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Websites Down But Not Out

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 15 Jul, 2001 @ 10:14 PM
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Just a quick note to let everyone know that some sites that are currently down are not out. Maverick has stated that he’s having server problems for BeOS Central, and is working on it. And a couple of my domains, now maintained by others, are not gone as they seem. i-BUG.org has expired, as my contact info was old, and I didn’t get the notices. The payment has been submitted. And the Neo-Programmer’s Collective (neo-programmers.com) is moving servers, and we are having a few - um - hiccups. They’ll be back.

First Productive 3.0 Screenshots

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 15 Jul, 2001 @ 7:49 PM
Gobe Software

Just to catch up on some news before another week begins… BeNews noticed that Gobe has posted a screenshot of Productive 3.0 running under windows. Tom Hoke later posted his own screenshot of Productive 3.0 running under BeOS, apparently on PowerPC. Tom previously stated in our forums that Productive for Windows is based on a recreation of the BeOS API’s. We have to wonder how hard it would be for Gobe to allow most, if not all, BeOS apps to build on windows, if Productive already does using Be api’s. In either case, Tom sat down with us for an interview about 3.0 last november. You can read it to find out about what will be happening in 3.0.

Survey to find out potential BeOS market

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 09 Jul, 2001 @ 11:23 AM

Not so much a petition in kind, but still - gets the petition category. :P

Helmar has set up a survey to research the market of BeOS. From Helmar:

It was done with the aim of finding out about the “material” [resources] available to someone interested in licensing BeOS from Be, Inc. and relaunching it outside Be, Inc.

I’d appreciate you taking some time to fill it in. It is merely for my own purposes, but it may also be vital for those taking on the task of licensing the BeOS from Be, Inc. in order to relaunch it.

I am particularly interested in his ideas, as I have been saying the same ideas for a while now, and would like to see at least an attempt at doing this.

Last Chance, for more than just the Last Chance

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 08 Jul, 2001 @ 12:40 AM
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Just a quick note: There’s only just over a day to get in on the Second Last Chance deal here, but there’s less than that if you want to get an authentic BeBox (see pic link in news below). Do a search for “bebox” on eBay, from the computers section, and you’ll find 2 BeBoxes listed there, one ending in less than a day, and still for less than $500 USD (well, one is $500). So, if you’ve wanted a BeBox, now’s a good time… I only wish I had a job, or one of those would be mine. :)

Software Updates: Postmaster to be Open Sourced - Mozilla Updated

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 07 Jul, 2001 @ 7:49 PM

Kenny Carruthers, author of the popular email client Postmaster, has announced that Postmaster 1.x will be open sourced, and 2.0 is officially on hold. He also announced that he is considering a Mac OS X native version of Postmaster as a future project. This is unfortunate, as Postmaster 2.0 was set to be impressive, and may never see the light of day now. However, Kenny is doing us all a big favor by releasing it to the community in source form, so we can keep it updated on our own. I would love to see an enterprising developer pick this project up and run with it.

In other open source news, Mozilla for BeOS has been released as version 0.9.2. This shows that the bezilla team has been working hard, and it is paying off. Go offer them your support. Good job guys! :)

Stuff you gotta have, stuff you wish you had, and stuff you’ll never have

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 05 Jul, 2001 @ 5:09 PM
Bits N

Stuff You Gotta Have - A Press Release from, well, Stuff You Gotta Have. It’s a press release for the application Book Mobile. You can read the press release by clicking the “Read More” link.

Stuff You Wish You Had - Ryan (NorseLord) Christiansen has put up a bunch of pictures of the original BeBox. Go Check It Out and drool. :P

Stuff You’ll Never Have - Karm wanted us to remind everyone about something that appeared originally on BeNews - Karm wanted everyone to sign the petition to open source BeOS. We all know Be’s feelings on this, but Karm believes that Be shouldn’t close their doors with BeOS still inside. Yeah, I know… no flames. Stuff you’ll never have.

2nd Last Chance Last Chance

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 02 Jul, 2001 @ 6:19 PM
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Okay, so eBay evidently spotted “CDR” in the auction and thought I was distributing pirated CDR’s of the Last Chance package, and not the original Last Chance CD distributed by WCD, which happens to be a CDR. They cancelled the auction.

Here’s the new auction for your bidding pleasure. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Gobe seeks input on Productive’s UI

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 01 Jul, 2001 @ 11:34 PM
Gobe Software

Gobe’s Tom Hoke recently posted to the BeGroovy forums that they are seeking input from Productive users on User Interface issues. If you have strong feelings about how the user interface feels, how it should feel, or what shouldn’t change, better speak up. They’d like to hear comments not only about Gobe’s UI, but other office suites that you have strong feelings about the interface. NOTE: They aren’t looking for requested features - only User Interface (UI) comments. You can speak your feelings on our forums here.

… And Speaking of the eVilla

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 01 Jul, 2001 @ 1:07 PM
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Matthias has been out looking for eVilla news, and he found a bit… here’s the links:

This one will lead you to this one, where you will find documentation, FAQ, etc.

This one from Pioneer Planet, which is pretty positive.

Here’s one from the Star Tribune, which is short - and negative.

And this one from PC World, which points out how the eVilla is supposed to be a replacement for a second PC, but that people with one PC would already have an existing ISP.

Evilla pics from PC Expo

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 30 Jun, 2001 @ 11:33 AM
Be Inc

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.

Last Chance for your Last Chance

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 30 Jun, 2001 @ 3:39 AM

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. :)

Film Review : Tomb Raider

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 30 Jun, 2001 @ 3:22 AM
Film / Movie

And on a much lighter note… a film review of the new Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie - the newest installment of game to movie crossover. And according to Rob, this one might actually be worth paying a few bucks for.

…and the flies are dropping - there’s nothing to feed on

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 28 Jun, 2001 @ 2:52 AM
Bits N

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…

TipJar for David Reid Reminder

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 27 Jun, 2001 @ 4:56 PM
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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 deej@beunited.org. And don’t be ashamed to only tip a buck or two, every cent helps out. :)

Mailbox Clearout - MS vs. Be, Newbie Letter, Dev #’s, and Lionhead B&W

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 27 Jun, 2001 @ 4:39 PM
Bits N

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.”


MP3 Pro on BeOS?

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 27 Jun, 2001 @ 4:29 PM

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.

BRS TuneTracker Demo Released

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 27 Jun, 2001 @ 4:21 PM

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!

Speaking of Dust Biting

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 27 Jun, 2001 @ 4:17 PM

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?

3dfx and Maybe nVidia not to be supported in WinXP

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 27 Jun, 2001 @ 4:17 PM
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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.

Just a quick note from PC Expo

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 26 Jun, 2001 @ 12:32 AM
Be Inc

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. :D

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