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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Political Appointments

Thanks for the comments people. It is great to hear input from around the company.
Heath subtly hinted that I left him off the list of "Blog Ambassadors", the people that Intel put in place to drive compliance within the external blogging space.

Sorry Heath, I'll put you on the list of "Matadors" when I get around to it. Then I need a "Pacer" list... Sorry to say there is only room for one on my "Gremlin" list

and that one is me.


At March 08, 2006 2:01 PM, Blogger Josh Bancroft said...

Interesting that you characterize the Blog Ambassadors that way. We're actually a self-formed group that wanted to act as examples, mentors, and, yes, moderators, for the internal blogs, lest "enforcers" be put in place by the paranoid management.

Besides, I'm still waiting for my Blog Ambassador jackboots and night stick to arrive. ;-)

On a side note, you wouldn't believe how many people are absolutely convinced that you are me, and when I try to explain otherwise, it only fans the conspiracy theory flames. :-)

At March 08, 2006 3:13 PM, Blogger PentrinoVI said...

I know, but it reads better with the jackboots. Too bad we can't put one to the head of the corp. gatekeepers. (not literally - figuratively. Note to corp gatekeepers, please read disclaimer. Don't forget to breathe)

I don't know where you get the idea that you aren't me? If I know I am you then shouldn't you know as well?

At March 08, 2006 5:57 PM, Blogger Posty said...

Josh, someone who's trying to set an example shouldn't post entries with spammy "sign up for this service and help me get an Xbox" content on the internal blogs. You should know better. Just sayin' :)

Do you really want everyone else to post their own "help me get an Ipod", "sign up for ING Direct and I get $10" schemes? I don't think so.

The attention whoring could also be brought down a notch or three. Again, just sayin'

At March 09, 2006 10:52 AM, Blogger Josh Bancroft said...

Posty - I took those down after a few minutes, after some reflection. You're absolutely right.

But I want an Xbox 360! :-)

At March 10, 2006 5:52 PM, Blogger Posty said...

Well, since there are no new posts, I'll add a couple of small items myself to keep things interesting.

Rant #1: From

"AMD's surge can be seen most strongly in the U.S. retail market, which accounts for about 9 percent of global PC shipments. In the first seven weeks of 2006, AMD's share in desktops in that area climbed to 81.5 percent, while Intel's has slid to 18.5 percent, Baker said."

How the heck did this happen? How did AMD manage to grab 81.5 percent of the US retail market? I was aware they were a major force as far as gaming PCs go, but this is worse than I thought. We may be lagging a bit technically at the moment, but were the sales guys asleep at the wheel? I know, I know, I should wait until Conroe. It's just kind of sad that an architecture that's basically a revamp of the P2/Pentium Pro/P3 is going to save our butts, no matter how good it is. Thank goodness for our engineers in Israel!

Rant #2: From

"Intel Viiv is stupid and broken"

Say what you will about the Inquirer, but they know a lot about what we're doing. I often learn about Intel stuff there months before I see it on Circuit or anywhere else.

All I'm going to say is that if most people at work still can't figure out what Viiv is supposed to do, let alone how to pronounce that, we're in trouble. How is the general public going to do better than us?

At March 14, 2006 9:46 PM, Blogger Posty said...

Here's an interesting rumor. Apparently, Dell is about to buy Alienware. This has several implications. One, Dell will actually have some gaming PCs that won't look like crap and will have good performance. Two, Alienware uses AMD for their systems, so it would be a sneaky way for Dell to start using AMD, without officially breaking its ties with Intel. There goes Paul's "car shopping" example. The next few weeks should be interesting.

At March 21, 2006 11:17 PM, Anonymous Maranah said...

No posts in two weeks? C'mon, Josh and co... you guys are slacking. There's certainly enough dirt worth mentioning. Did you hear about Justin's presentation at IDF that had a picture of an Opteron motherboard?

At August 17, 2006 4:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


we are now in the deep stuff, Dell confirm that are taking AMD across all sku's. Saying AMD couldn't meet their demand just won't wash anymore. Question is, why now? I wonder if this is just political and is a smart way of avoding being caught up in consequences if we lose the action amd have bought against us? :-(

Where is our leaders spin bunnies when you need them, the silence is deafening.


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