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27-03-2002, 06:21 PM
Mirabilis has released ICQ version 2002A Beta 5.33 Build 3722. The version includes these new features:
-Expanded Search Functionality and Keyword Search
-New Email Signatures
-Enhanced User Preferences
-Improved Firewall Support and Detection
-Improved Integration with Microsoft XP
You can grab it here <http://dyn.icq.com/link.srdr?dest=http%3A%2F%2Fftp%2Eicq%2Ecom%2Fpub% 2FICQ%5FWin95%5F98%5FNT4%2FICQ2002a%2Ficq2002a%2Ee xe&id=1352>.
ShellShock's Crater <http://www.planetquake.com/shellshock/> has released a new version 02.03.25.00 of Q3Offline. The new release offers the following changes:
- Qstats now offers HTML output of game statistics
- A change in how cvars are executed so that all the selected options are in effect for the first map
- A new toolbar on the game's config page.
Grab it here <http://dl.fileplanet.com/dl/dl.asp?shellshock/Q3Offline.zip>.
Electronic Arts have started shipping Freedom Force <http://www.myfreedomforce.com/> to stores across the US. Here's the press release:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 26, 2002 - Pow! Bam! Crash! Villains Beware! A team of unlikely heroes known only as 'Freedom Force' has arrived to protect the citizens of Patriot City from the evil Lord Dominion. Heroic force will be called upon as EA and Crave Entertainment today announced that they have begun to ship the comic-inspired tactical Role Playing Game Freedom Force(tm) for the PC.

Flashing back to the Silver Age of comic books, players can form, train and lead Freedom Force, a team of 14 original comic heroes sent to Patriot City, to foil Lord Dominion's scheme of having the planet Earth destroy itself. The game consists of 22 unique missions, the majority of which will require a squad of four heroes such as the patriotic leader 'Minuteman,' the powerful 'ManBot' and the fiery 'El Diablo.'

A fully featured RPG skill system rewards strategic heroes by allowing players to juggle stats, pump up powers, recruit new heroes and strengthen existing heroes based on experience accumulated in tactical missions. The game's enhanced 'mod' element allows players to completely customize and/or create their own unique heroes and personal 'skins.'
For all you Grand Theft Auto fans, HomeLAN Fed <http://www.homelanfed.com> has posted that the much publicised GTA3 for the PC will be released in May from Take Two Interactive and Rockstar Games. Check what they said:
?It is an honour to work on the Grand Theft Auto games,? said Les Benzies, development director for Rockstar Studios, developers of ?Grand Theft Auto 3.? ?The PlayStation 2 version was a terrific achievement for us, and with the PC version, we?re looking forward to maximizing the game?s potential for the PC. We know that there is an enormous avid fan base out there that has waited patiently for the PC version of ?Grand Theft Auto 3?. The final product will blow them away.?
If you're a mobile phone junkie, then you will like this. HWExtreme <http://www.hwextreme.com> has put together a mobile phone showcase <http://www.hwextreme.com/reviews/misc/showcase9/> that displays some of the latest new mobiles and associated featuresets around on the market.
NV News <http://www.nvnews.net/> is stating quotes that the next graphics chip from nVidia (expected to be announced in Q3 this year) will no longer carry the GeForce tag. The new chip is expected to be based on totally new architecture and will be a light modification of the contemporary nVidia chips.
In an effort to switch totally over to the new GF4 chipset nVidia is stating that they have already managed to sell out almost all GeForce3 Ti500 chips to manufacturers to make way for graphics cards based on the Ti4200 to start shipping in late April. They do still have some Ti200 chips available in stock, however, it is expected that these too will be disposed of in the next month.
Toms Hardware <http://www.tomshardware.com> has written up a huge 4.1 and 5.1 speaker roundup <http://www.tomshardware.com/video/02q1/020325/index.html>, with speaker sets from 8 different manufacturers. The comparo includes a wide of speakers in price ranges from the low-end to the highest-end speakers, but there aren't any Klipsch speakers in the roundup. Here's a bit:

