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Thursday, September 12, 2002

Good Eats

I love food shows. I have no idea why -- I can burn boiling water. My favorite is Alton Brown's Good Eats, a food show that looks at food from the science side of cooking. AB does a great job of breaking down food and cooking, and explains all those weird cooking terms you see in recipies. Today, Alton answers some questions from Slashdot readers. Some good stuff in there.

A.T. Hun comments: Back in my single days, I used to watch Graham Kerr's show whilst eating lunch. That way I could pretend that my can of SpaghettiOs was really a gourmet meal. Thankfully, my wife is a very good cook so I don't have to pretend anymore.

Mozilla 1.0.1 and 1.2 Alpha

The Mozilla team has rolled out two new versions of their browser, 1.0.1 and 1.2 alpha. 1.0.1 is just bugfixes to 1.0 without incorporating the new features in 1.1. 1.2 alpha is the latest bleeding-edge release. There may be stability issues with it, so caveat downloador. I'm actually going to stick with 1.1 at least until 1.2 goes beta. The new features like Type Ahead Find (which sounds really interesting) aren't worth the potential loss of stability to me. If for whatever reason you want to stick with 1.0, make sure to get 1.0.1 for the security and bug fixes.

UT2K3 Chat Log

Unreality posted an edited log of a chat with Epic's Mark Rein about Unreal Tournament 2003. Many of the typical questions are answered, as well as guesstimates on when the demo will be released. Hopefully we'll be able to see this thing once and for all this weekend! Thanks, um, everybody.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

This Is an Ex-Memory System

According to EBN, Intel is dropping RAMBUS altogether from its future products in favor of DDR SDRAM. That really breaks my heart. Not. It's always nice to see a company that tries to hold an entire industry hostage get hoisted on its own petard. Couldn't happen to a nicer group of folks. Thanks HardOCP.

NVIDIA 1.0-3123 Linux Drivers Released

NVIDIA has released their 1.0-3123 drivers for XFree86 4.x in Linux. The list of changes is somewhat slim. I've got them installed, so I'll let you know if they are any better than the 2960s. Thanks Linux Games.

UPDATE! 9/12 Performance is about the same on my system. I'm waiting to see if these drivers fix a problem I had with the 2960s where occasionally the screen would not properly switch to text mode after I exited X. So far, so good.

Enough Already!

OK, I appreciate that it's been a year now since 9/11, but most of the media are beating it to death. It seems like the goal of most of the things on the radio and T.V. are to get us all desperately sad. I fear that the memory of those lost is being exploited or at least misused. It's good to remember. There's nothing wrong with mourning. But this is ridiculous. If all we do a year later is cry, then we've missed the point entirely. What we should be celebrating is that we are the United States of America. Even horrific, cowardly acts like those committed against every American last year have not weakened us or destroyed us. Let what has happened to the Taliban serve as a warning to anyone else who gives sanctuary to bin Laden and his roving band of idiots. You're next.

That's the last I'm going to say about this. I promise. I plan on spending the evening ignoring what is on T.V. and instead playing Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Every time I take down a Nazi, I plan on yelling, "Take that, Osama!" at the top of my lungs. To each their catharsis.

J.t.Qbe comments: What? The media exploiting something? What an unusual concept.

While I certainly feel for those who lost loved ones a year ago, I think that the rest of us serve far better by moving on, by remembering, by doing a better job at being our "brother's keeper". And my own catharsis will be Baldur's Gate and a nice Paulaner Salvator.

Neverwinter Nights 1.24 Patch Released

I'm not sure how I missed this on Monday, but Bioware has released the 1.24 patch for Neverwinter Nights. It looks like the patch mainly fixes a bunch of crashing bugs.

Linux Binaries in the UT2K3 Box?

Epic's Mark Rein made this post on the Infogrames forums. He explained why Epic even bothered with Linux for Unreal Tournament 2003 (apparently some Windows users were griping that it was slowing development) and the possibility that the Linux binaries could be included on the UT2K3 CD. He also announced that Ryan C. "icculus" Gordon is doing the port. Thanks Linux Games.

September 11

Today is the one-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to say about today, and to write something about today. But I just can't find the words. I hope A.T. shows up later and does a better job than I can.

In rememberance of those who died . . .

A.T. Hun comments: I was listening to the radio as I took my son to school today. On the way there, I listened to a Top-40/80s station. I was rather annoyed that some flighty D.J. was telling me over and over again how I should feel today. On the way back I listened to the Imus in the Morning show. They were replaying some clips from the show as the attacks occurred. It was very moving. I hope we don't just look at today as a day to feel sad. I pray that we use the memorials today to strengthen our resolve not just to fight terrorism, but to obliterate it. As always, Mitch Albom puts it more eloquently than I could.

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