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Friday, November 19, 2004

Thin(ner) CRTs Soon?

LG and Samsung are working on new thinner CRT screens. They aren't as thin as LCD or plasma, but they will have the higher quality CRT picture. Thin monitors are just too expensive right now and too limiting. A thinner CRT would be just what the doctor ordered. No matter what, more competing technologies means lower prices across the board. You don't have to be a CPA to know that that's A Good Thing. Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: We just updated our MIS PCs at work, and I tried out a flat-panel LCD monitor for the first time. It was a 19" high-end model, but I couldn't run it in a native resolution (I am visually limited to using lower resolutions) and it was AWFUL at lower res. I'm not sure I will ever be able to use anything other than a CRT, so I sure hope someone keeps making them.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Cedega 4.2 to Support Half-Life 2

Transgaming issued a press release (which I could only find on Linux Games, not on Transgaming's site), stating that Cedega 4.2 will support Half-Life 2. Cedega 4.2 is scheduled to be released on December 7. I think I'll wait for a few folks to try this out first before I give it a spin. I'm well over the minimum spec of a 1.2Ghz processor, 256M RAM, and a DX7 video card, but it remains to be seen how well Half-Life 2 will scale, especially with any overhead from Cedega. We shall see.

In a related story, AnandTech posted some benchmarks of Half-Life 2 using the latest and greatest hardware. Basically, any current generation video card will run the game extremely well. They plan to follow-up with older cards soon. They warn that the GeForce FX series is basically unplayable in the game with the DX9 renderer. I assume that means that there is a DX8 renderer that will work better.

Winamp: Not Quite Dead

There is a post on the Winamp site refuting the story that Winamp/Nullsoft is no more. While the show will go on, the fact remains that the founding members of Nullsoft are all gone. We'll see what the future holds.

The Master comments: That news article appears to have been pulled from the article index (the article itself appears to still be available). For what it's worth . . .

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