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Out of the Blue

Happy anniversary to Blue's News, as this site moved to its own domain 15 years ago today. That's a long time in real life, and that much longer on the internet, and I want to thank all of you for the support that has made such a run possible. Here's looking forward to the next 15, which should presumably involve updates by telepathy at some point.

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Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
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43. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2011, 01:58 Acleacius
 
Wow,GRATZ BLUE!
15 years is a monumental achievment for the internetz! Party Cheers

:-standingovation-:
 
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.That is easy.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.It works the same way in any country.
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42. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 21:00 Ant
 
Blue wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 20:49:
Ant wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 19:27:
Blue wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 18:34:
PhysicalEd wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 13:33:
(didn't you used to post under quakenews? I'd swear you switched from quakenews to bluesnews long long ago, but I cannot find any record of that.

It was "blue's Quake Rag" prior to the domain switch. The site operated for a bit over a year prior to that, starting in the summer of 1995.
What was the URL to it back then?

http://www.panix.com/~sheaslip/3d/quake.shtml
Wow, it still works to inform users of the new location.

And drats! http://wayback.archive.org/ doesn't have early days before the move.
 
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 20:49  Blue 
 
Ant wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 19:27:
Blue wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 18:34:
PhysicalEd wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 13:33:
(didn't you used to post under quakenews? I'd swear you switched from quakenews to bluesnews long long ago, but I cannot find any record of that.

It was "blue's Quake Rag" prior to the domain switch. The site operated for a bit over a year prior to that, starting in the summer of 1995.
What was the URL to it back then?

http://www.panix.com/~sheaslip/3d/quake.shtml
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 20:02 shihonage
 
Another old fart here... followed you since inception, or close to it.

(include mandatory statement about Doublespace and the Rob Roy trailer on Windows 95 install CD)

I copied that damn trailer onto 15 floppy disks so I could take it home from my friend's house and view it on my MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER dammit!

Also, I was indirectly responsible for getting the Matrox dev. team to release a 3D accelerated version of Tomb Raider for their 2mb Mystique. They planned to require a 2mb expansion card, but I pointed out that downgrading to 512x384 resolution looked still very nice and would give them a workable framebuffer size...

(continues rambling and drooling about the ol' times)
 
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 19:27 Ant
 
Blue wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 18:34:
PhysicalEd wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 13:33:
(didn't you used to post under quakenews? I'd swear you switched from quakenews to bluesnews long long ago, but I cannot find any record of that.

It was "blue's Quake Rag" prior to the domain switch. The site operated for a bit over a year prior to that, starting in the summer of 1995.
What was the URL to it back then?
 
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 18:34  Blue 
 
PhysicalEd wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 13:33:
(didn't you used to post under quakenews? I'd swear you switched from quakenews to bluesnews long long ago, but I cannot find any record of that.

It was "blue's Quake Rag" prior to the domain switch. The site operated for a bit over a year prior to that, starting in the summer of 1995.
 
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 13:33 PhysicalEd
 
Congrats Blue, like many have said, thanks for your thorough and timely updates and hard work!

Looking forward to getting your updates through direct neural implants in another 15 years

(didn't you used to post under quakenews? I'd swear you switched from quakenews to bluesnews long long ago, but I cannot find any record of that. Must have been one too many grapples to the head in my youth...) For real nostalgia fans look at these : http://www.bluesnews.com/a/3/old-logo-archive
 
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36. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 11:59 Ant
 
kanniballl wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 11:55:
Ant wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 10:39:
Hey man. Back then, we were serious PC gamers. Oh DOS/4GW, MultiConfigs, etc. FTW!

I recall having a bunch of boot disks (floppies) lying around, between balancing XMS vs EMS, different sound driver settings (when I finally got a sound card), etc. I think I eventually had some GoTo setup for autoexec.

Yikes, if things were like that now... I'd definitely be in the Console camp. Not that it's too advanced for me to tweak stuff here-and-there, but I'm at an age now that I just don't want to fiddle with settings and parameters just to be able to *start* to have fun. My work-day is filled with enough of that, I just want play.
I understand the getting old and no time. I don't even play games these days. I don't upgrade and get the latest stuff anymore due to lack of free time and motivations. I do that enough at work and get paid!

