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To whom it may concern : from Wednesday on, my phone number at home will be cancelled. If you want to contact me by other means than email, use my mobile phone number.

Processor names

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Confused by names as SledgeHammer, Sempron and Prescott ? There are alot of codenamed CPU's out there, and if you're checking out the market for a new computer, it can sometimes be confusing. Intel have mangeled their CPU names quite a lot, even worse than AMD in my opinion -- a XEON can be anything from a dualcore EMT64 Hyper-threading enabled monster that comes with a free coffee maker, to a "plain" 32bit x86 clone with no fancy addons.

Anadtech has a nice overview over the current desktop offerings from AMD and Intel . I'm not aware of a good overview article on the whole range of server cpus available from both AMD and Intel (or one including Power cpus and sparcs, for that matter), but Anadtech (again) has done a lot of benchmarks and reviews for the server market that at least gives you a brief overview of what's new.

Dead screen

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Computer parts are not like they used to be manufactured before. That's all I can say after my new LCD screen died this morning. My previous monitor died on me some six months ago, after six years of faithfull service. My new Philips LCD screen couldn't keep it up for 6 months... Luckily the thing is still under guarantee, so Monday I have a new one. Untill then, it's back to the nineties, using an old CRT screen with a resolution of 800x600 !

The Ethernet site

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Charles Spurgeons site about Ethernet offers a wide range of Ethernet (IEEE 802.3) documentation and links to other Ethernet resources.

New monitor

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This is my new monitor; a 17" Philips TFT screen, running at a resolution of 1280x1024. Feels like watching a giant TV screen after the last week, looking at an old monitor at 800x600.

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