Daily Archives: September 11, 2005

Gaming PCs

So rich looked at some gaming pcs recently — the big brands of alien, voodoo, and falcon nw. I’m in the market soon for a new pc and looked at their sites. On the way, A9 and Google pointed me towards some other contenders: Hypersonic in New York, and WidowPC in Texas — the Widow guys are particularly aggressive at trying to get gaming pc search traffic.

And PC Mag mentions ABS and Velocity Micro as options.

The Widow systems seem to have the most extreme config options. I’m tempted to try them.

Ignition blog roundup 9/11

* Adrian is trying out EDGE for wireless connections. Sounds good. I am tired of futzing around with crappy public wifi access points. Couple it with a box like this and you can run your own hotspot where you need it.
* Brad in a thread on .net and vcs from this summer. Like he says, we’re agnostic. We can’t afford to be technology bigots.
* Martin points out that biodiesel is now cheaper here than regular diesel. Exciting times for energy investors.
* I’m a sucker for optical illusions — nice one from phil.
* Rich is in love with a9 maps and misquotes me. I think what I was really trying to say is Google is finally figuring out how to be sticky. They are providing a platform now that hundreds of apps are using. As they expand and get thousands of apps to use their underlying service, well that will be quite an asset.
* People inside Microsoft took note of the aggressive recruiting that our friends at Judy’s Book and Mpire co-sponsored. Nice work guys!
* Phil keeps cranking on his blackberry app — find jobs on your phone, and his app will be featured in an upcoming bberry hacks book. Nice.

Texas 25, OSU 22

Great game, tough loss. I am a Vince Young believer now. As is the entire state of Ohio. I am also an A. J. Hawk believer, but then I was before the game.

Obviously OSU’s failure to convert on turnovers cost them the game. From my seat, I felt the offense had good balance. QB play was OK. The running game was OK. Where the team failed is getting the ball into the hands of Santonio and Teddy in positions to use their speed. Too often they were catching ball in close coverage or on a sideline or in a situation where they couldn’t get the 1 or 2 steps necessary to use their speed as a weapon. Seems like we needed more crossing routes, more option pitches, more plays designed to get these guys the ball when they are at speed. Their performance on returns certainly shows that these guys can hurt an opponent when they have just a little room to run.

You have to say tho that OSU is certainly just a hair’s breadth away from Texas in terms of ranking. A loss in September to the #2 team is not a terrible blow to national title aspirations. OSU won’t fall that far in the rankings and they will have time to make it up.