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October 08, 2004

AMD64 evaluated; any Intel–lovers out there?

Follow-up to Calling AMD64 addicts from All that you know

To make sure we have even a semblance of scientific-ness, I refer to Tom's Hardware Guide. There was some other website I saw with 64-bit performance shown with roll-over images. I got the impression the 64-bit features were worth activating.

"A look at the benchmark results reveals that there are only few areas where Intel dominates. While the synthetic benchmarks often speak in favor of Intel's 3+ Gigahertz chips, there are only few real-life applications left that run better with Intel inside: audio/video encoding and some rendering applications. Games and multimedia applications have already been a domain of AMD's Athlon64, and the new Socket 939 processors underscored that fact." Tom's Hardware Guide

I'm in pretty much the same situation as Adam M (*waves at Adam) except I'm waiting for PCI-Express 939 motherboards not because I want one, but because it'll knock down the prices of the old stuff. :D But we'll see.


Poetry writes itself

Writing about web page http://forums.warwick.ac.uk/wf/myforums/forum.jsp?fid=422

I've no idea what the New Writing Society is about but they've had a semi-active forum which is well worth a peek.

Oh, yea. Warwick login needed! Sorry. :)


Calling AMD64 addicts

Follow-up to Help Mike build a computer! from All that you know

In light of recommendations that going for AMD64 is premature, I wanted to fish for AMD64 users (specifically running Linux or Windoze XP 64-bit beta) for opinions and comments on their purchasing decision.

If you presently own an AMD64, would you have bought it in hindsight?


Gnuplot

Writing about web page http://www.gnuplot.info/

Must learn how to use gnuplot. I've had enough of handing in nicely LaTeXed pieces of work with a scrap of paper containing the figures. (Needless to say I executed just such a thing today.)

Killer Wasps Return

Follow-up to Killer Wasps from All that you know

Where the hell are these things coming from?! I just had one crawl out from behind my laptop then onto the keyboard! This is not what I want to see happening when I'm short on sleep and need to LaTeX some maths!

Killer Wasps

It's only the second week of term and I'm having to pull an all-nighter just to make my first deadline! This would be fine and dandy if it weren't for the killer wasps that magically buzzed into my room and butted themselves against the strip light – distracting!

Help Mike build a computer!

It's late (3:25am) and I have a maths deadline tomorrow but this is the perfect time to do this!

Proposed parts for system (with alternatives):

Antec Sonata ATX + PSU (case) 77

AMD64 (939) 3500+ 238
AMD64 (939) 3800+ 427

Zalman 7000/A AlCu (CPU heatsink/fan) 28

Samsung Syncmaster 172X (17" TFT) 270
Viewsonic VX715 (17" TFT) 259

Cherry CyMotion Linux (keyboard – Scan.co.uk) 24

Seagate Barracuda SATA 7200.7 (80/160/200 GB) (44/70/85)

(No mouse, motherboard, RAM, etc. chosen.)

Comments please! (Indicative prices included to help with this.)


Mystery FBI raid against indymedia network

Writing about web page http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/04/10/07/204217.shtml?tid=153&tid=219

"US authorities issued a federal order to Rackspace's office in the US ordering them to provide Indymedia's hardware located in London to the requesting agency. Rackspace is one of Indymedia's web hosting providers with offices in the US and London. Rackspace complied, without first notifying Indymedia, and turned over Indymedia's server in the UK. This affects some 20+ Indymedia sites worldwide." – Argentina Indymedia

Gives me a new website to visit anyway: www.indymedia.org


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