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Friday, April 14, 2000

Robin Walker interview

Robin Walker, designer on Valve's Team Fortress 2, is interviewed over on IGN. Great article on what's going on for TF2, which looks to be one HECK of a game when it comes out.

My only fear with TF2 is that it'll be too complicated to pick up easy. TF was difficult enough that I never bothered. I'd like to give TF2 a shot.

SoF Demo Patch Update

The Evil Avatar Soldier of Fortune review got me thinking about finishing playing the SoF demo. I reinstalled it and, on a lark, used MS System Information to disable just about everything at boot up. After rebooting, I tried installing the patch. It worked! then I used MS SI to renable everything. Glad it worked this time because that was driving me mad.

UT Rocket Arena released

Brandon Reinhart updated his .plan with news of the release of the UT Rocket Arena mod. Here's the .plan:
Rocket Arena for Unreal Tournament has been released at my Rocket Arena site:

So go get it! There is information about the mod on the site, so I won't repeat it here. I've had fun working on the mod, but now I've got to turn back onto Epic stuff. Mike 'Mongo' Lambert is going to take over the project (he's kick ass.)

I've got the Linux patch put together and need to release that tonight too, but I'll go get some food first. Dan Vogel has integrated all the OpenUT stuff so I'll talk about that later.
UPDATE! According to Blue's, the UT RA site has an update from Brandon on a soon-to-be released bug patch. It appears that the site is down right now (11:57 pm CST) so I can't confirm or deny this.

SoF Review

The crazy folks at Evil Avatar have slapped up a review of Raven's Soldier of Fortune. I really like the demo for this game (although the patch caused my system to lock up). I probably would buy it if a) I had money, and b) I hadn't just bought Half-Life. SoF looks like THE single-player FPS to have right now.

J.t.Qbe comments: And c) if you didn't have an 80-hour a week job. . .

A.T. Hun comments: Only 80 hours a week? Luxury.

J.t.Qbe comments: I thought you were a slacker and only worked that much. I used to put in 184 hours per week.

Team Fortress Everywhere

Lowtax has posted another shocking and disturbing press release to shock and disturb you. This one announces a new federal law requiring every product to have Team Fortress support. Make sure to check out this shocking and disturbing development. I'm sure it will both shock and disturb you (if this news item hasn't done that already).

Return to Wolfenstein at E3?

In a news blurb that occasionally resembles English, IGN PC reported that Gray Matter will be showing off Return to Castle Wolfenstein at this year's E3. id will also be showing off their Q3A expansion pack. Thanks Voodoo Extreme.

Technology Marches On

Our own J passed along this link to a CNN article talking about IBM's new hard drives for portable computers. The big one is a 32G 5400 RPM Ultra-DMA66 drive that weighs in at about five and a half ounces. Ain't technology grand?

Would you like to play a game?

Microsoft admits to having planted a backdoor password in the Microsoft Frontpage Extensions. Implications? Hey, if you know the password, you can 0wn dang near any IIS server anywhere. Check out the ZDNet article.

A.T. Hun comments: This is exactly the sort of thing that could not happen with open-source software. The source is out there in the open so no, ahem, idiots can hide stuff like this. It's just another case of Microsoft's arrogance and complete disregard for their customers who pay through the nose so Bill and the boys can have multi-million-dollar stock options.

Plus, anyone who uses FrontPage is, well, a wuss. REAL men code with text editors. Or hex editors when we're feeling cocky. :)

J.t.Qbe comments: A.T. hit it right on the nose. Try hiding stuff like that when everyone can read your source code! Doesn't happen. Besides, FrontPage is a hog and produces highly bloated HTML. Real men code their web pages in octal!

History review-Titanic

Today is a big day in history. Big one for me is tonight is the start of one of the epic maritime disasters in history. At 11:45pm on April 14, 1912, the passenger vessel RMS Titanic strikes an iceburg and begins sinking. She carries approximately 2,200 souls onboard, with only enough lifeboats for a fourth of her rated passenger capacity.

Other historical notes:

Thursday, April 13, 2000

Q3A Jailbreak Beta Patch

The Q3A Jailbreak team has posted a new patch pk3 for their mod. You can download it as a plain .pk3 file or in a .zip file (Netscape doesn't like downloading the .pk3 version properly). It fixes the "BotEntityToActivate" bug, and speeds up weapon respawning, among other fixes. There are no map changes however, so it's a small download.

VB 6 Installer Sucks

I've been battling my work PC all day today, with constant Kernel and MAPI GPFs, and a few fun BSODs, which have induced at this point 10 reboots. Know why? I installed VB 6 on my machine yesterday. Oops. Shouldn'ta done that. I apologize. So now I get to install Outlook2K and fart around with system updates in the hope they repair WTF VB6's installer screwed up. Man do I hate Windows sometimes . . .

Aureal Gets Management

Aureal has a press release online with news of a new board of directors and COO being appointed. Hopefully, they can get Aureal back on it's feet. It's been good to have a competitor for Creative in the sound card market.

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