Yeh, so… yesterday, amidst being sick 😕 , I did something to the music DB that Snake calls the “most boom thing [I’ve] done this year” 8) . [Chief Note: Actually, I said it “was the only boom thing [he’s] done all year”] I made it so that if a song doesn’t have a download or review URL filled in, the entry doesn’t have links in those areas. Of course, this makes it much easier to distinguish songs that can be clicked from songs that can’t… eliminating confusion (though I debate the possibility that it also eliminates page load time, since extra code has to be loaded to perform this trick). Also, Snake made it so that you can click the artist name and genre in the tables, and it’ll show all songs by that artist or of that genre!
We currently have 151 songs (mainly ones I added), and it looks like Quelog even rated one of the new ones! Maybe you won’t be dropped to contributing editor, que 😀 …
µhhh… oh yeh, it’s late… and, I just installed Windows XP 8) . Yeh, I put it on my second partition that I created @ Surge 2.1… it’s pretty amazing… even installed my sound card and keyboard all by itself. It also has much better options for adjusting My Computer and Start Menu appearance things than Win98. I still need to activate it and convert to NTFS though (I wasn’t sure if I should, since I have other files on that partition already).
Also, the new Music DB is pretty much complete… we have 62 songs currently, and all that needs changing, as far as looks go, is the old MOD logo on the home page 😮 . Check it out.
Since my GF4 sucks badly (probably cause I put a fan on it), I gotta get a new card for Surge 2.5 (3.0 if I get a switch, too), so… I looked the other day, and found my dream card. It’s expensive, but I should have it in a few weeks. It is OCSystem.com’s Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD nVidia GeForce4 Ti4600, w/ an extremely int heatsink/dual-fan cooling unit, 2 DirectX 8.1 games, and S-Video and DVI outs 😀 .
Finally, my IE problems are all squared away… Savior of DNS: Snake‘s dad’s Dell; savior of IE security: Que’s files; potential savior of modem-undetection-on-restart: Windows XP informing me I’m low on free IRQs.
Ok, so, we just had the 3rd beta for S&L Surge this weekend… and since I had to format to see if my video drivers would work afterward (which they didn’t), we didn’t do much. Played some CS (Gandalf was killed by an aspiring S&L member on ka_colosseum 😛 ) and SoFII demo (for about 15 minutes, as long as I could play w/out locking). Anyway, I’m gonna try installing WinXP today to see if that possibly fixes something, but if it doesn’t, I can’t review Freedom Force demo till I get a new video card 😡 .
Next and last… in the midst of the Surge, I missed the arrival of the NEW HL PATCHES!!! On the 24th, patches (update and full) for Half-Life v1109, and Counter-Strike v1.4, came out. Get em @ FilePlanet (links to them are everywhere on the front page); or, if you don’t want to have to wait in a line, or you’re having problems with IE security protocols, like me, go to FileFront. They’re only 11.6MB and 23.4MB! 8)
Revision (8:06PM): I just added another tweak to the Win98 Guide, under User-Interface.
Who said all Loogie does is update staff pages and fix CGI?! Well, if you did, you’re wrong .
I just reviewed 3 top-notch demos: Clive Barker’s Undying, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (MP Test), and Anachronox…
And, I’ve got one more on the way! By next week, I’ll have Freedom Force reviewed (I have to format and reinstall it first, my video drivers are queered up). Play those demos! 8)
I scanned over Tom’s Hardware Guide for the first time in a while yesterday. First of all, DDR-333 RAM is available now… if the chipset supports it, of course. The Intel i845 chipset now supports DDR RAM… only 266Mhz, though. Still, their article on 19 motherboards using this chipset shows it’s pretty badass. Because Socket478 is the new standard for Intel processors, you can use anything after the Northwood series in these… from 1.6-2.5GHz… and, because of the common BIOS options (backup TwinBIOS, monitoring, and huge voltage adjustment gaps), some of these mobos can even OC to 3GHZ+! A couple of things about the DDR: 4 memory “rows” are supported (a row being one side of a RAM module), and the max BW is over 500MB/s more than Intel’s former RAM, RDRAM. Most of these mobos have 6 PCI slots, 4X AGP, a CNR slot for expansions, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and an int feature that supposedly uses a security card put in a slot, kinda like DirecTV satellite receivers. Abit’s BD7-RAID, Gigabyte’s GA-8IRXP, and Soyo’s Fire Dragon won the compo. Finally, I found that USB 2.0 has a max BW of 480mbps (60MB/s)! That’s 40x faster than normal USB; 80mbps (10MB/s) faster than FireWire; and, according to a baud stat Snake found, 2,083x faster than original parallel ports.
I went and totally updated and converged 5 of our CGI scripts these past few days…
And, I just finished adding 2 entries (that’s a total of 19), and about 5 hotkeys, to the Win98 Tweak Guide.
For some reason, Snake didn’t post about this, but as you can see, he finished the new background set late last night… and all the colors are good w/ it… and he modified one of the S&L logos above. Also, you can now click on a logo, and it’ll instantly load the next one… try it.
Like my revised logo?
Whoa, HTML escape characters are int… here’s a big list of them. So is <CODE>. Don’t forget