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Sunday, March 30, 2003


I just wrote out the check that officially makes me and my family credit card debt-free! A little more than a year and a half ago, my wife and I dedicated ourselves to getting the stupid things paid off. We had built up quite a balance. As of right now, we don't have one. Now this big trick is keeping ourselves from falling back into it. Of course, we also have to figure out what we're going to do with an extra two or three hundred dollars every month. I'm sure we'll figure it out.

J.t.Qbe comments: Congrats, A.T.! It must be very nice to get off the credit card ripoff wagon. We're headed that way ourselves.

JK3 Info? posted some information from a German gaming mag, claiming to be about Jedi Knight III. I'm going to file this under "I'll believe it when I see it." It sounds awfully ambitious (and awfully cool).


First: dang there's no good gaming news. It's like the Sahara in gaming news right now. Pft.

Second: There is nothing more fun that thinking your child has chicken pox, then realizing it's actually something else, THEN having a doctor tell you it's hives, and probably an allergic reaction to amoxycillin. Swelling hands and monster red marks all over your child do not make for good weekends.

J.t.Qbe comments: This week's (last week's--whatever) gaming news is Galactic Civilizations, a turn-based space strategy game which many are saying is what MOO3 should have been. Others call it "Civilization in space". The MOO comparison makes me cautious: I loved Stars! (and am still playing it) but didn't care for MOO1. Still, it looks and sounds pretty good; demo is due out in April.

Friday, March 28, 2003


We're getting a new home network built here, since Eeyore got herself a swanky new PC to play with. We couldn't run standard cabling to her PC, so we fired up a wireless network. This stuff works pretty well, I'm very surprised. I'm wondering what kind of performance Quake 3 will get over wireless :-)

The Master comments: Update! We've been running the new network for two days now. This is awesome. File transfers run local, without transiting to RR's network first, things run REALLY fast. We're getting 11 mb/sec on the wireless, and this router is blocking all of the garbage that used to rain on my PCs like tropical storms in the Gulf. The only things I don't like are the maintenance required to keep a wireless network secure, and ICQ file transfers seem to be really wonky. These are small problems compared to the fun I could have had running cat-5 through this apartment. The day I own a house, that sucker is going to be wired cat-5 EVERYWHERE.

J.t.Qbe comments: One of the first things I did when we moved into our house last summer was to get a run of cat5 between the basement and my upstairs office: I'm not yet sold on the security of wireless. In Qbe news, I got DSL a few weeks ago and it's working out pretty well. We moved from cable TV to satellite and cable modem to DSL, and are saving at least $35 a month over the cable company's continually rising rates.

The Master comments: I'm completely unsold on wireless security, which is why I intend to change settings relatively often to make things difficult. The nicest thing about our wireless is we're in an industrial park area, so there's a ton of wireless in the air that's a lot more attractive than ours. And I'm paranoid in the extreme.

NWN Linux Client: Beta Three

Bioware has released a third beta of the Neverwinter Nights Linux client. This one contains the following fixes:

I've been spending far too much time playing that game now that it works in Linux. I'm very pleased with the client so far.

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