected problems cropping up for Intel and Microsoft? People who have had access to Intel's dual core processors running have noticed some interesting things. When running as dual core, the system operates as if it were a true SMP system. That's expected, as dual core is to all intents and purposes an SMP system. Throw Hyperthreading into the mix, and things get a bit more interesting.

A Trip Down 'Route 64'
Written by cadaveca   
Saturday, 05 February 2005 06:42

Cadaveca offers the uninitiated a trip down Route 64 with his article which investigates AMD's 64-bit platform. There's a few overclocking tips to be had too!

Treating people like people
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 17 January 2005 17:59

I generally try to stay off the political soap-box with front page stuff; too much potential for fallout.  :)

 However, today was the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's birthday in the U.S.

To a large portion of our population, today was more than the celebration of a person's birthday.  It was a celebration of the notion that the words in our constitution, that "all men are created equal", should apply to EVERYONE.  It shouldn't matter what your race, sex, or creed are when you go apply for a job, go vote, or use the bathroom.  We should be equals before the law, and before each other.

These are high-sounding words; powerful ideals that have motivated people throughout history to lay down their lives so that their progeny might have the right to live their lives as they choose.  In practice, though, we often fall far short of the things we say we believe.  I like to believe that we have gained ground over where we were in the 1960s.  However, the fact that we still have debates about what constitutes 'good race relations' shows that we still have a long way to go.  The fact that I work in a company in which nearly 85% of all the employees are female, yet ALL of senior management is male shows that we still have a long way to go.

Why, almost 50 years later, do we still have to deal with this issue?  I don't have a good answer for that.  But one thing I do know; if we will all work, honestly, to get rid of the notion that people should be treated differently because of their skin color, their race, their sex, or any of the other trivial reasons we come up with to separate people into groups for the purpose of dehumanizing them, we won't have to still be dealing with this issue 50 years from now.

Think about it.

Then act on it.

Sumatra emergency appeal, Pt. II
Written by Gizmo   
Saturday, 01 January 2005 06:43

The situation in Sumatra and other areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami on Dec. 26th has gone from bad to tragic.  It is currently being reported that the death toll is over 70,000; it is expected to go higher still.

Many people can't relate to what that really means.  It is hard for me to.  Let me see if I can put it in perspective for you.

Imagine that everyone in your entire family is dead.  How many is that?  For most of us, even if we have large families, that is at most 10 or 12 people, probably less.

Now add all of your neighbors.  What do we have, 20 people?  30?  Maybe even 50?

Now add everyone you have ever known in your life.  Probably more than 100, but probably less than 1000? 

For me, here is a realization that puts it into perspective:

Webb City Missouri (my home town) has a population of about 10,000.  Joplin (of which Webb City is a suburb) has a population of about 45,000.  Carl Junction (another suburb) has a population of about 5,000.  Then we add Saginaw, Duquesne, Duenweg, Oronogo, Alba, Purcell, Neck City, Carterville, Royal Heights, Smithville, Reddings Mill, and Seneca.

Now imagine that every man, woman, and child in every one of those towns is dead.

Take a moment and do what I have done.  Find some place near you, some place familiar to you that has about 70,000 people. 

Now think about them all dead.

That's a sobering thought. 

There are relief organizations that need help.  They need money, they need goods, they need volunteers.  Do what you can to help them. 

British Red Cross
American Red Cross
Red Cross Red Crescent
Medecins Sans Frontieres (USA)
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Other countries)

XP SP2 - When is a Service Pack an OS upgrade?
Written by Aidan   
Wednesday, 11 August 2004 05:37
As Microsoft have released Windows XP Service Pack 2, interesting news begins to leak out about it. IBM warn it's employees not to install it. DivX stops working under it, Firewire 800 becomes Firewire 100 and many more applications and drivers will fail to operate correctly. The new version of the firewall defaults to allowing access to Remote Assistance, lowering the level of security offered by the previous firewall. So, is this just a service pack, or is it more akin to a new OS? Certainly the transition between Windows 2000 and Windows XP appears to be easier and smoother than the transition from Windows XP SP1 to Windows XP SP2! Let's take a look at what's actually changed.

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