Thelfth week's summary
That week we went on exercise again and stayed on a farm, with all out material and machines around us, setting them up and having them run. In fact it wasn't a very interesting week (as if there had ever been one), but it was cold and that almost killed us. Of course I caught a cold and am not feeling too well now, but at least I'm not quite sick yet. We also had some differences within our team, but that is going to settle down. I guess everyone just wants to go home now and is really fed up with this military bullshit. Anyway, next week is going to look more or less the same I guess, hopefully without the farm and without the cold.
Quake 3 1.30 released
xlr8yourmac and other reports that Quake 3 1.30 for Mac OS 9 (it really does require OS 9.0.4 or up, as much as this may suck) has been released. Feedback has been mixed so far, but most people found it being better than 1.29f.
Quick Orbit/Comdex 2001 rundown
I've been to Orbit on Friday (in Basel) and was looking for some interesting new things, but found only little stuff. Ascom is launching its "Powerline" product series, a system that offers internet access over the power lines (if the local powerplant supports it, that is). Transfer rates can be as high as 4.5Mbit sec, which is very nice, but the hardware on the providerside is pretty expensive, I hear. The client hardware isn't though. I tested it quickly and I must say,it was very fast. Apple.com loaded in about 2 seconds or so, really fast.
Then the Swiss telephone companies were finally showing off their ADSL offerings, which is now also coming to us (thank god) and Microsoft was showing off Office for Mac. Many internet and design related companies used Macs to present their stuff, among them ArchiCAD 7.0. Otherwise there wasn't much to talk about, I hope MWSF is going to be better:)
799$ iMac is back
MOSR reports that Apple has quietly reintroduced a low cost, low spec iMac for 799$, The machine features a G3 500 and only 64MB RAM, 20GB harddisk and a CD-ROM drive. Dunno whether they're going to sell any of these.
IMG Has some interesting bits on gaming and gaming hardware, surely worth a look.
Mac on Linux
Slashdot notes that there is an article about running Mac OS apps on Linux (on PPC machines) and everyone is exited that it works. In fact I'm not surprised at all, same hardware, less emulation, more speed, where's the problem?