Wednesday, May 30, 2007

AMD Phenom pictures

Feast your eyes.

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Palm Foleo


This is it?

Do some members of the mainstream IT press have no shame?

Already fawning over this product like Moses brought it down with the tablets!

Let me see:

A portable device that runs Linux, Opera, no touchscreen, requires a cellphone/smartphone for mobile data transfers, etc., etc.

In short, a Linux laptop.

Dudes, stop wetting yourselves, and nod it up!

This is the device that will create a new category of devices?



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Open source envy over 235 violated Microsoft patents

In my post here, I repeated Microsoft’s position that free and open source and Linux (hereinafter referred to as foux) infringes on no less than 235 Microsoft patents.

The open source crowd's invidiousness over Microsoft's patents, and indeed, it's (Microsoft's) entire IP portfolio and good fortune reached a defeaning crescendo this past week, with everyone and their shadows weighing in.

A little backgrounder:

In the May 14, 2007 issue of Fortune magazine, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith, and licensing chief, Horacio Gutierrez informs users about the exact number of patents that are being infringed upon by the foux crowd.

Read on at

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Vandals replaced flags with swastikas?

Defacing the graves of those who gave for their freedoms.

I hope those bastards are sent to the worst prisons ever!

10-50% price drop for Opterons

Think AMD is not in this for the long haul?

Think again!

On June 4th, AMD will announce a 10-50% (yes, not a typo - 10 to 50%) price cut on 100/1000 series Opteron™ processors.

Time to get out the POs.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

New FIA Formula One driver

Lewis Hamilton.

Since Schumi retired last year, I have not followed the FIA Formula One races as closely as I have done in the past.


I saw a photograph of Lewis Hamilton.

Dudes, how cool is this:

Lewis Hamilton is a fellow Englishman.

And Black.


So the torch passes to Lewis Hamilton, though I still root for the Ferrari in the constructors points standings.

2 Rolodexes I want

Mary Jo's & Thurrott's

I know Paul told me at WinHEC he does not have a Rolodex. Whatever! I still want his MSFT contact list!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

PDC cancelled?

Mary Jo Foley is reporting that this year's Microsoft Professional Developer's Conference, PDC, formerly slated to be held in November of this year, had been scheleduled for re-scheduling.


I was looking forward to chillin' again in my hometown for a week with propeller heads.

No, Thanks, Arif

These guys never stop!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Arif Shaikh" <>
To: <***************************
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2007 1:42 AM

Greetings from Dubai,

This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe
it is only a day that people meet and become great friends
and business partners. I am Mr. Arif Shaikh, currently Chief
Credit & Risk Officer with a reputable bank here in U. A. E.
I write you this proposal in good faith,believing that I can
trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you.

I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition
for you. On November 6, 2000, an Iraqi Foreign Oil consultant
AL NASSER made a (Fixed deposit) for 36 calendar months,valued
at US$17,500,000.00 (Seventeen Million Five hundred Thousand
Dollars only) in my bank and I happen to be his account officer
before I was moved to my present position recently. Upon
maturity in 2003, as his account officer and as well the bank
manger, it is my duty to notify him on the maturity date so I
sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but the
letter was returned undelivered.

After sometime, I tried sending back the letter, but it was
again returned and finally I discovered from his contract
employers, Chevron Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Mohammad Al
Nasser died as a result of torture in the hand of Saddam
Hussein (former Iraqi President) during one of his trips to
his country Iraq, as he was accused of leaking information
to the Americans. On further investigation, I discovered
that Mr. Al Nasser's family wife and two sons died during
the Gulf War in Iraq and was the reason why he did not declare
any next of kin or relation in all his official documents,
including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank and did not
leave any WILL. This sum of US$17,500,000.00 have been
floating and placed under dormant/unserviceable account by my
bank management since no one have heard from the owner since
2003. I wish to let you know that all the investigation I
have made so far, my bank management is not aware of it, I am
the only one that have the information.

