Dear Jimbo in Thailand,
I was with you for the most part, right up to the point you said AMD ruined ATI and GPU competition, which also seems to be the point at which you lost tune with reality...
The last time i checked nVidia was sucking wind trying to catch ATI, Please see this El Reg story titled: "AMD claims 'fastest graphics card in the world'" dated just 3 weeks past..
I will admit AMD has had some trouble executing in recent years, but what most everybody fails to take in to account is the damage that intel did to AMD's R&D budget! this goes far deeper than AMD just failing to execute, its more like AMD did the best they could considering the strangle hold intel put on their revenue flow. Considering the 800lbs gorilla AMD had to wrestle with, i'd say they've done pretty damn good.
Through this entire saga, what appears to me is that AMD does its best design when its back is against the wall. From the beginning of time (in the computer ages) AMD had only been a small non-threatening player in the CPU world. having virtually no market share and even less revenue, seeming to have no chance what-so-ever to prosper. What they did have was a man with a vision, and the drive to realize that vision, and few good engineers. With that vision and those few good engineers, AMD set out to accomplish one single goal, to change the face of modern computing for all eternity, and they did just that!
Whether you people realize it or want to admit it, AMD is responsible for all the luxuries we enjoy today in modern computing. that man with a vision, Jerry Sanders and his lead engineer Dirk Meyers, changed the world of computing forever! they did so in several ways. The first of which was bringing to market the venerable AMD Athlon (K7), A whole new design in processor architecture, it was fast, it was efficient and it was powerful! They took the world by surprise, nobody, including intel ever figured AMD could bring to market a CPU that could not only compete, but out perform the mighty intel. but they did and they didn't stop there, they beat intel to the 1ghz mark, which really chapped intel's hide and brought out their dark side, which was another win for modern computing (i'll explain that in a minute).
AMD continued to to make a mockery of the PII and PIII architecture with the wonderfully refreshing Athlon XP(+), to which intel countered with the P4. AMD answered that with one of their biggest game changers AMD64 and Opteron. AMD did such a good job with AMD64 intel copied it verbatim and baked it into their future chips. intel continued their dark practices of bullying OEM's and board makers, even stepping up their efforts. AMD despite this, continued to bring game changing technology to the table, next up, multi-core computing, enter: AMD64 x2! the face of modern computing has just changed yet again!
intel, realizing that their bully tactics were failing them, decided to change tacts, they realized that brute force was no going to make AMD go away. What happened next was the second biggest game changer AMD brought to the table. intel started innovating again! intel dropped their plan to kill off x86 and force itanic on the world, and began dumping money in to x86 R&D, ultimately leading to the CPU's we're seeing today.
But through it all, the biggest game changer AMD brought to the table was competition to the 800lbs gorilla, they brought products that were good, that performed well and were priced at a reasonable price to the table, forcing intel to sell their products based on merit and for a fair price, this in turn also opened the eyes of regulators world wide, and began the process of bringing intel's dark side to a close, making the world aware of exactly how intel operated and bringing some accountability to their plate.
So whether you people are willing to admit it or even see it, AMD is a hero of biblical proportion in the world of modern computing! Without AMD and their drive, their willingness to fight the fight against all odds, their will and desire to stand up to the brutal and unforgiving war machine that was intel of days past, we wouldn't be enjoying the levels of computing we are today!
This is no bullshit.