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Friday, March 17, 2000

St. Patty's Day and Me with No Guinness

Oh well, I guess this Hacker-Pschorr Alt Munich Dunkel will have to suffice :) In site news, check out our Game Servers page. We've updated the server status pages and included a traceroute. I did a bunch of work on the servers themselves today. Hopefully that work will bear fruit soon.

Bashing Consoles

Scott Miller, owner of 3drealms, updated his .plan with some serious issues he has with the new Microsoft X-Box announcement. Check the .plan for the nitty-gritty, since it's a huge update.

Q3A Tools update

Robert Duffy updated his .plan with word of a new Q3A tools release:
There is an update to the tools out on our ftp. It contains new executables for Q3Radiant, Q3Map, Q3Data, and the TexTool plugin. It is very hot off the presses so use at your own risk. The change log will be quite large and is not yet included but I wanted to get this out so people could start taking advantage of new plugins. Many thanks go out to Timothee Besset, The Curry Team, David Hyde, Jason Spencer, Jan Paul ( Mr. Elusive ), Eutectic, Maj, Paul Jaquays, and everyone taking part in the ongoing Radiant and Plugin department. The Gensurf and Curry plugins look fantastic as does the upcoming MGS plugin from Timothee.

Some words of caution, brush primitives "should" work fine but they are as always subject to change. They are required for the new grouping to work, but I would not use them or the new grouping yet as both are very much under construction.

The filename is "Q3ToolSetup_Mar172000.exe"

Stupid NT Tricks

I found a way to crash Windows NT (other than just booting it up)! Yesterday, I took some stuff over to EZ-Net on a ZIP disk. The disk had the standard ZIP formatting and the information had been copied over from Linux using the vfat filesystem. When Crawl tried to read the ZIP, Win NT ate itself, everything crashed, and he had to reboot. As a newbie Linux user, all I can say is, "Bwhahahaha!"

The Master comments: This is why Microsoft shouldn't be so friggin attached to moving every bloody application into the OS kernel. You realize that NT 3.51 would have laughed at that crash and killed the app? No reboot. That's insane. A newer version of an OS should be MORE stable, not less. Did saving 5% of CPU cycles for moving API "x" into the kernel really benefit NT 4? I don't think so.

Thursday, March 16, 2000

Verant and Star Wars

Verant has announced that they are making a massively multiplayer game based in the Star Wars universe for LucasArts. This could be intensely cool and could get me to rethink my previously hard-line stance against massively multiplayer-type games.

What Do You Think?

So do you like our new navigation bar at the top? It gives more direct access to the content on the site and enables us to play around with the logo a bit in the future. We've added two new sections: Linux Stuff which will contained all our amassed knowledge of Linux, and Game Servers which will have information on the game servers The Master and I help administrate with EZ-Net. Both sections are very sparse, but more information will be added soon! Stay tuned!

Mark Rein Interview

There's an interview with Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games posted over on RPov. I found one of Mark's answers rather interesting:
...we've got all kinds of next generation tools in totally usuable shape so it won't be all that long before you see another game from us. We're the productivity leader now and we're going to get better and better and better - just watch!
Ummm... actually, I think that title belongs to Raven, since it seems they can punch out a new, impressive, game title every year. They may not make the spectacular sales figures of id or Epic, but a YEAR to make SOF, or Heretic 2 is VERY impressive.

Q3A 1.16n source released

Robert Duffy announced the release of the 1.16n source in his .plan. Here's the scoop:
The game source for 1.16n is available on our ftp and should be appearing on mirrors soon. As with the previous source release this is a Win32 installation.

The code should be compilable into vm's without Visual C headers this time around so lcc (included) is all you need.

75GB Hard Drive?!?!?!?

All I can say: I want two of these, with fries and a shake. 75gb HDs. Wow. I remember when a 20 meg hard drive was huge.

Windows2K humor

Well, maybe it isn't funny if it happens to you. Apparently installing IE5.0 with 128-bit encryption on your Win2K system can lock you out. You can't log in. Period. Read about it here. There's nothing quite like marrying your OS to your browser, is there? Thanks for the laughs, Microsoft!

More on Q3A cheating

There's a thread going on The Shugashack on the whole cheating thing in Robert Duffy's plan from yesterday (story). Both Robert Duffy and Christian Antkow have posted to this thread.

Personally, I think the whole hash ID is a great idea, and EZ-Net's servers will definitely be switched over to it if and when it becomes available.

Windows ME loses some networking

According to a C|Net article, entitled "Windows Me to eliminate some networking support", Microsoft is removing the Banyan and Novell client software from Windows ME. Ironically, Microsoft is saying this is to focus ME on the home market, but personally I think it's to force small businesses or IT departments with small budgets to purchase Win2000, with that extra $100 premium. Ya know, Billy G isn't rich enough already or anything . . .

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