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Friday, October 11, 2002

America's Army 1.30 Patch

The 1.30 patch has been released for America's Army. It includes a new map and adds a number of new features to this popular free shooter from the U.S. Army.

NWN 1.26 Beta Patch

Well, that didn't last long. It seems that some people are having problems with the 1.25 patch for Neverwinter Nights. Bioware has released the 1.26 beta patch for people who are experiencing some "issues" with 1.25. Since it is beta, it is unsupported. I patched my copy, but haven't played it so I don't know if any of these bugs will affect me.

Ren and Stimpy: Gross as They Wanna Be

A brief interview with John Kricfalusi removes any fear that the new episodes of Ren and Stimpy will be watered down in any way. The new episodes will appear next year on TNN. The article specifically mentions a follow-up to their "Fire dogs" episode which should be a riot. This is great news for people like me with terribly bad taste. Thanks Blue's News.

Jim Seymour, Rest in Peace

Longtime PC Magazine columnist, Jim Seymour, passed away suddenly. I've been a subscriber to PC Mag since I was in college. I've been wondering why Seymour hadn't had a column for about half a year. I'll miss reading his insight into the business side of computing. Blue had the link.

J.t.Qbe comments: That's too bad. In some ways he and Dvorak were the best part of PC Mag.

Making the x86 fast

There's an interesting article online over at Chipgeek titled "A Way to Revolutionize x86 CPU Performance". In this article, x86 performance is discussed from the perspective of extending the x86 architecture to allow additional GPU registers to increase code performance. Good read for the uber-geek machine language crowd.

Thursday, October 10, 2002

UT2K3 Crash Fix for Linux

If you've had problems like I've had with the Linux version of Unreal Tournament 2003 segfaulting when you try to create a single-player profile, then I've got good news for you. A fix has finally be found and a most unlikely one at that. Apparently if you don't have your own IP in the /etc/hosts file, the game will crash. Strange, but true. The next patch will include a more graceful way to handle this problem.

NWN 1.25 Patch Released

Bioware has released the 1.25 patch for their popular RPG, Neverwinter Nights. You can get it through the built-in updater in NWN. You can read the entire, gory changelist here. Perhaps most importantly, it adds new content including kobolds! :)

Mandrake 9.0 and Visors

The only gripe I've had about Mandrake 9.0 so far is getting my Visor Deluxe to sync with JPilot. Mandrake uses devfs which creates the /dev entries as the devices are needed. That's all fine and good, except that I can't change permissions on a device that doesn't exist. By default, only root can read and write it.

I found the solution via Google. There is a script called /etc/dynamic/scripts/visor.script that is run whenever a Palm or Visor is being synced. It creates a temporary symbolic link from the proper devfs entry to /dev/pilot. I changed the line that reads:

ln -sf $2 /dev/pilot

to read

ln -sf $2 /dev/pilot && chmod 666 $2

Basically, besides creating the symbolic link, it also gives read/write permission to everyone to that port. Since it only exists for the duration of the sync with devfs, there are no potential security issues (not that I think there are any in the first place).

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