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Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Too Weird

Just so you know, if you apply for this job, your resumé will not go to me. I seriously hope that's not that guy's real name . . .

The Master comments: Okay, that is just entirely TOO weird.

Make Something Unreal Winners

The winners in the Make Something Unreal contest have been (at long last) announced. The big winner is Holger Huck for Unreal4ever Tournament. A big "congratulations" to all the winners! Thanks Jeh.


Well, it just took me the better part of two days to update Licq (a Linux ICQ clone). If I ever recover, I might write about it. If I never see another broken dependency error in my life it will be too soon. Blech.

Maxtor buys Quantum

According to Yahoo! News, Maxtor Buying Quantum HDD for $1.08 Billion, which is a huge chunk of change, but makes Maxtor the equal of Seagate Technology in sales.

I hope Maxtor keeps up the quality of the Quantum line. Maxtor has not always been known for the quality of their drives (tho they make some seriously QUIET ones!) but this has changed in the last couple of years. The Quantum drives I've used personally have always been the fastest and most reliable of drives.

More *stuff* flying at gamefan

Another article up on on the situation with gamefan. It's looking ugly, including the news that VoodooExtreme is owed approximately $100k (WOW!)

Netscape 6 PR3 Released

AKA Mozilla 18, the new release is ready. You can pick up the Linux version, the Mac version, or, oh yeah, the Windows version. Initial reports are showing it to be more stable and faster than previous Mozilla releases. It'd be nice if it could be more stable than Communicator 4.7x.

Tuesday, October 3, 2000

Webdog goes GPL

According to the Webdog news page, the Webdog client and perl Webdog server will be released shortly under a modified GPL. This should be interesting. Have to take some time to pick up some perl skillz obviously.

Bleh-Part 2

Okay-day 2 of the Time-Warner cable modem experiment, and there appears to be a fatal flaw in the experiment. The Chicago node appears to be *ahem* overwhelmed and my access is *ahem* spotty to say the least. I think I'll let Eeyore make the calls to TW, I might just kill them right over the phone if I make the call :-)

New EAX Effects for SoF

Creative Labs has released new EAL (Environmental Audio Library) files for Soldier of Fortune. The files will be released in three parts. The first adds new EAX effects the deathmatch levels. Hmmm. I may have to find SoF Gold on sale somewhere . . . Thanks Stomped.

Even More GameFan

In the "kick 'em while their down because they deserve it" department, Evil Avatar spotted this post on the Hardcore Gaming messageboard from Kevin Deselms (aka Hi-Fi), formerly of GameFan.
Well, folks, all good things must come to an end. And so it has, for three of the remaining five GameFan Online staffers who were let go by Express.Com today. I was one of them. Just want to thank you guys for the support you've shown of us, and particularly the enthusiasm you've shown for my videos over the last year and a half or so. Most of you have noticed the lack of them over the past several months - with recent events, I shouldn't have to explain anything (and I can't, because of the NDA I signed during my exit interview).
Can anybody explain to me why someone would sign an NDA as they are being fired?

Micro$oft Buys Stake in Corel

It's all over the news: Microsoft has purchased ~24 million shares of stock in Corel, owner and current maintainer of WordPerfect and other applications. You can read about it here, here, here and elsewhere, with some commentary by the Linux community here.

My take: Corel has been on the rocks for months now. The writing has been on the wall: Corel needed cash or it would die. For a long time Corel has been competing with Microsoft; now it appears that Microsoft has won. What strategy can be more effective than buying your competition? Microsoft claims to be interested only in Corel's research capabilities. Those who believe that have probably never heard of Microsoft before. Microsoft looks out for Microsoft. I suspect that the ancient lineage of WordPerfect is coming to an end very soon. Too bad. It was a good word processor and part of a good office suite. RIP WP.

More GameFan

Not surprisingly, Lowtax has expressed his feelings on yesterday's interview with an PR guy (story). Also not surprisingly, he thinks it's a truckload of fertilizer. I've always hoped that we can continue to offer The Haus without banner ads because I find them annoying. Now with all the problems with all these gaming networks (even bringing down the mighty Voodoo Extreme), I'm REALLY glad we don't have to deal with that--thanks to the good people at EZ-Net.

Carmack & Broussard on Consoles

MSXbox has a quick Q&A with id's John Carmack and 3D Realm's George Broussard about consoles and first-person shooters. Personally, I don't think that consoles will ever replace computers, unless M$ does exactly what I expect them to and releases a version of Office for the Xbox . . . Thanks Blue.


Welp, spent a few hours last night downloading monster files that I've been meaning to get around to but haven't. Cable modem made this a painless experience, let me tell ya.Next up is to check out some more demos and movies from some of the games I'm looking forward to (SOF, Alice, etc etc).

A.T. Hun comments: Oh sure, rub it in, now that I'm the only member of The Haus' staff with absolutely no high-speed access . . . although that may change soon.

Jonathan Knight Interview

Next Game posted an interview with Jonathan Wright, Activision's producer for Gray Matter's Return to Castle Wolfenstein. It's an interesting interview, but since Next Game is an Italian site, a bit gets lost in the English translation. I'm somewhat surprised at how many questions he answers by saying, "It's too early to tell." When is this game supposed to come out? Thanks Blue.

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