QuoteOne interpretation of the current GPL is that patent holders who distribute GPL software "are in effect granting an implied license" to those patents, said Mark Webbink, the lead intellectual-property attorney for Linux seller Red Hat and a person who first saw revised GPL drafts in 2000. But it might be useful to have an explicitly expressed patent agreement, he said. "A distributor may not want to leave that ambiguous as to what rights they are giving."
QuoteWhether Thunderbird, released this month, can have a similar impact on the Outlook juggernaut depends in large part on how quickly Mozilla can match some of the calendar features Outlook ties into the e-mail application.
QuoteIn addition to lacking a copy of Windows Media Player, the new version of Windows won't be able to do things like play a CD or MP3 file or transfer music to a portable device--at least not without additional software from another company. Among the limited media features that do remain are the ability to play .wav files using Sound Recorder as well as a moviemaking program that is separate from Windows Media Player. "This is the first time we are being required to offer to consumers a version of Windows that provides them with less value rather than more," Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said in an interview Wednesday.
QuoteAOL has offered Web-based e-mail for many years, but the service has been restricted to subscribers. The new move is part of an AOL initiative to offer more free services to public Web users, an expansion that would help the Time Warner division's efforts tap the online advertising dollars that have fueled revenue growth for Yahoo, Microsoft's MSN and Google.
QuoteThe 200-ton station should be visible on various days between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day from the continental United States. To see when the station is visible in various regions, go to: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/isssightings.
QuoteIntel Corp., for the 13th consecutive year, remains the world's largest chip company in terms of sales, based on its dominance in microprocessors. Gartner's estimate of $30.5 billion for 2004 represents a 12.6 percent increase over its 2003 sales of $27.1 billion.
QuoteFinancial analysts predict Apple would sell millions of flash iPods in short order. Bear Stearns analyst Andy Neff predicted earlier this month that Apple will sell 6 million units in the current fiscal year and 13.5 million the following year, but at $160, a lower average price than Apple gets for its iPods (which retail from $249 for the iPod mini to $599 for the 60GB iPod Photo).
QuoteAfter being exposed to electromagnetic fields that are typical for mobile phones, the cells showed a significant increase in single and double-strand DNA breaks. The damage could not always be repaired by the cell. DNA carries the genetic material of an organism and its different cells.
QuoteThe companies said Balance is the lowest-priced laptop currently available with an operating system and an office suite. It features a VIA C3 1-GHz processor, 128MB RAM, a 30GB hard drive, a CD-ROM drive and a 14.1-inch liquid crystal display. The software includes a built-in firewall to protect users from viruses, spam and pop-ups.
QuoteThe company said in a statement late Monday that it will begin mass production in mid-2005 of new 1.8-inch drives with capacities of 40GB and 80GB. Similar-size drives currently top out at 60GB. Apple did not immediately announce plans to incorporate the drives in future products, but new iPod configurations have closely tracked Toshiba hard-drive developments. Toshiba announced plans for a 60GB hard drive in June, followed a few months later by Apple's unveiling of a 60GB color-screen iPod.
QuoteInitially, MMCmicro cards will only be available in 32MB, 64MB and 128MB sizes. Samsung says data can be read off the cards at 10MB per second and written to them at 7MB per second. The interface between card and handset can theoretically support a maximum transfer speed of 26MB per second.
QuoteThe drive, which fits into a standard USB type A socket, is 12-millimeters wide, 4.5mm high and 31.75mm long. The sturdy metal housing is intended to make the USB card suitable for use in a range of environments.
QuoteIn a milestone for Internet-based traffic services, Yahoo has beefed up its existing mapping services to allow customers to plot a route from one local destination to another, and overlay traffic data such as road speeds and potential delays.
QuoteMeanwhile, the "ocean" on Titan may not be. Instead of a liquid body of water, the dark mass seen on the surface of the Titan may be a viscous fluid flowing onto the white "coastline," Parco said. Then again, the viscous fluid could be flowing down from a higher altitude, like a glacier, onto the white mass.
QuoteFollowing more than a decade of joint development with HP, Intel released the first Itanium chip in 2001 to an unenthusiastic market. Years of delays on the project had meant that subsequent generations of other Intel chips offered superior levels of price and performance, many analysts have said.
