Archive for August, 2014

AMD 30 Live!

August 23rd, 2014

This morning I had the privilege of being one of 100 people to attend AMD’s celebration of 30 years in graphics and gaming.

I didn’t realize until this event that AMD (or a former part of the company) had a hand in some Atari 2600 ROM chips, but they did. That means for me personally, my history with AMD related products goes back to the 2600 – my first console. I do however remember getting a VGA Wonder card from ATI as well as many more ATI and AMD graphics cards (and CPUs) since. ATI was also responsible for turning me on to Steam due to a Valve bundle that came with a video card I bought 11 years ago! Now AMD is everywhere including inside of all 3 major gaming consoles. Doing a quick count, there are 8 AMD GPUs in my house and 4 CPUs (soon to be 5 as a result of this event).

So the big surprise to attendees was that we all got a R9 290 video card for attending and cheering our heads off on an early Saturday morning. I’m just glad I live in the Austin area near AMD and was able to attend.

Thanks AMD for a great event! Now I’m going to have to put together a new PC to go with this new card (that’s where that +1 CPU will come from).

You can watch a replay of the live event here: AMD30Live Video. Those who know me – Can you find me in it?

The video card I was given is the very one that you will see John Byrne (@JohnByrneCSO) holding up at 1h26m into the video.

amd30live R9 290 card

For more cool AMD stuff, here’s AMD’s YouTube channel.

My day job,

August 19th, 2014

My full time job is creating a web site that helps college bound kids (or adults) learn about financial aid, college planning, finding a career, and managing money. There are lots of great resources for counselors too. A new design was just launched that I’m proud of, so I’m sharing it here. Check it out and please pass it on to anyone you know that can benefit from reading AIE: (Adventures In Education). on various devices

Here’s the AIE launch press release on