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Thursday, March 1, 2007

More Reasons Why M$ sucks

I purchased an external Firewire-based hard drive enclosure so I could add some storage to my system without adding more PSU load, and I was quite pleased with it. Until I moved it to my Audigy's SBP-2 based Firewire port. Then, if I pushed the drive hard in any way, it would lock up, and the drive would die and corrupt whatever I was writing to the disk.

After much head scratching, I found Microsoft KB article 885464 which describes my problem exactly, and what to do to fix it. What do I do? Pay M$ $60 dollars for the privilege of installing a hotfix. They can kiss my butt. Luckily, I can add another Firewire port that ISN'T based on SBP-2 through my mobo, which will resolve this (I think).

Flippin' Microsoft. I really need to take the plunge and get myself on Linux. I've about had enough frustration for one lifetime with the M$ "gimme your money" stickup game.

Loving that new GMail Feeling

Has anyone else noticed that now that GMail is open to anyone, suddenly trying to delete an email or read a new email seems to mainly result in dialog boxes indicating "error code 717"? I am LOVING the new GMail.

Joining OpenDocument?

/. has an article up discussing California's possible move to OpenDocument. This is good news for everyone in the open-source movement, and anyone who wants to truly own their documents. Texas and Minnesota are also looking at a switch to OpenDoc, so this is good news all around.

Who Wrote 2.6.20?

LVN.net has posted an article investigating Who Wrote 2.6.20? This article looks at a slew of various measures of work done from 2.6.19 to 2.6.20 and from 2.6.16 through to 2.6.20, and who "paid" for this work (IE: who the various kernel hackers worked for). This article was FASCINATING reading.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Multiwinia Announced

Interoversion has announced a forthcoming multiplayer version of Darwinia, named Multiwinia. Blue has the complete press release, but here's a snippet:

The self-proclaimed 'last of the bedroom programmers', Introversion Software, confirmed rumours today that they are working on a multiplayer version of their hit title Darwinia for the PC. Multiwinia will combine elements of the award-winning Darwinia, with the addition of multiplayer support which will enable both co-operative and competitive battles between massive Darwinian armies. As well as the traditional single player mode, Multiwinia will offer a series of separate game modes, each with a number of unique levels offering a variety of new challenges.

How FairPlay Works

RoughlyDrafted Magazine has an article up titled How FairPlay Works: Apple's iTunes DRM Dilemma. This article is a very nicely written exploration of the how the Fairplay DRM system works, and why Apple is so intent on keeping it secret, and the price Apple pays for using DRM.

No Old 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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