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Safe Harbor
07-26-2005, 03:07 PM
July 26, 2005, Waukesha, WI -- Safe Harbor Computers today announced the giveaway of one of their premiere TSUNAMI LightWave Animation Stations at SIGGRAPH in the PNY booth, #2019.

The dual Xeon® 3.2GHz Animation Station with LightWave 3D [8] includes the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 by PNY 256MB PCI-Express graphics board, a 160GB system drive, a 250GB storage drive, 2GB RAM, a DVD/CD combo drive, Windows XP Pro, and more!*

“We are thrilled to be part of this event with PNY and NewTek,” said Tiffani Banaszak, Director of Sales and Marketing for Safe Harbor Computers. “It’s a great testament to the quality and reliability of the TSUNAMI brand, and we look forward to providing the winner with years of satisfying and productive animation creation.”

PNY will be holding the drawing for the TSUNAMI in their booth on Tuesday, August 2 at 4pm. Renowned animator and author Pat Beck will be on hand to represent Safe Harbor. Stop in to see for yourself the blazing speed that LightWave 3D achieves with the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 by PNY 256MB PCI-Express graphics board.

About Safe Harbor Computers
Safe Harbor Computers is dedicated to providing animators, video editors, broadcasters, event videographers, and post-production houses with the products they need to produce professional results. A knowledgeable and friendly staff, coupled with Safe Harbor’s 18 years in the business, make them a first choice for buyers. Their powerful TSUNAMI™ Workstations are proving to be the system of choice, with high reliability, a strong testing regimen, and superior customer support. Safe Harbor Computers is a family-owned business, with offices in Waukesha, WI. For more information, please visit www.sharbor.com or call 800-544-6599.

About PNY
Established in 1985, PNY Technologies, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of its Verto -brand consumer graphics cards and NVIDIA Quadro by PNY professional graphics boards. The company also offers a full line of high-end memory upgrade modules, flash memory and flash peripherals. Its memory products currently account for a majority share of all retail sales in the U.S. Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., PNY maintains facilities in North America (Santa Clara, Calif. and Parsippany, N.J.), Europe (France, United Kingdom, Germany) and Asia (Taiwan). For additional information, please visit the company's Web site at www.pny.com.

About NewTek
NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools including TriCaster, VT[4] and LightWave 3D. NewTek launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the legendary Video Toaster. The company’s products are used worldwide on projects ranging from home video to feature film. For more information please visit www.newtek.com.

About Electric Crayon Studio
Electric Crayon Studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began offering products over a decade ago with its animated wedding clip art for the Amiga, and has since been creating animation for local industry and broadcast. Owner Patrik Beck is a professional 3D animator and LightWave instructor, a respected author, and the founding editor of Keyframe Magazine. He brings over 10 years of teaching and professional animation work to the Wave Guide series of LightWave training, his latest tutorial set, available exclusively at Safe Harbor.

*Specifications subject to change.

js33
07-26-2005, 03:10 PM
I guess you have to present to win? How about opening up the drawing to registered Lightwave users?

Cheers,
JS

lsddigital
07-26-2005, 03:49 PM
"TSUNAMI" is not a good name, I think in asian, and all that happend... maybe is just me.

mattclary
07-26-2005, 06:10 PM
What happened in Asia is very sad, but we should not excise certain words from our vocabulary because they don't always bring a cheery image to mind. A tsunami is, in essence, a big wave, so should we rename LightWave to LightFlower or LightBunny as not to offend anyone's sensibilities? of course, someone's grandmother may have died of a deathly allergy to a flower or a bunny, so maybe we should think of something else...

toby
07-26-2005, 06:53 PM
Tsunami would be a horrible choice of names soon after the disaster. 6 months later is not horrible, but it would be easy to be more considerate, especially when you're coming up with a new name in the first place. Better for business too.

Bizarre irony that the company that's offering it is called 'Safe Harbor'

robewil
07-26-2005, 10:42 PM
Safe Harbor has called their in-house built machines "Tsunami Workstations" for quite some time - long before the disaster in Asia.

toby
07-27-2005, 12:48 AM
doh! :foreheads

Safe Harbor
07-27-2005, 08:55 AM
We recognize that there are people who are sensitive to the word "tsunami", however, we have used that name for our machines since well before the disaster in Asia. We considered changing it, but we also recognize that the disaster will fade from memory, while we as a society, and a business, must go on. The brand is well established, and it is very difficult and costly to rebrand something. When we chose the name a decade ago, we could not have predicted there would be a disaster of that magnitude - but there are many many items out there named after weather phenomenons - think of all the amusement park rides, vacuum cleaners, firecrackers, and other products named hurricane, tornado, lightning, or anything else potentially lethal...

In fact, in a strange coincidence this year - the owner of our company is named Dennis, has a daughter named Emily, and our shipping manager is named Cindy - all major hurricanes that just took place. 8~ People need to not take issue with names. Everything has to have a name. It's an unfortunate twist of fate that our computer brand happens to be tsunami instead of tornado - but if it were tornado, then we'd have a different group of people to appease. It's just not possible to predict this type of thing.

As far as the rules for the drawing, they will be available at PNY's booth. I do believe you have to be present to win, and it's open to US residents only. Anything more specific than that you'll have to stop at their booth to find out.

Intuition
07-28-2005, 11:35 AM
How about a 64Bit machine for next years siggraph?

:thumbsup: