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Saturday, August 25, 2001

Netscape Only, Please

Weird. I just visited the FCC web site to change the address on my ham radio license. That type of thing can be done online now, but get this: full functionality is only available to Netscape users. Internet Explorer users only get a limited subset. Had to fire up Netscape (and hope it wouldn't crash the system) in order to get the job done.

And now for something completely different: here in Battle Creek, Michigan, the federal center (nice place--I almost worked there) had a mock terrorist drill this week. It was cut short when a guy allegedly displayed what appeared to be a pipe bomb. Oops, it wasn't real, but it was A PRANK. What? With loads of police and security around, he didn't have enough sense NOT to do this? Yikes. Read about it here, if you care.

Even More DOOM Legacy

I'm having entirely too much fun with DOOM Legacy in Linux. Granted, DOOM Legacy adds some cool graphics updates, but it's amazing how well the game itself holds up after almost ten years. There aren't many games that have inspired the following that DOOM has. id certainly has its work cut out for them when the new DOOM comes out.

Friday, August 24, 2001

WinXP Goes Gold

Well, they beat the DoJ to the punch. WinXP has gone gold. Contrary to the prices give in the Ars Technica article I linked to today, it'll cost you $199 to upgrade to WinXP Professional. Ouch. Gee, I wonder what will be in the next issue of PC Mag?

XP Home vs. Professional

Ars Technica gives a quick overview of the differences between WindowsXP Home Edition and Professional Edition. It sounds like if you are anything vaguely resembling a "power user," you are going to want to pony up the extra coin for the Professional Edition. Maybe in a couple of years I'll have a machine powerful enough to run XP decently. Hopefully by then it will be moot.

Having said that, if the new DOOM is XP-only (which I'm certain it won't be) I may have to rethink it. Even if I were keen on remaining in the Windows world, I would wait until at least the end of next year and let all the early adopters iron out all the bugs.

If you are really interested in the latest and greatest in Windows, you'll want to check out Windows RG (Really Good) Edition. It has everything you've come to expect from Redmond's OSes.

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