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Tuesday, April 2, 2002

JKII First Impressions

I bought Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast yesterday. I played through the first two levels and did a little one-on-one multiplayer against a bot. There is a lot of puzzle-solving in the first level or so, but they aren't as impossibly horrible as some made them out to be.

Everything runs well with all the options cranked at 1024x768 on my system. Some people had reported massively slow level loading times. Initial level loads do take a little bit, but nothing horrible. Saves are nearly instantaneous. Reloads only take a few seconds. This is with my Athlon 1800+ and a GeForce3 Ti200 with the 21.83 drivers.

After playing a bit of multiplayer, I found out that learning to use the lightsaber and force powers effectively will take a bit of learning, but the power is obviously there. You can actually control the 'saber in JKII instead of hacking randomly a la JKI.

Monday, April 1, 2002

Microsoft Targets Unix--Using Unix

This one sounds like an April Fool's joke, but as far as I can tell it's true. Microsoft recently launched an ad campaign against Unix. They're going to show you how inflexible and costly Unix is compared to Windows (ha ha). They even have their own website devoted to the campaign:

Want to know what OS the site's running? Go to and paste into the "Examine" box on the left side. The result: Microsoft's anti-Unix site is running on FreeBSD. Ummm. . . no comment necessary.

Microsoft Buys AOL

AOL has given up the fight. In a widely-criticized deal, the media giant has been sold to Microsoft for a mere $42 billion. AOL representatives cited its recent financial woes as the motivation behind the sale. This is the end, folks. Microsoft now owns Netscape, its former best competitor. It now owns AOL, which MSN could never beat. Some of the details of the deal:
Next target: Unix.

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