Phoronix: Open-Source Web-Sites, Memories Of The Past
The forum discussion surrounding TransGaming's GameTree Linux and Cedega Technology continues, with some Linux gamers regretting that they ever even supported TransGaming. One user also brings up the past from when -- back in 2000~2001 -- TransGaming had pledged to open up their code-base once they reached 20,000 subscribers. They believed in an open-source philosophy at that time, but they never ended up opening up their code once hitting that milestone. Even though Cedega as we know it is now dead, this former fork of the X11-licensed Wine is still closed...
Attrition (http://attrition.org/), a hobby website started by a bunch of rabid and ill-tempered security geeks. I started reading the site about ten years ago and still browse the "Going Postal" section occasionally.
I was into emulation in the late 1990's so this is one of the sites I used to visit quite often: Zophar's Domain
There was another one I liked more, but I can't remember it's name. Something like "vintage gaming". I think there was a guy's name in the title.
And this was the search engine that I used back then: Altavista.
Also of interest is the Intel site back in 1996 Pentium Pro FTW! And of course AMD when the K6 was a novelty, nvidia which in 1996 just showcased it's only product, the NV1 1MB ram oh yeah!
PS: Can't find the ATI site. Anyone knows what the url used to be? ati.com seems to be something completely unrelated.
I remember discovering Google when doing research for something back in middle school (about 10 years ago, a little less.) It gave me much better results than Yahoo, so I shared it with the teacher. Teacher shared it with the class, and then the whole school was using it.
I think the lesson is that when you make a damn good product, people will flock to it, regardless of who is the established brand.
It seems that it was both of them. Here is the products page. I had forgotten that back then companies only had 1 or 2 products at a time. According to that page it seems that ATI only had Rage with 3D acceleration, and mach64 with 2D acceleration only. Then there are cards with more output and input options, back basically it's just those two chips. Nvidia only had the NV1. Nowadays every single IT company out there has a gazillion different products. The difference is staggering. It's a much much bigger market now than what it used to be 15 years ago.