Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

As hinted in the last post, Scummbox.org is running some new services.

To facilitate remote access to my network, OpenVPN has been installed. It was a cinch to install, and through some trial and error I have gotten additional routes passed through to access my home network range from any remote location.

Also installed was TinyProxy. This allows users connected to the VPN to (transparently!) access sites that may be blocked at their location.

A final new service running is GnuMP3d… A remote playlist/streaming client that is tucked behind the VPN to prevent rampant and unauthorized usage.

On the workstation front, I’ve gone from running Kubuntu to Windows Vista to Windows 7 Beta/RC. Windows 7 is running extremely well and has offered me no problems as of yet. A side effect of going back to Windows is that I’m playing World of Warcraft again, as well as EVE Online. And what’s the side effects of playing games on a PC?

Hardware upgrades. The workstation has gotten a new PCIe 2.0 ATI video card. A 4870 HD with 1GB of GDDR5, to be exact. And with that also came two 22″ widescreen monitors running at 1680×1050 for an amazing amount of desktop real estate.

It has been a frenzy of upgrades and updates and taking chances on new software, but it’s paying off big time!

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

As hinted in the last post, Scummbox.org is running some new services.

To facilitate remote access to my network, OpenVPN has been installed. It was a cinch to install, and through some trial and error I have gotten additional routes passed through to access my home network range from any remote location.

Also installed was TinyProxy. This allows users connected to the VPN to (transparently!) access sites that may be blocked at their location.

A final new service running is GnuMP3d… A remote playlist/streaming client that is tucked behind the VPN to prevent rampant and unauthorized usage.

On the workstation front, I’ve gone from running Kubuntu to Windows Vista to Windows 7 Beta/RC. Windows 7 is running extremely well and has offered me no problems as of yet. A side effect of going back to Windows is that I’m playing World of Warcraft again, as well as EVE Online. And what’s the side effects of playing games on a PC?

Hardware upgrades. The workstation has gotten a new PCIe 2.0 ATI video card. A 4870 HD with 1GB of GDDR5, to be exact. And with that also came two 22″ widescreen monitors running at 1680×1050 for an amazing amount of desktop real estate.

It has been a frenzy of upgrades and updates and taking chances on new software, but it’s paying off big time!

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

So I have hit a snag with Windows Vista. Not a huge one, but a snag nonetheless.

Windows Vista does not properly support OpenGL. I had been using the -opengl switch with World Of Warcraft to get better frame rates out of Windows XP, and assumed the same would happen under Windows Vista. This is not the case.

A little back story about Microsoft and OpenGL.

All previous versions of Windows that “support” OpenGL have basically an old, crippled version by default running independently of DirectX. OpenGL 1.4 without extensions is what MS packages with Windows. The good part is that ATI and Nvidia add an OpenGL driver with their installs, so games and programs can use the current OpenGL 2.0 with extensions.

With Windows Vista, MS is having OpenGL run on top of DirectX 10. This is reducing the performance of OpenGL by as much as 50% (by some estimates.) Microsoft hasn’t shared any information to ATI and Nvidia on how to override this default OpenGL so they can have a separate OpenGL 2.0 driver for programs to use.

By removing the -opengl option from World Of Warcraft, I increased the frame rate by quite a bit.

It’s a bit of an underhanded move, forcing any 3D program under Vista to use DirectX for the best performance. Hopefully MS will allow a 3rd party OpenGL 2.0 driver to be installed.

Edit!

I found the following in the abstract for the current Nvidia ForceWare Drivers for Windows Vista x86:

Release Highlights:

* These drivers are tested for use only with Microsoft Windows Vista Beta2 only. Click here to download Windows Vista Beta 2.
* Includes OpenGL driver for compatibility testing.

So hopefully they get the OpenGL drivers in better shape for better performance!

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

So I have hit a snag with Windows Vista. Not a huge one, but a snag nonetheless.

Windows Vista does not properly support OpenGL. I had been using the -opengl switch with World Of Warcraft to get better frame rates out of Windows XP, and assumed the same would happen under Windows Vista. This is not the case.

A little back story about Microsoft and OpenGL.

All previous versions of Windows that “support” OpenGL have basically an old, crippled version by default running independently of DirectX. OpenGL 1.4 without extensions is what MS packages with Windows. The good part is that ATI and Nvidia add an OpenGL driver with their installs, so games and programs can use the current OpenGL 2.0 with extensions.

With Windows Vista, MS is having OpenGL run on top of DirectX 10. This is reducing the performance of OpenGL by as much as 50% (by some estimates.) Microsoft hasn’t shared any information to ATI and Nvidia on how to override this default OpenGL so they can have a separate OpenGL 2.0 driver for programs to use.

By removing the -opengl option from World Of Warcraft, I increased the frame rate by quite a bit.

It’s a bit of an underhanded move, forcing any 3D program under Vista to use DirectX for the best performance. Hopefully MS will allow a 3rd party OpenGL 2.0 driver to be installed.

Edit!

I found the following in the abstract for the current Nvidia ForceWare Drivers for Windows Vista x86:

Release Highlights:

* These drivers are tested for use only with Microsoft Windows Vista Beta2 only. Click here to download Windows Vista Beta 2.
* Includes OpenGL driver for compatibility testing.

So hopefully they get the OpenGL drivers in better shape for better performance!

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

So when I wasn’t running around being social this weekend (that post is for another blog), I was playing with my new install of Windows Vista Beta 2. Here are some of my findings:

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Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

So when I wasn’t running around being social this weekend (that post is for another blog), I was playing with my new install of Windows Vista Beta 2. Here are some of my findings:

Read the rest of this entry » )
scumm_boy: (Head Explodie)
( Oct. 16th, 2005 12:06 pm)
I want to thank everyone that came out yesterday. It, and you, rule(d)! I also want everyone who had a hand in getting me cripplingly addicted to World Of Warcraft by buying me the game and FOUR time cards for my birthday! ZOMG!

Since this morning, I've created a warlock and gotten him up to level 5. He looks like Chris Jericho (\m/). Addicted!

My friends are the greatest :)
scumm_boy: (Head Explodie)
( Oct. 16th, 2005 12:06 pm)
I want to thank everyone that came out yesterday. It, and you, rule(d)! I also want everyone who had a hand in getting me cripplingly addicted to World Of Warcraft by buying me the game and FOUR time cards for my birthday! ZOMG!

Since this morning, I've created a warlock and gotten him up to level 5. He looks like Chris Jericho (\m/). Addicted!

My friends are the greatest :)
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