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Friday, September 14, 2001

Wolfie Test Preview

Gamespot apparently couldn't keep their paws off the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer test and posted a preview. Of greatest interest to me is the fact that the flamethrower will indeed be in the test. Then I can run around and pretend that all my opponents are bin Laden. Thanks Blue's News.

Mozilla 0.9.4 Released

Mozilla has released version 0.9.4 of their cross-platform, open-source, web browser suite. Get downloading! Use it. Love it. Check out the release notes for all the details. The best part, IMO, is code to eliminate pop-up/pop-under ads. Muhahaha.

Wolfie MP Test Info

Blue got a press release from id and Activision about multiplayer test for Return to Castle Wolfenstein which should be available tomorrow. Here's a snip:
MESQUITE, Texas - September 14, 2001 - Get ready to start those downloads. The Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer compatibility test will be available starting Saturday, Sept. 15, from id SoftwareTM and Activision, Inc. (NASADQ: ATVI). The test, which will be available via download at,, and on multiple mirror sites across the country, gives gamers a chance to compete in a special multiplayer map from id Software's Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Players are encouraged to provide feedback to the team on gameplay and compatibility via email at The multiplayer test is not the official demo for Return to Castle Wolfenstein and does not contain the single player portion of the game.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer pits players in a team-based Axis versus Allies contest for front-line domination, where multiple player classes must mobilize and work together to accomplish mission objectives. The multiplayer element of Return to Castle Wolfenstein is currently in development by Nerve Software with assistance from id Software and Gray Matter Interactive.
id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with word that there will be a Mac OS X version of the multiplayer test. I hope a Linux version will be available too. If not, I hope a client will be available for the full version.

Pondering the Imponderable

It may sound strange but I've had some reasons to feel good this week. I've seen our big, dysfunctional American family come together. It's like how brothers and sisters will fight constantly, but heaven help the person outside the family who would dare hurt one of them. The other siblings will set their differences aside and face the problem together. That's what I see happening in America right now. My faith in humanity (at least the majority of humanity) has been strengthened.

You may or may not have noticed that an American flag is at the top of all of our pages now. All of our taglines have been replaced with "Remember the Towers." May we always remember them. May our troops remember them when they go off for vindication.

J.t.Qbe comments: Maybe it's been too long since the world has seen America stand united, but they're seeing it now. Yes we disagree, yes we argue amongst ourselves, but when we need to be there for each other, we do it. And yes, I went down and got a big flag for the house today.

A.T. Hun comments: Mine's been flying (except when it has been raining around here) since yesterday. It will remain flying as long as weather permits here.

Thursday, September 13, 2001

Wolfie Multiplayer Test Saturday

id and Activision have pushed back the release of the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer test to Saturday. While nothing official has been said along that line, perhaps this is in respect to President Bush's declaration of a national day of mourning tomorrow. Thanks Blue's News.

Word Processing in Linux

Lost among this week's events is the fact that I finally found an excellent solution to my Linux word processing problems. I had been using the downloadable version of WordPerfect 8 for Linux with some success, but needed the full version to make use of different fonts and other things. The folks on corel.wpoffice.wordperfect8-linux tuned me into the WordPerfect for Linux Bible at The book comes with the full version of WP8 for Linux on CD. Best of all, it was only $12. Talk about a steal. If you are familiar with WordPerfect, the Linux version will be pretty natural for you. It also comes with about 5,000 pieces of clip art and 140 Type 1 fonts. A sweet deal at many times that price. Get it.

Why in the world Corel basically dropped this incredible program is beyond me. I wish they could release it (or at least most of it) under the GPL so that the hackers out there could keep working on it.

Reliving the Tragedy

One Slashdot reader who was on the 38th floor of the first World Trade Center tower to be hit shares his experience in escaping. He is one of the very fortunate ones. I'm sure we'll hear more harrowing tales like this.

UPDATE! J.t.Qbe sent me an email with a column by a writer for the Miami Herald. I found it online here. It sums up the attitude of every true American right now better than anything I've read. Go read it now.

UPDATE #2! I just heard that a friend of my sister was driving by the Pentagon at the exact moment that the plane smashed into it. He is fine, but he is shaken beyond belief. I can't imagine--I'm amazed he kept his car on the freeway.

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