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Thursday, May 31, 2001

Transferring the Visor ROM in Linux

WOW! I just found out that transferring the Visor ROM is easier in Linux than it is in Windows! First of all, snag a copy of pilot-link and install it. An RPM is available on the Red Hat 7.1 Disc #1 (pilot-link-0.9.5-2.i386.rpm). Assuming you have USB properly configured (Red Hat 7.1 took care of everything at installation for me), hit the hotsync button and issue the following command:

pi-getrom /dev/ttyUSB1 visor.rom

Wait until the counter indicates that the transfer is complete and you are all set. All too easy.

Gibson on DDOS Attacks

Steve Gibson (of GRC and "Shields Up!" fame, not the Shacknews webmaster) details his attempts to deal with repeated DDOS attacks against his system. This long but terribly interesting article shows how script kiddies work and how we can defend ourselves from becoming victims. Thanks Slashdot.

A.T. clears his throat. LISTEN UP, all RoadRunner and @Home subscribers! Download and install Zone Alarm NOW! It is free and will save you and the Internet community at large a lot of headaches.

The Master comments: This is an excellent article. This also indicates that Steve Gibson is (a) a hell of a programmer and (b) stubborn as a donkey. Heh :-)

J.t.Qbe comments: Wow! This is really an impressive article. Gibson is amazing--he's a real hacker (in the best sense of the word), not a lame cracker. We bow in awe. . . Ok, now each one of you, go to his site at and run his "Shields Up!" on your own system and see where YOU are vulnerable. . .

New Ask Sweeney

VoodooExtreme has posted a new Ask (Epic's Tim) Sweeney Q&A column. In this installment, he tackles such topics as game engine design in a 3D accelerated world, implementing saved games, and even M$ v. DoJ.

Jedi Knight II Screenies

GamesFirst got their hands on some pretty sweet screenshots of Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II. I especially like the one of the stormtroopers with their reflections in the floor. It's looking rather cool for being so early in the project. Thanks Blue.

Ion Dallas Shut Down(?)

According to Shacknews, Ion Storm Dallas is shutting down today. Wow. I'll try to follow this one through the day.

It's too bad-I think Romero and crew spent too much time being party-kids, and not enough focusing on the games. They coulda been sumbody :-)

Update! 11:10am - Avault has an article up indicating that Ion Dallas will be closed, but not until completion of Anachronox.

A.T. Hun comments: Perhaps they could have been. There's only so long you can hemorrhage cash and not ship any products before even a company like Eidos is going to pull the plug. I was wondering what was going to happen with Anachronox. No matter how cool it is, I question if a Q2 engine-based game can still sell. Obviously Romero and Hall have talent. It is equally obvious that they need someone to hold their reins.

Update! Now the rumors are going around that ION Dallas isn't shutting down, although the only thing they seem to be denying is that it is shutting down today. Actually, I'm getting rather sick of talking about it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Caught in a Hailstorm

OpenP2P has an interesting article on Microsoft's Hailstorm service, a major part of its .NET initiative. The article does a good job of explaining exactly what Hailstorm is proposed to be and what its impact might be. It's actually kind of scary when you come right down to it. I wonder who will be the first to hack it? Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: Two words: BIG BROTHER. Microsoft is aiming to become Big Brother. I do hope people realize the privacy implications in this plan of M$es.

Update! Visor ROM Transfer

I updated my article on Transferring Visor ROM with a USB Cradle with some new information I was sent by a loyal reader (thanks, Graham!) on transferring the ROM from a Visor Prism.

Setting Up the PRC Tools in Linux

I've been trying to get into PalmOS programming for some time. Even though Palm has released some very nice tools for developers, I haven't found any good HOWTOs about installing them properly. Since I figured it out the hard way, I figured I would write my own HOWTO. Check out Setting Up the PRC Tools in Linux. I tell you what files you will need and how to work around the common "gotchas". Enjoy!

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