So work has been kicking my butt lately (okok.. I am just making an excuse for being too lazy to log on and write to nobody in particular). I was quite busy over the past couple of months though, as my consulting projects are beginning to demand more hours, which is a good thing I suppose. Most clients who have no idea what virtualization is, are quite impressed with what it can offer, and their businesses are greatly benefiting from it. It’s satisfying to be able to “wow” clients– there hasn’t been anything on the horizon that had this much wow potential in quite a few years.
Speaking of wow, I have been blowing a bit of money on buying some new toys in the meantime to keep myself sane. First one is a 28″ LCD monitor for my desktop. 1900×1200 @ 28″ is quite a sight to behold– it is almost as tall as my 20″ Dell flipped vertical. Now I can sit FAR back with my keyboard and still get tons of work done. 🙂
I also picked up a Sony UX-280p last month. The price was what ultimately got me. I’ve always found the device to be somewhat interesting, but being able to pick one up for less than $900 really sold me. I will probably write another separate post on it sometime later. All I will say now is it’s quite an interesting toy. With it in my bag, I can now practically work from anywhere– EDGE availability permitting.
I have also built a few more machines for clients over the past 2 months, all taking advantage of Fry’s combos. 🙂 For the record, their ECS mobo/E4500 is the most economical combo over the past 6 months or so– A simple BSEL mod will net you a rock stable 2.93ghz monster that is more than capable of running 4 instances of VMs comfortably, and the best part is the entry fee — approx. $120!
I am going to try and blog more often now that I’ve completed a few projects– but the key word here is “try” 🙂
Look at this. These boys just don’t learn. I’d think twice before sticking another media with a Sony label in any of my devices.
So Enderle wrote an article on the state of the console war. With the upcoming Holiday shopping season, one can only expect things to heat up from here. Like he said, we can really expect to see the competition get kicked into overdrive– with all three platforms released and production stabilized, this is the first holiday season where demand will dictate the sales numbers.
Interestingly, he somewhat agreed with my view that it is Nintendo that may have the most to lose this winter– I am sure the Wii will still sell like hotcakes, but with a somewhat lackluster title lineup compared to the other two, it may be in a precarious position to lose the demographic that prefers more mature and involved titles.
Another thing that we cannot overlook is that the PS3’s price drop now pits it as the best value for those who may be looking into getting into the HiDef game. Microsoft still hasn’t start building the HD-DVD drive into the Xbox 360, so for someone who will also be getting an 1080p present this winter, the PS3 could turn out to be a cooler complement.
Just to toss this out there– I don’t own any of the new consoles, and don’t plan on getting one anytime soon. I don’t even have a display that is over 1600 x 1200 pixels. My media center and the ps2 are hooked up to a projector in the living room, and so far DVDs and Xvid satisfy me just fine. 1024 x 768 is a decent resolution for me still, but I am itching for a 1080p LCD or Plasma– maybe I’ll treat myself to a HiDef bedroom display this winter.
As far as the consoles are concerned? I believe at the end of this console era, most of the consumers will have both a Wii and either the Xbox360 or the PS3. Keeping in mind that the next next-gen is at least 4-5 years away, we still have plenty of Christmas shopping seasons for the surprisingly wealthy Americans to indulge on multiple consoles. For this winter though, I am seeing a lot of people who’ll be Wii-lling to open their pockets for their Nintendo fix.
Return of the Toadstool, baby.
Gizmodo reports last month’s numbers on the console wars. Just as predicted in this previous post, Wii’s popularity is already fading. Granted, it could be seasonal, but an approx. 50% drop doesn’t sound like a fluke! Guess what the gamers will get now that they already have a Wii?
PS3 owners are gonna love it when they find out that their brand new ps3s are dropping in value faster than the DOW– it appears Sony will be releasing new versions of the PS3 (or add-ons to the existing models). Much like the PSP portable “lite” – the model refreshes are coming fast and strong. Remember how the NES and SNES would go for close to the decade without remakes or significant price drops? Looks like the gaming hardware landscape has come a long way. The price of gaming is a b!tch.
Case in point #2 – I feel sorry for the people who overpaid for their RRoD.
I wonder if these guys have any regrets?? 🙂
So it sounds like MS is following in Sony’s footsteps. Hence the price war is rekindled. Will I consider buying a PS3 or Xbox2 now? Probably not. I still have a PS2 with a bunch of games that I’ve seldom touched. Games used to sound fun, but it’s becoming less and less so for me. God… I think I am getting old.
On another thought, is it just me or has it really been that long already that these “next-gen” consoles are ready for a price-reduction round? It felt like it’s only been a few months when a PS3 was sole on eBay for $1500… (Goes to show just the price people are willing to pay to be ‘cool’). Gosh, this whole business of selling ‘cool’ is beginning to sound easy…
In any case, this will probably equate to the comeback of crazy game bundles. You get a couple more bundled games for the same price. Yippee!
On the other hand, Halo3 does sound pretty fun. Maybe I can borrow someone’s Xbox360 for a few days later this year. 🙂