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Thursday, June 27, 2002

John Carmack .plan Update

The ubergeek John Carmack updated his .plan with some corrections on his earlier .plan update (story) apologizing for some of his conclusions on Matrox new graphics chipset, and some comments on the new 3DLabs set. If you like mega-deep programming, go there. Now.

A.T. Hun comments: Well, that wasn't much of an apology :) The majority of his comments stand. It was interesting to see how impressed he was with 3DLabs P10 card. It's nice to see other companies keeping the heat on good old NVIDIA. Now if someone would do the same with Creative and their soundcards . . .

The Master comments: Dunno, from Carmack that's quite an apology. It's not often that he's wrong on technical issues with graphics :-)

John Entwistle R.I.P.

One of my favorite bass players (I used to play bass back in the day), John Entwistle of The Who, died today in Las Vegas of an apparent heart attack. He was 57. Entwistle didn't jump all over the place like his bandmates. He stood almost completely still and completely shredded. He was one of the first guys who made it cool to be a bass player. I saw this link on Shacknews.

NWN Linux Server Released

Bioware has released the Linux server for Neverwinter Nights. Hopefully this means that the Linux client won't be far behind. Unfortunately the installation instructions for the server include installing the game in Windows and then copying the data files over. Hopefully that won't be necessary for the Linux client. Of course, I'd be able to do it anyway. It would just be an extra step (or two).

Rob King Interviewlet on RPGDot

RPGDot has a short email interview with Rob King, composer for the last 4 Might & Magic games and some of the Heroes games too. It's fun fluff if you like those games. His music for the Might & Magics is some of my all-time favorite game music.

Is Palladium the GPL Killer?

That's what The Register thinks anyway. Granted, this article is filled with the usual Register hubris, but there are a lot of good points made. The thing that gets me about Palladium is that it will not exist to enhance my security, but the content providers' security, ensuring that Joe Six Pack isn't doing naughty things with his computer. It assumes tacitly that every computer user is a crook who needs Microsoft's all-powerful hand to keep him in line. Right. Thankfully, I have complete trust and confidence that Microsoft will find a way to screw this up. Although with all the negative press I'm reading, even from more "mainstream" publications, they might never get the chance to screw it up. Thanks Slashdot.

J.t.Qbe comments: Yep, once again Microsoft is making a bid to take computing power out of the hands of the user. Are you ready to place ALL your trust in Microsoft?

But I think it's going to have a very tough time getting off the ground. This thing will need to sell millions to tens of millions in order to be successful, and I don't think that'll fly. Businesses will have to replace their existing PC inventory completely, and that's a LOT of cash. For what? For some extra "security." Average users will have to buy whole new computers. Why? Allegedly to protect from viruses and spam. When users find out what they'll have to give up, they'll say no. I hope so, anyway--there are a lot of sheep out there.

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Browsing the Web in Linux

Linux Online has a nice overview of web browsers available for Linux. I started with Linux about two and a half years ago (story) and found the available browers--basically Netscape 4.7x and, um, not much else--to be wanting. You've heard me sing the praises of Mozilla. The author sings its praises too and gives an update on other browser projects, even some I had never heard of before. Thanks Linux Today.

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