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Wednesday, August 9, 2000

Micro$oft Moving Hotmail to Win2K

Linux Today posted this news story about Micro$oft's conversion of Hotmail to Windows 2K. A few years ago, Micros~1 bought Hotmail and tried to move it from its Solaris platform to Windows NT. Quicker than a blue screen o' death, they had it back on Unix. For a few years now, it's been running on FreeBSD and Solaris, much to Micro$oft's embarrassment.

No more! To prove that Win2K is ready for enterprise use ("Blast it, Cap'n! The servers crashed and took the warp drive with 'em! Not even I'm that great a miracle worker!"), Micros~1 is moving Hotmail to run on Win2K servers. M$ claims that this will provide greater uptime and better service than the current BSD platform. To comment, I only have two words: har har!

Whopping Great John Carmack Interview

Gamecenter has posted the first half of their big ol' interview with id's John Carmack at QuakeCon. The Dreamcast port is the main topic of conversation, but other programming-related topics are touched upon. As always, Carmack proves himself to be one clever, if verbose, guy. Thanks Blue's News.

Thief Gets a Stay of Execution

This press release declares formally what had been rumored for some time. Eidos Interactive has purchased the rights to the Thief series of games. Development has been turned over to ION Storm's Warren Spector, the man behind Deus Ex. No date has been given for Thief 3 and, given ION Storm's recent problems with meeting deadlines, don't expect one either. Thanks Blue.

Linux Gaming Market

John Carmack made a post on Slashdot talking about the market for Linux games. Sales of the Linux version of Quake III Arena were disappointing. Carmack offers what may be some reasons for this. In my case, the big issues were cost and availability. If I wanted to get the Linux version I had to pay twice as much and order it from an online store I had never heard of before. Thanks Shugashack.

J.t.Qbe comments: Up here in da Twin Cities, ya, you can get a fair selection of Loki ports at Electronics Boutique and even a few at Software Etc. Prices are about the same as the Window$ versions. Dat's purdy good, ya know (J.t. practices his Fargo accent)

Further Fun with OpenVMS

The third and final (for now!) part of J.t.Qbe's series on VAX and OpenVMS has been posted. This part deals with installing OpenVMS. If you like computers, or are interested in the history of operating systems, or are a carbon-based life form, then you definitely want to check out this article! While you are at it, you might just want to check out part one and part two as well!

As a matter of fact, you could very well read all our Alternate OS articles! You might become so terribly intelligent that your boss just has to give you up to a million-dollar raise! Realize, of course, that the phrase "up to" clearly includes "none whatsoever," but do you want to take that risk?!?!

The Master comments: Okay-and you give me grief about hyperbole. Oh, and I remember the days of CD caddies. Heck, The Haus has my old Mitsumi 3x SCSI CD-ROM in it. With caddy :-)

Interview with David Braben

Barry's World posted an interview with Frontier Developments' David Braben. Braben is perhaps best known as the co-author of J.t.Qbe's and my favorite game back in the day, Elite. The interview talks about the good old days and their upcoming plans, including news about Elite 4. Thanks Voodoo Extreme.

J.t.Qbe comments: Elite 4 is one of the few games which will make me upgrade my PC next year (Morrowind is the other). I hope the flight mechanics are more manageable (i.e. less realistic) than in the Frontier games (Elite 2 and 3), otherwise it'll extremely frustrating to fly!

Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Carmack Summary from QuakeCon

Gamespy slapped up a summary of John Carmack's speech at QuakeCon. Topics include PCs vs. Consoles, multiple OS support, and issues with mod makers. It's a pretty good read, even if the whole thing seems like one giant indirect quote.

Mozilla M17 Released

Following on the heels of the Netscape 6.0pr2 news, I just saw on Slashdot that Mozilla M17 has been released. This one's been a little bit behind schedule--it's been almost two months since the last milestone. Builds are available for Win32, MacOS, Linux, and Solaris. From the Mozilla main page, "New in M17 are the Classic UI, tooltips, helper apps, and 4.x plugin support on linux." Get 'em while they're hot!

Netscape 6.0pr2

FileClicks claims to have a copy of Netscape 6.0 preview release 2. There's no information on it on the Netscape site just yet. I'll try to find out more.

UPDATE! 6:15 P.M. Netscape finally updated their site with 6.0pr2 information. You can read all about it here.

UT 425 for Mac Released

Hmmm. I must've missed this yesterday. Too bad, we could've used the news. Anyway, Westlake Interactive has released the 425 patch for Unreal Tournament for the MacIntosh. It includes all the fixes from the PC 420 and 425 patches (the last Mac patch was 413). Thanks Stomped.

Anachronox Abdications

It seems that ION Storm's Anachronox team is bleeding employees at a nearly Daikatana-esque pace. According to Stomped the following moves have been made recently.Maybe Eidos should fire everybody except the Deus Ex team and save a little time :)

RA3 Server Patch

The Rocket Arena 3 team has released the 1.1 patch for their popular Quake III Arena mod.This patch is for servers only, so clients don't need to download it. Thanks Blue's News.

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