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Wednesday, October 25, 2000

KDE2 Review

LinuxPlanet has posted a review of KDE2, the latest version of the popular Linux desktop. The more I read about it, the more I want to pick up the Red Hat RPMs and have a go at it. Thanks Linux Today.

Half-Life Patch

This time, for sure! Sierra has officially released the patch for Half-Life. You can get it in its various incarnations from: 3D Files, Stomped, Shugashack, Evil Avatar, and Blue's News. Naturally, you can also get it through the Half-Life auto-updater. A list of the changes in this patch is available here.

SOF removed from WON

Rick Johnson made a .plan update on the next patch release of SOF, and why it's being delayed:
It is going to take us a bit longer to release this patch. Originally, we were just going to add support for Global Rankings, but due to a mutual decision between Activision and WON, we will be removing WON from SoF. We will be adding GameSpy support, to continue to allow consumers to easily find live games.
I'm surprised at the removal of SOF from WON, but that is their perogative. I wonder if id will be pulling out next. Either way, I assume we'll be seeing some server master updates for GameSpy shortly to handle this new wrinkle in SOF.

Intel and RAMBUS from the Inside

According to this Electronic News article, if you thought it was bad to have Intel ramming RAMBUS down your throat as a consumer, it apparently was infinitely worse to be engineers at Intel who tried to warn their pointy-haired bosses about RAMBUS' shortcomings. This is a very interesting article. It makes me glad the AMD is around to keep the pressure on so those who started this whole debacle will have to pay dearly for it. Not that I'm vindictive or anything :) Thanks Slashdot.

EU: Hackers = Bad

The European Union has proved that they too can craft poorly worded legislation on a subject they cannot comprehend. Of course, they had the help of the U.S. Department of Justice. At any rate, the The Council of Europe's Draft Cybercrime Treaty would make it illegal to be a "hacker". It could make sites like BugTraq (or even something like Bugzilla) illegal. Why do nations find it necessary to write laws without consulting people who actually know what they're talking about? Thanks Slashdot.

Pondering the Imponderable

Whoa! I think I just saw a non-network ad on a UGO website! I may have to have a little sit-down.

The Master comments: I just want to see a UGO ad that doesn't have a lingerie-clad/half-naked women as part of the sell. Somehow, I doubt this will ever happen. I'm especially not appreciating Eeyore's killing glares when she thinks I'm surfing porn and it's just a stupid frigging UGO ad.

A.T. Hun comments: This one didn't have any of that either! Unbelievable. I may have to play the lottery today.

The Master comments: ARRRRGGGHHH!!! Another stupid sexist hunk of *!!!!* banner ad for IGN. I quote: "Deep probing interviews"..."Revealing previews"..." the leg of the gaming industry", all this with a luridly rendered half naked cartoon women. The IGN ad staff could be thrown in prison in some states for this garbage. Jeez . . .

Whither VoodooExtreme?

VoodooExtreme has been offline since the whole GameFan/ debacle started on September 29 (story). I hope Billy found someone at GameFan to practice his martial arts on. I'm sure he's not thrilled that his site has been offline for almost a month now. Evil Avatar got word that the site may be back at midnight. VE has a reputation for being sophomoric, but they always seem to get their hands on some good information, especially from Epic's Tim Sweeney and Verant's (formerly id's) Brian Hook.

Half-Life Already?

Even though Sierra said the Half-Life patch wouldn't be released for about another three hours, it's already popping up on some mirrors. You can snag it from 3D Files or Adrenaline Vault. Thanks Blue.

UPDATE! It seems that the copy on the Adrenaline Vault has, at least temporarily, been removed.


Welp, I blew last night trying to get Linux talking on Green Bay's RoadRunner network. Guess what? I didn't succeed. And, oh, they don't support Linux. However, the tech did admit it was possible to get rr working. Wheee :-)

All this because I want to test some upgrades for The Haus before I apply them. That'll teach me to be a sysadmin.

A.T. Hun comments: I love how RR seems to treat Linux users as criminals who just haven't been caught yet. Then again, they probably have a hard enough time getting tech support people who can identify the WindowsME box in less than three tries, much less ones who know beans from buckshot about Linux.

The Master comments: Unfortunately, a lot of crackers like to use Linux for their misdeeds, since it's got the kind of flexibility needed to do truly inspired network hacking. Linux is also thought of as a server OS, which rr definitely DOESN'T want on their network. I'm amazed they don't have an execution clause for server placement on rr's acceptable use agreement.

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Half-Life Tomorrow

Sierra has announced that the patch for Half-Life will be available tomorrow via auto-update at 11 A.M. U.S. Pacific time. A complete list of things included in the patch is available in this Haus news post from last Friday. Thanks Shugashack.

New Palm Desktop for Visor

Handspring quietly released an updated version of the Palm Desktop for their Visor line of PDAs. This brings the Win32 version to 3.1 and the Mac version to 2.6.1. Thanks Visor Central.

NFL Week #8 Final

What a wild Monday night game! With the Jets down 30-7 with a quarter of the game left I thought there would be no way I'd win that game. Somebody must've spiked Testaverde's Gatorade because the Jets scored 30 points in the fourth quarter (and got somewhere to the tune of 21 first downs) and won it with a field goal in OT at 12:20 A.M. Central time. I wonder how many folks in the east stayed up to watch the end of this one. It was a very entertaining game.

Thus the final score for NFL week #8 was 10-4 for me and 8-6 for Eeyore. Year-to-date I am 74-40 and Eeyore is 55-44. In the past three weeks I've been a rather robust 31-11.

Now that I'm done gloating, I must confess that I have Corey Dillon on my fantasy team, but I didn't start him because he hasn't done anything all year. All he got on Sunday was an NFL-record 278 yards and 3 TDs. That would have been almost 40 points for me. Aaarrrgghh.

The Master comments: Heh-we didn't watch. We were busy womping SafeZoners in QW. I may have to automate this NFL stuff next year. Could be a fascinating script to write :-)

UPDATE! by A.T. Hun Just got the results from my fantasy league. Thankfully, I won anyway, despite throwing away 39 points with Cory Dillon. That makes me 2-6 on the year. Hurray. Or something.

UT 435 Changes

OK, the patch revision number has been bumped up by one (in honor of a new week?). At any rate, Unreal Universe has posted a list of changes in UT 435, most of which deal with the editor and fixing bug introduced with the 432 patch. Thanks Blue's News.

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