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Thursday, April 25, 2002


I just had the pleasure of seeing my beloved Red Wings dismantle the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. This after Canucks GM Brian Burke whined to the media that his team wasn't getting any calls. They got the calls tonight and the Wings scored a short-handed goal for their troubles. One sign at the Joe read, "Burke. Shut up. Lose. Go Home."

Gates: Stripped-Down Windows Is Possible

In the Microsoft antitrust remedy hearings, Bill Gates admitted that a stripped-down version of Windows is possible. By "stripped down" they mainly mean without Internet Explorer and Media Player. Now, whether that is actually going to help anybody or not is another matter. For me, the main thing from the antitrust case is not what the government can get, but what competitors can get once the whole thing is opened up to lawsuits. I'm not a big fan of lawsuits, but losing money may be the only way to get Redmond's attention. Thanks Slashdot.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Diablo II 1.10 Patch This Summer?

The good folks at the Diablo II Network spoke with Blizzard's Bill Roper about plans for Diablo II. It seems that there is a 1.10 patch in the works which should be released around mid-summer. Among other things, it will add more crafted items and runeword items. It's a German site, but they were kind enough to include a translation for those of us without the Sprachgefühl.

Pondering the Imponderable

I've been enjoying the Jedi Master gametype in Jedi Knight II quite a bit recently. I haven't tried it online--this has all been against bots. In Jedi Master, there is one lightsaber. Whoever has it becomes the Jedi Master gets all force powers at level three. He gets frags for everyone he kills. All the others try to bump off the Master and take the lightsaber for themselves. You would think that the Jedi Master would be too powerful. But remember, everyone else is gunning for him and he can only use the lightsaber and his force powers to attack. Plus, everyone can see the Jedi Master wherever he goes as if they had force seeing just for him. Cool stuff.

In other news, I gave the CrossOver plugin the first torture-test yesterday as I used it to listen to the Red Wings game via Windows Media Player. I am pleased to report that it worked flawlessly. There didn't seem to be any weird memory leaks or other problems. It just worked. You can't beat that. Actually, I'm using it right now to listen to the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio.

Half-Life and Counter-Strike Clients Released

The eternity of lag you are enjoying at just about every gaming website comes courtesy of the fact that the patch for Half-Life and the patch for Counter-Strike have been released. Check out FilePlanet for the downloads, or use the auto-updater. If you don't have a burning need to get these right now, I'd suggest waiting until tomorrow for the mirrors to cool off.

And yes, it seems that Blue's News is crumbling under the strain. Our Webdog news and finger trackers will be offline until things calm down.

The Master comments: Ahhhh... that explains the molasses-like performance of the internet since about 1 pm.

Counter-Strike 1.4 Linux Server Released

The official Counter-Strike website brings word of the release of the 1.4 Linux dedicated server. The 1.4 Win32 client will be released later today. Expect Internet traffic to slow to a crawl as CS players snag the new release and try to find new ways to cheat with it. Thanks Blue.

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