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Tuesday, July 11, 2000

PalmOS Dot Commands

Phew! I'm really into this new Alternate OS section. I just whipped up another "HOWTO" talking about PalmOS Dot Commands. Dot commands are useful, but undocumented, features of the PalmOS. Some can come in handy, others can cause you to lose data, so use them with care!

Transferring Visor ROM

To give our new Alternate OS section a proper christening, I have added our first PalmOS "HOWTO" entitled Transferring Visor ROM with a USB Cradle. It all started when I wanted to get the PalmOS Emulator running on my computer. I needed to transfer the ROM from my Visor in order to get it working. Unfortunately, the Emulator's transfer function can only use serial cradles. Through the miracle of the Internet, I was able to discover a solution. Click here to find out how.

New Section: Alternate OS!

Ever since The Master and I gave The Haus a minor facelift, we have had a section called "Linux Stuff". I really never got around to doing much with it. In addition, J.t.Qbe and I had been talking about writing some PalmOS articles and he had been dabbling with VMS and BSD as well. Thus a solution suggested itself, a new section called Alternate OS!

It's a big non-Microsoft world out there, and we at The Haus hope to bring you the best of it. Right now, we're focusing on Linux and PalmOS, but expect this section to expand as time goes on.

No Cash? No Problem!

Obviously Eidos' bonuses are not directly tied to profits. The Register is reporting that Eidos execs were given handsome bonuses, despite the fact that the company lost £27 million. Maybe I don't feel so sorry for them about the whole Daikatana thing after all. Thanks Evil Avatar.

8M Palm Fixes

CNet posted an article on the various PalmOS-based handheld manufacturers attempts to fix the 8M chip problem, brought to us by our good friends *cough* at Micron. This article also confirms what we already knew, that the problem stems from the chip's inability to properly recover from self-refreshing when a Palm device is off. Thanks Palm Power.

Monday, July 10, 2000

The Meaning of Life

Nope, I'm not going to wax philosophical. A new Software Etc. opened near me so I naturally had to check it out. In the bargain bin they had Monty Python's The Meaning of Life by the former 7th Level for $9.99. If you are a Python fan (especially a fan on the movie The Meaning of Life), this game is worth a pick-up. Having said that, I hear that there are some catastrophic bugs towards the end of the game, which can be avoided by checking out the FAQ at Game FAQs. As with all Python material, this is not for the easily offended or sane.

STV: Elite Force Demo

I just finished playing through the single-player portion of the Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force demo. It was a lot of fun and played well on my system. I think it would have been even MORE fun if I had ever seen a complete episode of Star Trek: Voyager. My feeling is that if you are a big Voyager fan then you should definitely try the demo. If you aren't a Trekkie (or not a Voyager Trekkie), I think you should download it anyway. If STV:EF is any indication, the future is VERY bright for Q3A-engine games.

KISS Demo Plans

Third Law Interactive's Jonathan Wright updated his .plan with word that there will be a KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child (what's up with these mile-long game names?) demo before the product hits shelves. I must admit that I am interested to find out how the new LithTech runs on my system.

Jason Hall Interview

Junk Extreme has an interview with Monolith CEO, Jason Hall. Most interesting is his lengthy diatribe on the problems in Blood 2 and why they weren't fixed (summary: blame GT Interactive). That, of course, doesn't explain why they never bothered to fix Shogo which was their baby in every respect. Thanks Blue.

No, I don't know what "Junk Extreme" is either.

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