Another week, another news flash. Guess the groundhog saw more than his shadow.
iFilm has the Superbowl ads if you want to watch again. They were almost as good as the game this year. You have to love seeing IBM’s $2.3 million ad for Linux, a free operating system. And man those shards of glass pops are good, but I’ve got to cut down.
Leaded gasoline went on-sale for the first time on this day in 1923. Fox TV founder Barry Diller is 62. Farrah Fawcett is 57 (yikes!). Christie Brinkley is 50. Pebbles Flintstone is 41. Data will be born on this day in 2338.
- Prescott’s here. Intel’s newest Pentium IV will initially ship in 2.8, 3.0, and 3.2 GHz flavors, with a 3.4 GHz model real soon now. The company also announced a 3.4 GHZ Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and a 3.4 GHz Northwood-based PIV. The Prescott will sport twice the L1 and L2 cache, dedicated integer multiplier, 13 new SSE instructions to improve 3D and multimedia performance, a 50% longer pipeline, and improved branch prediction. Based on the new 90 nanometer process, the Prescott will be able to hit speeds of 4 GHz by the end of the year. Anand and ExtremeTech have already posted excellent articles with benchmarks. We’ll have our own lab’s results on The Screen Savers tonight. Bottom line: Prescott looks good on paper, but AMD still has the faster chips. Maybe Prescott will catch up when software is recompiled to take advantage of the new SSE intructions.
- The SCO site went down Sunday in the face of the largest denial of service attacks ever. Security experts estimated as many as one million machines, infected with MyDoom, were hitting the site. The attack began 16 hours early, apparently because many machines’ clocks were set inaccurately. SCO’s site is still down this morning.
- The Google IPO is delayed due to “market conditions.” Looks we’ll have to wait a little longer for the recovery.
- Bill Gates and others are pushing a scheme to charge a penny per message for email to discourage spamming. Yeah, that’ll work.
- The IE phishing patch isn’t the only thing Microsoft can’t seem to ship on time. The company has announced that Halo 2 won’t arrive on store shelves until this fall.
- Microsoft is leaking details to developers on XBox Next. Three IBM 64-bit procs, an ATI next-gen graphics chip, at least 256MB RAM, low cost, and no guarantee of compatibility with existing XBox games. Look for it in the fall of 2005.
- Now I’ve seen everything. Nokia has just introduced a “sports inspired” cell phone with an integrated compass and flashlight.