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Thursday, October 21, 1999

NHL 2000 Patch Status

I just saw on NHL 2000 Online that EA Sports has delayed the release of the patch for NHL 2000 until the end of October. An "official" source had said that it would be out on the 19th, but apparently they changed their minds.

Off Topic: Sports News

My beloved Detroit Red Wings reminded the San José Sharks that they've got a long ways to go before they can get into the NHL's Western Conference elite. The Wings handed them a 6-3 drubbing at the Joe last night. Remember, hockey fans, the road to the Stanley Cup still goes through Motown!

Blech, another Yankees vs. Braves world series. Just when I thought I couldn't care less about baseball, it turns out I can!

Pardon me, Dell, where's my memory?

You know, I used to love Dell Computer Corporation. Bought my first two PCs from them. Just called them to ask where my 512meg of RAM for my work system was. They canceled it. I can't get it. Tough. Not even an apology for the order cancel or the quandry they just put me in. That kind of service sucks. Thank you, Dell.

Wednesday, October 20, 1999

UT 348 for Linux

FilePlanet now has the Unreal Tournament v348 Demo for Linux available. All you Linux guys go suck it down and enjoy the fruits of GreenMarine's labor. Thanks Blue.

UT Demo Playback Fix

A patch was added to the Unreal Technology Site which corrects an error when playing back demos in the latest UT demo (348). You only need this patch if you plan on playing back demos.

DooM For System Administration

Christian Antkow updated his .plan with a link to this cool new tool that uses Doom for system administration. Basically the monsters represent the various tasks and the rooms are various machines. To kill a task, well, kill it! Pretty interesting stuff . . .

The Master comments: Oh, MAN is that cool. And if you aren't interested in the whole Linux sysadmin angle, read the rest of the article for a discussion of the issues involved in an "intuitive GUI interface" for complex tasks like network administration. Heh. Now, somebody do this in UT (mutators for growing the big process monsters :-)

New UT Demo on My System

Well, I ran the same map (Tempest) with the same number of bots (five) and the same graphics settings as I did with the previous UT demo (see this news update for details). My framerate went from 33 with no HUD to 36-37 with the new, improved "mini-HUD". Quite the speed-up! I'll have to run a couple more tests to be sure, but it looks like the new demo is a must-have to play UT in D3D! Even better, UT no longer crashes when I exit!

Just to repeat my system specs: Celeron 400a, 128M PC66 SDRAM, SB Live! Value (Live!Ware 2.1 drivers), CL AGP TNT (2.08 drivers), Win98.

New UT Demo v348

The Unreal Technology Page has been updated with news of a new version of the Unreal Tournament Demo (version 348). There is a list of mirror sites here. You can also check out the list of changes and the list of known issues. The updated demo is available as a 53M full download or a 9M patch.

The list of changes is unclear as to whether or not there is a speed increase with the HUD in D3D with the new version. There is a newer, smaller version of the HUD available that just gives you the basics (frags, ammo, health, armor). If nothing else, it will give the information you need without causing a massive slow-down.

Of utmost importance is the fact that this new version is not network-compatible with the older versions. Wanna play online? Download the new version!

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