Ok. So here are the pics that were promised of the eVilla at PC Expo. I took about 12, but only 6 or so were actually usable, due to the crappy nature of my camera, the extreme lighting of the show, and the distortion of the screen (which turns out to be because the evilla was next to a closed room housing the 20 servers for the booth. The most exciting thing I noticed was that the eVilla seems to take pride in the fact that it uses BeIA, and the fact that BeOS still shows through. Read on to see what I mean.
Well, if you came on the BeOS scene a bit late, or didn’t get the Last Chance package from WCD, fear not…
I came across 10 Last Chance packages (which includes Civilization: Call To Power, Eric’s Ultimate Solitare, Axia, Abuse and more), and talked John into signing them. I’ve put them on eBay for your gaming pleasure. The auction is here. The minimum price is my cost, and after that, 10% of “profit” will go to the DriverFund, and the rest back to the man that worked so hard to bring Civ:CTP and other great games to BeOS, John. Happy Bidding.
Well, we’ve seen sites die, go up for sale, and disappear. BeDope and yaBel are up for sale, and many others have been long since abandoned (some of mine included - but not due to dispair, but available time). BeScreens even closed a couple of months ago and I didn’t realize it.
Companies - We lost Wildcard Design, Beatware, ThunderMunchkin, and countless others. Recently, we’ve lost ObjectSynth (as posted recently on BeNews), and Echo has dropped thier BeOS driver plans. Now, today, Hailstone Software has officially dropped out of the picture. And Gobe has to be hurting, they haven’t seen a new release of BeOS or Productive in what, a year?!
It’s not lookin’ too peachy folks… But then, we knew this decline would come. How many of us are actually still hangin’ on? Which of the three big news sites will be the last one to post some BeOS news? The longstanding, up and down BeOS Central, the omnipresent BeNews, or us? I think the safe bet would be leBuzz, they’ve got the most happening professionally right now. I honestly hope and pray we won’t know the answer to that question for a couple of years yet. Here’s to blind faith and hoping. Sorry to bring you all down.
Well, I for one, am not ashamed to beg… Be, we are starving out here… feed us something… anything. I know you are in a very touchy situation right now, but we need something - NOW - to stay alive as a community. I’m begging you. We’re all begging you. A simple press release or even just an open letter from JLG or Steve S., or even let the engineers speak up and out, just a little bit. Something, anything… [scratchy voice] water… I need water…
Oh, and one last thing… there’s only a couple of days left to donate a tip to David Reid. Curious why you should? Click here if the word “Apache” isn’t enough. July 1st, BeForever will name a new beneficiary, and my PayPal account will follow. To donate, just PayPal your tip to email@example.com. And don’t be ashamed to only tip a buck or two, every cent helps out.
So I’m way behind news in my mailbox… here goes:
First off, this interesting editorial at Wireless News. Short, nothing new, a bit old (May), but interesting nonetheless.
Sander van Dragt, a newbie to BeOS, writes in with an open letter about his experience. Should act as sort of a motivator, considering these are the first impressions of a new user to BeOS even in these “late” days. Click Read More to read the letter.
Ryan Christiansen, long time BeOS advocate, did a Rebol Script to scrape the email addresses of developers that have apps on BeBits, and while many of these devs are probably long gone, the number is 1,013. Just a bit of trivia for ya.
And Scar wrote in with this from Lionhead found on Voodoo Extreme - nothing we didn’t know already, but a final word, nonetheless:
“The Linux and BeOS never managed to get anywhere. We haven’t necessarily given up hope but the publishers we have been speaking to about this are not too optimistic about the marketplace for selling Linux or BeOS titles. Black & White is a VERY big project to convert and I guess for some people the cost of converting it, is just too restrictive.”
Mike Zader was looking into MP3 Pro at Coding Technologies, and if they’re considering a port for BeOS. Here’s their answer:
This is not yet decided. Technically, the libraries should be easily ported to BeOS so if there is a demand and a company interested in doing so, this should be possible.
Whatever happens, we will post this on our website.
So is there demand? Is there someone out there willing and capable of porting the codec?
Sorry, forgot the link.
Dane Scott Productions has released the demo version of BRS TuneTracker. If you downloaded the demo version from BeBits the first couple of days it was out, and it has problems, download it again. And, better mention that this app is a great one to do demo’s with at BUG meetings. Hit the Read More button for the full press release. Way to go Dane! You are truly an entreprenuer on the BeOS platform!
Pirx wrote in with this:
The domain BeDope (www.bedope.com) is up for sale. The website has been dormant for a while. The ‘About’ page says that “Be Dope will remain operational in its website form until Project BE comes to its logical and inevitable conclusion”.
