Sorry guys, what you see below is it for today. It seems that more and more there is less news on the weekends overseas, which is a bit of a come down after such a week of large news days. Anyway, read on.

WineX 2.1 has been released. WineX is a program that will allow Windows games to run on Linux. Here's the spiel on the program:
Ottawa/Toronto, Canada. August 1, 2002. TransGaming Technologies, creators of the world's dominant software portability solution, today announce the release of WineX 2.1, the revolutionary portability layer that transparently allows Windows games to run on Linux. The defining enhancement of WineX 2.1 enables recently released hit games such as Blizzard's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos* to run seamlessly, out of the box, on Linux. TransGaming's Founder Gavriel State boasts, "TransGaming accomplished this solo - independent of the original developers and without any access to the game's source code, within days of Warcraft's July release.

Our technology is keeping pace with the hottest PC titles and broadens the game-play experience for the growing number of Linux users - internationally." In addition to the ability to play Warcraft III, Linux gamers will welcome other WineX 2.1 enhancements including support for blockbuster games such as Grand Theft Auto 3, Civilization III, and Black and White among others.
The new version has the following changes/additions:
- Support for WarCraft III. Note that WarCraft III is only supported in OpenGL mode at the moment.
- Support for Civilization III. Only the 1.0 and 1.07 versions are supported. The 1.21 and later versions use a newer version of Macrovision's SafeDisc which WineX does not yet support.
- Support for Black and White. Some problems remain with mouse wheel support in some circumstances. - Support for Grand Theft Auto 3. Cut-scene videos are not yet supported.
- Fixes to DXGrab and XVidMode code to better support full-screen modes in a number of games, including WarCraft III, Black and White, and Civilization III
- Various improvements to DirectSound and Wave audio to improve support on a number of different sound cards and drivers. DirectSound Primary and Secondary buffers are now implemented as separate objects.
- Full Duplex audio support has been implemented, but not fully tested yet. Half-Life microphone support may work with some sound card/driver combinations.
- Better support for DirectX version detection. We now implement a stub DirectMusic and dpnhpast DLLs which allow applications built using Microsoft's sample DirectX version detection code to properly detect support for DirectX 8.1.
- Significant improvements to the DirectShow/Quartz code to support WarCraft III cut-scene movies. While a great deal of work has been done on audio/video synchronization and automatic quality reduction for low performance systems, more work remains to be done for both.
- Faster copy protection code. In some cases, copy protection wait times have been reduced by more than 50%. Other cases remain slow, however. For users of Panasonic DVD drives, be aware that a previous Panasonic-specific workaround has been removed from WineX 2.1 after testing revealed that did not appear to be necessary on recent 2.4 series Linux kernel releases.
- Support for sending absolute position data to applications that request it even while we are in DirectInput relative positioning mode. This was required for cursor support in Black and White and Grand Theft Auto III, but may improve cursor input in other games that use similar techniques.
- Improved keyboard focus support for some games.
- Auto-detection of certain applications during desktop icon/menu creation. This allows us to force WarCraft III to use OpenGL mode instead of Direct3D mode when launched from a desktop icon or menu. - Better support for users not using KDE 3 during desktop icon / menu creation. The previous version of WineX relied on a KDE applet that was not always present on systems without KDE.
- Use of the full application name in desktop icon / menu shortcuts instead of the DOS 8.3 name.
A copy of the full release notes can be read here and the new version can be downloaded here .

XBox DivX Player 5 has been released. As can be read by the name this is a player that will run on modified Xbox's and now the player supports VidX, MP3 and VCD as well as DivX. Here's what's new in this release:
New GUI (from contest winner!)
A/V sync no longer drifts.
Divx3.11 support
Divx4.xx support
XviD support (this is new and is probably going to have some problems)
VCD (mpeg1) support
MP3 support
Grab it here .

