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Tuesday, October 7, 2003

PDA Upgrade

After almost 3.5 years (see my brief reference to it in the news), I decided to upgrade my PDA. I went from my faithful Handspring Visor Deluxe to a spanking new Palm Tungsten E. It set me back $199 at Best Buy. That's a nice price-point, since it includes a 320x320 16bit color screen, 32M RAM, and a 126Mhz processor. Once it's done charging, I can start playing with it, including trying to get it to sync with Linux. I'll sync it on my kids' Win98 box until I figure everything out.

Half-Life 2 in April?

A Vivendi representative is quoted as saying that Half-Life 2 will be delayed until April of 2004. Here's the quote:

"A third of the source code was stolen. It's serious because it forces us to delay the launch of the game by at least four months, that is to April 2004. Just the time to rewrite parts of the game," VU Games president of international operations Christophe Ramboz told daily Les Echos in its Tuesday edition.

It's hard to say if this guy knows his head from a hole in the ground, but I'm sure we'll hear more about this from Valve. They've been more than happy to contradict Vivendi on a number of different circumstances.

NFL Week #5 Final

Well, I'm glad that I didn't give up on the Monday Night game. The Colts' comeback reminded me of the Bills amazing playoff comeback against the Oilers a number of years ago. Unfortunately, that kept Eeyore and me from getting double-digit wins. We tied at 9-5. Overall, she is 49-25 (.662) while I tag along at 46-28 (.622).

Jedi Academy Review

If you read this site regularly, you've heard me babble on like an idiot about Jedi Academy. But now, after playing the game a few times, how do I really feel about it? How well does it run in Linux under WineX? Is dicing things up with a lightsaber really as much fun as it sounds? Well, read my review and find out!

Monday, October 6, 2003

SGI Compares SCO, Linux Kernels

Heres a Slashdot post with some discussion on SGI's announced comparison of the SGI copy of System V UNIX and the Linux 2.4 kernel. Their results? The similarities are "trivial in amount". Some good news. Now, if IBM would do the comparison and announce the results, that would be a good thing.

Blame IE for Half-Life 2 Leak?

This eWEEK article seems to blame "known and unpatched vulnerabilities" in Internet Explorer for allowing the source code to Half-Life 2 to be stolen from Valve. The article is long on accusation but very short on details. Even if IE is at least partially to blame, I still question Valve's networking policies.

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