Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Announcing AMD Unprocessed!

I know I haven't been posting as much lately, and for that I apologize. As of late, I have been distracted with a project that I haven't been able to talk about. Fortunately, it has officially launched, and I can take the wraps off something I'm very excited about.

AMD has been wanting to reach out to influencers for a while now, and had been looking for software to let them do it. A couple months ago, I approached them with an offer to implement their idea using Community Server 2007 to connect with influencers, and they decided to move forward. With the generous help of my friend Long Zheng, who did almost all of the design work, I've been working with AMD to craft a website that would make it easier for the web's best influencers to interact more effectively with AMD. It's a project that Chris Aarons started before he left to start BuzzCorps, and AMD's Scott Carroll has taken over. Scott is the main contact for the site, but I'll be giving him a hand while the site ramps up.

So it is my pleasure to announce that AMD Unprocessed is now taking nominations to join up. Check it out at The people at AMD are really excited about this, and I can say from personal experience that they're really "getting it" when it comes to getting involved in "the conversation". They're probably going to make some mistakes, but work with them, because they really want to build great relationships with people so they can improve their products.

Just so that there is no misunderstanding, AMD Unprocessed is an official AMD initiative, it's not an independent enthusiast site like

For me, this is part of a larger plan to finally spend my time doing what I love, which is working with the blogosphere. I'm kind of tired of building applications from scratch, and I need a change. So my company is changing gears to do full-time consulting around Community Server. Telligent Systems has solutions for at both ends of the pricing spectrum when it comes to Community Server design, deployment, and hosting. However, they have virtually no mid-range options, which IMO leaves the market underserved. So I intend to fill the gap by providing solutions for medium to large companies with communities that serve 1-50M page views a month. I'll have more details on that in the coming weeks, but if you want to learn more, I'll have details up on in a day or so.

All of this means that will be getting an overhaul here in the hear future, among other things. In the next few weeks I'll have a couple other projects come online that will also be very exciting. Stay tuned!

Posted on Jul 11 2007, 12:03 PM by Robert McLaws
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  • glennyboiwpg said:

    I have been wondering what this "project" was.  Sounds like a very cool project.  Being a programmer myself, I'm always very interested in my fellow programmers are doing to better themselves.

    I hope it works out for ya, and look forward to hearing about it.

    (Please give us details when you can)

    July 11, 2007 4:16 PM
  • suril89 said:

    Finally I know what this little project was all about.

    July 11, 2007 5:49 PM
  • Actually, the project I had been alluding to was something else, but this one kind of jumped in and took over my time. Now that part of it is winding down, I can get back to the other things I was working on.

    July 12, 2007 2:17 AM
  • azz0r said:

    I have a request, in the mean time can you make comments black or darker brown so they're readable.

    July 12, 2007 3:35 AM
  • Corrine said:

    AMD Unprocessed will be a great way to get the word out on AMD products.  

    When I was finally ready to upgrade my home computer from Windows 3 dot something to Windows 95, I went to a local tech shop to see what was available.  They told me then and when they built my next machine that AMD was the best and most reliable processor.  I went with their recommendation and have stayed with AMD every since.  In fact, it was because I insisted on the model with the AMD Athlon 64-bit dual core processor that I ended waiting extra time for .  It was well worth the wait!  



    (Connected to Vista Bookmarks:

    July 12, 2007 7:21 AM
  • John Obeto said:

    Props, Robert.

    I have liked the site since I first heard about it, and it has only gotten better.

    You have done your part, and done it well.

    Now it is up to AMD to populate it with relevant and *timely* information.

    July 12, 2007 4:37 PM
  • Very very nice done, Rob :-)

    July 14, 2007 12:17 PM
  • Robert McLaws announces that he's going into full-time consulting around Community Server and links

    July 14, 2007 2:49 PM
  • Costas said:


    September 19, 2007 9:58 AM