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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Jedi Academy Gold

The official LucasArts site announced that Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy has gone gold and will hit stores on September 17. Oh please, oh please, oh please let this work with WineX! Thanks Blue's News.

Spending Like a Drunken Sailor

Let it never be said that A.T. Hun does not support the local economies. After dropping some money on a laser printer the other day, my monitor showed signs of going to the great beyond. I picked up a ViewSonic UltraBrite A90f+ today. It's pretty nice and pretty huge (19"). I can really tell that the brightness was going on my old one. I've got the brightness cranked way down and this one is still far brighter than my old one ever was. I'm also trying to get used to a 1280x1024 resolution.

I feel kind of bad about getting this (no "Woohoo! New computer stuff!") since I really didn't have a chance to save up for it and I really didn't mind my old one. Good thing we're getting that early tax break check to cover this. Of course, within two months I'll be getting $120 worth of rebates too.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Money Where My Mouth Is

Well, I've officially done it. I'm putting down money to buy a Linux distribution for the first time. What one did I determine to be worthy of my cash? Slackware 9.0. I've been using it full-time since May 27. I've been very happy with it. It may seem strange to pay for something that is "free," but I want to support Patrick Volkerding as he keeps developing Slackware. He needs to eat too. Plus, I could buy four or five copies of a Linux distro before I would equal one Windows XP Professional upgrade.

J.t.Qbe comments: Wow, congratulations on officially becoming a Slacker! Ladies and gentlemen (or whatever), this is the same guy who, when I told him about Linux back in '97 (when I was using Slackware 3), said, "What use do I have for a Unix clone?" I knew that he'd see the light, though--he's a true computer geek. Slackware is a great distribution and a truly worthy cause.

Windows Worm Spreads

A new worm called MSBlast by its author (aka W32.Blaster and W32/LuvSan) is taking advantage of a vulnerability in Windows' RPC code to attack systems all over the Net. The details are here on Microsoft reacted pretty quickly to this vulnerability. There's been a patch for this since July 21. If you run Windows NT, 2K, 2K3, or XP, you'd best get patching if you haven't already (see the first link for details). Symantec has created a removal tool if you've already been infected.

The Master comments: Let me tell ya. There is a TON of this on RoadRunner's network. I'm seeing nearly constant traffic to port 135 on my firewall. This thing has got to be out of control on broadband networks.

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