Didn't you use that multi-config setup in DOS v6.x?
 
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35. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 11:55 kanniballl
 
Ant wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 10:39:
Hey man. Back then, we were serious PC gamers. Oh DOS/4GW, MultiConfigs, etc. FTW!

I recall having a bunch of boot disks (floppies) lying around, between balancing XMS vs EMS, different sound driver settings (when I finally got a sound card), etc. I think I eventually had some GoTo setup for autoexec.

Yikes, if things were like that now... I'd definitely be in the Console camp. Not that it's too advanced for me to tweak stuff here-and-there, but I'm at an age now that I just don't want to fiddle with settings and parameters just to be able to *start* to have fun. My work-day is filled with enough of that, I just want play.

 
"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 10:39 Ant
 
kanniballl wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 10:37:
Ant wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:46:
Hoop wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:31:
I miss the good old days, buggy games, slow essentially office computers that needed fine tuning, waiting on patches just so you could move forward (oh wait go pay full price for Carmacks console optimised RAGE), ICQ meet ups in gamespy, paying $1000.00 for a harddrive that had 800meg of pure space!
Conventional memory (DOS 4 was terrible!), XMS, EMS, EMM386, QEMM, Stacker and Double(Space/Bin) for those precious HDD, dial-up modems, WinQuake, QuakeWorld, DOOM, Dwango, SirDOOM, Kali (it is still around), IPS/SPX, 16550 UART, VLB, VESA with SciTech Display Doctor, Netscape, etc. Now you younglings get off our old farts' lawns!

Man, why'd you have to go mention some of those things. Tweaking my config and autoexec to get the whole XMS/EMS thing "just right" for certain games was a pain... especially since I had that space-doubler thing running to give us more HD space.

Really, one of the things I liked the most about PC gaming's changes/evolution over the last 1-2 decades was a lot of games are just install-and-forget (and a Driver update here-and-there).
Hey man. Back then, we were serious PC gamers. Oh DOS/4GW, MultiConfigs, etc. FTW!
 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 10:37 kanniballl
 
Ant wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:46:
Hoop wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:31:
I miss the good old days, buggy games, slow essentially office computers that needed fine tuning, waiting on patches just so you could move forward (oh wait go pay full price for Carmacks console optimised RAGE), ICQ meet ups in gamespy, paying $1000.00 for a harddrive that had 800meg of pure space!
Conventional memory (DOS 4 was terrible!), XMS, EMS, EMM386, QEMM, Stacker and Double(Space/Bin) for those precious HDD, dial-up modems, WinQuake, QuakeWorld, DOOM, Dwango, SirDOOM, Kali (it is still around), IPS/SPX, 16550 UART, VLB, VESA with SciTech Display Doctor, Netscape, etc. Now you younglings get off our old farts' lawns!

Man, why'd you have to go mention some of those things. Tweaking my config and autoexec to get the whole XMS/EMS thing "just right" for certain games was a pain... especially since I had that space-doubler thing running to give us more HD space.

Really, one of the things I liked the most about PC gaming's changes/evolution over the last 1-2 decades was a lot of games are just install-and-forget (and a Driver update here-and-there).
 
"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 08:22 kanniballl
 
Congrats Blue.

I've been coming here regularly since college, so probably around 1998 or 1999... 2000 the latest.

I'd visit occasionally before-hand, but not too often.

 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 07:45 Ant
 
Hoop wrote:
Ha!... Ant, my message was to the youngins not you, you...you old fart.
Oooh OK. Let's take our canes or whatever old (e.g., dial-up modems), and hit those whippersnappers.
 
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 05:30 axe1970
 
Congratulations on the 15 years Blue. I have been coming here almost every day that I have been on a computer.
Even before there was a Bluesnews domain name. Actually didn't you have a sight called Quake-something. I have been here that long. (and all the way from Australia too).

It was Blues news and Redwoods.

Live long and prosper.

