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Monday, March 25, 2002

New USB Hub

I ended up going down to EZ-Net today and flinging some cash at them for a USB hub. Now I can keep all my devices (mouse, Visor, joystick) attached at all times. I have to laugh how Windows 98 likes to throw up everytime I install something with USB. As if Win98 throwing up about anything is a big surprise.

One of these days I'm going to get a USB scanner that will actually work in Linux so I can dump my parallel port one. It works OK in Windows, but my printer doesn't like playing with it.

JKII:JO Linux Server

Raven has released a Linux dedicated server binary for Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast which should be hitting stores at the end of this week. You can snag it from Blue's News.

Sadly, a quick email to Raven's Kenn Hoekstra reveals that Raven currently has no plans for a Linux client. Drat.

UPDATE! Sigh. I just read the comments on Blue's page regarding the Linux server. The very first poster basically demanded a Linux client and told them to shove the server. That's the sort of crap that gives Linux users a bad name. It makes me mad when Kenn was very quick in responding to my email, only to have someone else dump on them from a great height. Grow up, folks. And if you can't grow up, at least shut up.

Sunday, March 24, 2002

New Joystick Fun

My wife had to make a trek to The Big City to pick up some birthday presents for her parents. While she was out, I had her pick up a Logitech WingMan Attack 2 joystick for me. It's pretty sweet for only $19. It is USB so I don't have to jump through any gameport hoops anymore. Even better, I got it working flawlessly in Linux with a mere /sbin/insmod joydev and calibration via jscal. I tested it with Parsec and Tux Racer. Quite cool. In Windows I'm using it with XWing Alliance. My only gripe is that I now have three USB devices (mouse, Visor, joystick) but only two ports. Looks like I'm either going to have to get something like this so I can use the other two ports my mobo supports or I'm going to have to get a USB hub.

New Jailbreak/PoW

A new Jailbreak/Prisoners of War map pack has been released, bringing the total number of maps for the mod to over 65! I downloaded the full mod and map packs, which weigh in at a hefty 190M. The download is worth it though. Some of the new maps are amazing. Even the ones that might not be graphically stunning and still fun to play. I like it a lot.

Jailbreak/Prisoners of War is a team play mod. When you frag someone on the other team, they go to jail. When all the members of a team are fragged, they are executed and their opponents get a point. Any free player can release his teammates. Most of the jails also have escape routes if the captured prisoners work together. It's a simple idea, but it's a lot of fun.

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