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Tuesday, July 10, 2001

If Microsoft Can't Handle IM

ZDNet has an article asking the question that should be on everyone's lips: if Microsoft has had so much trouble with online services lately, can we trust them with Hailstorm? MS wants to be the conduit for all online transactions. If they've can't make a secure webserver or get MSN Messenger working after a week (all while providing no explanation), how in the world will they pull off their .NET initiative? Thanks Slashdot.

As an aside, I also enjoyed this quote:
Charles Fitzgerald, Microsoft's director of business development, . . . said that Microsoft has no plans to mine, sell, target or publish people's data stored in HailStorm.
"No plans" are the operative words. If you think they would never mine that data, I've got a New York bridge for sale . . .

The Master comments: Heck, if anyone believes that, I've got more than a bridge to sell. I've got this nice galaxy for sale-real cheap.

Switch to DSL

Well, my wireless Internet experiment was mostly a success. Still, I ran into some problems when I would inexplicably start dropping tons (> 40%) of packets. So, the good folks at EZ-Net are getting me set up with DSL. I just got word from them that the telco checked my line and we should be good to go on Friday. We shall see. This also should fix the problem I had with never being able to play online games in Linux with the wireless (I hope, I hope).

Monday, July 9, 2001

Dealing with Idiots

LinuxPlanet has a rather interesting real-life story of encountering some pro-Linux idiots. Now the author is very much pro-Linux too. It's just that the idiots in question could come up with nothing more intelligent than referring to Redmond's OS as "Windblows." They couldn't even pronounce the word Linux. Sometimes our friends can do far more damage than our enemies. Thanks Linux Today.

The Master comments: Oh, MAN did I chuckle reading this. Good stuff :)

New SoF 1.07 Patch

Raven's Rick Johnson updated his .plan with news of a new, albiet beta, 1.07f patch for Soldier of Fortune. The 1.07 patch released on Friday had a rather nasty crashing bug that they are working on getting fixed.

Satellite Radio

Ars Technica referenced this Wired article on a couple of companies' efforts to bring satellite radio to the masses. Basically they will be broadcasting commercial-free (or nearly commercial free) CD-quality audio to special receivers for a monthly fee. It sound like a godsend for people who spend a lot of time in their cars. However, with satellite TV and digital cable offering basically the same thing, will it fly mainly on the strength of commuters?

HL: Opera released

There's a new mod for Half-Life that has been released called Half-Life: Opera. This is basically a John Woo action mod for HL. I read over the home page and it sounds intriguing.

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