QuoteThe goal is to create a self-sustaining solar industry in 10 years, making the zero-pollution power source so commonplace and cheap that costly incentives are no longer necessary, Joe Desmond, Schwarzenegger's deputy secretary for energy, said Monday.
Quote"To succeed, Apple must develop innovative products and bring those products to market in advance of its competitors," the company said in its complaint. "If Apple competitors were aware of Apple's future production information, those competitors could benefit economically from that knowledge by directing their product development or marketing to frustrate Apple's plans."
QuoteWhen it announced the acquisition, Microsoft said it planned to use Giant's technology to block spyware from infecting Windows PCs. Because of its popularity, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is a favorite target of spyware developers.
QuoteA Playboy representative described the download as a soft launch for services that will target a variety of portable devices capable of displaying photos. A formal launch is planned for January, but the company figured many iPod photo devices would be given out for the holidays and made the feature available now.
QuoteIn a shift from past practice, the world's largest software manufacturer said it may charge consumers for future versions of the new protective technology, which Microsoft acquired by buying a small New York software firm. Terms of the sale of Giant Company Software Inc. weren't disclosed.
QuoteRather than using typical wire prongs or plugs, the bricks are connected with a novel technology called "capacitive coupling," in which one block is mated to the next through a conductive plate. Garner displayed two different prototype couplers, one made of Mylar and the other of thin ceramic. The couplers are actually able to transmit data through the extremely thin layer of air between one brick and the next, Garner said.
QuoteLooks are of course secondary to performance but here the Ultra doesn't fail you. The Ultra PC4000 is quite capable of delivering in the area's it is needed, be it raw numbers or overclocking potential. Like most PC4000, to get the really high clocks from it, you will need to up the voltage to 2.9v but the ram hasn't flinched running at this (default is 2.7v) voltage once in the week or so I've been using it.
QuoteThe Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR is a rather unique motherboard, not only does it come with 4 DDR1 memory banks but includes a BIOS level automagic overclocking utility called SAT (Smart Acceleration Technology) that actually works.
QuoteLow Latency DDR2 memory modules have been popping up recently, capable of 3-2-2-x timings, and utilizing the recent yields of the Micron DDR2 die. A while back, we had a look at the Wintec Industries' modules, which were capable of DDR2-706 @ 3-2-2-8 timings (DDR2-720 @ 3-2-2-4 has been achieved since). How will these Corsair modules compare?
QuotenVIDIA was the first to enter the 'mainstream' PCI Express video market with the GeForce 6600 class GPU. ATi followed suit a few days later with its Radeon X700. While the companies are different, the technology behind the competing VPUs is actually quite similar. Built on IBM's 0.11 micron manufacturing process, the nVidia GeForce 6600 has eight pixel rendering pipelines and the 'GT' model has a core clock speed of 500 MHz. ATi uses TSMC's 0.11 micron manufacturing process, and its graphics core has eight pixel rendering pipelines too. The higher-end Radeon X700 XT VPU is clocked slightly slower than nVidia's solution, at 475 MHz. Over the next dozen pages, PCStats will try to answer that question as we test out a videocard made by Gigabyte called the GV-NX66T128D. This PCI Express x16 videocard is based on nVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT GPU, and packs in a svelte 128MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory.
QuoteThis article will focus mostly on the performance of SLI enabled setups versus single video card solutions. I use an X800 XT as a base to look at when thinking about price to performance. A single GeForce 6600 GT is about $200 making a pair $400. The retail price of the X800 XT I will be using is almost $700. Think about the price to performance ratios when looking at the benchmarks.
QuoteApollo? Yes you're probably wondering the same as we are. Who are they? Well it so happens that Joytech, which owns the right to the Apollo section of video cards, are the same people that came out with the "Bloody Monster" lineup of video cards not to long ago. From what I found in some review archives on other sites they were excellent overclockers. the Apollo namesake seems just about right for this line up of 6600 series cards, and although the new PCI-E interface is somewhat hard to understand, given that AGP has been around for so long, the clocks on the PCI-E versions are actually higher. The 6600GT looks really good on paper, and from what we've witnessed so far in its performance, it looks like an excellent mid-range video card that is more than capable of holding its own with newer games.
