nullstream weblog - February 2004

A small succes with Linux

Cool Tech

February 29, 2004 05:47 PM PST

I've manged to get UT2004 demo running under Linux. I knew this would take a bit of work, and I was right. Good news it that I managed to get it working in only 1 hour. Still too hard for the average Joe I'm afraid. Lets recap the steps:

1. Download UT2004 demo for Linux
2. chmod the install file to make it runable.
3. Install as root.
4. Hmmm won't run, complains about Xfree-dri or some such thing.
5. Use Synapic to update all XFree files.
6. Reboot.
7. Still won't work.
8. Read the forums abit about drivers and such.
9. Download Latest Nividia Linux drivers.
10.chmod the driver files.
11. Attempt to install as root.
12. File says you can't install while X is running.
13. Switch to command mode login and try to kill X. (Doesn't work.)
14. Edit inittab as root, set run level to 3.
15. Reboot
16. Log in, Run Driver install.
17. Edit XF86Config file to use new driver, and to change some module settings.
18. Set inittab back to run level 5.
19. Reboot.
20. Log in and run the game by typing ut2004demo from a shell.

Yeah. Only 20 steps. Next step: ghost the drive again so I don't lose the magic.

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Pizza Box Formfactor HTPC

Cool Tech

February 12, 2004 01:37 AM PST

Anandtech has a review of the Asus Digimatrix small form factor PC: Anandtech link This thing is small.


* Very Small formfactor
* External power supply brick
* P4 up to 2.6Ghz
* Laptop optical drive included
* External secondary IDE on the back.
* USB 2.0 / Firewire
* Build in SIS (low end) video
* 100MB / 1000Gb / and 802.11b networking
* VGA, DVI, TV, HDTV out
* 5.1 Audio with optical out
* Built in FM / AM tuner
* Built in TV tuner with Video In (no hardware encoder
* Front Panel memory card reader
* Front Panel controls, volume knob and display
* 400 - 425 (with DVD / CD-RW drive)
* Remote

Negatives (that I can see)

* No support for standard PCI cards, only two internal mini-PCI
* No hardware MPEG encoder.
* S/Pif optical is on the front?!
* Low end on board video

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February 7, 2004 01:15 AM PST

People love their TiVos. But of course there are problems. Here's an overview of the pain involved with hooking a Series 2 Tivo up to my TV.

Continue reading "TiVo PITA 2"...

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February 7, 2004 12:42 AM PST

I went with TiVo a few months ago, after beating my head against the wall that is MythTV (subject for a later post). I've liked it so far, no doubt in a way that console gamers like consoles. It's easy to use, it has the "spouse acceptance factor" and it "just works."

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My Problems With Console Gaming


February 6, 2004 10:52 PM PST

This post at Ars Technica prompted me to write a bit about console gaming. Of course, from the legacy of SimCity, Half Life and WarCraft, I'm a PC gamer. Before I get to my problems with consoles, let me preface by saying these issues are probably not going to stop the growth of console gaming, and that is sad. Also, I realize that there are benefits to the console (I'll list below). But we'll be focusing on the negatives here. :-)

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Coolest Google Logo Ever


February 4, 2004 10:18 AM PST

Someone at Google likes fractals.

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