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Monday, June 24, 2002

Neverwinter Nights Review

GameSpot posted their review of Neverwinter Nights, the latest role-playing game from Bioware. It seems like it would give my what I've been looking for in an RPG, something less complicated than Baldur's Gate, but with more depth than Diablo II. The main gripe I've heard about the game is that the graphics look a bit dated. I'd take gameplay over graphics any day. After all, Diablo II hooked me for the longest time and its graphics are, well, crap (256 colors?!?). Now I just need someone to review the Linux client . . . I've got 26G on my root partition that isn't doing anything. Thanks Evil Avatar.

Pondering the Imponderable

Nothing like an early morning heart attack! I was driving back home with one of my kids when the cruise control on the car got stuck. I had to ride the brakes through town to keep the speed down. I'm sure that didn't exactly extend their life. Thankfully we got back OK. It's more than a little disturbing when you have no control over your car's rate of acceleration.

Saturday, June 22, 2002

Real Keyboards

VipersLair has an article on a subject that you don't hear about very much, but affects each and every computer user. The subject? Keyboards. The author gives some background on keyboards in general and goes into the differences between the new silent keyboards and the older click (buckling spring) ones. Thanks HardOCP.

I couldn't agree more with him more. I'm using the same IBM Model M keyboard he is. It's built like a tank and will last forever. In a pinch, you could use it to beat an intruder to death. Afterwards all you'd have to do is rinse it off. The new keyboards today (including 99% of the ones you find in stores), ahem, suck. I feel like I'm going to dislocate my fingers every time I use one.

Northgate (remember them?) made a very nice keyboard in the IBM Model M tradition. The keyboard was one of the main selling points for their boxes. Back when I bought my first computer, I got a Northgate keyboard for it, which is still in service. The only gripe I had with it was that the left Ctrl key died early. I think all that Wolfenstein/DOOM playing did it in.

Finally, the author points to PC, a site run by a company called Unicomp which purchased IBM's keyboard technology from Lexmark. They build their own buckling spring keyboards. There is even a model list of IBM and Lexmark keyboards. They can build one just like any of them with their own logo on it. Way too cool.

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