February 2nd 2140

After hearing of Newegg, Mwave, and other major US computer parts retailers responsible behavior on pulling the defective and related P67 products from the shelves I decided to contact my most trusted retailers at Pantip Plaza to see how they were handling things.  Casual conversations revealed they weren't acknowledging the problems at all.  When asked directly about defective SATA controllers on their new Intel P67 based motherboards I was told there wasn't a problem, that I must have not understood.  And if there was a problem the warranty centers would deal with it, that it wasn't their responsibility.  Interesting, I suppose their responsibility only entails selling as much product as they can and the customers be damned.

Meanwhile, as predicted, Gigabyte became the first manufacturer to initiate an exchange program for all their Intel P67 based motherboards.  In an usual move you can simply carry your defective motherboard into any dealer or distributor for a no questions asked exchange.  They'll only check to see if you have the defective chipset, they won't check for the smaller details like receipts and if the board is otherwise working.  THIS is how you take care of your customers!  Intel estimates it will cost them over 700 million USD's to pay for this recall.  For a product that's been out less than a few weeks that's a pricey recall.

 

Meanwhile, as predicted, Gigabyte became the first manufacturer to initiate an exchange program for all their Intel P67 based motherboards.  In an usual move you can simply carry your defective motherboard into any dealer or distributor for a no questions asked exchange.  They'll only check to see if you have the defective chipset, they won't check for the smaller details like receipts and if the board is otherwise working.  THIS is how you take care of your customers!  Intel estimates it will cost them over 700 million USD's to pay for this recall.  For a product that's been out less than a few weeks that's a pricey recall.

 

February 2nd, 1105

In a very responsible and logical move computer on-line giant Newegg has removed the new Intel Sandy Bridge CPU's from it's inventory along with all the related (defective) motherboards.  While there's nothing wrong with the CPU's (that we know of at this time), the motherboards all carry the Intel P67 chipset which was recently found to have a defective SATA controller.  So it only makes sense to remove the CPU's if the only motherboards supporting them are not available at this time.  I suspect it won't take Intel long at all to issue a fix, and for the motherboard manufactures to ship new versions of their motherboards.  Until then, consider other CPU's and chipsets such as the excellent x58 chipset we used in our recent Mini-Tower i7-950 Workstation Build, or just wait for the revised P67 motherboards.

 

In a very responsible and logical move computer on-line giant Newegg has removed the new Intel Sandy Bridge CPU's from it's inventory along with all the related (defective) motherboards.  While there's nothing wrong with the CPU's (that we know of at this time), the motherboards all carry the Intel P67 chipset which was recently found to have a defective SATA controller.  So it only makes sense to remove the CPU's if the only motherboards supporting them are not available at this time.  I suspect it won't take Intel long at all to issue a fix, and for the motherboard manufactures to ship new versions of their motherboards.  Until then, consider other CPU's and chipsets such as the excellent x58 chipset we used in our recent Mini-Tower i7-950 Workstation Build, or just wait for the revised P67 motherboards.

 

February 1st, 2015

If you've recently read my latest article on the Mini-Tower i7-950 Workstation Build, and decided to go with a new Sandy Bridge CPU and P67 motherboard, you should know the SATA controller on the  Intel P67 chipset has recently been found to be defective.  This will require the RMA of all current boards from all manufacturers who use the Intel P67 Chipset.  This means all of them.  There is always a risk in being an early adopter.  You can read more about this here.

 

If you've recently read my latest article on the Mini-Tower i7-950 Workstation Build, and decided to go with a new Sandy Bridge CPU and P67 motherboard, you should know the SATA controller on the  Intel P67 chipset has recently been found to be defective.  This will require the RMA of all current boards from all manufacturers who use the Intel P67 Chipset.  This means all of them.  There is always a risk in being an early adopter.  You can read more about this here.

 

January 30th, 1930

I'm enjoying a private getaway out of town, so if anyone is trying to get a hold of me by phone please accept my apologies.  I'm getting some much needed relaxation.  If by email, I'm only checking my one address available to my family.  Again, my apologies.

A few weeks back I posted a Feature Photograph titled "Compositional Balance" and a number of you looking at the last of the three images commented it looked fine.  Again, with 'balance' something is either right or not.  But, being art the ideal balance is in the eyes of the artist.  So you could be right, but it's not what I feel.  Someone asked what I would do to make that particular image acceptable.  First, the balance of the boat in the frame must be correct.  The horizon should be level and the 'focus' should be on the boat, with the background slightly out of focus if possible.  Not so much out of focus that you can't tell what it is, as it's certainly easy to go too far wtih bokeh, but just enough so you can tell what the background is, yet draw attention to the boat through it's clarity and detail.  I hope you agree.

 

A few weeks back I posted a Feature Photograph titled "Compositional Balance" and a number of you looking at the last of the three images commented it looked fine.  Again, with 'balance' something is either right or not.  But, being art the ideal balance is in the eyes of the artist.  So you could be right, but it's not what I feel.  Someone asked what I would do to make that particular image acceptable.  First, the balance of the boat in the frame must be correct.  The horizon should be level and the 'focus' should be on the boat, with the background slightly out of focus if possible.  Not so much out of focus that you can't tell what it is, as it's certainly easy to go too far wtih bokeh, but just enough so you can tell what the background is, yet draw attention to the boat through it's clarity and detail.  I hope you agree.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM  @F4  1/1600th  200m  ISO 100

 

January 29th, 1100

New content will go live in the indexes at 1900 this evening.  This week our Feature Photograph "Burma's Karen's In The MIddle" look at a family living under the bridge on a river, guest contributor Eyal pens our Feature Destination "Champasak, Vat Phou South Laos Part 1", we have a very informative article covering the build of an awesome small footprint very powerful mini-tower workstation "Mini-Tower i7 Workstation Build", a readers question on "Selective Saturation" possibiltiies, News For The Week of January 29th, 2011, and Steve's Musings "THIS Is Thailand" which takes a positive look at why we're here in Thailand.

 

January 29th, 0011

Great news folks!  Dana sent in another Thailand Photo Stories submission.  If you have not yet read his first two pieces, God Bless Photography and A Giant Dump you really should.  They're some of the most read pieces on this site.  His latest submission goes live with this post and its titled "Camera Auctions."   Enjoy and please don't forget to leave a comment or two and let him know how you like the story.

 

Great news folks!  Dana sent in another Thailand Photo Stories submission.  If you have not yet read his first two pieces, God Bless Photography and A Giant Dump you really should.  They're some of the most read pieces on this site.  His latest submission goes live with this post and its titled "Camera Auctions."   Enjoy and please don't forget to leave a comment or two and let him know how you like the story.

 

January 28th, 0045

ATI/AMD, the major video card and CPU manufacturer has recently changed it's video card line to ATI VISION.  TOday they released their all new Catalyst Drive Suite 11.1 for their popular Radeon series.  This is a major update with a brand new Catalyst Control Center.  You'll want to take advantage of this update if you own ATI video cards.  You can download it here.

 

ATI/AMD, the major video card and CPU manufacturer has recently changed it's video card line to ATI VISION.  TOday they released their all new Catalyst Drive Suite 11.1 for their popular Radeon series.  This is a major update with a brand new Catalyst Control Center.  You'll want to take advantage of this update if you own ATI video cards.  You can download it here.