Geekspeak: April 9, 2001

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-04-09 Print this article Print

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to War We Go.

Literally penned up in chain-link enclosures, harried teams of hardware hackers labored to produce a working PC from a collection of components during the WinHEC Wars competition at WinHEC last month.

As PCs increasingly come to market as sealed-box appliances, the WinHEC Wars, which were held in Anaheim, Calif., reminded IT buyers that the open PC platform is a Darwinian jungle where every manner of subsystem vendor continually seeks a price/ performance edge.

The elevated hardware requirements of Windows XP, although in some ways merely catching up to the Macintosh, will stimulate the next stage in that evolution.

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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