[cts-newsletters-html] House Calls/Apple PowerBook G4

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  • Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 21:13:17 MST

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HOME INVASION
The Screen Savers come to the aid of a viewer
by visiting his home. Here's a full report.
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WE'LL COME TO YOUR HOME
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WE NEED YOUR BIOS GRAPHICS
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TITANIUM TITAN
Kristina De Nike stops by to show us Apple's
PowerBook G4. In this week's Alternatip.
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MEET PATRICK IN NASHVILLE
Patrick Norton will be in Tennessee at the 
InterMedia@Home's Everything Internet seminars on Feb. 24.
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A FRESH START
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SHOW NOTES for Friday, February 22, 2001...

* 3dfx vs GeForce

Derek from Cookeville, TN called in because he wants some advice
about his aging Diamond 3dfx video card.  He wants to know if he
can play his old 3dfx games on a new GeForce 2 card.

If games support only the 3dfx only, then you're out of luck.  If
your game supports OpenGL or DirectX as well as 3dfx, then you can.


The older games that do support DirectX and OpenGL will actually
look better because you can get higher resolutions and good frame
rates.  You can also leave your old Voodoo card in there if you
still want to play those old game. You'll just need to make sure
the 3dfx drivers are installed along with your new video cards
drivers.

Of course, you might also be able to get a great deal on a Voodoo 5
or Voodoo 3 that will offer enhanced performance for little money
since 3dfx recently sold out to Nvidia.


* Sell Your Domain Name

Joseph from Ellensburg, WA has been using his "mediatainment.com"
domain name for a while and just replaced it with "filmways.com"
and wants to know if he can score some cash for the old name.

Well, if you think you've got a valuable domain name you can check
services such as http://www.websitenames.com and
http://www.mightydomains.com.  Beware, though, they will exact 10
to 20 percent of your selling price.

If you want to remove the middle man, we suggest trying out
http://www.ebay.com. 


* Burning Video CDs

Dan from West Deptford, NJ wants to know how he can convert media
files like MPEG or AVI and play 'em from a CD on his computer or
DVD player.

This is one of the coolest things to do and is a great way to send
videos to friends and family with DVD players.

With Easy CD Creator it is extremely simple to take MPEGs and burn
them onto a CD.  You'll have to make sure that you have the proper
video format... proper video format, frame rate, size, etc.  

A great program that can arrange AVI's into a good format is called
AVI2VCD.

http://www.mnsi.net/~jschlic1/

You can play VCD's in as good as VHS quality on computers and DVD
players that support VCD.  Most modern DVD players can do this.

Check out Leo's article on making VCD's:

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* Video Game Bottleneck

CJ from Rancho Santa Margarita wants to know why his Athlon 600
slows down when playing a flight simulator.

Flight simulators tend to demand a lot of RAM and process do some
intensive calculations.  Our ultimate recommendation is getting a
better video card that can take care of some of the work and
relieve your CPU.

The original GeForce and GeForce 2 MX should be able to improve
your situation significantly.  Also, think about adding some more
RAM to your system if you have 64MB or less of RAM.  Make sure all
non-essential tasks and programs running in the background are shut
off.

Finally, sound can significantly impede gameplay if you don't have
an accelerated audio board (such as SBLive or Aureal based cards). 


Lastly, if you don't want to spend any money, reduce the
resolution, reduce the amount of detail, and reduce the sound to
the lowest quality.


Happy Cybersquatting!!

David Prager

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