In Game Advertising getting big

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THQ has started a deal with Microsoft to include in-game advertising. The ad deal will roll out with Saints Row 2.

http://www.socaltech.com/thq_massive_in_game_advertising_deal/s-0018640.html

Intel ads in BF2142 and Die Hard 4 ads in Quake Wars… but what the hell? What ads fit in this game? Just watch the trailer!

Alienware Area-51 X-58

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I just love this machine. If I had too much money I would buy it. Instead I will buy a Phenom II that isn’t bad either 😀 – for sure gives much more vaule to people who want to upgrade like me. More info (in your language): http://www.alienware.com

Ubuntu Privacy Remix

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Recommended by Commander Sir James Bond 😀 Great stuff!

This is truly the right Linux distro for secret agents.

“Ubuntu Privacy Remix is a modified Live-CD based on Ubuntu Linux. UPR is not intended for permanent installation on hard disk. The goal of Ubuntu Privacy Remix is to provide an isolated, working environment where private data can be dealt with safely. The system installed on the computer running UPR remains untouched.
The risk of theft of such private data arises not only from “conventional” criminals, trojans. rootkits, keyloggers etc. In many countries, measures are taken or being prepared aiming at spying and monitoring its citizens. Ubuntu Privacy Remix is a tool to protect your data against unsolicited access.”

Download: http://www.privacy-cd.org/

AMD Phenom II – The power to do it all.

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I spotted a nice article about the new Phenom II CPU by AMD and the Dragon platform (basically a combination of Phenom II CPU, 790GX mainboard & the ATI 4800 series graphics card):

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/austin/

I think I’m going to wait till Q1 with getting new hardware then. The Dragon platform looks really promising! I hope the prices for the new next generation AMD platform will look reasonable too.

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Dragon is a 3GHz Phenom II, 790GX and an ATI 4800 series

Spider is a 2,6GHz Phenom, 790FX and ATI 3800 series

Overclockers hit 6GHz – AMD vs. Intel clockwar

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Maybe it’s funny what the guys at Tom’s Hardware Overclock Competition 2008 did but totally useless for everyone else. They cooled an Intel Core 2 Duo 8600 with liquid nitrogen and overclocked it to 6GHz. Nice… but is anyone going to put a bottle of liquid nitrogen in his PC just to run it on 6GHz for a moment? No… So we all can forget about that. I bet that the Phenom II 6GHz OC test run that AMD confirmed has been also done with liquid nitrogen.

So is this all a coincidence? No, I don’t think so. I think that AMD and Intel support all the OC scene meanwhile. I think that it’s just like with BMW supporting and sponsoring Formula 1 for example. You can get nice press coverage. It’s like free advertising. Your brand name everywhere! How smart! 😉

Phenom II at 6GHz OC confimrmed by AMD:
http://www.crn.com/hardware/212101254?cid=ChannelWebBreakingNews

Toms Hardware OC competition record of 6,2GHz:
http://www.tomshardware.com/de/overclocking-core-2-duo-stickstoff-cpu-z,news-241988.html

Just see how prominent the Intel logo is in the Toms Hardware article is. Coincidence or product placement? Personally I think that clockwars are back. I bet we will see CPUs with up to 4GHz next year in stores.

Edit:

Wink wink! 😉 See the Intel logos? Nice sponsoring!

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All photos from the OCC Tom’s Hardware competition:
http://www.tomshardware.com/de/fotoreportage/15-overdrive-overclocking-flussigstickstoff.html

Reflection fail

I love this stuff! 😛 I worked with Photoshop a lot in the past. I can really feel the pain. 😉 Sometimes real photos just look better guys!

Everyone who tried to make a reflection in Photoshop has to bookmark this blog:

http://photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com

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Outch! What’s wrong with the girl on the real reflection btw? She is a real computer geek girl who loves her notebook and will become the leading rocket scientist and invent the next space shuttle!

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Do you see the 4GB on the reflection? Nice…

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Just if you wonder… reflections don’t work like this!

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Disgusting! These people look like on an old 1940’s Agfacolor photo on the top. In the reflection you see their real faces.

Congrats Hewlett Packard

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Hewlett Packard has been trough difficult times. I know from a colleague that they had to downsize their product line as they did too many things at the same time in the past. Now it looks like the plan worked. They are focused and successful. Well done!

“Hewlett-Packard Co. surprised Wall Street on Tuesday by saying its earnings will be slightly above analysts’ expectations, going against the grain as other technology bellwethers have slashed forecasts and posted weak results in the sagging economy.”

Source: http://www.startribune.com/science/34737414.html

More Information: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2008/081118a.html

AMD Phenom II X4 940, 920, 925, 910, 810, 805 Processors

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I knew it… what hasn’t been on the AMD road map that was released recently is the new type of AMD processors including the naming!

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AMD plans to introduce 8 Deneb processors in Q1 2009:

Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition – 3.0GHz
Phenom II X4 920 – 2.8GHz
Phenom II X4 925 – 2.8GHz
Phenom II X4 910 – 2.6GHz
Phenom II X4 810 – 2.6GHz
Phenom II X4 805 – 2.5GHz
Phenom II X3 720 – 2.8GHz
Phenom II X3 710 – 2.6GHz

The first two support socket AM2+, while the others are aimed at AM3 and DDR3. In Q2, two more processors will become available:

Phenom II X3 600
Phenom II X2 200

Source: http://forums.legitreviews.com/about18465.html

More Information: http://publish.it168.com/2008/1114/20081114006901.shtml

AMD Roadmap

AMD announced several new mobile processors in their new Roadmap, but when I look at it I wonder if I should wait for the next generation AMD CPU type (like Deneb or Orochi). I think also that Orochi will come faster than planned.

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More Information (German):

http://www.tomshardware.com/de/Yukon-Caspian-Congo-Netbook,news-241940.html

Edit: This blog post is from November 2008 – to everyone looking for recent news about the AMD roadmap and news related to it I can recommend Tom’s Hardware site search: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/search.php?s=amd+roadmap

Ads in YouTube – part II

Ok, Ok… I take it back. The YouTube / Google guys didn’t lose their mind in YouTube monetization in the end. Seems they have some brain left 😀 Finally the go for premium graphical advertising.

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First it looked they are going to put Google AdSense ads in every video (probably they still have the technology activated – but hey, I don’ want to see ads for cat food when watching lolcats 😉  LOL )