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Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Scott Miller Interview

Daily Radar slapped up an interview with 3D Realm's Scott Miller about their upcoming first-person shooter, Duke Nukem Forever. There's no "official" new news, other than the fact that Miller thinks the game will be the best thing that's happened to computing since silicon. We'll see about that. Thanks Blue.

Linux Video Card Comparison

AnandTech posted a comparison of various video cards under Linux. They even included the steps for installing the various drivers--assuming that you're using Red Hat 7.0 or SuSE 7.0. If you are using Red Hat 6.x with an NVIDIA card, you could always check out my installation instructions (hint, hint). NVIDIA GeForce2 cards blow away the competition, with none of the others even coming close. Linux purists can rant and rave all they want about the closed-sourceness of the drivers, but you can't argue with the performance. Thanks Linux Today.

UnrealEd Fix

Hmmm, an Unreal Tourney patch broke something in UnrealEd--stop me if you've heard that one before. At any rate, the Unreal Technology page posted a small fix file to unbreak the following items that were broken with the 432 patch:Thanks Stomped.

Banner Ad Blues

Lowtax at Something Awful posted a message regarding his ongoing battle to get money out of the GameFan network. Basically he was told that GameFan wasn't going to pay him since the majority of the ads his site served (and over which he has no control) were ads for other sites on the network. The moral of the story is this: if you are signing a contract, hire a lawyer. Yes, it's going to cost you several hundred dollars, but right now Lowtax is out three grand.

Monday, October 9, 2000

NFL Week #6 Final

The final records for this week's NFL picks are 10-4 for me and 7-7 for Eeyore. My year-to-date is now 53-33, Eeyore's is 36-35 (I'm 42-29 since Eeyore started in week #2). I was afraid when I saw this week's schedule but things turned out quite well.

Parsec LAN-Test Released

The good folks working on Parsec, the free, commercial-quality, space combat sim, has released a test version of the game. The test version can be played with up to four people on a LAN. You can download versions for Windows, MacOS, and Linux here (~69M). The Mac and Linux versions were released last week, but I wanted to wait to post this until all three versions were available. Earlier tests looked VERY promising.

Stephen Shaw Interview

Nextgame has posted an interview with LucasArts' Stephen Shaw, who is currently hard at work on Episode I: Obi-Wan. No word on the recently-announced delay of the game until 2001 (story). There's nothing terribly new, but the more I hear about the game, the more I'm interested. Thanks Blue.

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, I'm back! Didja miss me? I didn't think so. My NFL picks are back where they belong this week. With only tonight's Vikes-Bucs game left on the schedule, I am a sterling 10-3. Eeyore is 7-6 so far. Now to dig up some more news . . .

Last week, Slashdot "reported" that Red Hat 7.0 had 2,500 bugs. Linux Today posted an article on Red Hat's latest release and some of the furor that has surrounded it. According to Red Hat VP of Product Engineering, Eric Troan, this was the reality behind all those bugs:
First of all, the 2,500 number was all of the open bugs in our ticket system for all releases of all products. It includes engineering requests as well as our engineers internal todo lists for future releases.
That pretty much explains why I was never able to even come close to verifying that number. Slashdot still has not corrected the original article. I find it very interesting that Slashdot seems very keen on accusing Microsoft of using FUD as a weapon, but they are more than happy to use it themselves when they find a convenient target.

New Creative NVIDIA Drivers

The Creative Tech Support Downloads page has posted new "FastTrax" drivers for their NVIDIA-based graphics cards. The download description indicated version of the reference drivers and version of the display doctor.

Personally, I won't touch these until I get a new video card. Every single time I've upgraded drivers since Detonator 2 I get to go through monitor driver he//, and I'm not willing to do that again. Maybe A.T. will torture himself, however-he at least has a decent plug-n-pray monitor . . .

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