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Wednesday, February 14, 2001

id Map Pack

Paul Jacquays updated his .plan with news that id Software has released a four-map map pack for Quake III: Team Arena. Here's a snip, there's a bunch more information in the full update.
Listen Up! Free Stuff!

id has just released a map pack containing four team-style maps approved for use with id Software?s Quake III: Team Arena? computer game. Their creators are some of the most talented mapmakers in the Quake community. Working together with id designer Paul Jaquays, Quake3World Level Editing forum moderator Astro Creep, Mr. Elusive, the bot A.I. programmer for both Quake III Arena and Quake III: Team Arena, and Drunken Boxer, Quake3World Capture the Flag and Team Arena forum moderator, these artisans have created some truly fine playgrounds for Team Arena.
You can download it from id Software, Blue's News, and XGR.

Pondering the Imponderable

Whelp, I'm back in the land of cheese and make-believe. Vacation was great (one of the best ever, actually), but it is nice to be home. I'm slowly improving my touch-typing sans three fingertips. Speed is getting better, but my accuracy could use some work.

One thing I discovered on vacation: I really could use a modem for my Visor. If only they weren't so freaking expensive . . .


K-I've been fighting with a stupid useless software error messagetm from Pegasus mail. Check this junk out:
The SMTP or POP3 host to which you are attempting to connect ( has returned a response which is not valid according to the protocol in use.
That is a useless message. Wanna know why? What that REALLY means is my network settings are not returning my local IP address because the PPP crud in Win9x is taking over the stack FIRST, instead of my network card driver. Microsoft sucks. And so does that error message.

The fix? Start Pegasus mail with the -q command line option in this format: -q . Grrr.

SWTC Released!

After about a million years in production, DM test #1 of the Star Wars total conversion for Q2 has been released. This is why I bought Q2 in the first place! Thanks Voodoo Extreme.

Roger Wilco == Spyware

This Roger Wilco forum thread indicates that the recent versions of the software have become spyware. What gets me is that the author seems to think we should be happy about this. Thanks Shugashack.

NVIDIA XBOX chips released to fab

According to this press release on Yahoo!, NVIDIA has released the base processors used in the Microsoft XBOX game system to fabrication. Look out gaming world, here comes Micro$qua$h.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

64M MiniJam Update

As a follow-up to our previous story, I saw on Innogear's site that you can get the 32M MiniJam MP3 Springboard module (for Handspring Visor PDAs) from them directly for $199 and they will throw in an extra 32M for free. Even better, it will be one 64M card, so you still have the other slot free for further expansion. As a matter of fact, they'll even throw in an extra 32M if you buy the 64M version for a total of 96M! No affiliation, but it's a pretty cool deal, and this way you can avoid altogether.

Pondering the Imponderable

On this, our last night in Phoenix, we are getting a bad rainstorm. That doesn't sound like much until you consider that Phoenix averages about seven inches of rain per year. God willing, I'll be back in the Hun Hut tomorrow night.

I'm practicing a little touch-typing now. It works reasonably well. With my fingers wrapped it doesn't even hurt that much. My half-length middle finger is the toughest adjustment, but with a little practice, I should be golden.

New Ask Hook

VoodooExtreme updated their Ask (Brian) Hook column. In this episode, Hook talks about dealing with negativity and small-scale online RPGs. The former should be read by everyone who gripes about users dumping on their game from a great height. Everyone in the public eye (myself included!) is an open target for criticism. It's not right, but them's the facts. Deal with it.

IBM WinModem Driver for Linux

Big Blue has developed an open-source driver to use their WinModems in Linux. Cool stuff. Hopefully others will be able to use this driver to make ones for other devices. Thanks Slashdot.

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