Home > Editorial > OSViews.com: Intel Vs AMD, Advanced Technology, OS Insecurity OSViews.com: Intel Vs AMD, Advanced Technology, OS Insecurity Submitted by Kelly McNeill 2003-09-29 Editorial 14 Comments The renamed OS-Opinions.com to OSViews.com sports three editorials today: “Advanced Technology: Less = More“, “Intel will Eat Crow and Support AMD’s x86-64″“, and “Blame Who For OS Insecurity?“. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 14 Comments 2003-09-29 6:53 pm nice to see you back! i read about the kafuffle on macslash.com… nice to see you guys back up and running again! 2003-09-29 7:25 pm could they have made the default text any smaller? 2003-09-29 7:34 pm The default text is fine, it is just like osnews’. You are using a broken browser maybe? 2003-09-29 7:45 pm I hope you’re not upset that they also have the domain name os-news.com. It seems a little confusing to me! Anyway, interesting stories. 2003-09-29 8:08 pm Lines are not wrapped in Opera 7.20 and default font is really small in Mozilla with default settings. I am not sure what causes the problems. And, of course, it doesn’t validate. 2003-09-29 8:22 pm Thanks for the tips everybody. I’ll look at the code tonight and see what I can fix. I think I know what’s wrong with the text wrapping but as far as the font size issue is concerned, I’ll have to do some investigative work. While I’ve got my tool belt on, is there anything else that any of you see that renders incorrectly or doesn’t look right? — Kelly McNeill osViews.com 2003-09-29 8:25 pm BTW, thanks for the links Eugenia. — Kelly McNeill osViews.com 2003-09-29 8:50 pm An interesting side consideration ot the Intel vs AMD argument is the apple/ibm position. If intel chooses to support x86-64 instead of intanium for desktop user then apple ends up looking like it made the wise choose in avoiding the x86 vs EPIC muck. The confusion this is likely to create will give IBM and its partners, Sony, apple, red-hat, an opportunity to gain market share with the power pc core. I say sony because sony is supposed to use the powerpc as the core for the next play station. Apple, linux, and the powerpcs chances are the brightest they’ve been in years. If only apple would offer an entry level mini-tower. On that sony note, did anyone notice they purchased Sonic Foundry? 2003-09-29 8:53 pm Here are some more issues I noticed: Poll choice radio buttons are yellow in IE and Opera, but grey in Moz. I am not sure what you actually intended to do here, but yellow buttons look stupid MSIE resizes links to not yet visited stories and their links to comments on mouseover, but no other browser does this. Visited stories are not affected by this mouseover problem. 2003-09-29 9:27 pm A load of horseshit, MS bashing without any pretense of evidence. The author brings up IE/Explorer integration–well, that caused problems only in 98/ME. With XP it works fine. KDE, remember, also combines its filemanager and web browser. The author makes the assertion that grafting on many subsystems automatically makes code buggy and hard to manage. Other operating systems also have many subsystems, and they work fine, even NT/2K/XP–looks like the author has only had experience with 9x. That or he’s sixteen years old. 2003-09-29 10:23 pm Wow, this blew me away, it was written so well! A most insightful and fascinatingly interesting read. Highly recommended, peeps, for you who have not done so yet. 2003-09-29 10:47 pm The author brings up IE/Explorer integration–well, that caused problems only in 98/ME. With XP it works fine. No, it still causes problems. Just had to reboot a Win2k machine on Friday because something was wrong with IE. Was rendering everything wrong. Due to the integration with Explorer, you can’t completely shut down IE. So, rebooting was the solution. KDE, remember, also combines its filemanager and web browser. It’s a completely different design. Only comparable on the surface. Besides, you can shut down & restart the KDE filemanager if necessary. The author makes the assertion that grafting on many subsystems automatically makes code buggy and hard to manage. It doesn’t automatically make it buggy, but it does make it a LOT harder to debug. Take a class on Software Engineering. This stuff is one of the most important concepts you’ll learn. KDE’s approach was to design clearly seperated modules, with a well defined interface. Konqueror isn’t really a web browser or a file manager – it’s a content viewer that has plugins for both of those features, amongst others. Microsoft designed a file manager. Then they designed a web browser. After both were done, they decided to try to glue them together, which resulted in an ugly mess. Read up on the antitrust trial. This was a big issue. The integration of IE into the system was done against the engineers wishes. They all knew it was a bad design, but the higher ups insisted on it to protect their marketshare. 2003-09-30 8:23 am Chaned the code… is the word wrap fixed? Looks good in my copy of Opera… I’m running OS X however… so it may be different for you. — Kelly McNeill osViews.com 2003-10-02 12:50 am You can end explorer.exe just like any other task from the Task Manager, and then restart it.