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29. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 03:56 Hoop
 
Ant wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 01:14:
Hoop wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 00:38:
Ant wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:46:
Hoop wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:31:
I miss the good old days, buggy games, slow essentially office computers that needed fine tuning, waiting on patches just so you could move forward (oh wait go pay full price for Carmacks console optimised RAGE), ICQ meet ups in gamespy, paying $1000.00 for a harddrive that had 800meg of pure space!
Conventional memory (DOS 4 was terrible!), XMS, EMS, EMM386, QEMM, Stacker and Double(Space/Bin) for those precious HDD, dial-up modems, WinQuake, QuakeWorld, DOOM, Dwango, SirDOOM, Kali (it is still around), IPS/SPX, 16550 UART, VLB, VESA with SciTech Display Doctor, Netscape, etc. Now you younglings get off our old farts' lawns! :P

Yeah get off our virtual Lawns .... you .. you You tubing, digital savy apple slave, government tracked, bar coded virtual sheep!
Uh, I am not a slave to Apple, hate the government, and not a sheep but an ant!

Ha!... Ant, my message was to the youngins not you, you...you old fart.
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 01:48 jdreyer
 
Thanks and congrats, Blue. I've been an almost daily reader since the late 90s, and have enjoyed every day.  
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 01:14 Ant
 
Hoop wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 00:38:
Ant wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:46:
Hoop wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:31:
I miss the good old days, buggy games, slow essentially office computers that needed fine tuning, waiting on patches just so you could move forward (oh wait go pay full price for Carmacks console optimised RAGE), ICQ meet ups in gamespy, paying $1000.00 for a harddrive that had 800meg of pure space!
Conventional memory (DOS 4 was terrible!), XMS, EMS, EMM386, QEMM, Stacker and Double(Space/Bin) for those precious HDD, dial-up modems, WinQuake, QuakeWorld, DOOM, Dwango, SirDOOM, Kali (it is still around), IPS/SPX, 16550 UART, VLB, VESA with SciTech Display Doctor, Netscape, etc. Now you younglings get off our old farts' lawns! :P

Yeah get off our virtual Lawns .... you .. you You tubing, digital savy apple slave, government tracked, bar coded virtual sheep!
Uh, I am not a slave to Apple, hate the government, and not a sheep but an ant!
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 01:02 Dr.Del
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 22:27:
Happy anniversary, Blues News! You've outlived them all...Slipgate, Stomped, Mr. Wolf's Quake Den...and many others I can't remember.

The best part? It's still independent.

Quite an accomplishment, Steve

That is an awesome comment. I couldn't agree with it more.

Keep at it Steve! We love you and Fransy!
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2011, 00:38 Hoop
 
Ant wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:46:
Hoop wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:31:
I miss the good old days, buggy games, slow essentially office computers that needed fine tuning, waiting on patches just so you could move forward (oh wait go pay full price for Carmacks console optimised RAGE), ICQ meet ups in gamespy, paying $1000.00 for a harddrive that had 800meg of pure space!
Conventional memory (DOS 4 was terrible!), XMS, EMS, EMM386, QEMM, Stacker and Double(Space/Bin) for those precious HDD, dial-up modems, WinQuake, QuakeWorld, DOOM, Dwango, SirDOOM, Kali (it is still around), IPS/SPX, 16550 UART, VLB, VESA with SciTech Display Doctor, Netscape, etc. Now you younglings get off our old farts' lawns! :P

Yeah get off our virtual Lawns .... you .. you You tubing, digital savy apple slave, government tracked, bar coded virtual sheep!
 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2011, 23:46 Ant
 
Hoop wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 23:31:
I miss the good old days, buggy games, slow essentially office computers that needed fine tuning, waiting on patches just so you could move forward (oh wait go pay full price for Carmacks console optimised RAGE), ICQ meet ups in gamespy, paying $1000.00 for a harddrive that had 800meg of pure space!
Conventional memory (DOS 4 was terrible!), XMS, EMS, EMM386, QEMM, Stacker and Double(Space/Bin) for those precious HDD spaces, dial-up modems, WinQuake, QuakeWorld, DOOM, Dwango, SirDOOM, Kali (it is still around), IPX/SPX, 16550 UART, VLB, VESA with SciTech Display Doctor, Netscape, etc. Now you younglings get off our old farts' lawns!

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