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Monday, November 8, 1999

Thresh and the ATi Rage Fury MAXX

Ask and ye shall receive! Thresh and the boyz have put up a preview of the ATi R.F. MAXX which includes benchmarks against the GeForce with DDR memory. The MAXX fares rather well with a PIII-600, but not so well with a Celeron 300A (no big shocker there). The performance hit that the GeForce takes in 32 bit mode at higher resolutions (1024x768 and above) even with DDR memory is a major concern. Since even DDR memory (although it certainly helps) doesn't seem to be able to save it, I wonder if there is a driver issue that needs to be worked out.

Dan Bricklin M$ Commentary

Okay, this is a VERY interesting series of commentaries on the recent M$ antitrust trial findings of fact. Dan Bricklin (the programmer of VisiCalc-the first spreadsheet) put up several commentaries on his website. Very interesting reading, give it a look.

Stomped Q3A Model Shots

Stomped has updated their swanky new design with some slick new shots of the various Quake III Arena models. Today they show Sarge and Slash (whom I affectionately refer to as "Skater Chick"). Over the course of time, they will be showing a total 29 shots. The amazing thing is that there are even more models that will be included in Q3A beyond these 29!

More Upstream Weirdness

EZ-Net's (The Haus' host) upstream provider is flaking out again this afternoon. The pings are swinging followed by periods of complete packet loss. EZ-Net is taking steps to ensure this never happens again.

If you live in extreme Northeast Wisconsin and don't use EZ-Net as your ISP, you're throwing your money away.

Hun-Speak: Slave Zero Demo

Yes, kids, it's the moment you've been waiting for: an update to my Hun-Speak column! In this edition, I give a Brief Review of the Slave Zero Demo. Check it out!

Off Topic

How 'bout them Detroit Lions! 6-2 and in first place in the NFC. I'm going to enjoy it now, because I know as a lifelong Lions fan that the bottom can fall out any moment.


Rohan Night is reporting that the Shogo mod "NeoShogo" may finally see the light of day by the end of the week. As I understand it (they don't have a webpage) NeoShogo adds new client-side weapon models and effects, without actually changing the damage or firing-rates of the original weapons. It sound pretty cool, although it was originally supposed to be out two months ago.

Microsoft Ruling Repercussions

Ars Technica has posted links to special sections on CNNFN and on News.Com covering the fallout from the judge's recent preliminary ruling against Microsoft. M$ stock has dropped 5% already today in heavy trading. This is going to get interesting. I'd better check how much my mutual funds have invested in Microsoft.

I have to laugh that CNNFN's graphic for that section says "Justice vs. Microsoft" not "Justice Department vs. Microsoft." Hmmm, I wonder whose side they're on?

ATi Rage Fury MAXX at Sharky's

Sharky Extreme has posted a "preview" of the ATi Rage Fury MAXX (ATi apparently figures the longer the name, the better). The MAXX is basically two Rage 128 Pro chips duct-taped together. Astonishingly, it managed to beat the GeForce in some benchmarks! Having said that, the MAXX has 64M RAM and the GeForce they use is the CL Annihilator with 32M. It would be interesting to see if a 64M GeForce would make much difference (much less one with DDR memory).

The conclusion? Here tis!
The ATi Rage Fury MAXX we tested is still in a Beta form. Its drivers will continue to mature on the way to its launch date in December. We're not sure exactly how much more performance will be squeezed from the MAXX's drivers as the card seems to be pretty solid in that department already.

Likewise, the drivers of the high-technology GeForce256 chip will also continue to mature, and could also bring gains in performance with them as NVIDIA's engineers optimize more of their new thoroughbred's raw potential.
Translation? They are both fast. They are better than the current crop of Voodoo3s and TNT2 Ultras. If ATi can release a fast, modern card, maybe there is hope for Rendition! Nah.

Q3 Amazon Model

sCary posted a screenshot of the Amazon model that will be in Quake III Arena. No doubt this is the model that Gloria Steinem will be using online.

New loonygames

In the "it's about time" department, there's a new issue of loonygames out! Included in this issue is an interview with American McGee formerly of id, currently working on EA's "Alice." Thanks Blue.

Sunday, November 7, 1999

Internet humor

Couple cool cartoons online for ya all:

Graeme Devine .plan update

Graeme Devine of id posted a .plan update today with a list of "tips & tricks" for Q3A. Check'em, they'll generate a chuckle.

Stomped Revamp

Looks like Stomped has had a facelift. The second in a year if I remember right. But at least the new look doesn't take a week to load :-)

A.T. adds: I think it looks pretty swanky. Although having Redwood stare back at me is a little eerie.

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