Similar to graphics, sound has become a factor of major importance in the PC world. PC users who are avid gamers, collect MP3s or watch DVDs need a good sound card and an equally good sound system. The arrival of Klipsch and Videologic on the high power and sound quality scene has opened a significant breach that other more well-known manufacturers have rushed into without looking back. Let's not forget the undeniable contribution of Creative Labs and Altec Lansing who imposed the 4.1 and 5.1 sound standards for games. And it is indeed undeniable that PC sound has made enormous progress. Nowadays, we would never consider doing without all the latest developments that immerse us into the gaming world as never before.
Sony has embarked on a consumer satisfaction strategy to satisfy customers who are not able to play any of Sony's CD's in their computers due to a copyprotection system they have called Key2audio, developed by a company called eSquare4U for Sony. This protection and a 9-digit code that comes with the CD's when you buy them has been opened to allow to download the music from the companies website. Here's a breakdown of what it is all about:
When you purchase a Sony CD, it will ship with a 9 digit number which will allow the CD owner to download specific tracks from the CD from Esquare4u.com's web site. Formats include Real Media streaming or Windows Media (wmv) for local storage.

Here is a breakdown of the service being offered :-
ESQUARE4U.com is a music portal created by Sony DADC Austria. It enables customers, who bought a key2audio CD, additionally to get their music tracks online. This service is provided, because key2audio CDs do not support playback on computer drives, due to reasons of copy control.
The 9 digit code, on the inside of the CD-jewel-case (e.g. A4R-7TH-B9C), can only be used ONCE to download the tracks, so don't give it out or pass it to other users.
Because of the digital rights management systems in place, you can only play these downloaded songs on the PC with which you downloaded them to. Support for other devices has bot been released at this time.
File size for each download will be approx 1mb for 4 minutes of music, on a 56k modem this will be around 2min 26sec, with times for Cable obviously much faster. (No information is available at this time as to the quality of these DRM locked media.)
Streaming can be performed from any computer at any time if you have the key2audio key code for the CD. The advantage of streaming is, that you do not have to wait until a file is completely downloaded. With streaming the music will play quite immediatly. In addition to that, the audio quality of the streaming content will match itself with the performance of your internet connection.
Just a little bit confusing if you ask me, but if you want to know more hop over to eSquare4U <http://www.esquare4u.com/> and read their eSquare4U FAQ - What is ESQUARE4U.com? <http://www.esquare4u.com/faq.asp?faqid=10>.
There is a new version of BlackIce out and this new version now sports a new name, it's not BlackICE Defender anymore, but it's now called BlackICE PC Protector. This change stems from the ISS <http://www.iss.net> take over of NetworkICE <http://www.networkice.com>. The new version still looks the same, but it now has Application and Communications control Protection integrated. Here's what else is new:
Two new tabs in the BlackICE settings for application and communications control
Control the execution of applications on the computer
Control what applications can or can not communicate to the internet.
Baseline your system files and monitor for changes
New application and communication events in the events list.
Grab it here <http://www.iss.net/support/consumer/BI_downloads.php> or use the in program update.
There are new Epox 8K3A/+ BIOS v2326 out with these Fixes/additions:
Improved AGP compatibility
Added option to change 'Write Recovery Time' for DRAM performance
Solved issue KT333 CMOS conflict, regarding S4 resume fail, hang at C1
Solved PS/2 KB power fail in APM modes S3/S4/S5
Temperature measurement improved
Update Awdflash.exe to version 8.1am
Grab them here <http://www.multi-hardware.com/commentaire.php3?n=2304&l>.
Opera Software have released the next beta version of their Opera browser version 6.02 (Build 1066). Download the next build here <http://people.opera.com/~windows/snapshot/o602_1066.exe>.
ComputerBase have posted an article explaining how nVidia implements it's refresh rate for their drivers and shows you how too manually fix your refresh rate for nVidia Detonators 27.xx to 28.32. The site is in German so you may need to the Altavista babelfish for translation. Go here <http://www.computerbase.de/artikel.php?id=19> for the read.
Microsoft has updated their BootVis Tool. This new version resolves a compatibility issue when using third-party IDE drivers and these other issues:
Customer research shows a frequently requested feature that users want from their PCs is fast system startup, whether from cold boot or when resuming from standby or hibernation. The Windows development team at Microsoft has taken bold steps in making fast startup PCs a reality with the Microsoft. Windows. XP operating system.
Boot to a useable state in a total of 30 seconds
Resume from Hibernate (S4) in a total of 20 seconds
Resume from Standby (S3) in a total of 5 seconds

