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Wednesday, December 20, 2000

PHP 4.04 released

The Zend/PHP group has released version 4.04 of the PHP web scripting language for download over on the PHP website. This is touted as the most stable of all the 4.x releases, and considering what I saw on the develop list, I'd have to agree. PHP users-this is a must download :-)

Want a 3dfx Card? Better hurry!

A memo has been sent out to all Best Buy stores, instructing them to pull all 3dfx cards off the shelves since 3dfx tech support is due to cease in February. Here's a snip:
3dfx announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement with Nvidia Corporation to sell to them most of 3dfx's assets. With this agreement it has also been announced that 3dfx will discontinue techincal support after Feb. 15th. Concidering the nature of this product, we feel that continuing to provide this product to our customers will jeopardize their satisfaction with both BBY and the product long term.

We are asking that you pull all 3dfx skus listed below off of your shelves and hold in the warehouse. The product will then be sent during our January brown goods return. Your complete execution is needed on this.
Thanks Voodoo Extreme, who also linked to this Firing Squad interview with 3dfx's Scott Taylor.

More Ways to Tax Us into Oblivion

A bipartisan group is planning to encourage president-elect George W. Bush to push to bring broadband to our nation's schools. In case you might think that this group has a clue of what it's talking about, here's a snip:
Based on its findings, the commission said a "national mobilization" is necessary, one that "evokes a response similar in scope to other great American opportunities or crises" such as the historic race to the moon or finding a cure for polio.
Oh yes, getting broadband in classrooms is just as important as fighting a deadly and crippling disease. Oh yeah. Sure. Thankfully, there is another group that seems a bit more sane:
A coalition known as the Alliance for Childhood is calling for a moratorium on new spending in educational technology until research shows that technology has a positive impact on learning.
Here's an idea, how about we make sure that teachers earn a living wage, then we can start talking about other things. This all sounds like another classic case of "if you throw money at a problem, it's bound to go away". Thanks Shugashack.

GameSpy Buys Mplayer

For reasons unknown, GameSpy has purchased Mplayer. I have no idea why anyone would want Mplayer. The only thing I can figure is that it was either a) buy Mplayer or b) throw money directly into trash cans. Thanks Blue.

The Master comments: I know why they bought Mplayer: GlobalRankings.

Heavy Metal: FAKK2 Postmortem

Gamasutra posted yet another of their great game postmortems, this time about Ritual's Heavy Metal: FAKK2. The article is written by Scott Alden, formerly of Ritual. He was a programmer for FAKK2 and is now working on Duke Nukem Forever for 3D Realms. Thanks sCary.

Tuesday, December 19, 2000

XFree86 4.0.2 Released

Slashdot is reporting that XFree86 4.0.2, the popular free version of the X windowing system, has been released. It includes a bunch of new fixes. A complete list of the changes can be found here. Hopefully Mandrakesoft will have the new packages up soon so I can update.

Mac Q3:TA Demo and re:CD Keys

id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with news of the release of the Quake III: Team Arena demo for the Macintosh.
I've posted the Mac Team Arena demo up at:
He also gives some information on problems some people are experiencing with CD-keys in Q3A and Q3:TA, as well as some common solutions.

Mac Q3A 1.27g Beta Patch

id Software has released a beta version of the 1.27g patch for Quake III Arena for the Macintosh. It is a 17.6M download. Please note that it is beta, so if beta software makes you itchy, you might want to wait for awhile. Thanks Blue.

More Helpful PalmOS Software

I have been searching for a decent program for my Handspring Visor that would allow me to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries by tying in to the built-in Date Book. I think I found just such a program in Happy Days. You enter all the information in a custom field in the built-in address book, then Happy Days reads all the information and adds the events to the Date Book, the To Do List, or both. It doesn't necessarily have the slickest interface in the world, and some of the docs suffer a bit in translation since the author is Korean. But once you figure it out, it is pretty powerful. Best of all it is open-source, released under the terms of the GPL.

Past Two Days' News

Recent Headlines

January 5, 2015: It Returns!
August 10, 2007: SCO SUCKS IT DOWN!
July 5, 2007: Slackware 12.0 Released
May 20, 2007: PhpBB 3.0 RC 1 Released
February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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