Thursday: 08.July.2004

Motherboard Monitor is No More

Been surprisingly sad since hearing that Alex is abandoning Motherboard Monitor (see previous post). Not sure why the news is affecting me this way. Yesterday a friend asked why I looked so blue, and I actually shed a tear while telling them the story. They said, "Man, you really *are* a techie, aren't you?"

Had to laugh at myself. I mean, I am literally *crying* over this. Silly me. I was reading some of the posts from around the Net (while sulking). The one that resonates most with how I feel is by arsbernard, posted over at Ars:

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I don't think many realize the scope of the loss this is.

MBM was unique in its breath of hardware that it worked with. I can't believe that all of that work will be lost because of "non-disclosure" agreements. WTF??? You buy an IC and you have to sign a non-disclosure to use it? It's like the motherboard manufacturers don't want you to buy their product.

It's a shame that MBM went so long 'under the radar'. It's been working so well for so long that no one thought of the work (hassles to get info) that went into it.

It is probably too late now, but I bet that if all the big websites like, HardOCP, Tomshardware, Techreport, etc., had a "MBM compatible" checkbox as a required feature, Motherboard manufactures would have been falling over themselves to provide the information to Alex Van Kaam.

Perhaps its not too late. I bet if the next website that covers Motherboards concludes with, "Well we were going to recommend Abit, but because they don't work with MBM, we're recommending Gigabyte.", Abit reps would contact Alex the next day.

Amen to that, brother. Motherboard manufacturers should *hire* Alex (if they were smart). And they'd be lucky to get him. The only thing he should have to sign is a big, fat paycheck. As a community, we-techies need to flex our collective clout.

I was sad. Now I'm just pis*d. Alex told me not to worry about it. "It's all about diplomacy," he said, and, "Other tools will rise."





Posted by Rad at July 8, 2004 04:04 PM

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