Boot and resume times are measured from the time the power switch is pressed to being able to start a program from a desktop shortcut.
Download the Mircosoft BootVis Tool <http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/platform/performance/fastboot/default.asp>.
Hardware reviews:
ATI Radeon 8500 Video Card on Serial Addiction <http://www.serialaddiction.net/reviews/r8500/index.shtml>.
Belkin Nostromo n30 Mouse on T|play <http://www.tuplay.com/display.asp?i=67&p=1>.
Card Cooler Modified Lian-Li PC60 Case on Tweak3D.Net <http://www.tweak3d.net/reviews/lianli/pc60/>.
Chenming AE-601 ATX Case on The Tech Zone <http://thetechzone.com/display.php?i=140&p=1>.
Chieftec/Chenming Aluminium Dragon AX-01SLD Cooler on GiBTEK <http://www.gibtek.co.uk/hardware/dragonali.html>.
Cooler round-up on VN Roundup <http://www.vnroundup.com/index.php?item=reviews&id=hsfroundup0302>.
EPoX 8K3A+ Motherboard on Tweakers Australia <http://www.tweakers.com.au/articles/motherboard/epox_8k3a/page1.asp>.
Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack Video Card on [H]ardOCP <http://www.hardocp.com/reviews/vidcards/gainward/gf4ti4600_ultra750xp/>.
Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD Video Card on HotHardware <http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/S&V/leadteka250ultragf4ti.shtml>.
Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer Mouse (in Video) on 3dGameMan <http://www.3dgameman.com/vr/microsoft/ms_intellimouse_wireless/video_review.htm>.
MSI 745Ultra SiS745 Motherboard on OC Workbench <http://www.ocworkbench.com/2002/msi/745ultra/745ultrap1.htm>.
MSI G4MX440-T Video Card on HEXUS.net <http://www.hexus.net/review.php?review=321>.
MSI KT3 Ultra ARU KT333 Motherboard on Active Hardware <http://active-hardware.com/english/reviews/mainboard/kt3-ultra.htm>.
Soltek SL-75DRV5 Motherboard on Legion Hardware <http://www.legionhardware.com/html/doc.php?id=147>.
Thermalright AX-7 Cooler on 8Balls Hardware <http://www.8ballshardware.com/articles/ax7/page1.cfm>.
1CoolPC 120HO Case Fan on ipKonfig.com <http://www.ipkonfig.com/Reviews/Misc/Case-120HO/>.
AOpen AK77 Pro(A)-133 Motherboard on HardwareZone <http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/articles.hwz?cid=6&aid=399>.
Asian Swords Mouse Pad on PC Hardware <http://www.pchardware.ro/Reviews/review.php?id=161>.
Asus A7V333-RAID Motherboard on GamePC <http://www.gamepc.com/reviews/hardware_review.asp?review=a7v333&page=1&mscssid=&tp=>.
ATI Radeon 8500 All In Wonder DV Video Card on Ascully.com <http://www.ascully.com/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=75>.
Crucial 256MB PC2100 DDR RAM on 8Balls Hardware <http://www.8ballshardware.com/articles/crucialpc2100/page1.cfm>.
Leadtek WinFast A170 DDR Video Card on got apex <http://gotapex.com/reviews.php?rev=lt440/index.html>.
MSI GeForce 4 Ti4600 Video Card on VIAHardware <http://www.viahardware.com/msigf4_1.shtm>.
MSI KT3 Ultra ARU Motherboard on Hot Hardware <http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/Motherboards/msi_kt3ultra.shtml>.
MSI K7D Master-L 760 MPX Motherboard on Amdmb.com <http://www.amdmb.com/article-display.php?ArticleID=169>.
NoiseControl Magic Fleece on BlargOC <http://www.blargoc.co.uk/reviews/noisekiller/>.
VisionTek XTASY GeForce 4 Video Card on RIVA 3D <http://www.riva3d.com/xtasy/>.
thx monty http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html

27-03-2002, 10:07 PM
Just went to the ICQ download - it is sloooooooooooooooooooooow... so if you're wanting to download the new ICQ a bit quicker (try 10 minutes instead of 50) go to:

<http://www.warp2search.net/download.php?op=getit&lid=79>

27-03-2002, 10:32 PM
thats exactly why you use a download manager that has mirror searching. flashget found about 8 download sites for it