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08-06-2002, 11:43 PM
Another forum update <http://www.ina-community.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=179041> by Epic on the status of the eagerly anticipated Unreal Tournament 2003 demo. The update says the following:
We understand you are anxious for the demo

We understand you are anxious for the demo but posting 'where is the demo' threads here won't make it appear any sooner. When we think we're close to the demo (i.e. within 5-7 days) we'll let everyone know officially through this forum. We're not there yet, we're still more than a week away. We could be more than two weeks or even more than three weeks away. We're not holding out on people, we're just not done with the game yet and although a lot of the game is coming together very quickly we still have no 100% (or even 80%) accurate way to predict exactly when that will be. I promise the development team is working very, very hard to get an awesome, polished UT2003 in your hands. The demo will be released when we think we've got all the major functionality of the game complete so that the feedback from the demo can be focused 100% on things we weren't already aware needed to be addressed.

A revised copy of the multiplayer demo of Global Operations has been posted for download. The revised demo fixes the problem where clients couldn't connect to any game servers. The demo size is 98.6MB and features a new Antarctica map. Grab it from the following links:
- FilePlanet <http://www.fileplanet.com/index.asp?file=88885>
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EA's ftp server <ftp://ftp.ea.com/pub/ea/patches/globalops/Glopsdemo_Antarctica.zip>- Shacknews <http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/20849>
- 3D Gamers <http://www.3dgamers.com/games/globaloperations/>

For owners of EA's F1 2001, rejoice because there is a free add-on mod available called the FIA GT mod <http://www.simbin.com/press_release_v3.html> from Sinbin. The mod features the following:
? all-new physics, developed by an ex-racing driver for ultra-realistic handling
? All-new high resolution cars, scaled to real-world dimensions with an unprecedented level of detail
? Revolutionary multi-point environment mapping for realistic body parts and sensational lighting effects
? all-new collision detection, for even closer, more competitive racing
? Complete FIA GT pit boxes and pit crews
? All-new menu screen graphics with new race day options and comprehensive information about each team
? The unveiling of the fearsome, fire-breathing Lamborghini Diablo
? Highly-optimised graphics yeilding an incredible 30% increase in frame rates over Version 2
I strongly advise you to check out the link above for more info and some very tasty screenshots. You can also read more about the Sinbin Development Team here <http://www.simbin.com/sbdt/>.

Matrox Graphics has announced that the Matrox Parhelia 512 has been granted 2 Best Hardware of E3 awards. Read more below:
Parhelia-512 was awarded 'Best Hardware of E3' by Gamespy.com & PC.ign.com. Gamespy.com notes, 'If total gaming immersion (at least on the visual side of things) is what you're after, then the Matrox Parhelia is the card to get. [?] If it's cutting edge technology you crave, the Matrox Parhelia should suppress your hunger. It looks damn cool, & I wouldn't hesitate locking one down tight in my machine.' PC.ign.com echoes, 'A high-end graphics card through & through, the Parhelia is about three monitor panoramic support, FSAA, ungodly resolutions & easily playable frame rates

AMD World <http://www.amdworld.co.uk> have posted an article on How To Improve Video Performance Through The BIOS <http://www.amdworld.co.uk/vb.htm>. Here's part of the article to get you going:

AMDWORLD talk's briefly about the settings that apply to the video card. Here things are slightly different because most people already know the correct settings, so I thought I'd show which of them actually make any difference to performance, on both a high and low/medium level machine.

A site called TooLeaky has written an article that demonstrates how most firewalls can be contravened with the use of a simple little program. The program hijacks control of another program, one that your firewall allows to connect out, and goes from there. Here's a slice of the pie:
'Such filtering is in fact no better than the insanely stupid kludge that Network Ice put into Black Ice Defender to block Steve's LeakTest. It does the same thing: it gives you a false, undeserved sense of security! If a firewall is going to allow some program to transmit and receive data over the Internet, and that program allows other programs to control its actions, then there's no point in blocking anything at all.
Check out the whole deal here <http://tooleaky.zensoft.com/>.

Adaptec has released new ASPI drivers for Windows. The new drivers are version 4.71 for all variations of Windows and include the ASPICHK version checking utility. Grab the new drivers here <http://download.adaptec.com/software_pc/aspi/aspi_v471.exe> and if you are using the latest version of Nero (5.5.8.2) you will not need these as they are included

Microsoft Project 2002 has been released. Here's the blurb from Microsoft:
Microsoft Project 2002 has been extensively updated and newly restructured into a family of solutions to address customers' project management needs. The product family now includes a separate Microsoft .NET Enterprise Server solution that incorporates increased collaboration functionality, portfolio and resource management capabilities, and enterprise-scale performance and security.

The Microsoft Project 2002 product family includes offerings tailored to customers' project management needs. Microsoft Project Professional, Microsoft Project Server and Microsoft Project Server Client Access Licenses (which enable use of Microsoft Project Web Access, a Web-based portal) work together to provide the scalable, customizable Microsoft Solution Offering for Enterprise Project Management (EPM).
Go to the Project Homepage <http://www.microsoft.com/office/project/default.asp> for more details.

Microsoft has announced that leading audio chip makers MCS Logic Inc., MediaTek Inc., NEC Corp., Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd., Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., SigmaTel Inc., Sunplus Technology Company Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. are licensing Microsoft Windows Media Format for use in their audio chip products. These chips, ready-made with Windows Media Audio (WMA), will be used in a wide range of devices, including CD players, car stereos, portable audio players and wireless handsets by a number of manufacturers in the coming year. Read more here <http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2002/Jun02/06-06AudioChipSupportPR.asp>.

