7 Nov 2000 vladimir   » (Master)

So much for the 8am thing. It is now 4:45 am and I am awake, for the second (third?) night in a row. Actually, today should be the last of these, as I'm trying to get myself back to a normal sleep schedule (I have to before COMDEX next week; otherwise I will be absolutely hating life). It all fell apart when I started rewriting a large module that I had worked on for the past few months, and attempting to do it in a week. Bad idea. :-) However, that work is going fairly well in any case.

I was excited to discover that SGI had released Performer for Linux. I know they did this a while ago, but I didn't discover it until this weekend. The problem now is that there really are no high performance OpenGL cards for linux. My G400 barely cuts it; I'm almost definitively going to purchase a G400Max, and I'm seriously considering a 3DLabs GVX210 (as it's supported by Xinside), but a) it's expensive; b) it's already a bit old; c) the drivers aren't open source. Using nonfree drivers kinda scares me, especially now that I'm used to running stock xf4. (The 3DLabs Wildcat 4210 looks awesome, but it's ridiculously expensive -- a Compaq-branded one is $5000. And there are no Linux drivers. But it can do 1600x1200 at 90Hz with full-scene AA [and higher]. Mmmm.)

I did start playing around with Performer... here's a (large) screenshot of something (and another) I am playing with right now. I'm trying to find a place to get the Ada bindings.. and possibly source to paintball, if it's available.

There's a chance I'll be going to London for a few days sometime in December to visit a friend. I'm looking forward to that; I'm more excited about going home for Thanksgiving, especially after COMDEX.

Saw Charlie's Angels last Friday. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Fun movie.

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