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Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Tom on nForce

Tom's Hardware has an analysis of NVIDIA's nForce chipset. I'm very interested to see what kind of performance you'll be able to get out of such a system. It could make ubiquitous 3D graphics a reality. At the same time they manage to give both Intel and Creative Labs some serious competition--something they both seriously need. If the price is right, they might have a winner. Can you imagine this bad-boy in a laptop?

Hey NVIDIA! How 'bout a Linux driver?

Q3A Dreamcast Levels got in touch with id's Todd Hollenshead who confirmed that the Dreamcast Quake III Arena levels will be released "real soon" for the PC.I think I'll believe that right about the time I see the new patch. Stomped.

Pondering the Imponderable

OK, I'm more than a little frustrated. I've been trying for the better part of six months to my wireless Internet setup working in Linux. Most stuff works OK, but I can't play Quake III Arena. I tried one card that won't let me connect at all and another that will connect but the driver reboots my computer after playing for a couple of minutes. Talking to the companies is worthless because the drivers are unsupported. For the one card one guy is writing the driver. He has been very helpful, but we are no closer to figuring out the problem than we were in October. There's only so much one guy can do when the driver business is not his full-time job.

Now I love Linux. But this crappy driver support will keep it from being widely accepted. I can't use my scanner, and likely never will. Creative has been promising official drivers for as long as I can remember, but still hasn't delivered. The only bright spot is NVIDIA's excellent drivers which are routinely trashed my self-appointed Linux zealots because they are not open source. BIG FREAKING DEAL! The majority of the open source drivers I use are half-baked and the one binary-only one I use works nicely. I'll take "functional" over "open" any old day. Open is great in theory, but if it doesn't work, it doesn't work.

I think I better have a little lie-down.

Monday, June 4, 2001

MathLib Tip

Just a little tip I picked up today. If you own a Handspring Visor and want to install a program that uses the MathLib library (such as the excellent ProMash PilotBrew Calculators), you do not need to install the MathLib library itself. Its functions are in the Visor's ROM already. That'll save you 54K of space. That's not a big deal on my 8M Visor Deluxe, but it could be on a 2M Visor.

Wolfenstein Screenshots

Achtung Wolfenstein! posted 20 screen captures from the Return to Castle Wolfenstein trailer that was shown at E3 but was inexplicably not released on the Net. It's look very sharp. Let's hope the gameplay matches the eye candy.

Curse You, billg!

Looks like my home Win95 setup is down for the count this time. Every time I try to start it, I get a registry error and the system locks up. I propose a public caning for the bozo who came up with the idea of a binary-format registry.

So Windows is gone. Boo hoo. I suppose I'd be upset if I used it for real work, but I don't! I boot to Linux and do my real work, even play some real games, and I'll reinstall Windows if/when I get around to it someday. I only used it for games anyway. </Monday morning rant>

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