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Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Naked PC == Stealing

At least from Microsoft's point of view. Apparently when you buy into one of M$'s volume licensing plans you are only buying upgrades. Thus if a company buys "naked" (i.e. no OS) machines and format the drive with a standard install of Windows, you'd better hope you aren't audited. Yep, that's right, you get it twice: once when you buy the PC, and once when you buy M$'s volume license. I wonder how many companies are in non-compliance right now because of this? Check out this page on Microsoft's site for a good laugh. Or cry. Thanks Linux Today.

J.t.Qbe comments: But remember, Microsoft isn't a monopoly and is good for the economy. Bah. Qrap like this is the reason why I won't spend money on a M$ "OS" ever again. Yep, it's going to get tough when they force everyone to XP and there are no more games available for lowly 98/95/3.1/DOS, but you have to take a stand somewhere.

The Master comments: I remember looking at all their licensing crud online late last year and not understanding what they wanted of us, but knowing somehow we, as consumers, were getting hosed. Now I know I was right.

Qbe Is Back. . .

. . . and ornerier than ever. Well, maybe not. After 10 days offline, I finally got the cable modem and home network back on the internet last night; I'm officially back at work today. We're almost completely moved into our new house (I just need to go clean out the old one and get a few miscellaneous possessions). Now we get to enjoy the thrill of unpacking. For the first time in our married lives (and 11 moves) we're throwing away boxes. Hooray!

While offline I was able to spend some quality time with Age of Wonders II and Morrowind, both great games if you're a fan of turn-based strategy or first-person RPGs.

Ultimate Bar

Hmmm, I'll have to see if I can convince my wife to let me pick up this baby and turn it into a bar for my basement. Oh the possibilities! Wouldn't a couple of homebrew taps look suh-weet coming out of that?

J.t.Qbe comments: Nah, what you want is a VAXbar.

Mozilla 1.1 Released

The Mozilla team has released version 1.1 of its open source web browser. Check out the release notes, then start downloading a build for your OS!

The Master comments: FWIW: I just downloaded the Mozilla 1.1 install for Win32, and gave it a whirl to check out my business website. Works perfectly and does an excellent job of rendering our site. I really like all the detailed page info you can get from Mozilla. Good stuff.

Monday, August 26, 2002

NWN 1.23 Patch Released

Bioware has released the 1.23 patch for Neverwinter Nights. It is available via the updater in the NWN launcher and as a manual download (1-6M), although the latter method is not recommended. They list a lot of fixes, the most significant of which is that SecuROM disk checking has been removed. That was causing a lot of problems for a lot of people. If NWN was GPFing on launch for you, this probably will fix it. Hopefully that will also aid in the Linux port.

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