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Friday, March 29, 2002

Yahoo Fast One

Slashdot is reporting that Yahoo has taken it upon itself to reset all of its users' marketing preferences to "Yes." In other words, "Please let any idiot contact me about useless crap." The Slashdot link contains instructions for switching everything back. I checked mine (which I'm currently using for a March Madness pool) and sure enough, everything was marked "yes."

UPDATE! MSNBC got wind of this too.

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, I have even more reason to be happy for the new CrossOver plugin. I discovered that all of ESPN Radio's streams have been switched over to Satan's Own (tMS) media format: Windows Media. The st00pid sports radio station around here only plays the Dan Patrick show and even then it joins the show an hour late and then replays the first hour at the end. Duh.

RTCW 1.31 patch

Activision has released the version 1.31 patch for Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Here are the release notes (thanks to the Shack for those). You can get the patch from the following mirrors:


Welp, Blue is down again for some reason, so it looks like our finger and news trackers may be down for a while. One of these days I intend to work on getting the Webdog finger tracker code working local so I don't need to depend on an outside source for our finger tracker, but that's going to have to wait for our web server upgrade. Whenever I can get that done :-/

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Sweet New Clie

Sony continues to kick major Palm-powered butt. They just introduced their new Clie PEG-NR70, which includes a 480x320x16bit screen, built-in MP3 DSP, 16M RAM, and a 66MHz processor. It has an innovative design clam-shell design that includes a hardware keyboard. Very cool stuff. Too bad this sucker is going to cost a cool $500. Thanks Slashdot.

Sweeney Pokes Fun at the GeForce4 MX

Looks like Epic's programming guru Tim Sweeney decided to take a few friendly swipes at NVIDIA's GeForce4 MX at the GDC. My favorite is him labeling himself as "Carmack MX". Methinks they should unchain poor Tim from his PC more often :)

CrossOver Office 1.0 Released

Codeweavers (the makers of the CrossOver plugin I'm always raving about) has announced CrossOver Office that allows you to run Windows productivity apps under Linux. Right now it supports Lotus Notes and most of M$ Office (excluding Access). I personally loathe Office, but it might be nice for someone wanting to wean themselves off Windows. If they get Quicken to work right, then we'll be all set.

And yes, I've tried Kapital and GnuCash, but neither one really cuts it for me. I'm hoping that changes.

UPDATE! Slashdot linked to this Newsforge review of a beta version of CrossOver Office. Here's a snip:
"Codeweavers has done some incredible work by hacking wine to let you run Office 97/2000 on your favorite Linux distribution," says Hetz. "However, lots of people won't like this product. If you're using vi/emacs as your word processor, or you just fell in love with Latex and you're doing all your emails in mutt -- then you don't need this at all (unless you want to support Codeweavers -- they DO give all of their work back to the LGPL Wine tree). If you're a corporate user, or you're used to working with Office 2000, and can't live without it, or you don't like the Linux alternatives -- then this product is for you."
As I pointed out above, the 1.0 release does not support Access or IE, most likely because of the bugs some of the reviewers encountered.

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