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Monday, December 6, 1999


IBM has a new process that uses silicon germanium transistors with copper interconnects. Theoretically this could make for 90Ghz CPUs in the not-too-distant future. Ahhh, pure research. Thanks Ars Technica.

SB: Live tip

For those of you with Sound Blaster Live! cards, here's a tip for those living in a household with different musical preferences than your own :-)

Plug your headphones into the primary speaker jack. Plug your speakers into the rear speakers jack. When using the headphones, put the sound options in the Speaker applet to Headphones. When you want to blast the tunes, switch to 4-speaker mode. Voila!

Credit Cards

They suck. SUCK. Thank you. I've said my piece.

Webdog on Hold Part Deux

Well, it appears that Webdog will be fluctuating all over the place for a couple of days until Richard finally makes his big announcement. Don't be surprised by the finger and news trackers failing off and on over the next couple days. FWIW: The frontpage of Webdog at least sounds promising :-)'s huge new facility

I couldn't believe this when I saw it: Pair.Com's new network facility. Un-freaking-belIEVABLE. I want one. No, two :-)

BTW: Pair's move to this new facility is why Blue's News and a lot of other large internet websites were down today.

Graeme Devine .plan update

Another .plan update from Graeme Devine. The hackers are starting to irritate id methinks:
Okay. First off, don't run crack executables on your client! All it's likely to do is grab your CD key and send it off somewhere. Authorization is server side, not client side. We will pursue and close down cracked servers with all available resources.

Secondly, CD keys are "leased", so if you log on through a dialup, play, then disconnect your modem and log right back on, your CD key will have to timeout on your previous IP before you can play again. This timeout period is currently set at 5 minutes.

Linux Heretic II ships

According to Loki Products, the Linux version of Heretic 2 is shipping. Thanks Blue (he's BACK!)

3dfx makes Glide open-source!

Huge news from 3dfx, who finally caved and made the proprietary Glide graphics API! WOW! HUGE news. And it's about time too. If you're a linux junkie, check 3dfx's linux Glide site.

A.T. Hun comments: I think you can partially thank Creative for this too. Their Unified driver threatened to embroil 3dfx in a lawsuit they neither needed nor wanted. The long and the short? Maybe there IS hope for 3dfx after all!

On This Day?

Check out On This Day. This is a cool site. And it even pointed out an incredibly important date for A.T. (he's a homebrewer, besides his massive webslinging skillz :-) Prohibition is ended in U.S. by ratification of 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933.

I couldn't help picking on you A.T. :-) I actually remember you telling me that homebrewing over certain alcohol levels and stuff is STILL illegal in some states . . .

A.T. Hun comments: Actually, I knew that. I posted it on my homebrew club's website yesterday.

Graeme Devine .plan update

Graeme Devine updated his .plan today with news on hackers versus valid users pounding the authentication server at a rate of 2:1. Nice try guys-why don't you just turn yourselves in to da man now. I hope you're MASQing your IPs :-)
Okay. Hacker attempts with invalid keys are outnumbering real keys by a factor of 2:1 or so.
. . .
The actual algorithm is a 64 bit DES key encryption method open to a very small window. The chances of coming up with a real valid key is in the range of billions and billions to one. A random pass through the available keys shows no sign of repeating sequences, it looks like good old chaos (in fact, statisical math proves this).

The client has no idea if your key is really valid or not, it just checks on the correct characters being entered.


I'm posting this even though I (and other EZ-Net subscribers) are the only ones who can read this right now! EZ-Net's upstream provider, who shall remain nameless (<nervous tic>Times-Warner</nervous tic>) is borking again. You can't access The Haus, I can't access the Internet. Fortunately, EZ's getting another T1 from a different upstream provider which should eliminate future problems like that. Hopefully the trained monkeys at T-W will get the problem corrected soon. I need my Blue's News fix!

The Master comments: Hey, FWIW it isn't TW, I think somethings mega-broke in Chicago. AT&T's internet service seems to be dead from Chicago on as well. At least I can reach The Haus :-) AND I NEED MY BLUE'S FIX TOO!!!! ARRRGGGHHH!

A.T. Hun comments: Mea culpa. Sorry for accusing T-W so quickly.

Sunday, December 5, 1999

Q3A Cheat Codes

I'm in the process of collecting cheat codes for Quake III Arena (not that you'd want to USE that sort of thing or anything). But if a friend (yeah, that's it!) wants to use some cheats, he can find them here under our Tips and Tricks section.

.Plans fixed again

Well, I did some research into why our plan tracker wasn't updating, and it turns out Webdog hasn't been updating their static .plan tracker files, so I went a different route (the same one used to pull the news site updates) and that's working, so everything in plan tracker land should be good now. Crossing my fingers . . .

UT Patch Tomorrow?

Unreal Universe got wind of a new patch for Unreal Tournament, possibly coming out tomorrow. A whole slew of things are fixed and improved (including the D3D detection stuff). Check out yesterday's news on their site for all the changes. Thanks Blue.

Zoid .plan update

Dave "Zoid" Kirsch updated his .plan with information on downloading the newly posted Linux Q3A dedicated server (which I will be trying out once I've got my Linux machine together). Here's the .plan:
A linux dedicated server binary is now available at:

This allows server operators to run a Linux Quake3 Server (full version).

The full linux demo should be out in a few days. It'll include the new Loki installer.


/// Zoid.

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