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Saturday, November 18, 2000

NFL Week #12

Here are my fearless predictions for week 12 in the National Football League: Giants, Chiefs, Bucs, Raiders, Eagles, Colts, Titans, Patriots, Vikings, Broncos, Dolphins, Ravens, 49ers, Steelers, Rams.

The Master comments: Eeyore's picks: Bucs, Colts, Titans, Bills, Vikings, Patriots, Raiders, Giants, Eagles, Broncos, Jets, 49ers, Ravens, Steelers, Redskins

Haus of Shogo Updates

In addition to the Shogo level walkthroughs I've been doing, I gave my Haus of Shogo a bit of a dusting, updating my links and rearranging a couple of the pages to make things a bit more organized. Check it out and let me know what you think.

More Mozilla Musings

I've been using various Mozilla builds (I'm currently using the November 14 build) as my exclusive web browser for the past month or so. There are still a few annoying bugs, but by and large it is stable enough to be my full-time browser now. I hardly ever use Netscape 4.7x anymore and almost never use IE 5.5. If you are using either of those browsers (especially Netscape 4.7x), I highly recommend checking out Mozilla. If you are interested in the nightly builds, MozillaZine rates each nightly build for usefulness, bugfixes, and stability.

Alice GOLD!

Jim Molinets has updated his .plan with news that Alice has gone gold!
Well I've got some good news and some bad news. Good news is that we have someone that we'd like you to meet. A teenage girl who doesn't back away from trouble, shoulders a bit of an attitude and is definitely not one to hide in the shadows. Her name is Alice and you will be able to meet her on December 5th.

The bad news is: The game is gold. It's been a long road getting here and it's very unusual to let something this near and dear to go, but it was time. You have all been extremely patient and supportive and we cannot thank you all enough for the support and excitement that has been communicated to us. We hope that you enjoy the game as much as we have making it and that Alice finds her way through the twisted passages of Wonderland with your help!

Thanks to all and have a great holiday season!
Excellent news-I've been looking for a new game, and this one looks promising.

More Shogo Walkthrough

Yessirree! Yet another level added to my Shogo walkthrough. This one is 07_Avernus1: "City of Ghosts". It's one of my favorite levels in the whole game. Enjoy!

UPDATE! Somebody hose me down! I just did another level. This time it's 08_Airshafts: "High and Low".


IGN has a pseudo-review of Master of Orion 3. It's not based on seeing the actual game, but more on a conversation with the QuickSilver crew on how and why their implementing MOO3 the way they are.

Personally, I've been a HUGE fan of all the MOO games, and am looking forward to the third installment. Hopefully QS will be able to deliver something really cool in this new installment.

More RAMBUS Stupidity

The folks at RAMBUS keep finding more and more ways to make me hate them. According to this Electronic News article, RAMBUS is now seeking to enforce its patents against companies that produce memory controllers or chipsets. Basically, if it interfaces with SDRAM, DDRAM, or RDRAM, they want your money. The only good thing about this widening array of lawsuits is that eventually someone else will win. When that happens, all the other claims become questionable. You can't expect everyone in Silicon Valley to pay you. I look forward to the day that I will be able to announce with glee that RAMBUS has filed for bankruptcy. Thanks Slashdot.

Friday, November 17, 2000

Shogo Mac and Linux Gold!

That's what I get for not reading my mail closely enough! Hyperion's Ben Hermans informed me yesterday that Monolith has given their approval to the Mac and Linux ports of Shogo: Mobile Armor division. Expect them to be available before Christmas. If you are so inclined, you can pre-order a copy of the Linux version from Tux Games. (No affiliation, yadda, yadda. I just saw them mention it in the comments on Linux Games.)

Shogo Walkthrough: Two More Levels!

What's this? New content? On The Haus of Shogo?!? 'Tis true! With the Amiga, Linux, and Mac ports of Shogo coming out soon, I decided to get back to my Shogo walkthrough. Today I added level 05_LZ_Minotaur: "The Storm" and 06_Entrance: "Approach". I hope to get this walkthrough finally finished relatively soon. It doesn't help when you put it down for, oh, a year and a half. Enjoy!

Baldur's Gate II Demo

I've been playing a bit more of the monstrously large Baldur's Gate II demo. I've only scratched the surface of the game, but now that I'm more familiar with how it works, the gameplay is much more enjoyable. I can't understand, though, why I have slowdowns in the game, especially since it's all scrolling 2D. Some of the worst slowdowns are on the inventory screen, which should be the fastest, since there's nothing really going on.

The demo has proven to me that I would like to play one of these games all the way through. The only problem with BGII is that it really is a sequel to BG. Your characters all start at around 7th level, so there's a big learning curve to use their skills properly. The advantage, of course, is that it's harder to kill off a 7th level character, as opposed to starting at 1st level where you are dying left and right. I might look into Icewind Dale too.

How I Spent My Day Off

I think most men (and even some women) in this part of the state took today off to begin the grand tradition of deer hunting. I'm not a hunter, but I have nothing against it (there's almost one deer for every person living in Wisconsin).

I have today off too so what did I do?
  1. Watched the kids while my wife went shopping
  2. Reinstalled Mandrake 7.2
I decided on the reinstall when I realized I had WAY too much stuff I didn't need plugging up my hard drive. This time I installed in "Expert" mode and hand-chose all the packages to install. I probably installed too many devel packages, but better safe than sorry. I also found that in Expert mode Mandrake 7.2 installs XFree86 4.0.1 correctly, provided that you hand-choose to install the 4.0.1 server RPM.

Now I just have to figure out how to get my sound card drivers to compile because the ALSA ones that came with Mandrake aren't very good.

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