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Monday, July 3, 2000

More Overclocking the GeForce 2 MX

AnandTech posted their results from attempting to overclock NVIDIA's new GeForce 2 MX. Once again, the results are very impressive and very solid. Pushing the core to 220 and the memory to 210, the MX blows away the GeForce SDR and competes well (at least in 16 bit color) with the GeForce DDR. Most impressive.

UT:RA Status

The folks at Stomped got in touch with Brandon "GreenMarine" Reinhart and Mike "Mongo" Lambert to ask them what is up with Rocket Arena for Unreal Tournament? Unfortunately, their answers really don't clear things up much more. GreenMarine does make some interesting comments on the difficulty of making mods for UT.

Astronauts endangered?

Yahoo!News has an article online indicating Hacker Endangered Astronauts' Lives in '97. Now, if this is the case, I really wish that person had been hunted down, tried for treason, and tossed into Leavenworth for a few lifetimes.

Now, I understand the hacker mentality-I agreed with them a long time ago. But nowadays, I've grown up enough to see both sides of this issue. Hey kids, if you wanna play, please do it someplace where people won't be killed, okay?

A.T. Hun comments: What, did somebody DDOS NASA? Perhaps the bigger question is why those vital systems were vulnerable in the first place. They'd better get things straightened around before we go sending astronauts to Mars where we will need to keep track of them for years.

But I agree that if it is true, the hacker should be drawn and quartered. Or better yet, just have him become the new girlfriend in cell block C.


I spent the whole bloody weekend pounding on new databases for The Haus. Now, I love databasing and PHP coding, but wow I'm tired :-) Hopefully, our new article system will be fully online by Wednesday, so I guess it's all worth it. Then I get to pound on my history database.

Saw this User Friendly today, which made me chuckle. I don't even wanna think about what would happen if a sales/marketing user maintained systems at my workplace for a week (*shudder*).

New Q3F release

There's a new release Beta1e of Quake3Fortress available over on the Q3F homepage. A whole slew of bugs were squashed, 3 new maps were added, some issues were fixed in q3f_well, balance adjustments were made in the gameplay, and a pile of new commands were added. Wow-they've been busy :-)

UT under Linux

In a fit of boredom (and under the delusion that this would take far less time than it did), I decided to install Unreal Tournament in Linux. Two hours (and far too much stupidity on my part) later, it's up and running. When I regain lucidity tomorrow, I'll type up a little "HOWTO" to tell you how I did it. Right now, I'm going to bed.

Sunday, July 2, 2000

Stupid RPM Tricks

Loyal reader, Neil S., emailed me about my article on installing the NVIDIA XFree 4.0 drivers. He was trying it in Red Hat 6.2 using the latest XFree packages (4.0-0.19) from When he tried to install them he got this error message:
only packages with major numbers <= 3 are supported by this version of RPM
error: .rpm cannot be installed
After reproducing that error message by downloading one of the 4.0-0.19 XFree packages, I did a quick search of Apparently Red Hat upgraded to RPM 4.x for all their new packages. The problem is that the new RPM 4.x package is in 4.x format so the version that ships with Red Hat 6.2 can't even read it to do an upgrade!

Fortunately, one intrepid person found this version of RPM 3.x which can also read 4.x packages. Download and install that, then you can install all the new packages on Red Hat's FTP (even the 4.x version of RPM *cough*).

Bit of Downtime

There was a 5 minute downtime at 2:40pm CST for some maintenance. Since you can see this-we're back up again. Gotta love Linux. If this had been NT, I couldn't do remote maintenance without a teleporter . . .

Databases on their way

Well, last night I finally finished my history database version 1.0 :-) Took 3 days, but I hope to put something online tomorrow or Tuesday. Then begins more automation. . .

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