QuoteA little while ago nVidia launched their GeForce 6600GT graphics card using the PCI Express interface. The GPU received great reviews around the web for impressive performance for the price but lacked one major thing - AGP support for those who had not yet made the jump to the new platform. nVidia has now released the AGP version of their 6600GT graphics card and today we take a close look at the product and see how it differs from the PCI Express version.
QuoteIntel isn't the only chipmaker expecting twins. Nearly every processor company has multiple-core plans. IBM has been selling dual-core chips for servers for a few years, while ARM sells dual-core chips for cell phones. Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices has said it will create chips with two, four and eight cores, too. Its first dual-core chip will also come out in 2005.
QuoteFor instance, Symantec, the leading security software maker, sells its Norton line of products to both businesses and consumers, while Veritas serves midsize and large companies with its storage management systems. The companies are also banking on the desire of large companies to consolidate the number of vendors that they do business with.
QuoteThe IDC study estimates the overall Linux ecosystem will grow 25.9 percent annually to reach $35.7 billion in 2008. Of that, IDC estimates $14 billion will be packaged software, $10 billion PCs and $11 billion servers.
QuoteSince the Telecommunications Act in 1996, local phone carriers have been required to provide government-mandated discounts to lease their entire network--including copper lines, facilities and call switching equipment--to new competitors. Without the discounts on switch leasing, competitors will have to buy their own switching equipment or re-negotiate leases with the Bells.
QuoteTo date, wireless devices can't be used once the airplane door is closed. The FCC voted unanimously on Wednesday to auction off new spectrum that could be used to provide high-speed wireless Internet access to planes in flight. Commissioners also took a strong move toward allowing cell phones to be used on airplanes, calling for public comment on the issue. Air travelers who don't like being out of touch with the ground will be able to use wireless connections to check email, surf the Internet, and eventually could make cell phone calls from the air. That could be good news for many business travelers, and probably bad news for those who like a little peace and quiet.
QuoteThe program creates a small-world network, which might be used by a group of friends or business associates to share files. The program does not work well for very large networks; instead, many small networks can coexist. Each network is protected by a password; a network can be accessed only by people who know its password. (But networks are not secure against attackers who can eavesdrop on their traffic.)
QuoteAre you in the market for some blazing fast DDR?? Is your gaming rig craving that low latency performance?? Are you sick of flashy LEDs and marketing gimicks?? Then read on, because believe me, we have found just what you are looking for in our latest review, Kingston Hyper X PC3200UL 2-2-2-5 DDR Modules.
QuoteAfter the smoke has cleared and all the dust has settled, what do we have? Well, I think we have one very impressive PC3200 dual channel memory kit from OCZ! While it may need its timings loosened up a bit fairly quickly in the overclocking game, there is no denying that OCZ has a fantastic product here. About the only thing they could improve upon would be increasing the voltage they\'ll cover under warranty from 2.9V to 3.0V+.
QuoteThe SwissBit 1GB Dual Channel PC4300 DDR2 memory module will meet the needs of the users that require DDR2 memory modules for their system such as the Intel LGA 775 system. These dual channel ram are able to run at tight timing for the DDR2 memory module which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. But, with a bit looser timing, the ram was able to hit 286 MHz which is equal to DDR2 572. That was an excellent results. According to the specification sheet, this pair of RAM is able to reach DDR533 only. It has an overclock potential. But due to the limit of the processor, I was unable to overclock it to the maximum.
QuoteSo, what's the point? Well, for those wanting a top gaming rig now, an Athlon64 motherboard with AGP is probably high on the list of 'must haves.' That's where the VisionTek XTASY X800 XT comes in. You already know that it will offer great performance for gaming, but you might not realize that it includes VIVO capabilities with HDTV support.
QuoteI wanted to do something a little different this time. I had this 6600GT video card to review, but I knew there would be lots of sites out there with the same old hard facts and figures with benchmarks of games like UT2004 and Far Cry. I decided to go a different route. I wanted to bring to you a review of the card, including the specs and such, but also wanted to provide some useful information as far as how well it plays the most system demanding game to date, Half Life 2.
