Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Top-of-the-line HP Workstation for Review

I have just received from HP what I would call the Rolls-Royce of personal workstations, in a top-of-the-line configuration as well!

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Empire Strikes Back?

Sometimes, you just have to really wonder when supposedly smart folks hopelessly fall asleep at the wheel.

Case in point is the new series of ads showing real humans, not the drones at Gartner or Forrester, actually experiencing the ‘WOW!’ for the first time.

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xw4600 Giveaway Specs

Here is the updated configuration we will be giving away:

  • HP xw4600 Workstation
  • HP xw4600 80+ Energy Efficient Chassis
  • Genuine Windows® Vista™ Business (64-bit)
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q9300 2.50 6M/1333 CPU
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX1700 512 MB PCIe Graphics
  • HP 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2-800 ECC RAM
  • HP 250GB SATA 3Gb/s NCQ 7200 HDD
  • HP 16X DVD+-RW SuperMulti SATA Drive
  • HP USB Standard Keyboard
  • HP USB Optical Scroll Mouse
  • HP FireWire IEEE 1394a 3-Port PCI Card
  • HP 16-In-1 Media Card Reader

I plan on adding the following to this already great goodie package:

  • Increase RAM to 8GB

I am also thinking of possibly adding a (consumer-class) 20” LCD monitor to this package, with several games thrown in.

Let me thank HP for increasing the computing power of this system from a Core 2 Dual to a Core 2 Quad.

Let’s go!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

xw4600 Giveaway system specs to come later

I jumped the gun!

The accurate configuration of this system will be published here as soon as I get it.

However, be rest assured, it will be an xw4600!

Monday, July 21, 2008

HP xw4600 Giveaway on AbsoluteVista.com starts tomorrow

I have just been given the go-ahead to start my 30-day conversation leading to the giving away of the HP workstation described below.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

10 Steps to a successful Windows 7

If rumors are correct, Windows 7, the next iteration of the flagship Microsoft client operating system will be publicly introduced at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in November of this year.

In order to avoid the public relations fiasco Windows Vista is today, Windows 7 must adhere to the following ten steps:

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(This is a reprint from the July 2008 issue of The Interlocutor)

Microsoft Online Hosted Services

On Tuesday, July 8, 2008, Microsoft dropped a helluva bombshell: it would offer a complete set of SaaS offerings for $15 per user per month, with the Exchange Online product for $3.00 per user per month.

It was a jaw-dropper!

Microsoft walked the talk.

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(This is a reprint from the July 2008 issue of The Interlocutor)

Previous posts:

AMD Tech Day 2008: Mobile Discrete & ATI XGP Technology

Ognjen Brkic; Product Marketing Manager

One of the more intriguing presentations was delivered by Ognjen, detailing AMD’s new, and extremely innovative external PCIe slot‡, dubbed ATI XGP. Folks, this (the external PCIe product) is the jam!

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(This is a reprint from the July 2008 issue of The Interlocutor)

AMD Tech Day 2008: Benchmarking Realities/Mobile Gaming

Mark Welker, Manager/Product Development Engineer

“Lies, lies, and damn statistics”, someone once said.

Well, benchmarks were unfortunately omitted from that list. For benchmarks, like stats, can be skewed to whatever the touter wants the target to believe.

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(This is a reprint from the July 2008 issue of The Interlocutor)

AMD Tech Day 2008: Conclusion

This very informative opening of the kimono by AMD shows the strength of their pipeline, and the confidence they feel in whatever innovations and products they are working on.

All that is left is for them to execute! Hopefully, without any hobbling by their rival, Intel.

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(This is a reprint from the July 2008 issue of The Interlocutor)

AMD Cinema 2.0/ATI Radeon 4000

Pat Moorhead, Vice-President, Advanced Marketing (& corporate blogger)

The ever-effusive Pat Moorhead, he of the 40% number I wrote about last year, then took the floor††.

Cinema 2.0 is the latest iteration of AMD’s virtual to realistic graphics visualization technology. Put it this way, this is where gameplay becomes so photorealistic that a distinction almost cannot be made!

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(This is a reprint from the July 2008 issue of The Interlocutor)

Friday, July 18, 2008

AMD Tech Day 2008: Mobile Discrete & ATI XGP Technology

Ognjen Brkic; Product Marketing Manager

One of the more intriguing presentations was delivered by Ognjen, detailing AMD’s new, and extremely innovative external PCIe slot‡, dubbed ATI XGP. Folks, this (the external PCIe product) is the jam!

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(This is a reprint from the July 2008 issue of The Interlocutor)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Awake the Sleeping Giant?

For the past couple of years or so, Apple Computer Inc has been running a series of ads dubbed ‘I’m a PC, I’m a Mac’, that started out funny, and have quickly devolved into a series of errors, FUD, innuendos, and lies about Windows.

Through it all, Microsoft stood meekly on the sidelines, doing nothing, seemingly totally befuddled by the machinations of Steve Jobs. Alarmingly, the so-called ‘Rapid Response’ teams charged with protecting Microsoft the brand, did exactly the opposite of what their moniker described: nothing happened.

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(This is a reprint of the The SmallBizVista.com Editorial from the July 2008 issue of The Interlocutor)

Monday, July 14, 2008

AbsoluteVista.com to give away HP xw4600 Workstation

While I work out the details of how I want this to go, I would like to announce that I have been able to secure a sponsorship tat will allow me to give away one HP xw4600 Personal Workstation after a 30-day contest period.

I am completely stoked at this opportunity, and I wish all potential contestants success.

Details here

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The AbsoluteVista.com HP xw6600 Review

I have had a copy of the HP xw6600 Personal Workstation for review at the Orbiting O’odua for nearly a month.

The xw6600 is one of the smallest form factor dual-socket workstations on the market today. A product of HP’s over quarter-century of experience in workstations, this system came with an ultra quiet tool-less case*, dual quad-core Intel Xeon 5450 CPUs, and 4GB of DDR2-667 FBD RAM. This baby also came with a Quadro FX1700 with a whopping 768MB.

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Microsoft Equipt

About time!

With all the talk about alternative office suites out there, Microsoft has been lagging in articulating it’s strategy for delivering a financially-competitive offering in this space.

No longer.

With the announcement of Microsoft Equipt – formerly code-named ‘Albany’, Microsoft is attempting to kill several birds with one stone.

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

How we review products

I was just asked a couple of questions on the backchannel by a longtime acquaintance: how come you only have positive reviews, and no benchmark numbers.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The AbsoluteVista.com HP xw4600 Review

HP xw4600 Personal Workstation

I have been testing the HP xw4600 Personal Workstation these past few weeks.

The xw4600 is near the low end of a range of extremely powerful and very customizable workstations from HP. However, it is priced starting against some of the more pedestrian systems we find at mega-mart. Have no fear though, this is one serious machine

My test unit came with a Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB of RAM, and Windows Vista Business x64.

I promptly erased Vista Business and installed Windows Vista Ultimate x64

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HP Workstations: Design & Performance

Workstations in general, and HP workstations in particular, were introduced to me as a viable alternative to the fully configured desktop computer system.

Pursuant to that, I received a couple of HP workstations to review. My review of the xw4600 follows below. The xw6600, which shares the same design and performance philosophies; as a result, that review will focus on the performance scenarios run by SmallBizVista.com.

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Save XP? NOT!

Rampant shark jumping on the road to irrelevance.

For the past several months, InfoWorld, that formerly important IT tome, has been beating the Save (Windows) XP drum in an utterly transparent attempt to remain relevant in the collective minds of IT administrators.

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