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Saturday, March 10, 2001

New Ask Sweeney

Oops! Must've missed this one earlier in the week. VoodooExtreme posted a new installment in their Ask (Epic's Tim) Sweeney column. Almost all the questions ask for his take on the various capabilities of the GeForce3. Good stuff, as always.

Shogo Level Walkthrough

Because I didn't want to do the work I have to do tonight, I wrote up another Shogo level walkthrough. This time it is 14_Maritropa1: Public Nuisance. Enjoy!

Update 11:00 P.M. I added another one: 15_Depot: MEV Depot 17.

Friday, March 9, 2001

Ars on The Big Crack

Ars Technica has an excellent article on the problems that lead to 40+ e-commerce/banking sites in the U.S. and countless others world-wide having their databases compromised by crackers (story). It is believed that these crackers were funded by Russian organized crime. The sad thing is that none of this had to happen. It all could have been prevented if the IS departments involved had their act together. If you rely on e-banking or e-commerce in general, you want to read this story.

The Master comments: My take on this article: Arian is right . . . and wrong. Microsoft is not necessarily directly at fault for the attacks being done on businesses. They ARE at fault for the flaws in IIS and NT that hackers use to exploit their servers. People don't properly secure their servers, and don't patch them. Why? Because Microsoft releases roughly a patch a week. And every patch requires a system reboot. There is NO SINGLE TOOL to audit an NT server. So, guess what? You get to walk through their stupid KB articles, and compare version numbers to check updates. That is exquisite BS. Microsoft needs to tighten up their code review. Patches should be easy to install, and NOT require reboots. An audit tool would be a good thing.

After that is done, administrators MUST treat ANY publicly accessable server as hacker heaven. Lock it down. Run the security tools. Firewall the servers. And always be paranoid. You can't do anything less and expect to be safe.

Shogo for Linux Box

Just in case anyone cares, I scanned in the box of my copy of Shogo for Linux. I found it somewhat interesting that Hyperion (the ones who did the port) are not mentioned on the front, top, bottom, or sides of the box. Click on the picture for a larger version.

Shogo for Linux Box FrontShogo for Linux Box Back

For some reason, I get a kick out of reading the instructions for Shogo in German.

I've been playing a lot of Shogo in Linux the past couple of days. For a HUGE framerate boost, disable music in the launcher. Otherwise it plays music from the CD. My framerate at the menu (with just the Shogo banner waving in the background) went from ~35 fps to ~125 fps when I disabled music. The change is just as pronounced in-game.

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