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Date of review: 12-March-1999
Type Of Review: Flashman's
Wow! Yeah, wow!
After the Chinese New Year, things have been pretty crazy busy right here with old Flashy. Writing articles for Hardware ONE is one thing I love to do but have little time to. In between my near-future review of my LEGO Mindstorms toy robot I bought 4 months ago in the US, here are some thoughts.
Honestly, the thing which got my goat today was the stupid Cnet article on Celeron overclocking at:
To be brutally honest, this is utter rubbish, crap, and a whole tankful of bloody shit.
In case you guys don't know, if you get my goat (Wilfred, please explain this quaint expression, I can't find the words!) I'd be inspired to write no matter how busy I am in real life. So you get the hint huh?
"They're too vague, inaccurate, have competing and contradictory agendas, and downright useless."
Back to the CNet article, can you imagine that some witless moron has the nerve to post that less than 1 in 4 Celeron 300A chips overclocks to 450MHz??? You crazy? The success rate is 80% or more as per reports in Bxboards, AnandTech, SysOpt, etc.
This article further amplifies my hitherto secret theory that `establishment' websites have no place in our power-user world.
They're too vague, inaccurate, have competing and contradictory agendas, and downright useless. Imagine, to be a reporter for such a website as Cnet - you have to clear the news with a whole hierarchy of editors and they have to clear with their bosses before you can publish.
"Tom founded his Tom's Hardware site on the fundamental belief that he could do a better and faster job than the establishment sites, and he was right on the money then."
Any honest, enthusiastic guy would have had his passion for news and truth killed and turn him into a pen pusher with this stupid bureaucracy. Remember, these guys gotta keep their filthy jobs.
Sites run by people like that babe, Kan (have you noticed how Kan refers to everybody else as 'babes', or 'girls'? Why's that?), by Andy Drake of Bxboards, by those babes at a ton of other enthusiast sites, they're the way to the future. The future is openess.
Dr. Thomas Pabst of Tom's Hardware is slipping into the CNet mould. Forget him! He originated the genre, the 'enthusiast site', but his obsession with getting more and more establishment customers made him slow, bumbling and generally, uninformative.
"CNet is now a stinking morass, decaying in the weight of its conflicting committments - a real mess if you ask me."
Tom founded his Tom's Hardware site on the fundamental belief that he could do a better and faster job than the establishment sites, and he was right on the money then. Right now, he's slipping in to an establishment site.
Yes, everybody would like a steady stream of advertising accounts into the site. Puts bread on the table. But at the cost of converting your cherished site into something you absolutely hated, is too heavy a cost, like selling out your soul.
The advertising model for an honest enthusiast site would be different from an watered-down establishment site. The traditional advertising model of steady accounts (SAM) would be replaced by the new dynamic accounts model (DAM). In the new DAM, only the guys who made the best product and most respected would likely advertise in the website, until the new superproduct came about. You won't need an army of account execs to get those accounts. People will come. With the DAM, not only do you attract the manufacturers, but also the smaller guys, the distributors and the Value Added Resellers. I'm sure you've seen those ads for Azzo Computers - they're the new advertisers.
"I've been quietly advising the captains of industry, the decision-makers of the large manufacturers, to leave off people like CNet and get to the real guys, guys like Hardware-One, Bxboards, SysOpt, HardwareZone, etc."
CNet is now a stinking morass, decaying in the weight of its conflicting committments - a real mess if you ask me. They're losing advertisers, that's why they reinvented the board. But it's still too watered down, too uncommittal, too vague. They can't help it. It's a fundamental problem because of their makeup. For example, Intel is an investor in Cnet. No matter what anybody says, the renewal of contract depends very much on the board's philosophy, don't you think?
I've been quietly advising the captains of industry, the decision-makers of the large manufacturers, to leave off people like Cnet and get to the real guys, guys like Hardware-One, Bxboards, SysOpt, HardwareZone, etc. Takes time. If any of you `captains of industry' do ever read this column, consider what I said.
Enough of this. Since the last article on the new living room appliance, I've told Wilfred to index the articles, give them fixed names so that a search in Altavista can point to the correct document instead of a dynamic document all the time.
Also, I've been wistfully looking at my unopened Lego Mindstorms waiting for the time to build a robot and program it. All the other time at the PC, I've been playing with Alpha Centauri - I finally finished it playing the Morganites, the Free Market Capitalists. I put 80% of my resources into tech research, 10 into the economy and another 10 into psych, and I killed everybody in 200 turns. Or more, cannot remember. It was a great, great game and the technologies were plausible, not fantasies.
The videos were extremely well made - except that they were pretty small. Hey, you guys heard of MPEG2? Do it man! Don't give us that AVI crap. I'll be resuming my Baldur's Gate tonight, and continue to look wistfully at my Lego Mindstorms.
I've been playing with a Celeron 300A PPGA on a Slotket 370>slot1 converter on a BH6, and guess what? I could do 464 with voltage unaltered at 2V! I reached 504 on 2.1V. Playing with other combinations, keep you guys posted.
Now why is this? I think, simply because the PPGA Celeron 300A is better made, and the slotket converter made by Abit is of better quality than Intel's flimsy green PCB on the Slot 1 processors.
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