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Thursday, February 15, 2001

Mozilla 0.8 Released!

The latest and greatest version of the open-source, cross-platform web browser, Mozilla 0.8, has been released! Check out the release notes and start downloading!

Q3:TA Map Pack Interview

PlanetQuake did an interview with id's Paul Jaquays and the mappers behind the recently released id Map Pack. It details the original idea of the pack and the changes that went in to the individual levels.

Microsoft Says Free Software Threatens "Innovation"

Some things are just too surreal to be believable. Here's the latest: Microsoft exec Jim Allchin claims that freely available and openly developed software like Linux "could stifle innovation." Full details here. Uh, yeah. Just remember that when Micro$oft uses the term "innovation," it means "the Microsoft way of doing things"/"big-business." In that case yes, free software is a threat. This is just another variant of Microsoft's "free software is worthless" argument. Good for a laugh or two.

A.T. Hun comments: This is the worst example of FUD I've ever seen from M$, and that's saying quite a lot. The only thing that open-source endangers is precisely how far M$ has its head rammed up its [Editor's note: pardon A.T. He's been under a lot of stress lately what with losing the fingertips and all.] It's enough to make me chew my own face off.

id Map Pack Follow-Up

I gave all the maps in the id Map Pack a quick run-through last night. All of them seem very cool and are definitely worth the download. The only problem is that on hal9000_ta (An Iteration of Hell) there is a problem with one of the blue team spawn points. When I spawned in I could mouselook and shoot, but I couldn't move. Other than that, they are top-notch maps.

Threewave/CCTF Maps

This page has information on the Threewave/Classic CTF joint efforts at getting a huge (30-40 map) map pack for Quake III. This sounds awesome. I hope all the maps support all the Team Arena gametypes as well. Thanks Blue.

Roger Wilco Update

sCary got an update to the Roger Wilco spyware story yesterday from a Gamespy employee (Gamespy recently bought Roger Wilco, among other properties):
Roger Wilco was indeed one of the properties we acquired from HearMe just a month or so ago in our acquisition of Mplayer. We're still in the midst of making plans for the future, but I can assure you that spyware has no place in them. We do not condone spyware and don't plan on including it in any of our software.
Dubious comfort. In the meantime, don't download Roger Wilco. Thankfully the copy I have did not have the spyware stuff in it.

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.

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