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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Crossover 1.1.0 Released

Codeweavers has released version 1.1.0 of their Crossover plugin for Linux. Crossover allows Linux users to run things like Quicktime movies. This update contains numerous additions and fixes. The biggest two are the inclusion of Windows Media Player 6.4 support and multiuser support.

Naturally, I'd prefer if there were native support for these things, but since it will be a cold day in Hades when Apple will port Quicktime or M$ will port Windows media player, Crossover provides a good alternative. I bought it a few months back and haven't regretted it. Plus the money they charge ($19.95 until March 4) goes to support the development of WINE. Now if I can just get that multiuser support to work . . .

Not Quite Secret Service

Oops! When some Secret Service agents were shopping for souvenirs, they left detailed plans for Vice-President Dick Cheney's visit to the Olympics behind. Included were plans for sweeping the stadium before his arrival, exactly where Cheney and his family would be sitting, and exactly where the Secret Service would be positioned. Somebody's head better roll over this. Thanks ESPN.

Sun to Charge for StarOffice

I saw this a couple of days ago and forgot to mention it. It is rumored that Sun will start charging for StarOffice 6.0 for Linux and Windows but not for Solaris. I think this is a silly move for Sun. Linux users will just move to OpenOffice, the open-source version of StarOffice. Thanks Ars Technica.

Intel to Drop RAMBUS

EBNews is reporting that Intel will be dropping RAMBUS for all new CPU products. Apparently the i850 and i860 are the last chipsets that will support the technology. It seems like a strange move now since the P4 clearly can use the memory bandwidth and RAMBUS prices have dropped to almost the same level as DDR. Of course, I'm not shedding any tears for RAMBUS. The phrase "good riddence to bad rubbish" comes to mind. Thanks Slashdot via Anandtech.

Monday, February 25, 2002

CS:CZ Preview

Ferrango has posted a brief preview of Gearbox's forthcoming Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. I've tried to like CS. I really have. I just can't get into it. I don't like the idea of dying and then waiting forever while the remaining team members sneak around. I like to get in there--guns a-blazin'. To each their own. My big concern with CS:CZ is that it is still based on the Half-Life engine which is a modified Quake 2 engine. That's more than a little long in the tooth. It certainly won't compare graphically with other FPSs that will be released this year. Thanks Evil Avatar.

UD in Linux

Now that I've been running the United Devices client again (see our Team Haus page for more information), I decided to try it in Linux today using the 20010626-4 version of Codeweavers WINE. I use an older version because the latest version causes Quicken to crash quite easily for me. At any rate, all I had to do was mount my Windows drive, go to the United Devices directory, and run wine ud.exe. The only problem I've encountered so far is that it doesn't seem to be running in a low priority because it wants all the CPU no matter what. I also don't know how it will react when it tries to get information from and send information to the server. If it works, there's one less reason to run Windows! That's always a Good Thing.

System Update

I haven't been able to do much with my computer today because I've got the Martian Death Cold or whatever's going around here. Nevertheless, I am quite happy with the way it is working now. After fixing my IRQ conflict (story), I found the last major source of instability. Surprisingly, it was the ALi hardware monitor! For some insane reason it would suddenly read that my CPU temperature was 255C and the core voltage was 4.5. When that happened, everything would lock. Since I stopped running it, my system has been a lot more stable. Very strange.

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