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10-06-2002, 12:13 PM
SeriousZone <http://files.seriouszone.com/download.php?fileid=427>has posted version 1.1 of the InstaGib mod for Serious Sam: the Second Encounter. This version adds Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes and four custom CTF maps. Grab it from the link above, but be warned the site is experiencing problems at the moment.

Strategy First has announced that Pro Train II, a Microsoft Train Simulator add-on, has gone gold. Here's a quick nip on what it's all about:
Pro Train II takes you to the beautiful Saxony region of Germany where players will have the chance to ride the oldest ?long track? in Europe. Get a taste of the authentic scenery that was painstakingly re-created to resemble Leipzig, Riesa and Dresden.
Players will have the opportunity to control the exciting new engines, such as the LET Henningsdorf BR143, AEG BR112, Adtranz BR101 and Woroschilowgrad BR232.
Other features include:
6 brand new scenarios
Dynamic oncoming traffic and animated objects
Realistic textures and original terrain
Realistic driver?s cab interior for each engine

SharkyExtreme <http://www.sharkyextreme.com> have posted a GeForce4 Ti and MX Overclocking Guide <http://www.sharkyextreme.com/guides/hwGuides/article.php/1182771> for those interested in squeezing the last bit of performance out of their video card.

ActiveHW <http://active-hardware.com> have done a review of the Leadtek A250 Ultra TD GeForce 4 Ti4600 128Mb DDR <http://active-hardware.com/english/reviews/video/leadtek-a250.htm> video card, the card that many consider to be the video overclockers choice.

Here's something a little bit different, the original Captain Kirk Bridge Command chair is up for auction on eBay <http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1834314676>. Be warned though it will get expensive, because the tally is already up to $US150,000.

A leaked copy of the new LOTR Two Towers trailer has been posted here <http://www.suburbanvandals.com/~dave/LOTR/2t1.mov>. This trailer is in Quicktime format and is extremely low quality as it seems to have been filmed straight off a TV screen.

Sick of those damn annoying pop-up ads that appear when you visit a website, well you can get rid of them with PopUpKiller 1453. Read a bit about it:
'With the industry leading popup blocking technology, Popup Killer works at a low level in the Internet Explorer engine - stopping a potential ad in it's tracks before it even has time to download. This prevents popup and pop-under ads from stealing bandwidth from your other legitimate downloads. Further more, there is no chance for the popup ads to place any cookie on your system.'
You can download it here <http://www.icrontic.com/download/pafiledb.php?action=download&id=49>.

#BETAS have developed a fully-functioning DirectX9 Beta1 Setup that rids you of the timebomb in the beta. #Betas has this to say about the program:
Ok after being sick and having GxV shoot over updates to the installers like 3892839238 times, we are happy to release the DirectX 9.0 Beta 1 Prepatched packages for Windows 9x/Me and Windows XP. You can find these files to download on #betas @ irc.betasonline.com. Don't worry the Windows 2000 / .Net packages will be released shortly.


Grab it from the links below:
- WindowsXP/2000/.net <http://xtechnet.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=296&mode=&order=0&thold=0>
- Windows Me/9x <http://xtechnet.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=296&mode=&order=0&thold=0>

A bloke going by the name of ToastedSoul has done up a little program called Nero Runner version 1.0. This is an explanation of what it does:
The Official Nero 5.5.8.2 comes packaged with Nero Express + Nero Original - Nero Runner is a program that allows to choose the Nero that you wish to execute, that is to say, the Express or the Normal Nero.

To use : Download the file below, then copy and paste the 'nerorunner.exe' into your nero installation folder, right click on 'nerorunner.exe' and choose 'send to desktop (As shortcut)'

Download the tool here <http://www.xp-erience.org/out/misc/neroX/NeroRunner1.0.zip>.
PS: I HAVE ADDED THIS ONE TO THE PROGRAM OF THE WEEK PAGE

Still with cool programs, here's one called FontList a program that does the following:
If you design something and you are looking for the right font, it can take a lot of time. In word processing, DTP and (web)design programs, you can often only select one font at a time. Finding the right font often means searching through all your fonts.

With FontList, you can create a HTML file that will show all the fonts installed on your computer. With your browser, you can pick the right font in no time.
Get it here <http://www.bitstorm.org/fontlist/FontList1.3-installer.exe>.
PS: I HAVE ADDED THIS ONE TO THE PROGRAM OF THE WEEK PAGE

He's a story of child genius we can all look up to:
The seven-year-old son of an Indian diplomat in the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip has been awarded a Microsoft certificate which is so advanced that some U.S. universities require that their students earn it to graduate.
Anudeep Bhaskar obtained a Microsoft Office User specialist (MOUS) certificate after passing the Microsoft Office 2000 Word exam in May by scoring 891 points, surpassing the required 770.
Bhaskar and his family settled in the teeming, impoverished Gaza Strip shortly before the Intifada began in September, 2000. 'Israeli bombardments used to cut off electricity and I had to wait for hours and when electricity is back my work on the screen would have vanished and I had to redo it,' said Bhaskar.