With the recent change of government in my country and with
their efforts to support the United Nations in checkmating
terrorism aid in the U. A. E. By end of this year, the
government will pass a new financial control law which will
give the government authority to interrogate account owners
of above $5,000,000.00 to explain the source of the funds,
making sure it is not for terrorism support. If I do not
move this money out of the country immediately, by end of
the year the government will definitely confiscate the money,
because my bank cannot provide the account owner to explain
the source of the money.

I cannot directly transfer out this money without the help
of a foreigner and that is why I am contacting you for an
assistance. As the Account Officer to late Al Nasser,coupled
with my present position and status in the bank as Chief
Credit & Risk Officer , I have the power to influence the
release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the
next of kin to the account, with the correct information
concerning the account, which I shall give you. All documents
to enable you claim this fund will be carefully worked out and
there is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of law, beside U. A. E is porous and anything

If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you
wish us to share the funds in percentage, so that both
parties will be satisfied. If you are interested, contact
me as soon as you receive this message so we can go over
the details. Thanking you in advance and may God bless you.
Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. I shall send
you copy of the

deposit certificate issued to Al Nasser when the deposit
was made for your perusal.

I wait your urgent response.


Mr. Arif Shaikh

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fay who?

Fay Vincent?

It is one thing for baseball great Hank Aaron to talk about shunning Barry Bonds' breaking of his record.

It is quite another matter for Bud 'Sleeping Ugly" Selig to waffle on the same issue. After all, it sorta happened on his watch.

However, it is way past infra dig for Fay Vincent to flap his gums at this issue.

Fay Vincent?

I know, "Just who the fu*k is Fay Vincent?"

Well he is the flunky who ascended to being the commish of baseball after the untimely death of his master, A Bartlett Giamatti in 1989.

Fay who?

The same asswipe who was unceremoniously dumped from office after a no-confidence vote by owners even before the end of Giamatti's term.

That is the Fay Vincent who suddenly grew balls and found his vocal cords work.

Hey, Vinnie!

Shut the fu*k up and go away.

If Selig didn't need your advice back then, que?

Thank you, and go away already!


My previous Bonds posts here, here, here, and here.

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Another American hero: Charlie Crist

Florida governor Charlie Crist must be commended for cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor in the voting mess.

His signing of a new bill banning touchscreen voting machines for those with a paper trail is especially forthright.

"There is no greater testament to our nation's democracy than the people's ability to choose their leaders," Crist said in a statement after signing the bill. "When Floridians cast ballots in an election at any level -- local, state or federal -- they can leave the polling place knowing that their vote has been counted and recorded and can be verified," he stated.

If you have never lived in a country where a military coup has taken away your right to vote, you cannot understand the benefit of voting.

Props to you, Governor Crist.

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3 Symbian trojans discovered in 1 week

Kaspersky Labs discovered 3 insidious, money-hungry trojans infesting the Symbian OS last week.

When downlaoded and, I guess, installed, the trojans automatically send text messages to a premium-rate number in Russia without victim interaction, with each call costing around $7 USD.

Gee, I guess it is not only Windows OSs that have mailware directed at it!

Come to think of it, if the mobile phone market is around 1 billion yearly, isn't it a juicy target for malware writers?

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MSN Money

This is my new financial snapshot site.

Layout is nice, uncluttered, simple.

Plus, it is a Microsoft product.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Intel 'being Intel'

On the TV newsmagazine 60 minutes yesterday, Nicholas Negroponte* slammed Intel for trying to derail his OLPC since he didn't use their CPU.

Well, he should have asked AMD about the temperature before he stepped into that kitchen.

You would think, with all the chips Intel makes, especially the ones it obsoletes ever so often, that it would have a warehouse full of chips somewhere it could have donated to the effort.

But, no!

It (Intel) decided to do the usual and send comparative papers to governments slamming the OLPC.

I'm guessing this is how only the paranoid survive!