QuoteBefore we get to the benchmarks let me give you some background on the card. The 6600 series of graphics cards are based on the NV43 GPU. This is basically the little sister GPU of the ever so powerful NV40 or 6800 Series. The NV43 GPU is 8 Pixel Pipeline GPU with 3 3.0 vertex shaders and 1 3.0 pixel shader. The GPU core speed is 500 Mhz while the ram is at 1000 Mhz. The only real difference between the GT and the regular 6600 is the clock speeds. I wonder if I was to overclock a 6600 regular to the same speed as a GT if it would perform the same. I will save that for another day and article.
QuoteES, XL, SE, GSR and every other combo of letters used to describe a car, razor, or your favorite deoderant can be confusing. So which one is the best, which one is fully loaded, and which one sucks like a black hole? The same kind of system has been floating around the video card world for a while now, and NVIDIA's latest line of 6 Series cards has their own to throw around. Well today we are going to take a look at the Albatron 6800 GT, the gran turismo of the video card world. We won't call this the model with heated leather seats and navigation, but it definitely comes with 17's and a moonroof.
QuoteFor those who have had an interest in performance computing for several years, you'll remember the name EPoX as being one of the several companies who really pushed overclocking in the beginning stages and worked hard on competing with the best in the motherboard business. Today we are taking a look at their 5EPA+ board which is based around Intel's 915P chipset with DDR memory support. Does the overclocking trend still exist today or does EPoX have a little more work to do? Read on and find out as we take a closer look!
QuoteThe EPoX EP-9NDA3+ motherboard is based on nVidia's nForce3 Ultra chipset supporting the latest Athlon64 & AthlonFX Socket 939 processors. The nForce3 Ultra chipset officially supports a 1GHz HyperTransport link, along with all the features of the regular nForce3 250gb chipset (like Gigabit Ethernet, on-chip Firewall, and "Any Drive" RAID technology). EPoX has packed as many features as they can onto this board, providing the user with the ultimate NF3 S939 platform. Overclocking has not been forgotten either, with tons of CPU and memory tweaking options, along with a variety of voltage choices in the BIOS, this board is sure to be a hit.
QuoteWow, that is a long name isn't it! Irregardless, Foxconn has really impressed us at the club with their newest offering based on the Intel 925 chipset. This board is a fine specimen of computer hardware, and just like previous Foxconn motherboards, has pretty much everything you could possibly want, and they also threw in some voltage options! That's right ladies and gentlemen, Foxconn is learning from us overclockers that test and review their stuff, and the nicest thing about it is that we get to watch Foxconn literally evolve into a board manufacturers capable of being reckoned with...
QuoteThe leader in producing highend video cards teams up with Gigbyte to produce a chipset to perform. The leader in chipsets for Intel processors the past few years has been Intel. So to have a video card company compete is an attention getter. The main factor in the performance of a system is the chipset of the motherboard, (the traffic cop if you will of the system).
QuoteSoltek has put together an impressive S754 package with its K8AN2E-GR motherboard. The intelligent board layout made installation simple. I especially like the way DIMM slots are orientated away from the AGP slot. Soltek has also done well on the feature count, adding in discrete SATA and IDE RAID through Promise's PCI-riding controller. Benchmark performance, too, was right on where I'd expect a well-tuned S754 board's to be, and the sample board overclocked like a champ.
QuoteWith Intel pushing the 1066 MHz host bus interface for the 925X-E chipset, yet failing to provide affordable processors or even unaffordable ones that would take advantage of the higher bus interface, the second speed step of Alderwood boards can only target the Prescott LGA 775 as possible driving force. Yet, what looks good on paper may not stand up to reality. On the other hand, ASUS has once again come out with a mainboard that is setting new standards in hardware, including the bundle. We have drilled down to the nitty gritty on the component and implementation level to bring a full report of the P5AD2-E which looks identical to the P5AD2 in all its glory.
QuoteFrom 2006, mobile phones will be offering crisp, clear TV pictures. But the pictures will not be coming over the cellphone network - they will be sent from transmitters already used for TV broadcasts. And this means a completely new breed of phones will be necessary to pick them up.
QuoteIf you remember, it took us 10 days to reach 2 million downloads of the Firefox Preview Release. This time, in only 32 days, we quintupled that number (anyone want to give the Guinness book folks a call?)!