Pirx wonders if we should collect some small cash and point the domain here, since many of BeDope’s features are now on BeGroovy. What do you think?
UPDATE:Brett Jungblut wrote in to tell us that the yaBel domain is also up for sale. Dropping like flies, aren’t they?
Why is this here? Just to show that nVidia is the root of all evil, next to MS themselves. Matthias noted that, as posted on EntCity, 3dfx cards will not be supported in WindowsXP. It was clearly stated by someone from MS that nVidia will not give them the source for the 3dfx drivers. More recently, there is a rumour that MS kicked nVidia out of talks concerning XP DirectX9 because they wouldn’t sign an agreement with MS.
Hey there all. So there I was, wandering through TechXNY (formerly PC Expo) and I stumbled across a display of Sony e-Villa’s. They are actually pretty prominently placed in their booth, and they are MUCH nicer than I expected them to be. The display is large and crisp (save some severe distortion from about 35 wireless networks around here… imagine what a hall full of 36000 technogeeks w/ cellphones does to a monitor and you have it) — Anyway, if this is an indication of what BeIA has to offer, Be has nothing to worry about. I will be bringing a camera tommorrow to try and snap a few pics for you. In the mean time, I seriously suggest you head to a local store and try one of these out. It may change your mind about Be’s decisions.
Well, yet another BeOS website has bitten it… this time it was Yet Another BeOS Link (yaBel). Brett finally closed the doors on the site, after a long period of inactivity. Brett had this to say:
I’d like to thank each and every user that ever visited yaBel. You made it an experience worthy of my time, and I’ve enjoyed it very much. Go ahead now, and visit yet another BeOS link.
yaBel was a good site at the time, and held many a mailing list archives, as well as a headlines page showing headlines from around the BeOS communtiy. It was a sad thing when it stopped being updated, and it’s even sadder now that it’s officially of the BeOS links lists (are there still BeOS links lists? ). Anyhoos - thanks for riding the wave with us a while Brett… hope to see you on the other side, whichever side that may be.
Not sure how old this article is, but it is a slow BeOS news week, and Mattias Toth evidently just found it on Ars Technica. Looks like a very interesting “bookshelf” PC, that, later in the article (page 3), reviewer Hannibal tested with BeOS and QNX, and reports that both were “snappy”. I, for one, love these little boxes (such as the NIC one, which I’m hoping Axel finishes the ethernet drivers for) - And this baby clocks in up to 1Ghz! Now, where can I get one of these to test stuff with? At iBuyPower, which I maxed out the system and it ran around $1700USD, for a reasonable system (minimum on everything) it ran at $1000. Anyways, thought some of you tinkerers out there would want to know.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that Frizbe has officially launched it’s Hardware Compatibility Database and BeOS Hardware store. A Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) that covers all the different variations has been needed for a while, since The Be Site seemingly vanished. Hopefully Frizbe will help fill that void. So get over there and help build an important resource by entering your hardware specs.
Since BeForever seems to be down, I’d like to thank everyone for donating to Daniel Switkin’s TipJar, the amount was quite a bit more than expected. I’m closing that TipJar now and sending Daniel a composite check of all the tips. And, as previously posted on BeForever, you can now send in tips for David Reid, the person responsible for bringing Apache and many other ports to BeOS. To send in a tip, get a PayPal account, and send a couple bucks to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Let’s dig into those pockets and put in a couple of dollars here and there. At the beginning of next month, BeForever will announce a new TipJar recipient, so you only have 2 weeks to donate to David.
Over at CNet, they have a pretty negative article about Sony’s eVilla. They discuss how the IA market is “poisoned”, and eVilla is going to suffer as a result. There is talk about an eVilla “sequel” with “always-on, fast access to the Internet.” It also mentions integration with other Sony companies like the record label and movie studio.
BeUnited is now accepting potential projects for the driver fund. You can go to the newly created “Potential Projects” Forum to post hardware you’d like to see voted on, and comment to show support on which others you’d like to see. This will be used for determining which manufacturers to be contacted for specs, and which devices will be in the polls for voting on for popular demand. Go tell BeUnited what hardware you’d like to see investigated for possible support.
Georges Gabereau wrote in to let everyone know about the launch of a BUG in Toronto, Canada.
The Toronto Be User Group has tentatively planned a meeting for Friday the 15th of June, 2001. We know it’s a little short notice, but we hope people can manage it. As of now we only have 3 members, but we are hoping that posting this will attract a few more.
For those interested in visiting please visit http://tbug.cjb.net for information on joining the eGroup and for info on the details of the meeting. Hope to see many people show up! If you have any specific questions email me at email@example.com and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
If you live in the Toronto area, go out and pay a visit!
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