In a letter to the second-grade student, an official from the MOUS programme said Bhaskar was 'one of very few, gifted young people in his age group that reached this level.'
You can read more about this tale here <http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=174204&contrassID=1&subContrassID=8&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y>.

Version 02.06.08.00 of Q3Offline has been released for download. The utility for Quake III engine games now offers full support for Quake III Arena, Quake III Team Arena, and Star Trek Voyager Elite Force as well as multiplayer support for Return to Castle Wolfenstein and also adds multiplayer support for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. This version has the following changes:
Added support for the full release of Soldier of Fortune II - Double Helix. SOF2 is unique for games based on the Quake III Arena engine, as it has randomly generated maps. You can use Q3Offline to set up such maps - see Randomly Generated Maps <http://www.planetquake.com/DemonShellShock/Manual%20Index/Manual/RMG.htm> . There are no bots SOF2! Thus Q3Offline is mainly useful for setting up SOF2 servers. Also note for SOF2, you set the score limit using the Frag limit option in Q3Offline.
Download here <http://www.planetquake.com/shellshock/Download.htm>.

Here are some new BIOS files from Aopen, Gigabyte and Tyan:
Aopen AX45-533, AX45-533N R1.00 <ftp://ftp.aopen.com/pub/bios/ax45533/w45dx100.zip>
Aopen AX4B Pro-533 R1.01 <ftp://ftp.aopen.com/pub/bios/ax4bp533/waep101.zip>
Aopen AX4B-533 R1.00 <ftp://ftp.aopen.com/pub/bios/ax4b533/wae100.zip>
Aopen AX4G Pro R1.01 <ftp://ftp.aopen.com/pub/bios/ax4gpro/wagp101.zip>
Gigabyte 7DXE F3 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/7dxe_f3.zip>
Gigabyte 7DXR+ F8 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/7dxr+_f8.zip>
Gigabyte 8IDML-Serie F8 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8idml_f8.zip>
Gigabyte 8IHXP F3 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8ihxp_f3.zip>
Gigabyte 8IRM, 8IRML F5 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8irm_f5.zip>
Gigabyte 8IRX F9 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8irx_f9.zip>
Gigabyte 8ITX Fa <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8itx_fa.zip>
Gigabyte 8ITX3 F3 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8itx3_f3.zip>
Gigabyte 8ITXE F3 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8itxe_f3.zip>
Gigabyte 8ITXR Fb <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8itxr_fb.zip>
Gigabyte 8SDX F3 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8sdx_f3.zip>
Gigabyte 8SIML Fd <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8siml_fd.zip>
Gigabyte 8SRX F9 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8srx_f9.zip>
Gigabyte 8STML F2 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8stml_f2.zip>
Gigabyte 8TM F4 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8tm_f4.zip>
Gigabyte 8TX F8 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8tx_f8.zip>
Gigabyte 8TX-C F4 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/8tx_c_f4.zip>
Tyan Trinity i845E (S2099) 1.00 <ftp://ftp.tyan.com/bios/trinity/s2099/2099v100.exe>

Savagenews <http://www.savagenews.com> has posted the latest version (3.18 final) of PowerStrip. This version has the following:
PowerStrip 3.18 provides advanced, multi-monitor, programmable hardware support to a wide range of graphics cards - from the venerable Matrox Millennium I to the latest Radeon 8500DV and GeForce4 Ti4600. It is in fact the only program of its type to support multiple graphics cards from multiple chipset vendors, simultaneously, under every Windows operating system from Windows 95 to XP. A simple menu that pops up from the system tray provides access to some 500 controls over your display hardware, including sophisticated color correction tools, period level adjustments over screen geometry, and driver independent clock controls. A powerful application profiler can detect when programs are launched and respond by activating specific display settings, gamma adjustments, performance switches and even clock speeds - returning everything to normal when the program closes. In-game gamma hotkeys let you light up the darkest hallways during game play, and hardware control over refresh rates - with floating point precision - ensure you're never stuck at just 60Hz no matter what OS you're using. A quick setup wizard gets you up and running with minimal fuss, extensive context-sensitive help is available for all controls, and live updates are supported to ensure you're always running the latest release. Finally, an assortment of system and productivity tools - among them, extensive diagnostics, AGP device configuration, desktop icon management, a system idle thread, Windows resource monitoring, physical memory optimization, an on-screen display, and the most advanced monitor support in the industry - round out the compact 600kb package.
Go get it here <http://64.113.35.210/files/pstrip.exe>.

For all you technofiles out there, go here <http://www.gsm-international.com/ezgo.htm> to check out the world's smallest PC that weighs only 950 grams (without CPU, HDD, Memory, Monitor), it's portable, includes complete functionality from CPU, HDD, RAM, CD-ROM or DVD, VGA, TV-OUT, USB, LAN, FAX-Modem, AUDIO, K/B, Mouse and other ports all built in as one and measures 157mm (L) x 146MM (W) x 45MM (H). This little gadget has to be seen to be believed, so go check out the piccies.

thx to http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html