Thankfully, AMD has been fighting the good fight since, like forever, for all consumers, and with them in his corner, Nicholas shouldn't have any fear: they've got his back!


Is this a positional shift on my part with regards to the OLPC?

Heck, no!

While I still think the OLPC, in this initial iteration is a piece of sh*t, and a disaster for all those idiots that have ordered copies, especially the morons in the government of Nigeria who think it is a good idea, I want it to fail, as it surely must, under its own OS, and help Negroponte get over his hubris with himself.

* Negroponte made a glaring error when he described Nigeria as having 50% of all school-age children out of school. He must be on crack! Or thinking of another country.

Previous posts on this topic here, here, here, here, and here.

Gmail, Web History, and Feedburner

When is enough, you know, enough?

Gmail, Web History, now a rumored purchase of Feedburner?

How much of your life do you want in the hands of Google?

First there was Gmail. Active search(ing) of your email and conversations. In the initial iteration, there wasn’t any way to delete prior emails/conversations.

How insidious an idea did I think it was?

I fled!

And only use it for bugmenot mail.

Am I the only one who thought Web History or whatever that dreck is called was a ‘bad idea’?

In fact, it was, IMO, the Mother of All Bad Ideas in the history of privacy on the nascent World Wide Web.

Your entire web history is searchable form for Google to monetize, and invariably with PIIs (personally-identifiable information).

Are you kiddin’?

Now comes the rumors that Feedburner is about to be acquired by GOOG.

Errr, NO!

I don’t know about you, but the thoughts of my feedlist, my emails, and my web history in the arms of one company brings shivers along my spine when I think of how precisely I can be targeted

Vote no on this one!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007




Are you freakin' kiddin' me?


That is what Motorola was working on when sales, market share, and stock price was tanking?



2007 WinHEC Day 1

Monday, May 14, 2007

WinHEC Pre-open

Los Angeles, California
WinHEC Pre-opening day

After meetings in town (Marina Del Rey, Hermosa Beach), I headed to the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) for WinHEC.

I timed my arrival to coincide with a 2.00 pm private briefing arranged for Featured Communities members on the new Microsoft Unified Communities (UC) products at the LACC.

These products are s-w-e-e-t, sweet!

I saw the IP phones, USB phones, UC monitors, the ASUS notebook, and USB headsets from an assorted number of vendors, list here, representing several segments of that market.

Targeted at the mid to upper enterprise, the UC products are heralding into our view a better, more connected way of communication, over the voicemail, (corporate) instant messaging, and email mediums.

As I was given a demo of these products, this first generation based on Microsoft’s reference platform, I now see why presence will be a buzzword, and a big one at that going forward.

The IP phones, of which I am currently enamored, feature a large, 5.6” touchscreen, wideband audio, dual Ethernet ports, full-duplex speakerphones, and, a biometric (fingerprint) reader for securing the device.

As currently implemented, the immediacy of presence notification in the UC devices will improve the communications experience for enterprises, and unquestionably decrease the uncertainty around messaging in larger firms.

Think about it: these are definitely not your father’s PBX devices!

I met with Terri Stratton, Microsoft MVP and Editor-in-Chief of The Tablet and and we both went along to register at LACC later on in the day to avoid the rush tomorrow.

Some members of the Featured Communities went for dinner where we met with Mike Nash, Corporate VP, Windows Product Management, and Bill Laing, General Manager of the Windows Server division. Also there were Ben Reed, Brandon LeBlanc, and several Microsoft-ies. Mary Jo Foley was also there, with Larry Richman (ProNetworks), and Steve Sinchak (Tweak XP, TweakVista). I also met Paul Thurrott; funnily, he didn’t have horns!

One of the things that always impresses me about the executives and indeed, every Microsoft employee I have ever met, is the total lack of arrogance in their bearing! Unlike the self-important morons I had the misfortune to deal with in the past from companies in the IT space! I am amazed I still come away impressed with their passion, humility, and dedication.

