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Friday, May 17, 2002

Senator Responds

Back in March I urged to you contact your Senators (story) to speak against the CBDTPA. Today I received a letter back from Senator Kohl (D-WI). He states that while he shares my concern about the impact that this bill would have on innovation and "fair use" rights, he also feels that those who create intellectual property must receive compensation and have protection for their works. Although that is a very political answer and doesn't really state his position on the bill, he does hope that legislation will not be necessary. At least my voice has been heard and acknowledged on Capitol Hill.

Audigy Problems Fixed

I was having some minor problems with my Audigy in Linux. Some sounds would only play through one speaker or the other. After fiddling with XMMS (the open source answer to Winamp), I determined that if a program was using KDE's aRTs sound server, all the sounds would play fine. If it was using the OSS driver, it would only come out of one speaker. I pulled the latest driver from CVS and installed it. Now everything works dandy. It was more of an annoyance than anything else, but it's nice to have it fixed. Thankfully, the strange sound problems I was having with Red Hat 7.2 and the emu10k1 driver are gone as well.

The long and the short of it is this: if you use Linux and are considering getting a SoundBlaster Audigy, go for it. The drivers work great for standard analog output. I can't verify the digital output since I don't have a digital sound system to try it with. If someone wants to buy me one, I'd be more than happy to test it for you. :)

Thursday, May 16, 2002

ThreeWave 1.5 Released!

The ThreeWave team has released version 1.5 of their popular Capture the Flag mod for Quake III Arena. You can view all of the changes since 1.2 and check out the mirrors to download the patch from 1.2 (55M). A 180M full installer will be available soon. Go get it!

Crossover Plugin 1.1.1 Released

CodeWeavers has released version 1.1.1 of their Crossover plugin for Linux. The above link contains a list of fixes. In case you don't remember, Crossover allows you to run Quicktime, Windows Media Player, and other programs using WINE in Linux. It works very well, I must say. No affiliation, just a very satisfied customer.

IE Patch Du Jour

Microsoft has just released a new patch for Internet Explorer 6.0 and 5.x, fixing a number of vulnerabilities. All IE users should snag this one either from the above link or from Windows Update ASAP. Having said that, it appears that not all of the outstanding IE exploits have been fixed. Thanks Slashdot.

Attack of the Clones Review

CmdrTaco over at Slashdot posted his review of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. There are some minor spoilers, but probably nothing you don't already know if you've watched the T.V. ads at all. I linked to this one because it is a review done by someone who is actually a fan of the series (as I am). That way, he can answer the musical question: is the movie worth it for Star Wars fans? I hope to answer that question personally when I'm on vacation next week.

New JKII Dedicated Servers

Raven has released new dedicated servers (version 1.03a) for Windows and Linux. You can snag them from 3D Gamers. Here's what the new version fixes:
Updated Binary includes fixes for:
1.03a- fix com_error on very large packet fragments
Thanks Blue.

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