For digital native PopSugar, an old-school advertising strategy: It has really been great seeing PopSugar ads everywhere, and I hope they are successful with this campaign.
Nintendo: It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This.: While I prefer Siracusa's analysis of Nintendo in ATP #49, MG Siegler gets close to the same territory. In a nutshell, Nintendo needs to make an app store, with purchases that work across devices. Nintendo has never really been good at systems software and services, so we'll see if they can get better here.
ARM and Partners Deliver First ARM Server Platform Standard: A one-two punch for ARM. In the comments, kpb321 explains it like this:
"From what I understand this is a bigger deal than it would seem. Unlike x86 where pretty much everyone builds cpus/chipset with a set baseline that is needed to boot windows ARM SOCs aren't as standardized and might have different types of buses available, might handle the boot sequence differently etc which is a difficulty for the OS and part of the reason why most ARM SOCs can't just compile and run the standard linux kernel."Being able to run a standard Linux distribution on any ARM chip is a big deal.
It Begins: AMD Announces Its First ARM Based Server SoC, 64-bit/8-core Opteron A1100: This appears to be the first interesting ARM chip for servers. Anand writes:
"I don't suspect solutions like the Opteron A1100 to be a knockout success immediately, but this is definitely the beginning of something very new. Of all of the players in the ARM enterprise space, AMD looks like one of the most credible threats."I'll be interested to read more about this chip when it starts shipping later this year.
Twitter / drhorrible: Here's the cover to Serenity: ...: This just came out this week:
"Here's the cover to Serenity: Leaves on the Wind. It tells the tale of what happened after the movie. #malfrown"Read the first issue last night -- it's good. I'm not sure how long this series runs, but hopefully we'll get a more satisfying conclusion this time.
Google Glass-wearing movie patron questioned by Homeland Security agents as potential pirate: What's crazy about this is that the MPAA has the Department of Homeland Security doing their bidding. I don't see how piracy (or in this case, wrongly suspected piracy) is a "homeland security" issue.
Q&A: Doom's Creator Looks Back on 20 Years of Demonic Mayhem: John Carmack is so great. This is a great interview, about one of the best games of all time.
Links for Friday January 31st, 2014