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Monday, August 9th, 2004
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Even though I don't update that much, w3m livejournal.com/update.bml has become one of the fastest things I can type this summer. I spend a lot of time in w3m. It's almost perfect.

Since my copy of DOOM 3 was taking forever to arrive, I figured I'd just download it. That was easy. Not only do I get a nice ISO image overnight, it's made for burning to DVD, has a user-friendly installer and everything. This is not the warez I grew up with ;) Software companies need to get their act together about delivering games over the internet. I can't believe how convenient and fast that was. (For reference, I searched for 'doom 3 torrent' on the edonkey network, and used bittorrent to download the set of RARs overnight)

Just to review, my windows machine is a 1.33GHz Athlon T-bird with 512M RAM and a 9800 Pro. And DOOM 3 behaved exactly as I expected, since I had Far Cry as an indicator. The game is smooth as butter in high detail while moving around (that's the 9800 pro). Whenever a new sound effect, new room, etc. loads, there is a nice 2-7 second pause (that's the 1.33 athlon).

That didn't stop me from playing all day yesterday. In fact, it made it *easier* since the pauses were like some kind of ESP, slowing down time to prepare a plan whenever an enemy jumped out.

I was very tempted to run down to compusa and buy a new CPU, but there is a limit to how far I'll let you screw me over on the price of computer parts, and compusa was way over that limit. A new Athlon 2800+ barton is on the way from newegg, instead.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-08-09 05:49 pm (UTC)
That sounds very promising. I'll give it a try when I get home.
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From: aerasin
2004-08-09 07:04 pm (UTC)
I read six pages into this post and couldn't exactly pinpoint what this fix does exactly. I mean it could be reallocating system memory, graphics card memory, or perhaps just making a physical cache somewhere.

Either way it should take some load off the processor. I'm gonna try this out.
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[User Picture]From: duinlas
2004-08-09 06:23 pm (UTC)
How far along are you and at what difficulty?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-08-12 02:53 pm (UTC)
I thought I responded to this. Anyway, my response was alpha labs something then.

I just got to hell last night. Oh man! :D

This is on.. uh, Marine, I think. The normal difficulty.
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[User Picture]From: casey
2004-08-09 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yikes, I'm checking out the system specs and I don't think I'll be able to play this game until I get some cash to upgrade my box a little bit. I fall so far behind on PC gaming when I only want to play, like, a game a year. I've become too much of a console gamer...
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[User Picture]From: mirrorglassball
2004-08-11 03:53 pm (UTC)
can I join handhelj ?
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