Monday, May 23, 2005

Claim to fame

So Sven and I went to see Star Wars this weekend with Jayce and Kristi. The movie was good, but of course you know the plot and you know how plots like that make me feel.

But, I digress.

The awesome part of the movie for me was seeing the very last line of credits to run. On this very last line, you will notice the symbol for AMD Opteron 64 processors. So, I'm sure you've heard about graphic-rendering and how it requires heavy-duty processing power. A ton of movies, and Star Wars specifically, do graphic-rendering using servers with AMD Opteron 64 processors. I know this because I personally shipped the Star Wars parts when I worked at AMD.

So, in a ridiculous way, seeing that credit was very satisfying to me. It made me know that:
a.) I actually touched something that was used to make the movie.
b.) A pixel of the Opteron 64 symbol in the credits belongs to ME.
c.) AMD stock is probably going up, which makes me happy for the good people at AMD. (Even though I don't work there anymore, I'm still a huge AMD fan.)

But, truly. I want you all to remember this. So the next time you're out shopping for a computer and the Best Buy guy in a blue shirt who doesn't know anything about computers that's not written down tries to sell you a an Intel Celeron because its cheap, remember Star Wars used AMD chips. If you want to learn more about AMD and Star Wars, this article has all the info:

http://www.planetamd64.com/lofiversion/index.php/t2007.html


ps - Thanks to Kristi for the potato salad. It made an awesome dinner last night.

pps - Sin City also used AMD processors. That was after my time though.

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