After weeks of emails bouncing back and forth between me and Nike representatives about the lack of HTTPS SSL security on Nike.com, I finally got an email yesterday that Nike has fixed the problem.
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The European Commission has just levied a new $689,900,000 "fine" (read: tariff) on American software company Microsoft under the pretense of anti-trust which conveniently bypasses WTO agreements. The Brussels based think tank Globalization Institute has published a paper (PDF) where it recommends a ban on OS (Operating System) bundling for all PCs sold in Europe.
One of the touted features of the $200 OLPC laptop is the peer-to-peer mesh topology networking feature that can theoretically bring an Internet infrastructure where there is no network infrastructure. The problem is that peer-to-peer wireless LAN mesh topology sounds better than it actually works and there's a good reason it isn't used commercially.
One of the key criteria to getting a new EPA Energy Star rating on a new computer is having an "80 Plus" power supply. A computer power supply that is more than 80% efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% load can earn an 80 Plus logo.
The Mini PC cottage industry began life in 2001 with the birth of Mini-ITX lived a modest life in certain niche markets, died this year by commoditization. It was 6 years old.
All sorts of things have been mysteriously falling in to my lap lately and IDF has been no different. Someone who does not work for ZDNet or CNET Networks handed me a sheet of paper with some very interesting benchmarks for the newest "Skulltrail" enthusiast game/workstation.
Intel not only showed off its next generation 45nm Penryn processors at Intel fall IDF 2007 during CEO Paul Otellini keynote, they showed a three-week old second generation 45nm Nehalem processor running Windows XP.
I've been testing a bunch of systems from AMD and Intel in the last few months trying to build the ultimate low-power PC using commodity components and I can say I've gotten close. I wanted to get to the magic 50W marker at least for idle power consumption which is very important for desktop computers because they spend most of their time close to idle and this is essential for a PC that stays on close to 24 hours a day.
[Update 9/16/2007 - After doing a little more digging, it appears that SPEC's rules require the clear statement of a basis of comparison www.spec.
The California legislature recently banned employers from mandating RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) implants for their employees. While I'm glad I'm covered in my state, why isn't this ban being implemented at the Federal level to cover every citizen?
AMD kicked off the "premier" of their latest microprocessor offering with a launch party at the Herbst International Exhibit Hall Monday night. Partners like VMware, HP, Dell, Sun, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and others were on hand or were there by video link to celebrate the launch of AMD's single-die quad-core milestone processor.
After last week's launch of Sun's 2U 16-core Intel Tigerton server last week, Sun followed up with an AMD Barcelona version last night at AMD's Barcelona launch. Sun kept the same compact 2U footprint while keeping all the features.
[UPDATE 9/10/2007 - My leaked extrapolated scores below are now officially confirmed on SPEC.org for Integer and Floating Point.
AMD was riding high a year ago dominating sales in the dual-processor Server market and virtually owned the multi-processor (4+) Server market. Then Intel launched the Core Micro-architecture on the desktop and dual-processor Server market and momentum swung from AMD to Intel overnight in both of those markets.
One of the servers previewed at Intel's Caneland/Tigerton launch yesterday was Sun's full-blown 4-socket 16-core Intel Xeon MP 7300 series server. What was unique about this server is the fact that it was the only 2U server shown yesterday with all the amenities you'd expect from a high-end 4-socket server to make an ex-IT guy like me blush.