Here's a bit of interesting info, Nero is apparently also Nero Express or the vice versa. If you have the newest version of Nero (5.5.8.2) all you have to do is change the target path on the shortcut from 'C:Program Files / ahead / Nero / Nero.exe' to 'C:Program Files / ahead / Nero / Nero.exe' /w and bingo instant enhanced GUI of Nero Express.

A new build (476) of WinAMP3 has been released. To read the what's new you will need to go here <http://www.winamp.com/nsdn/winamp3x/news/betanews.jhtml> and decipher that jumble that is developer notes and in the meantime you can download the program here <http://www.winamp.com/nsdn/winamp3x/sdk/files/wa3install-full_build476.exe>.

TVTool 6.5a has been released to fix a bug in the full version 6.5, if it was started minimized the TV modes didn't work anymore. Get the revised version here <http://tvtool.info/index_e.htm>.

FlashFXP the nifty FTP program, version 1.4.4 Beta Build 856 is out for download. The changes are as follows:
- XP Theme support
- Better XP compatiblity.
- Minor visual changes to the custom command dialog.
- Added vertical/horizonal layout option in custom command dialog. (Located on command tree right-click menu)
- Added Import/Export to custom commands. Exporting is limited to top level groups. We will be providing several command sets for users to import. If you have a list you would like to contribute please contact us.
- New FlashFXP application icon.
- Added ANSI support to the status window.
- Add 'ANSI=1' under [main] in the FlashFXP.ini (without quotes)
- The ASCII Extension List/Skip List/Highlight dialogs have been merged into a single dialog named Filters. When I get around to the Priority Queue List it will be added onto this dialog. If you rename a file on a ftp server and the new name already exists you are now warned, some ftp servers will overwrite the existing file while others fail.
- Two menu options have been renamed
* When File Exists renamed to File Exist Rules.
You can download it here <http://www.flashfxp.ws/forum/showthread.php?s=e075ae236e58e10ebef737978b49435d&threadid=1129> or here <http://fileforum.betanews.com/download.php?fid=929855618>.

New ATI Radeon Drivers Version 7.73 for all versions of Windows have been leaked. The new set of drivers are contained in a 21MB package which is available here <http://fernando.darocha.free.fr/fdrsoft-ati773w9xmew2xp.zip>. Remember these are BETA and should be treated accordingly.

Trillian 0.73 has been released. Trillian is everything you need for instant messaging. Connect to ICQ, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and IRC in a single, sleek and slim interface. Grab it here <http://www.ceruleanstudios.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/trillian-v0.73.exe> and read more here <http://www.trillian.cc/>. The new version has changes to the following:
Microsoft was kind enough to alert us to a change in the MSN servers that would have negatively affected Trillian. Thanks, Microsoft!

Trillian 0.73 represents the fix to this issue as well as a few other updates we've been working on. The changes to the Yahoo engine should remedy the connection problems many of you were experiencing, and the shiny new secure hotmail logins should bring your mail checking back up to speed.

Microsoft has issued a patch for Problems with the InterActual DVD Playback Program, KnowledgeBase article Q320552, in Windows XP. To identify whether or not you need this patch look for these symptoms:
When you work with the commands on the Options menu, you may not be able to view the extra features (such as the photo gallery) on your DVD.
After you click a menu, the menu selection light may not be restored.
After you change the play rate, CPU utilization may increase.
Menu hotspots may become out of alignment
Read the KB article here <http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q320552> and download the patch here <http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Patch/Q320552/WXP/EN-US/q320552_WXP_SP1_x86_ENU.exe> or through windows update <http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp>.

Computex 2002 has seen the revealing of specs for the VIA/S3 Savage XP and AlphaChrome videochips. This much anticipated video chip aim to usurp nVidia from its budget market throne. Here are the specs:
Memory interface ? 64/128 bit DDR SDRAM
Upto 64 MB external videomemory support, upto 32 MB embedded videomemory
Core frequency ? upto 166 MHz, videomemory ? upto 366 (183 DDR) MHz
Two pixel pipelines with two TMUs each
Possibility to integrate two pixel pipelines into one with four texture modules
Support of bilinear and trilinear filtration
S3TC/DXTC texture compression support
Full screen anti-aliasing support with programmed filtering templates
Edge anti-aliasing support
T&L hardware unit
RAMDAC frequency ? 350 MHz
DVI support, embedded NTSC/PAL TV-encoder
Two-monitor configurations support with any devices combinations
Simultaneous scaling support and two videostreams output
PowerWise power saving technology
AGP 2x/4x support
Let the war begin.

09-06-2002, 10:43 AM
Hello Tweak'e,

Glad to see some more publicity about the weaknesses and ineffectiveness of firewalls.

I remember posting about the same weakness and the ease of which someone who really wanted to infiltrate your PC could a few months ago, I detected an air of disbelief from those who responded to my post.

In words borrowed from Don Mclean 'Perhaps they will listen now' and I would repeat the best way to protect yourself and your Data from Hackers is to learn and practice safe computer techniques (store sensitive data in encrypted form or effectively passworded zip files) learn about ports and how to secure them, read about how a firewall actually works then realise how easily a piece of code can be used to make a firewall help a hacker perform his actions.

Alan

09-06-2002, 11:18 AM
yep those 'too leaky' type tools have been out for quite some time now. i wonder whats taking virus writers so long so use them ??

nothing is perfect, there is always a way around it, its only software after all. fortunatly thers not many pro hackers.