Sunday, November 23


Look! Up In The Sky!

It's... Well, it's the sky.

When Neverwinter Nights was first released, one of the shortcuts the designers took to simplify things was that the locked the "camera" - the viewpoint of the game - so that it was always looking down (at an angle, not straight down). That meant that the sky was never visible, so they didn't have to program for that.

Now, the second expansion, Hordes of the Underdark, is about to be released, and as you can see, this limitation has been corrected. Thoroughly so.


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Friday, November 07


G Is For...

Web site of the day is Googirl.

'Nuff said.

Update: No doubt due to the flood of traffic I just sent their way, Googirl seems to have gone down.

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Even The BBC

Even the BBC is not entirely worthless, it seems.

Not only are they bringing Doctor Who back to the screen, they are now producing a third (and fourth!) series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The new productions will feature most of the original cast, and even a cameo by Douglas Adams himself (taken from a previous recording).

This is good. This is very good.

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Sunday, November 02


Doesn't Suck

Pixy Misa's Doesn't Suck Award today goes to my new ISP, Swiftel. Of course, the truth is that they do suck, because they have to do with computers and everything involving computers sucks. That's Pixy's First Law. Still, they win the coveted Doesn't Suck award because compared to every other ISP in Australia (and never mind Telstra's Bigpond, which is galactic-centre-black-hole-grade suck), um, compared to the rest they don't suck at all.

They just upped my download allocation again. When I signed up, it was 6GB a month (my old ISP allowed me 2.5GB). That went to 7 the next month. Then 8. Then 10. Now it's 12. Only one month since I joined that they didn't boost the allowance. And the last two days of October were free because they were installing a new usage meter. And the new usage meter allows them to have free downloads - their news server is now free.

Plus all the usual goodies they've always had - free unlimited uploads, static IP address, freedom to run servers (I have a mail server and a web server running off that line... Of course, I also have a mail server and a web server running on the box. Everyone needs two mail servers and two web servers, right?)

And $6 per GB for excess downloads instead of $149. That's still expensive, but it's just annoying rather than terrifying. Leave the line running all weekend and the most damage I can do now is $48... With my old ISP it was more like $7000.

Yay! Swiftel! Yay!

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