Monday, June 25, 2007

Testing, Testing….1,2,3

This is a short, sweet, to the point Blog Post made to demonstrate the capabilities of Microsoft Word 2007 to post to my blog.


Why I love VIA...

So, I was tooling around the web this morning and remembered one of the really cool guys I worked with in the past, Van Smith (website).  He works for VIA in some capacity (I don't quite remember what) and really had a lot of good things to say about the EPIA platform. In any case, one of my favourite sites in the past was and, I headed there to see what the current news on the platform was.  As soon as I got there, I noticed the following: - epia px 10000 review

Now, I'm not easily impressed (and I daresay, the basic FP/ALU perf on these devices is terrible compared to Semprons and Celerons) but, imagine the potential applications.  Car PCs typically don't need much in the way of video performance, portlets won't need much more than a TCP/IP pass through and some basic I/O (did I mention that the Pico-ITX has a SATA port?) and as a network storage appliance (like this), it'd actually function quite well. 

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Friday, June 22, 2007

I'm back!!!

not that any of you missed me, but...I'm back!  End of the quarter at my company and things are a madhouse so, i probably should get back to work.  just for reference, I'm going to also start blogging over at I'll be focusing on storage and storage technology.  enjoy!

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Friday, June 8, 2007


...ensues when uninformed, semi-intelligent persons project their ideas of what "should be" on the shoulders of a company who, for lack of a better way of putting it, has recently assimilated a new company. Ideologically, in these persons mind, the buyout should equal the immediate takeover, integration, and co-development of completely NEW products; forsaking the old, already-in-the-pipeline developments that have committed funding, etc.

What said persons don't understand is the assimilation process that has to be done when Company A takes over Company B. Fundementally, the following has to take place:
a.) Corporate Systems (HR, IS, IT, et al.) have to be aligned and integrated. Depending on the size of the companies, this can take several months to several years.
b.) R&D budgeting has to be cleared and re-established. Again, pipeline projects, unless they're deemed untenable are allowed to complete their cycles before funding is removed.
c.) Staffing Re-alignment. Cut-and-burn still happens but culling selectively amongst the ranks can take time to weed out less profitable members of the assimilated org. Oftentimes, financials will suffer for several quarters based on the overhead amongst staffing, acquired debt, etc.

It's a short list but honestly, tremendously impactful to a company trying to grow themselves.

-Dave out.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007


Spent all day in a QBR (quarterly business review) that just drained me. And the fact that I went last (out of about 17 people) really didn't help. Sure, the coffee, donuts, and bagels that I brought helped assuage the boredom/hunger I was feeling but, still, it's about the equivalent of jamming a pitchfork into your foot repeatedly...the longer you do it, the less painful it gets from the shock.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007


I love being notified of things. When my stock holdings go up, I like hearing that. When quarter-to-quarter revenue at "the other companies" (read: competitors) drops, I'm estastic when notified. What really gets my goat (bah!) is when meetings with my teams are canceled and I'm not notified.

It's not an Outlook problem (heck, Outlook 2007 is the best thing since sliced bread) but more of a control issue with the meeting organizer. *sigh* Back to the training slide decks I was working on.

I hope your meetings are canceled and you're told about it! That'd improve upon my process. :)

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Further explanations on Barcelona

To answer some of the criticisms I've received this morning:

No, it's not nitpicking. There are real disparities present that supercede stupid fanboyisms. Even further, no one actually knows about how the platforms were configured, etc. so, going on the principle of repeated scientific validation, it's completely a kludge.

I'm not saying that Barcelona WOULD win at a clock/clock level. I'm simply taking issue with deriving production #'s from a 5 minute test conducted without ANY sort of validation or data on the tested platforms.

I'd love to lab test the same scenario with apples/apples. it'd be interesting, to say the least.

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