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Saturday, August 7, 1999

eBay online again

It's amazing to me that a company can have their primary service drop off the 'net as much as eBay, and still be worth over $80/share. Today, eBay resumed operations after a 14-hour outage. They REALLY need some redundant systems over there. Oh, and so does Microsoft. I think they both need to pick up a couple of Crays and run those darn internet sites with some REAL power :-)

Rio .mp3 player vindicated

In a rather surprising development, the Diamond Rio .mp3 player is no longer under fire from the music industry. More details can be found here. I have always been a huge fan of the MP-3 sound storage format. What I would really like to see is for the music industry to endorse MP-3 for personal use. Illegal downloading from the internet is one thing, personal use of material already owned in CD format is another thing entirely.

Cybersquatters Beware

Some good news on the 'net. Just saw an article on C-Net News on an attempted Senate ban on Cybersquatting. This practice of registering domain names and then selling them to the valid copyright holders for hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars, has always driven me crazy. It's a real sign of the lowminded, pigheaded greed in the world today. I REALLY hope this bill gets passed into law. Soon.

Even Newer Shogo Anti-Cheating Rez

Thorin is coming up with a new mod that hopefully will eliminate the possibility of any kind of cheating in Shogo online. The downside is that it will require all clients to download and use a rez file and to get on a server that is also running the rez. It's a small price to pay, methinks.

Of course, if Monolith would address this issue (and the lag problems too), such a rez would not be necessary. But I think we're more likely to see Bill Gates kiss Janet Reno on the lips on Larry King Live than for that to happen. This also wouldn't be a problem if there weren't so many llamas out there, but I guess there will always be that sort of person. Kinda sad, isn't it . . .

Release News (Or Lack Thereof)

I'm trying to find information giving reliable time-frames for the release of Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament. Both id and Epic have been giving the "when its done" reply to any queries. Hopefully there will be some announcements at QuakeCon giving more definite information along that line. Hopefully Epic will actually release a demo of Unreal Tournament so I can find out if it will actually run decently on my TNT.

Shogo Newbies

I realize there may be some people who are picking up Shogo in the bargain bins or are looking forward to the Mac and Amiga ports and are looking for some information on the game. If so, please feel free to email me and I'll do my best to answer any questions you may have.

Friday, August 6, 1999

Quiet Day

So it's been a quiet day. AT has stepped out for a bit and I'm out of town as well. We'll update when we'll update, okay?!?

QuakeCon and GenCon are the stories of the day, but with the limited coverage I've seen so far, I've seen nothing huge to report so far. Stay tuned :-)

Resistance is Futile

My manager at work threw me this link to a story on the current Microsquash versus America OnLine (sucks). "Resistance is Futile". I'd post the image of Bill of Borg, but that just makes me ill, since it's entirely too close to the truth. The great irony? Microsoft is the biggest, most blatent Monopoly to grace the planet since J.P. Morgan, and Bill is GOING TO WIN if the legal system operates in it's usual inept manner as of late. Blech.

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