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Thursday, January 10, 2002

TW-CTF v1.2 Released

Threewave has announced the version 1.2 release on their site. Mirrors for the download are listed here.

New Patches Coming Soon

Blue got word that the 1.1 patch for Return to Castle Wolfenstein might be released as soon as today. I'm just hoping that the Linux single player binaries get released soon. Also, the Threewave team announced that version 1.2 of their popular Quake III Arena CTF mod will be released today. Expect links as soon as these come out.

Review: relnev's Quake 2 Port

Ever since id released the source code to Quake 2, relnev has been busily porting it to compile and run properly in Linux. In just a few weeks, he has really got it running well. Check out my review of version 0.0.8 of the port. Here's a snip to whet your tastebuds:
Compiling the source is quite easy. Just untar the code into your favorite location (I used /usr/src). If you want to compile a binary for playing Capture The Flag, use your favorite text editor to change the line at the beginning of the Makefile that says BUILDCTF_DLL=NO to BUILDCTF_DLL=YES. After that, just type make build_release. The only problem that I encountered with the compilation was that I didn't have the Mesa development files installed. I found it quickly on my Red Hat CDs and installed it. There is just something intrinsically cool about saying, "Hey! I'm compiling Quake 2!"

NFL Week #17 Final

Ahh, the last huzzah for the year. In the final week of the regular season, I went 9-6 and Eeyore went 8-7. For the entire season I was 150-98 (.605) and Eeyore was 141-107 (.569). In the 2000 season I was 161-87 (.649) and Eeyore was 132-101 (.566). She started in week #2 of 2001. So she improved by a few thousandths and I dropped by a full 11 games. Better luck next year?

For a good laugh, you can look back on my predictions for the playoffs. None of the three teams I picked to win their division in the AFC even made the playoffs. None of the three NFC wildcard teams I picked made the playoffs. The lesson here is: don't listen to me.

LBreakout2 2.1.2 Released

An updated version of what is quickly becoming one of my favorite games, LBreakout2, has been released. LBreakout2 is a Breakout/Arkanoid-style game for Linux that is incredibly addictive. You can snag the source here: lbreakout2-2.1.2.tar.gz Thanks Linux Games.

You will need SDL, SDL-mixer, and PNG libraries to run. They are included in most, if not all, Linux distributions. Just untar it then the old ./configure; make; make install and you are ready to roll.

Wednesday, January 9, 2002

How to Run a Microsoft-free Shop

From CIO magazine comes this article, a very high-level roadmap for freeing yourself from Microsoft. It's a little fluffy but still inspirational. If you're wondering whether or not you can do it--you can. For some good info on alternatives to M$, check out The Alternatives at The Microsoft Boycott Campaign. Even better is this list of alternatives. Have fun!

Sun Drops x86 Solaris

It's official: there will be no Solaris 9 for Intel. Ok, it may surprise you that there's an x86 Solaris at all, but there is--I've been using Solaris on a Pentium machine since 2.6. It gave me the chance to put Solaris on my resume, and that gets you noticed in Minneapolis. Still, this is no big surprise: there can't be much money for Sun in producing/maintaining an Intel version.

Pondering the Imponderable

Nope, we're not dead. I was just gone almost all day yesterday. J.t. and The Master must've spent the day in their underground lairs as well. It looks like I didn't miss a whole lot anyway . . .

The Master comments: Nah, there was nothing good to report. It's been a snoozer for news lately anyway. Man do I need to write another rant, I mean commentary, in my Master .plan.

J.t.Qbe comments: Hey, maybe some of us were WORKING yesterday, A.T.! You'll be happy to know that one of my New Year's resolutions is to write at least one Qbe Root during this calendar year. Unlike last year.

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