QuoteLower court judges ultimately said that the companies did not directly control what happens on their networks, and that their software could be used for legal purposes. That shields the companies themselves from legal responsibility for the actions of their users, the lower courts said.
QuoteThe fixes for the glitches in the Windows operating system will appear on Dec. 14, according to the posting. Microsoft typically releases patches on the second Tuesday of each month, a schedule it decided upon more than a year ago.
QuoteSecunia Research has reported a vulnerability, which affects most browsers. The vulnerability can be exploited by a malicious web site to "hi-jack" a named browser window, regardless of which web site is the true "owner" of the window.
QuoteThe solution, security experts say, is to use two checks to protect systems--what's known as two-factor authentication. This combines a security device that people need to keep with them--such as a smart card--with a password or secret personal identification number, or PIN to protect against unauthorized access.
QuoteDisney--along with its home-video division, Buena Vista Home Entertainment--announced late Wednesday that it will release movies on the Blu-ray format in North America and Japan when the discs become available. Manufacturers and disc makers said players and discs should start hitting the market in late 2005 or early 2006.
QuoteABIT is one of those companies that people seem to continually expect a lot from. When so many enthusiasts flock towards ABIT's products, that's bound to happen. Enthusiasts expect and demand more, and ABIT delivers that time and time again with abundant tweaking options and innovative features. A company like ABIT is good for all of us really, as it makes other companies think about innovation and staying ahead of the game as well.
QuoteThe Albatron Mars PX915P-AGPe fills in the gap set forth by the socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 and Intel 915 chipset which require users to adopt PCI Express graphics solutions. Or course, this board will support a PCI Express x16 videocard (4GB/s bandwidth), but it also has a AGPe slot that is compatible with 8X AGP videocards. Furthermore, since the PX915P-AGPe is built around the Intel 915P core logic and ICH6 southbridge, it makes use of standard dual channel DDR memory, not DDR-2 RAM. Either type of videocard can be used, even at the same time. Although, we should point out that the AGPe (AGP extension) slot is not necessarily equal to that of an 8X AGP slot, as it runs through the PCI bus. The flexibility is nice, and makes it the major selling point of Albatron's PX915P-AGPe motherboard.
QuoteThe new Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 motherboard is based on the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, and with a sticker price of $135CDN is quite a steal next to the competition. Like most Athlon64 motherboards these days, the SL-K8TPro-939 is very nicely equipped with IEEE 1394, 7.1-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, a Promise PDC20579 SATA/IDE RAID controller and the always useful Port 80 diagnostics card. There are five 32bit PCI slots, four 184-pin DDR slots, as well as a standard 8XAGP port. The Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 is probably a case modder's dream motherboard to work on. Its midnight black PCB and colourful expansion slots, IDE/Floppy connectors, DIMMs and CPU retention bracket give it a distinctive appearance.
QuoteThe X800 XT is based on the GPU chip R420. The GPU is equipped with 16 pipelines, 4 per quadrant. You may be asking what is the difference between the X800 SE, X800 Pro, and the X800 XT? Well there isn’t much difference in the GPU. Since there are 4 pipelines per quadrant, ATI simply deactivates defective ones and sells it as a lower model. The X800 Pro has “12” pipelines. What this means is that one of the quadrants of an X800 XT is deactivated due to defective pipelines. If you look at an X800 Pro and X800 XT both built by ATI they will be physically identical. ATI uses the same HSF, PCB, and component placement on both models. AMD and Intel both use this same method of marketing when they have a CPU with defective cache. They simply disable the cache and re brand the CPU. This is how we get Celeron, Sempron, and Duron.
QuoteBuilt for Intel's new Socket 775 Pentium 4 'Prescott' processor (533/800MHz FSB), the ASRock 775V88 is a no frills motherboard and does not come with many features. With a retail price of just $76 CDN though, pretty much all can be forgiven. The only onboard components included are built-in 5.1 audio, two Serial ATA ports, and a VIA 10/100 Ethernet adaptor. Not a lot, but really quite perfect for building office PCs.
QuoteWhen you look at the R480 part we've tested today and compare it to NVIDIA's current high end PCIe offerings, the winner is ATI on every front. With Catalyst A.I. enabled, the ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition is able to at least tie, but usually outperform the 6800GT in Doom 3 tests. In our other game tests, the results all swing in ATI's favor, with the ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition fastest in every other test.
