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Scorecard Polls 1999

[ January ] Should Intel put security features into its next chipset and CPU designs?
[ February ] Would you buy a Pentium III system having a CPU user ID?
[ March ] As charged by the FTC, has Intel used its CPU market dominance to unfairly limit competition?
[ April ] Which version III CPU provides the most significant advancement in PC CPU technology?
[ May ] Would you rather have your next CPU in a socket or slot configuration?
[ June ] How much will AMD's K-7 CPU improve its competitive position against Intel?
[ July/August ] What do you think of AMD's new name for the K7: ATHLON?
[ September ] How long can the AMD Athlon hold its top speed title?
[ October ] Secretive CPU start-up Transmeta receives another patent without yet unveiling a single product.
Is Transmeta for real?
[ November ] Lead by Apple's iMac, followed by Gateway's Astro, emachines' EOne, NEC's Z1 and others, the all-in-one computer trend is growing.
I want my next computer to be:
[ December ] We started 1999 with CPU's at 450MHz, are finishing at 800MHz, and will see 1GHz by the end of next year.
Do we really need all this speed?
January 1999
Should Intel put security features into its next chipset and CPU designs?
NO: Intel should stay out of the encryption and copyright protection business.
People's Choice 78%
YES: I want better system stability and internet transaction security.
Second Choice 12%
DON'T CARE: Intel's chipset & CPU security plans probably won't affect me.
Last Choice 10%
Top of PageFebruary 1999
Would you buy a Pentium III system having a CPU user ID?
NO: I'm boycotting the Pentium III.
People's Choice 81%
YES: I want speed! I can always turn off the security feature.
Second Choice 10%
DOESN'T MATTER: It's inevitable. All E-commerce sites will eventually require the customer ID feature, anyway.
Last Choice 9%
Top of PageMarch 1999
As charged by the FTC, has Intel used its CPU market dominance to unfairly limit competition?
YES: Intel has abused its monopoly power to stifle competition, impeding technological advancement.
People's Choice 63%
NO: Intel has maintained its market leadership by innovating better than its competitors and is entitled to protect its trade secrets.
Second Choice 33%
NOT SURE: Who is Intel?
Last Choice 4%
Top of PageApril 1999
Which version III CPU provides the most significant advancement in PC CPU  technology?
AMD K6-III: With full-speed on-chip and tri-level cache.
People's Choice 52%
NEITHER CPU provides a significant enough performance increase to rate a version III label.
Second Choice 32%
BOTH version III CPU's provide a significant performance increase.
Third Choice 9%
INTEL Pentium III: With new 3D instruction set and high-security CPU ID.
Last Choice 7%
Top of PageMay 1999
Would you rather have your next CPU in a socket or slot configuration?
SLOT: Better heat dissipation, more cache options, and easier CPU upgrading.
People's Choice 39%
DON'T CARE: Whichever runs fastest or cheapest.
Second Choice 31%
SOCKET: Less costly, older technology; slimmer configuration for notebooks.
Third Choice 29%
UNDECIDED: Whatever the market decides is OK by me.
Last Choice 1%
Top of PageJune 1999
How much will AMD's K-7 CPU improve its competitive position against Intel?
A LOT: AMD will finally catch Intel's PC market share.
People's Choice 65%
A LITTLE: An improvement, but not enough.
Second Choice 27%
NOT AT ALL: AMD will still be only second banana.
Third Choice 5%
IT WILL HURT: The K-7 will crash, burn, and take AMD with it.
Last Choice 3%
Top of PageJuly/August 1999
What do you think of AMD's new name for the K7: ATHLON?
IT'S GREAT: Suggesting Olympian efforts and Herculean feats.
People's Choice 39%
IT'S OK: At least it's better than 'Celeron'.
Second Choice 34%
YUCK: Sounds like a foot fungus treatment.
Last Choice 27%
Top of PageSeptember 1999
How long can the AMD Athlon hold its top speed title?
Until at least the end of the millennium.People's Choice 43%
Only until Intel unveils their next Pentium III.
Second Choice 29%
Forever.
Last Choice 28%
Top of PageOctober 1999
Secretive CPU start-up Transmeta receives another patent without yet unveiling a single product.
Is Transmeta for real?
DON'T KNOW: I thought a transmeta was a ham radio in Brooklyn.People's Choice 43%
MAYBE SO: They may be onto something, but I'm still sticking with my Amiga.
Second Choice 21%
NO: It's a hoax. The plan is to build enough public speculation to support a profitable IPO without actually doing anything.
Third Choice 20%
YES: It's for real. And it will blow the doors off Intel, AMD, and every other CPU maker in the industry.
Last Choice 16%
Top of PageNovember 1999
Lead by Apple's iMac, followed by Gateway's Astro, emachines' EOne, NEC's Z1 and others, the all-in-one computer trend is growing.

I want my next computer to be:

Plain, beige, and powerful.
People's Choice 70%
Sleek, black, and sexy.
Second Choice 23%
Cute, cuddly, and colourful.
Third Choice 5%
...a Sony Aibo!
Last Choice 2%
Top of PageDecember 1999
We started 1999 with CPU's at 450MHz, are finishing at 800MHz, and will see 1GHz by the end of next year.

Do we really need all this speed?

YES, AND MORE: I want to command the U.S.S. Enterprise in my lifetime.
People's Choice 74%
OF COURSE, STUPID: The game is the thing.
Second Choice 15%
NO: Just give me my e-mail.
Third Choice 6%
TOO FAST ALREADY: My boss just expects bigger spreadsheets.
Last Choice 4%
Polls courtesy SparkLit.com
 

 

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