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Friday, January 3, 2003

How Ya Like the Big Ten Now?

So much for a down year in the Big Ten. Football teams from my favorite conference went 5-2 this bowl season, including my Wolverines' victory over Florida and tonight's Ohio State victory over Miami. I guess football isn't dead in the Midwest after all.

WP Filter for OpenOffice Coming

The Inquirer reports that a WordPerfect filter for is in the works and is "very close to release". Note this article is about a month old. If a decent WordPerfect filter comes out, I'll begin transitioning over to I've got better than 15 years worth of documents that I can't afford to just ditch. I'll keep you posted on this one.

Linux XBox Donor Revealed

Some time ago, an anonymous donor offered a $200,000 bounty to the first person who would a) get Linux running on a modded XBox, and b) get Linux running on an unmodded XBox. The first part has been completed and the group's $100,000 is forthcoming. Now comes the announcement on the Linux XBox site that the anonymous donor is none other than Lindows' Michael Robertson. I may disagree with the man on some of the technical decisions with Lindows, but you have to admire his ability to thumb his nose at Redmond.

Top Ten Vaporware of 2002

Wired asked for nominations for the 2002's most vaporous vaporware. People responded. In what I would consider a shocker, the Mac/Linux ports of Neverwinter Nights came in second place! I'll bet you can't guess what #1 was, although I wonder if it is proper to call it vaporware. Even vapors actually exist.

J.t.Qbe comments: You know, I was just reading an article in PC Gamer magazine which proclaimed the greatness of that, um, #1 vaporware title. The magazine was from mid-1997.

Thursday, January 2, 2003

Happy Birthday, Internet!

On January 1, 1983, ARPANET switched over to TCP/IP, officially making it the Internet we know and love. Yesterday marked its 20th birthday. Here's a snip from that article by Internet pioneer, Vint Cerf:

January 1, 2003 marks the 20th anniversary of the deployment of the Internet. On that date in 1983, the sponsoring organization of the Internet, The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), together with the operator of the Internet, the Defense Communications Agency (DCA), now the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), declared that all users of the ARPANET (Internet's predecessor) had to switch from using the older Network Control Protocol (NCP) to the new Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). The users of the Packet Radio and Packet Satellite networks were already using the Internet Protocols to communicate with selected hosts on the ARPANET but the 1983 Flag Day marked the moment that ALL ARPANET net hosts had to convert to the new protocols.

Thanks HardOCP.

Past Two Days' News

Recent Headlines

January 5, 2015: It Returns!
August 10, 2007: SCO SUCKS IT DOWN!
July 5, 2007: Slackware 12.0 Released
May 20, 2007: PhpBB 3.0 RC 1 Released
February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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