QuakeCon's Got The Power....
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This years QuakeCon is a highly-anticipated event, but it was almost D.O.A due to a series of Power Failures. No, this was Texas, not California, but anytime you put that many PCs and thousands of gallons of Mountain Dew Code Red in the same room, you are asking for trouble. Here's a report from the convention's web site, QuakeCon.org:
This will go down in history as the QuakeCon that almost wasnít. We had major power supply issues today. Our first generator (which by all accounts should have been more than sufficient) overheated and left us in the dark. But our power vendor was on the ball and had a new generator with twice as much power on hand within half an hour. Unfortunately it had a mechanical issue and power was lost a second time.There have also been some interesting pictures taken during the setup of the conference, including the pleasant sight of rows of G4 Power Macintosh systems humming away and the iMacs used for attendee registration. As mentioned yesterday, these are Dual G4 800 Mhz machines with GeForce 3's running Q3A under OS X -- follow the link below to take a look. Stay tuned as we bring you further information from QuakeCon including the much anticipated announcements from id software and the keynote speech by John Carmack.
QuakeCon Setup Gallery
But that is when the gloves came off. Calls were made, strings were pulled, and before long we had a GIGANTIC power truck with dual 500-kilowatt generators (which we will have pictures of soon). This is in addition to the first two generators (now relegated to backup). So we now have well over a megawatt of power pumping into the convention center. To put this in perspective, this is enough electricity to power a city of about forty to fifty thousand people. Yes, id Software takes care of their fans. With idís typical sense of overkill, they wanted to ensure there would be no further power consumption issues for the remainder of the event. To quote a certain nameless space marine, "Never use the machine gun when you can use the BFG"
QuakeCon 2001 Kicks-Off
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