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Saturday, December 25, 1999

Pondering the Imponderable

Looks like it will be a slow news day. I'll be popping in from time to time to see if anything is up. I got one Christmas present I really didn't want: a sinus headache. Hopefully my drug-induced haze will clear enough for me to play some Unreal Tourney later. Enjoy the day!

UT Expansion Shots and RA

Unreal Universe has scored some screenshots from Epic's upcoming expansion pack for Unreal Tournament. The pack will include approximately six new levels and three redone Unreal models.

They also pointed me to an interview with David "crt" Wright on the planned Rocket Arena mod for UT.

Thanks Blue.

Friday, December 24, 1999

Merry Christmas!

Since we are but moments away from Christmas Day here in Northern Wisconsin (where thankfully the temperatures should stay above zero Fahrenheit), I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a most blessed Christmas and a happy, prosperous, and Y2K-bug-free New Year. Prosit!

UT: Mine!

Well, Santa (actually my bro-in-law and his wife) read my list properly. I am now the proud owner of Unreal Tournament! Whoop! Good thing that I already had the 402 patch downloaded.

NV15 in February?

In case you still had any doubts as to whether or not you should sell your 3dfx stock, Ace's Hardware is reporting that NVIDIA's "spring refresh" of the GeForce, the NV15, will debut as early as late January or early February. If the NV15 provides the same relative fillrate increase over the Geforce that the TNT2 does over the TNT, 3dfx is in some serious trouble.

The news item also mentions that NVIDIA plans to continue production of TNT2 Ultra and Pro chips.

The Master comments: Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimee

Hubble's Brain Transplant

I saw on Slashdot that the new brain that space shuttle Discovery astronauts gave to the Hubble Space Telescope consists of three linked computers running on Intel 486 chips. They use older chips because they have to test them to make sure they can survive a shuttle launch and the extremes of outer space. These replace chips that were "1980s verions" (8088? 80286?). You can check out the full story on ABC And yes, I've got the song "If I Only Had a Brain" from the Wizard of Oz going through my head.

The Master comments: Actually, the old Hubble systems were i386 based. So the i486 upgrade is not REALLY a big deal. However, the i486 is 2-10x faster than a i386 at the same clock anyways, so it's a heck of an improvement over the old computers.

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