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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

DOOM III Interview, Part 3

The third part of the id Software DOOM III interview is online. This one includes interviews with Graeme Devine (sound) and Tim Willits (lead designer). They discuss the new sound system in D3, and some commentary on how the new game is being put together and storyboarded.

Monday, May 27, 2002

More Imponderables

Bleh. Well, my vacation is ending with a bang. Not only didn't I get to see Attack of the Clones but the God-forsaken Nordilanche beat my Wings in overtime. Now I get to drive home tomorrow whilst my one-year-old has the trots.

id Software Interviews, Day 2

GameSpy has posted their second batch of id Software interviews, discussing Doom III with Fred Nilsson (animator) and Christian Antkow (sound design).

Pondering the Imponderable

Whelp, today's the last day of vacation. I'm hoping we can see Attack of the Clones sometime today. Tomorrow we try to get our hands on a suitable rental car to get us back home.

While I've been home, I've been using my parents' new Dell Dimension 4400. It's a 1.7Ghz P4 with 256M DDR RAM. Yes, my parents are ahead of me in the CPU cycles race, although my Athlon 1800+ still outperforms it. I'm amazed that with such a powerful system, Windows XP Home really makes . . . it . . . feel . . . slow. I think the main bottleneck is the 16M ATi Rage 128 Ultra. I know there are ways to turn a lot of this graphical crap off, but since it's not my computer, I don't want to mess with it. It has been stable though, I'll give it that, but I haven't exactly been pushing it either. I must admit that it's nice to go home and still have a fast computer with broadband to use :)

There's really nothing in the XP interface that you wouldn't get with KDE 3.0. I've been very impressed with it since I got Red Hat 7.3. It even has options when you first run it to make everything work like Windows 9x to make the transition easier. I just wish I could get more people to see KDE 3.0 so they could realize that Linux doesn't have to be big and scary.

In other notes, I'd like to give the good people at Microtek a big kick in the face for the way their USB scanner drivers install in Windows XP. What a pain. I thought my dad was just being silly when he talked about his confusion with them. If I didn't have a good working knowledge on how Windows handles drivers, I wouldn't have been able to get it either. Blech. It is working now, but I just hope that he never has to reinstall it. Plus, if you want to get the new drivers, they come in eight separate bits as if you were going to install them all from floppies. If you change the directory it expects to install from, it will puke. Great job, guys. Not. Once the scanning utilities are installed, they are not exactly the most user-friendly things in the world. My el cheapo Visioneer scanner was as simple as simple can be. This ain't rocket science, Chester.

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