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Old July 21st, 2007, 03:00 PM   #1
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Xbox division loses nearly $2 billion!

http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/07/20/xbox/index.php

Partly from the repair/warranty fiasco, partly from a big drop in sales. Looks like Xbox users shouldn't be asking Sony to wave the white flag, but Wii users should ask for it! Just kidding. Anyway, I hear the Wii is selling great, but the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 are struggling.

Good thing Halo 3 is coming out, but since I own an Xbox, I guess I'm not getting that!

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Old July 21st, 2007, 03:50 PM   #2
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Dvorak has an interesting theory:

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/stor...D&siteid=yhoof

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The first Xbox was actually a personal computer with proprietary subsystems designed for gaming. The second Xbox is a variation on a PC with a different, non-Intel architecture, but it is still a computer. I'm now guessing that the entire Xbox experiment was an exercise to clear the decks and shake out the cobwebs for a full-blown entry into the PC arena.
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Old July 21st, 2007, 04:01 PM   #3
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No matter who sells the most consoles (Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo), the big winner is IBM, who makes the processors. The PowerPC lives on!

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Old July 21st, 2007, 06:18 PM   #4
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No matter who sells the most consoles (Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo), the big winner is IBM, who makes the processors. The PowerPC lives on!

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Sony PS3 uses a the Sony "Cell" processor while the XBox 360 uses a variant of an Intel Xenon. You can cheer for the Wii, which uses a PowerPC.
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Old July 21st, 2007, 06:24 PM   #5
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All made by IBM--I thought all three had PowerPC processors, but I was wrong. Plus, why would IBM call their chip Xenon?

http://arstechnica.com/articles/paed.../xbox360-1.ars

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Old July 21st, 2007, 06:26 PM   #6
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360

Though WikiPedia can be wrong, I've heard about the G5 chip going into one and not working. Btw, you can install Apple's OS X into a PlayStation 3, according to my friend. I'm going to see if he'll do it. I have every version since 10.0, so he may try 10.1 on a partition.

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Old July 22nd, 2007, 02:01 AM   #7
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360

Though WikiPedia can be wrong, I've heard about the G5 chip going into one and not working. Btw, you can install Apple's OS X into a PlayStation 3, according to my friend. I'm going to see if he'll do it. I have every version since 10.0, so he may try 10.1 on a partition.

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Apple OS X can run on a number of processors. One of my friends said he was running it on a 200 MHz ARM processor in an embedded application.
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 02:05 AM   #8
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All made by IBM--I thought all three had PowerPC processors, but I was wrong. Plus, why would IBM call their chip Xenon?

http://arstechnica.com/articles/paed.../xbox360-1.ars

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Sorry, my mistake on the XBox 360 processor. I read Xenon somewhere else and just thought that Microsoft had licensed the processor and managed to arrange their own manufacture with IBM.
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I agree, it makes no sense about the Xenon moniker. Then again, both Sony and Canon have HDV cameras called the A1, and JVC and Sanyo both have "mini-HD" cameras called HD1.

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 06:35 AM   #10
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Ummm...the Intel workstation/server CPU is called "Xeon" not "Xenon." To the best of my knowledge, Intel has never produced a chip named "Xenon." So, strictly speaking, there's no conflict between the Intel workstation/server CPUs (Xeon) and the IBM CPU in the Xbox 360 (Xenon). Just picking nits...

Actually, I run into a lot of people who get the Xeon name wrong - even some IT techs. I once refused to hire an applicant for a tech support job because of that. Well, that and a couple of attempts to bluff answers to some other topics he didn't know.

Oh, and the Cell Processor in the PS3 is indeed made by IBM.
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I can't believe I forgot that, then confused it with Xeon! I also know Xenon from a type of very bright bulbs that go into film projectors.

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I can't believe I forgot that, then confused it with Xeon! I also know Xenon from a type of very bright bulbs that go into film projectors.

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Don't worry about it Heath. Everyone has "senior moments" now and then. Regardless of age!

Speaking of Xenon lamps, if you've ever seen "The Andromeda Strain" there's a scene where they used a "xenon lamp apparatus" to burn away the hair and outer epithelial layers of the skin of the scientists as part of a decontamination process. Your comment just made me recall that scene. Totally off-topic, I know, but at least it's still film-related! ;)
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I haven't read that book or seen the movie in...14 years or so, maybe even 15. Not since high school.

Anyway, like I said earlier, the Wii seems to be the one coming out of all this smelling like roses.

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