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Friday, December 22, 2000

New UT Bonus Pack

Epic has released a new bonus pack for Unreal Tournament which includes two new player characters with skins, 10 new maps that work on all of the UT gametypes except Assault, and two updated maps. You can get it either as a self-installing umod (this link should be correct now, but keeps timing out when I try) or a non-umod version. Both are 14M downloads. Thanks Blue.

Unreal is getting hammered pretty hard right now. I'm trying to find mirrors. UPDATE! It seems that they didn't bother to send it to mirror sites before they announced it. Mirrors might not be up for a while. The screenshots of the new models look pretty sweet, however.

Linux Q3A 1.27 Beta Patch

id's Robert Duffy and Todd Hollenshead updated their .plans with the news that a beta version of the Quake III Arena 1.27 patch is available for Linux. You can download both the point release and the dedicated server from There is also a general Quake III: Team Arena FAQ available there.

XFree86 4.0.2 Review

The Duke of URL has posted a review of the recently-released XFree86 4.0.2 X windowing system for Linux, *BSD, and others. It's clear that the 3dfx drivers still need some work, but the addition of proper DGA mouse support makes 4.0.2 an almost mandatory upgrade for gamers. Thanks Slashdot.

VE Q3:TA Review

VoodooExtreme posted a review of Quake III: Team Arena. They seemed to like it a lot, giving it an overall score of 91%. I've read a number of fairly negative reviews too, although those mainly focus on the price tag (or, more accurately, the fact that there is a price tag). Hopefully Santa will be kind enough to drop this bad-boy under my tree this weekend.

Pondering the Imponderable

Everyone must have taken off early for Christmas. The past several days have been very slow for news. At long last I believe I have narrowed down the problem with my wireless to the connection at the antenna. That should be simple enough to remedy.

A merry Christmas and happy New Year to all our loyal readers (both of you)!

Thursday, December 21, 2000

The Floppies

The third annual Floppies have been given out, detailing some of the "it's so bizarre it must be true" stories in the computing world from the last year. It's worth more than a few laughs. Thanks Slashdot.

Cool Palm Sounds

If you are bored with the default alarm sounds on your PalmOS PDA, check out the replacement sounds in Geek Sounds. Included are such favorites as the Star Wars Imperial March and the theme to Monty Python's Flying Circus. There's just something special about being reminded of an event with the theme from Battlestar Galactica :)

Pondering the Imponderable

A good, old-fashioned Alberta Clipper decided to come charging through here bringing bone-chilling temperatures that are causing my wireless Internet to go on the fritz. Joy.

I've been trying desperately to get someone at AvantGo to tell me why The Haus is not an official channel yet, even though we were told that it would be taken care of right after Thanksgiving (the last week in November). I'm getting sick and tired of chasing people trying to get an answer. You would think that it wouldn't be that terribly complicated of a process. I got PalmOS developer access much easier than this. I think it may be time to start searching for alternatives, if such alternatives exist.

Q3A 1.27 source released

Robert Duffy updated his .plan with word that the Q3A source code has been updated:
The 1.27 game source and the tool source has been put up on our ftp site. This game source contains prebuilt tools in the bin_nt directory but there is not yet a user friendly version of the tool installer done. A tool install that contains additional media for Team Arena creation, entity definitions etc. will be released shortly ( mid January-ish ). Timothee and his crew should be releasing GTKRadiant that WILL be user friendly soon ( next week as I hear it ).

The source for the tools is also available. Graeme is going to be releasing the ROQ endocer today or tomorrow I believe. Enjoy.

Hard Drive Copy Protection

The Register reported on plans to add copy protection to ATA and SCSI hard drives. Wonderful. Make life difficult for computer users by assuming that they are all theives. I can't wait to see how quickly it is hacked around. Thanks Stomped.

Q3A 1.27g Single-Player Woes

I'm still having trouble getting the single-player mode to work correctly in Quake III Arena since I applied the 1.27g patch. Rather than rehash the whole thing, I will simply point you to the thread on the Quake3World Technology & Troubleshooting forum where I made a post this morning. If anyone has any solutions, feel free to post them there.

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