As usual dinner, hosted by Nick White, was a success, and I thank him and Terri for making my 2007 WinHEC pre-opening Day memorable. And I don’t mean only the repast, my thanks also extend to arranging the UC demo.

Now, off to bed I go.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

AMD Phenom FX

The Phenom has landed!

A few seconds ago, AMD announced the AMD Phenom, the first true (native) quad-core CPUs on Planet Earth.

With the flagship Phenom FX, AMD also announced the Phenom x4 and Phenom x2 (dual-core) parts.

The Phenom FX will also allow octa-core computing when used in a dual-socket config utilizing AMD's Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) architecture systems.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Second Life, Schmecond Life!

Just WTF is this new craze with Second Life?

When formerly-relevant firms (IBM) and Scandinavian countries were setting up islands there, it was ridiculous to the point of being truly sad.

Now comes the news that Microsoft is joining the fray.

Are you kidding?

This is the best way to spend ad dollars?

Redmond, please say it ain’t so!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Can Schilling shut up?

Could one of the Chouds get Curt Schilling to shut the fuck up?

How niiiice of him to try to deflect his painting of his socks* during the World Series in order to get more jack from (unknowing?) advertisers by bringing in Barry Bonds!

What an a-asshole!

What is worse: being accused about steroids or faking a bloody sock* in order to gain sympathy?

Get the fuck out of here, you idiot.

Despite your sanctimonious stance, you were a worse cheat that all steroid jocks put together.


Dowg, your 15 minutes is like, you know, waaaaaay over!

Now you're Playa' Hatin'?

Eat shit and fade away, Rat-bastard!

EDITED: May 9, 2007, 3.47 pm. There are news reports that Schilling apologized to Bonds on his blog. Well, Curt, fuck you for not having the balls to call and apologize to him personally. I guess you're too busy painting another sock* planning another media event to prolong your new found 15 seconds of fame. Turn the page already!


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

New HP, Compaq notebooks

Just announced at HP's Mobility Summit in Shanghai, China were a total of five (5) new notebooks over the HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario brands.

The units are:

  • HP Pavilion dv2000 with a 14.1-inch widescreen display, NVIDIA GeForce® 8400M graphics, HP QuickPlay 3.2 and a built-in HP Pavilion Webcam,
  • HP Pavilion dv6000 Series with the option of including an HD DVD-ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer drive, a 15.4-inch widescreen display, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M graphics, HP QuickPlay 3.2, an optional integrated HP Pavilion Webcam and optional built-in 802.11a/b/g/Draft-n wireless capabilities.
  • HP Pavilion dv9000 series with a 17-inch widescreen display with optional built-in HD DVD-ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer drive, a roomy keyboard with full numeric keypad, dual hard drives providing up to 320GB of storage, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M graphics, a built-in HP Pavilion Webcam, QuickPlay 3.2 and an ExpressCard TV tuner for Windows Vista notebooks.
  • Compaq Presario V3000 Series, and
  • Compaq Presario V6000 Series

The HP dv6000 and dv9000 notebooks are also the company's first to sport an optional HD DVD drive.

As you can tell, we cannot wait to lay out mitts on these babies.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogging for Network

Through an introduction from Robert McLaws, I am in the process of becoming a regular blogger for the Microsoft Subnet on

While it is another addition to an already full plate, I feel that Microsoft’s story needs to be told with the depth of feeling an opinionated, yet impartial observer, me, can bring to the table.

I shall be blogging on Microsoft products and technologies, and, of course my commentary on them as well.

The blog, John Obeto on Microsoft, can be found here.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Season Over!

My basketball season is over.

And it feels very, very annoying.

To lose to the same team twice in two seasons is just, just.....Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Playing with jakes
If KB24 has not come to that realization now, he never will.

One thing learned from this season, the Lakers do not have consistent players on the team.

Other than the insane KO8E, of course.

This really ranks way below average.