NTFS Reader For DOS version 1.0 is out. NTFS Reader for DOS is a freeware tool that provides read access to NTFS partitions within the MS-DOS environment. You can preview files on NTFS and copy files from NTFS to FAT volumes or network drives. Here are some of the other features that you can access with this program:
- Save and run from bootable floppy
- Display complete physical and logical drive information
- Support IDE / ATA / SCSI drives
- Support large (more than 8GB) Hard Drive
- Support NTFS, NTFS5 file systems for reading
- Support FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 file systems for data writing
- Support compressed and fragmented files on NTFS
- Support partitions created in MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
- Display non-english and long file names
- Preview file(s)/folder(s) before copying
- Support search by file name or mask
- Display content of the file in Hex/Text mode by Disk Viewer
Download it here , I have tried it and have found it to be quite helpful when dealing with NTFS partitioned hard drives.

Yet another internal beta build Windows XP Service Pack 1 has been leaked. This new build is numbered 1086 and it appears to be an internal release with no word on what has changed. If your keen to get a hold of it then you can grab it from here or here .

A patch has been released for miTweak-XP 2.4. For the uninitiated, miTweak-XP is a program to help end-users running windows XP to discover the hidden features of Windows XP that would boost your system performance. miTweak-XP uses Microsoft .NET Framework technology making it very usable and stable. Of course being built on .NET framework means that you will need to download the Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable Package in order to run miTweak-XP. Here's what's changed in the patch:
NOTE: This is a patch for miTweak-XP v2.3.3
Added QoS tweak instruction.
Added System Configuration tweak.
Get it here .

For a change, here are some Game reviews:
Age of Wonders II: the Wizard's Throne on Game Over .
Arx Fatalis on RPGDot.
Dark Fall on Adventure-Archiv.
Delta Force: Task Force Dagger on Game Over and Gameguru Mania .
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project on UK Gamer .
Operation Blockade on Gamer's Pulse .
Operation Flashpoint: Resistance on PC.IGN.com .
Neverwinter Nights on The Entertainment Depot .
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix on Well Rounded Entertainment .
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos on SLCentral .
Warrior Kings on Electric Playground .
Austerlitz: Napoleon's Greatest Victory on GameZone.
Dungeon Siege on Rpg Warehouse .
Freedom Force on EuroGamer .
Grand Prix 4 on GameFaction .
Grand Theft Auto III on Erwin's Pages Central .
NASCAR Racing 2002 Season on Gamer's Pulse .
Neverwinter Nights on prophecy.co.za.
Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns on Gamers Europe.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast on Gamezilla .
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on Gamitopia and OcPrices .
Tsunami 2265 on Electric Playground and CanadianGamer .
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos on Adrenaline Vault

Hardware Reviews:
Abit KX7-133R ATX Socket A Motherboard on SocketA.com .
AOpen AX4B Pro 533 Motherboard on Active Hardware.
Asus P4T533 Motherboard on AMD World.
ATI Radeon 8500LE 128MB Video Card (in video) on 3dGameMan.
ATI Radeon 9000 PRO Video Card on Gamehelper.com .
Creative Audigy Player Sound Card on Hardware Fusion .
Creative Inspire 5300 5.1 Speakers on Hardware Articles .
Crucial Radeon 8500LE Video Card on PC STATS Network .
Enlight 7602 Micro ATX Case on Monster Hardware.
eVGA e-Geforce4 Ti4600 Video Card on Bjorn3d.com .
Hercules Muse LT Sound Card on MonkeyReview .
Lian Li PC-6089A Aluminum Case on Overclocker Cafe .
Matsonic MS8318E Micro ATX Socket A Motherboard on SocketA.com .
MSI GeForce 4 Ti4200 Video Card on Viper's Lair .
OcSystems 8500 Video Card on BurnOutPc.com .
Plextor Plexcombo DVD/CDRW Drive on Ascully.com.
Swiftech vs. Alpha Novatech P4 Cooler Comparison on FrostyTech.com.
Thermaltake Volcano 7 Cooler on Geekshelter.
Titan TTC-CU5TB Cooler on Envy News.