Oops, I did it again

Oh, dear. Are we turning into the "Bread Report" again? Let me try to get the ball rolling before that happens. Almost a week ago, the new Unreal Tournament technology demo was released. Epic's Tim Sweeney has gone barnstorming with interviews at Developium, UTO, and Evil Avatar. Of course, this week marked the start of the Apple Paris Expo where OS X beta was announced, among other things. OS X sure looks slick, doesn't it? Hmm, maybe I'll get a Mac next year.

Bluetooth seems to be moving forward with Toshiba shipping a PCMCIA card soon. While the technology itself will debut this year, true integration with PCs and PDAs is being forecast for next year. I can't wait myself, but Microsoft may be having some trouble with embedded development in addition to early reports of WinMe bugs.

You can't stop them. You can only hope to contain them. I'm talking about Rambus. Their 'slash and burn' technique seems to know no bounds, so guess who's coming to breakfast? There is to be a webcast of an analyst meeting on Thursday at 8:30 AM PDT. Although the duration of the Rambus and NEC deal is until the end of this year, analysts will be asking if more of these kinds of settlements give credence to their memory patent claims. Next we will have Rambus TV.We need a scorecard just to see which companies have caved in.

Sony is cooking up a storm of their own with their GScube which will use the Emotion Engine chip. To wit, a parallel processing computer with the ability to produce 4.16 gigapolygons per second with a resolution of 1980 x 1080 pixels at 60Hz. I actually passed on buying the original Playstation 2 which featured the region-free DVD player. For $550, think I made a mistake? A 1.1GHz Thunderbird will have to tide me over until I buy the next model. Meanwhile, the Napster wildfire continues.

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