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Tuesday, December 17, 2002

NFL Week #15 Final

I knew I was in trouble when I saw the two games that Eeyore and I had different. Oh well. I went 10-6 and Eeyore was 12-4. That makes back-to-back 12-4 weekends for Eeyore, and four weeks in a row that she has tied or beaten me! Year-to-date I am 142-81-1 (.634) while Eeyore is 133-90-1 (.594). Both of our fantasy teams lost. Thanks, Drew Bledsoe and the Patriots, for your inspiring performances.

Pondering the Imponderable

And, for no particular purpose at all, check out this Piranha Club strip.

ElcomSoft: Not Guilty

A jury in California found ElcomSoft not guilty of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You may recall that an ElcomSoft employee, Dmitri Sklyarov, was charged under the DMCA for revealing holes in Adobe's eBook format. Hopefully this will be the first blow in what will ultimately be the death of that miserable law. Thanks Slashdot.

Quake2 via Delphi

Okay, this is a frightening project: a bunch of folks have released a version of the C-language Quake 2 source converted to Delphi. For those who don't grok programming languages, Delphi is Borland's pascal brought up to "Visual" standards. I can't believe people put 10 months into that kind of project. Wild.

Sunday, December 15, 2002

ASUS A7N8X Review

HardOCP reviewed ASUS's nForce2-based motherboard, the A7N8X. It sounds pretty sweet. If I were building an AMD-based box today, I'd take a long look at that mobo.

NWN Linux Client Un-Delayed?

Bioware updated the Neverwinter Nights Linux client page with news that the client might not be as delayed as they originally feared. Here's the scoop:

We have just been informed by Rad Game Tools ( that they have Linux versions of both Bink and Miles. We will be getting our hands on these tools on Monday and we should have further information for you then.

This solves the two outstanding issues with the Linux Client, and I bet we will have even more good news for you in the coming week in terms of future Betas or Demos of the Linux Client. We here at BioWare are thrilled with this development.

We would like to apologise for the confusion arising from the Dec 13th update where it seem like we were blaming Rad for the delay. This is entirely untrue. We were stating that, to the best of our knowledge, we would have to find our own solutions for movie and sound playing in the Linux Client. This is no longer the case and we look forward to using the Linux Rad Game Tools just like we are in the Windows and upcoming Mac version.


A beta? I am SO there.

J.t.Qbe comments: This is really impressive, and I heartily applaud Bioware for supporting Linux in this way: I doubt that NWN sales due to the Linux client are going to pay for the development costs, so apparently Bioware is doing this out of the good of its corporate heart. If I didn't already own all of their games, I'd buy them as a show of support! If you're a Linux gamer and don't own NWN, buy it when the Linux client comes out. There's been some really amazing user-generated stuff released in the last few months. You could play this game for years without seeing the same sights twice.

But the undelay is sort of unfortunate: I was hoping to make some better progress on my backlog of games before getting pulled back into NWN. Oh well!

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