We all know what it feels like, you're sitting out in your backyard one day, trying to get rid of that annoying neighbor that can't seem to stop bothering you about borrowing your lawnmower and you accidentally let it slip. At the blink of an eye, the bark of a dog, and the quick blow of the wind you immediately realize the mistake you've madeyou've made a promise that you absolutely don't want to keep. Now you're in a lose-lose situation, you can't retract your promise, as that would make you look horrible in the eyes of your elated little neighbor, and at the same time you don't want to part with your cherished lawnmower. You're now stuck between a rock and a hard place, and it's the nature of the human psyche to attempt to rationalize a situation or a particular action in order to make the mind believe that it's doing nothing wrong. So what do you do? You let the friendly old neighbor sit around waiting to cash in on your promise until one day, a few years later, when that old lawnmower has long since been retired, you knock on your neighbor's door with the keys to your shed. Sound familiar?
|Well, if you've never owned a lawnmower and don't happen to have a classic neighbor like the one just described, then maybe you can relate to this story in another manner. Have you ever owned an Intel Pentium Pro? Remember the feeling of joy you got when Intel promised an upgrade path to your expensive investment in the now deserted Socket-8 platform?|
|Now, years later, we are finally able to cash in on Intel's promise of an upgrade path for Pentium Pro users. While all your friends were at home speeding along with their Pentium II's you were left with an empty promise that was left as one until just recently. Well folks, it's time to cut the grass, guess who's finally come knocking on your door?|