QuoteCan you believe the kind of power the newest offering from AMD delivers? A simple search over the internet can turn up multiple reviews of the socket 939 processor really churning out some FPU. The only problem that has really come around is the small offering of motherboards for this magnificent processor, but they are slowly coming out of the woodwork, although with a lot of glitches and not too much of what Overclockers really want. Nevertheless, it is nice to see such a great processor debut, and with the introduction of the slower speed 90nm Winchesters such as the 3000 and 3200, we Overclockers can rejoice as they become more and more affordable. I personally feel after reviewing both motherboards features and benchmarked in this review that motherboard manufacturers need to really go back to the drawing board, and come out with a board that make use of the features that a 939 processor has to offer instead of placing a 754 chipset and calling it compatible. Many Overclockers out there are having problems with them, yet when they run right they simply run, and they run fast... Even this little Foxconn board benched as equally as our old testbed, a Mach I cooled 3.0Ghz Prescott at 4.0Ghz with an x800 Pro from Visiontek massively overclocked. The socket 939 beats all our existing benchmark numbers without overclocking our system OR video card. That is very significant indeed, and it just simply points out the power of the AMD socket 939 interface. Although we would like to focus on the aspect, the Foxconn board is not an overclocking board, but is simply a board that is rich in features, and runs good and stable as a SIS chipset should.
QuoteWhat will be going on your Christmas wish list to send to Santa Claus in the North Pole this year - ATI Radeon X700PRO or nVidia GeForce 6600GT? Today we are comparing both mainstream PCI Express graphics cards to work out which one should find its way into your stocking this year in our usual array of benchmarks. If you're on the market for a new graphics cards and Santa can't afford a high-end card, one of these cards is your next best bet!
QuoteThe 6600 or NV43 is basically a little sister version of the NV40 chips that are the basis for the GeForce 6800 cards. The 6600 has 8 pixel pipelines, 3 vertex shaders (v3.0), 1 pixel shader (v3.0), 128 MB of memory and roughly 143 million transistors. The 6600 runs @ a core speed of 300mhz, while the memory runs at about 550mhz. Compared to the 6800 which has 12 pixel pipelines and runs at a core speed of 325mhz. For $120 I would say the 6600 is a much better choice than the 6800 for around $300 when looking at the price/performance ratio. Not to mention when looking at the size of your pocket book.
QuoteToday we will be taking a look at the Radeon X800 XT from ATI. The main differences that seperate the X800 XT from the X800 Pro are the clock speeds and pipelines. The X800 XT has 16 pixel pipelines and operates at 520 MHz core and 560 MHz (1120 GHz DDR) memory speeds while the X800 Pro has 12 pixel pipelines and operates at 475 MHz core and 450 MHz (900 MHz DDR) memory speeds. At present, the X800 XT is pretty much the best PCIE card on the market, as the X800 XT PE is hard to find, and the 6800s are nonexistent. So what sort of performance can you expect to get from the best money can buy? Well, I’m glad you asked, because that is just what we intend to find out!
QuoteThe technology, called PowerNow with Optimized Power Management, lets the operating system slow the processor's clock speed and consequently reduce power consumption by as much as 80 percent, said Ben Williams, vice president of AMD's server microprocessor business unit.
QuoteBackers at the time warned that Internet use could suffer if tax-happy states imposed new surcharges on the monthly fees that Internet providers like America Online charge their customers.
But some senators said the ban would require states to raise taxes in other areas to make up for the millions of dollars they stand to lose as telephone service and other taxable activities migrate to the Internet.
QuoteIBM selling its PC business to Lenovo, which would most likely result in a joint venture of some sort, would make sense for both companies, analysts said. Such a deal would free IBM--which has been moving away from commodity products--from managing a difficult and often money-losing venture, while still giving it access to desktops and notebooks to provide to its customers.
QuoteOutlook Express has been implicated in numerous security scenarios, often the same ones affecting IE and Outlook. But considering the level of frustration with IE, which has gone years without a feature upgrade and whose recent security makeover is available only for users of Windows XP, Thunderbird may have a tough act to follow.