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Monday, January 8, 2001

1.27h Speed-Up

I just ran a couple of timedemos with the new beta 1.27h patch for Quake III: Team Arena. Using the same settings that got me 30.2 fps in the Q3:TA demo, I'm now getting 36.6 fps with 1.27h. Even with more heavy-handed tweaking (vertex lighting, no gun, low-quality sky) I still get a better than 10% fps increase over 1.27g. My advice? Check this news item and download that patch!

UPDATE! The patch also seems to fix the single-player fraglimit bug (where the fraglimit for a level was set to what the fraglimit cvar was, instead of what it should be for that particular level) in Quake III Arena. Very cool. All the more reason to get downloading!

Q3:TA/Q3A BETA Patch

id's Robert Duffy updated his .plan with news of a new BETA 1.27h patch for Quake III Arena / Quake III: Team Arena. Here's a list of the fixes:Here are a list of mirrors: id Software, CD-ROM, and FilePlanet.

Test the Patch

id's Todd Hollenshead updated his .plan with a call for anyone interested in helping them test the latest server-side anti-cheat patch for Quake III: Team Arena. Check the .plan for all the IPs. Now if we could just track down the creators of these hacks and saw their faces off or something similarly pleasurable.


The subject of everyone's favorite trial is now a movie! Or something like that. Check out ZDNet's article about the new movie Antitrust, about a computer geek who goes to work for a giant tech company in the Pacific Northwest, then risks his life to tell the truth about that company's tactics. It has Linux. It has GNOME. It has Miguel de Icaza. Sounds promising!

My wife saw the commercial on TV and said, "That must be about Microsoft," though the company has a different name, of course. My favorite quote from the article: '"From the trailers, we couldn't tell if the movie was about [America Online] or Oracle," Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said.' I haven't seen a movie in 2 years, but I may have to go see this one. . .

The Master comments: On the subject of movies, I really want to go see that Thirteen Days movie coming out that recreates the Cuban Missile Crisis. Hopefully it'll send the chills down my back that Titanic did :-)

Sunday, January 7, 2001

Hard Drive Copy Protection DOA?

Privacy advocates have rightfully griped up a storm about the proposed copy protection scheme for hard drives. According to this article, they were able to gain some major concessions from the hard drive makers. Hopefully, they can kill this extremely stupid idea off before it sees the light of day. Thanks Slashdot.

Blowin' Cash

My CD-ROM drive recently went to the big motherboard in the sky, so I took Best Buy (no affiliation, yadda, yadda) up on a Sony CRX140E 8x4x32 burner. They had it for $149 + $20 rebate + $20 gift card. Can't be bad. Plus Sony has a deal where they will send you free CD-Rs and a labeling kit.

I burned my first disc (huzzah!), copying the massive 600M+ Baldur's Gate II demo into permanent archive land. I also took the opportunity to upgrade to Norton SystemWorks 2001, as version 1.0 was getting a little long in the tooth.

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