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GEOCITIES CLOSES

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Yahoo has now closed the popular Geocities server after operating for the last decade. When it closed, there were some 38 million user built pages being hosted. Geocities in Japan has remained in operation following the closing of the US service. The service originally was developed by David Bohnett and John Rezner who originally called it Beverly Hills …

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ACTIVISION JOINS VIVENDI

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We have learned that Activision has now merged with Vivendi. Activision was established on October 1, 1979 and it has become on of the largest publisher of video games. Activision started off with Atari consoles but had to fight to get royalties and they eventually established the independent developer industry, Vivendi already bought Blizzard so …

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

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Activision Blizzard was established on July 10, 2008 through the merger of Activision and Vivendi. The new company is now a listed public company and it represent several trade names. It also represents a large portfolio of games. The merger was about a $18.5 billion transaction making it a large enough deal to be considered …

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STUTTERING IN GAMES

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Many game players have reported problems with games that seem to be choppy or stutter while being played.  There are several factors that can affect rendering time which make a game seem like it’s stuttering. PCI Express is comparatively fast but we have considered the actual bandwidth of the memory on a video card as …

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DISPLAYPORT

DisplayPort

DisplayPort was first released on May 3, 2006 by the Video Electronics Standards Association. It is designed to be backwards compatible with VGA, HDMI and DVI with active or passive adapters. DisplayPort supports up to 10.8 gigabits data rate which enough for even the most demanding displays. DisplayPort also supports very deep color with up …

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SIERRA CLOSES

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Sierra Entertainment has now finally closed its doors. The company was founded back in 1979 by Ken and Roberta Williams of Bellevue, WA who worked together making Sierra a major publisher. In early 2004 Sierra was restructured extensively in preparation for the eventual retirement of Sierra. About 350 positions were lost as the studios were …

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BILL GATES AND TABLET COMPUTERS

ViewSonic ViewPad 1000

Bill Gates had a Viewsonic ViewPad 1000 tablet PC at the Comdex  2002 when he made a speech about the new class of personal computer. He mentioned that many improvements were needed to make tablets a more viable platform for users. We agree but this machine is still a marvel in its own right. Microsoft …

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WINDOWS 98 BSOD LIVE AT COMDEX

Bill Gates was showing the upcoming Windows 98 at Comdex when the operating system crash after installing a device driver. Gates was quick to mention that Windows 98 was not yet ready for release. Chris Capossela, with Gates looking on, attempted to install a scanner which caused the BSOD. 

IBM BUYS LOTUS 1-2-3

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IBM closed the $3.5 billion purchase of  Lotus Development, the producer of the once-dominant Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software and the then-popular Lotus Notes groupware. Lotus Notes groupware faired little better than 1-2-3, succumbing to Microsoft Exchange as the dominant groupware platform among large companies.  

INTERGRAPH 28HD96 MONITOR

intergraph 3d workstation

The Intergraph 28HD96 is a 28″ CRT with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. These monitors were bundled with the companies 3D workstations.  The Intergraph 28HD96 costs a measly $9,999 each. This monitor was also sold by Dell DX-D8W71W which we noticed in a trade magazine for less cash. Silicon Graphics also distributed this monitor for their …

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