01.04.1999 - GnomeREPORT
First off, sorry that you guys (and gals) didn't receive two daily issues last week (we ran into a few minor snags). And no, it had nothing to do with Y2k; things should be back to "normal" now. Thanks for hanging in there! Some of you should be receiving last week's Text Digest in a few hours, too. Now, if you'd like to see the issues which weren't mailed out last week, just swing by these URLs:
Now, after Lockergnomie Alex Radzinski registered the Lockergnome star, several of you wrote in to ask how to get a star of your own. However, others informed me that the whole "star naming" business is a sham. Well, as I discovered (unfortunately), some of you were correct; the only group certified to name stars is the International Astronomical Union. Lockergnome was registered through the International Star Registry. If you'd like more information on the star scams, just take a look at these links:
That being said, I still think that this was a FANTASTIC gift... it was truly the thought that counted. I say we all pretend (if only for a few hundred years) that there's still a Lockergnome star in the heavens above--what can it hurt? Pull out your telescope and have a look when you can't find anything decent to download!
-- Chris Pirillo
PalmPilot Emulator v2.0 Beta 3 [291k] W9x/NT FREE
Found by Brent Miller
The first PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) I ever owned was the
Sharp Wizard. Of course, I was a high school student at the time,
so there wasn't much I had to keep track of back then. PDAs have
come a long way since the early '90s--and now you can emulate one
on your Desktop! This will work as long as you have a PalmPilot
ROM handy (which, if you own one, shouldn't be a problem). There
are even skins available at the third-listed URL! I wouldn't
suggest trying to put a Desktop system in your pocket.
Permedia 2 Driver Updates for W9x/NT
Download the latest video drivers for the Permedia 2 W9x
v2105-0361 and the Permedia 2 NT4 Alpha v2.12-0486 (beta version).
Remember that your computer is (usually) only as good as its
World's Largest SoundFonts
Found by a Lockergnomie
A few weeks ago, I told the Daily subscribers about my
misadventures with Creative Labs' Sound Blaster Live! card. Then,
I told everyone how to get better sound from their MIDI files in a
recent GnomeTIP (visit the past issues page to get it). A few days
ago, a few Lockergnomies told me about these GREAT (and large)
SoundFonts available at this FTP site. I was amazed when I heard
the samples from these puppies. So, if you've got a SB card that
can handle SoundFonts, get these!
MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet
Found by Dave Bosoty
My dad asked if I could pull in radio stations with Manny. I told
him I couldn't, though I know there are "Radio Tuner" cards
available for Desktop systems. It seems rather useless to install
the hardware for receiving radio signals on your PC when sites
like this already exist. There are links to over 7,500 radio
stations which are currently broadcasting their stuff over the
Internet! And there are non-US stations listed here, too... browse
through them in a variety of ways. Even submit your own!
FONT: Nocker [15k]
What tickles your fancy? Or is your fancy even ticklish in the
first place? I suppose I shouldn't even ask that kind of question,
but inquiring minds wanna know. I've never been one to dress up in
fancy clothes--give me a tee shirt and I'll be happy forever.
Nocker is very much an anti-flannel font. You'd most likely see it
dressed up in a tuxedo... hanging around the punch bowl at all the
big parties. Oh, and it would drink its tea with a pinky extended.
Quite annoying. Quite.
Lockergnomie Terry K. has this tip for online gamers: "To speed up
play for Internet games, try disabling error control. Open the
Control Panel, click on the modem icon, select the installed
modem, then click the Properties button. From there, choose the
"Connection" tab, then click the 'Advanced' button. Be sure that
the "Use error control" is unselected (no check mark). When you're
not playing Internet games, be sure that you come back and select
error control (with a checkmark)."