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Top 5 Shooting Games

By Sam Julien

1 Medal of Honour Allied Assault (MOHAA)
- Latest & greatest FPS with wicked maps; modelled closely to "Saving Private Ryan"; highly addictive single & multiplayer. More reality in this FPS, but does not include damage localisation (see Q3 mods). (Recommend server ping <140ms); gamespy compliant

2 Return to Castle Wolfenstein
- Return of the legendary Wolfenstein game; also great single player & multiplayer game; good maps great atmosphere; very fast paced online gameplay. (recommend server ping of less than 100ms); gamespy compliant

3 Quake 3 mod Urban Terror
- Multiplayer only; puts a realistic twist to Q3 with actual weapon models and good physics engine-- wounding/bandaging reality (when wounded, must bandage or bleed to death; wounded leg slows speed to a slow limp till bandaged). Put in the Hard Core FPS category. Super fast paced...Great LAN gaming

4 Quake 3 mod Reaction Quake (Q3RQ)
- See above. Difference for this game is that it takes its theme from the historic Action Quake 2(AQ2) game and puts it in the Q3 engine. AQ2 is still one of the worlds longest running and most popular FPS on the net, only superseded by Counter Strike (CS). CS doesn't make this top 5 as the graphics engine is 3+ years old Half Life one, and in dire need of replacement. Q3RQ is also super paced and great for LAN games or fast servers.

5 Serious Sam 2(Q3RQ)
- Not out yet, its being stated by some very devious and hardcore gamers as a Doom 3 killer (also not out...3 years and still waiting). That's a serious comment...

     Not so serious Sam is the TPC's expert on Shooters and how to play games on company time

Top 5 Mailers and...

By John de Hoog

1. EdMax most customizable, best keyboard navigation, versatile and powerful

2. TuruKame Mail best remote mail interface, good templates, virus-proof

3. Becky 2 language handling, feature balance, plug-ins

4. The Bat! function-rich, automatic mail file maintenance, great address book, powerful templates (but doesn't do Japanese)

5. Gaucho good navigation, simple and clean, but packed with useful features

Top 5 news readers

1. Xnews free and all-powerful

2. News Pro the best if you have lots of news servers

3. News Rover the best for scanning many news groups automatically from multiple servers

4. Forte Agent well-designed features, language support, good keyboard navigation

5. NewsBin great for binaries only, good multi-server support

        See John's homepage at for full reviews of these applications

Top 5 Blogging Tools

By Stuart Woodward

What is a weblog/blog?
From"A blog is a web page made up of usually short, frequently updated posts that are arranged chronologically -- like a what's new page or a journal. The content and purposes of blogs varies greatly -- from links and commentary about other web sites, to news about a company/person/idea, to diaries, photos, poetry, mini-essays, project updates, even fiction."

1) Radio UserLand(Q3RQ)
"Radio UserLand is an easy-to-use Weblog tool that runs on your desktop, so it's fast, and ready to go when you are. Radio UserLand automatically builds your site, organizes and archives your posts, and publishes your content -- without any knowledge of HTML, FTP, or graphic design. All you need to do is install Radio and begin publishing, in minutes, not days. You can publish written text, links, photos, documents, and much more with just a single click of your mouse. Best of all, you can do all of this in your favorite browser."

2) LiveJournal is a free service that allows you to create and customize your very own "live journal": a journal that you keep online! "You can update with short entries many times a day, or with long entries a few times a week... however you'd like to use it. It's free, it's fun, and it's easy to use!
You update your LiveJournal whenever you want either on the web, or by downloading a small easy-to-use program you install on your Windows, Macintosh, Unix, or BeOS computer. "

3) Blogger
"Blogger is a free, web-based tool that helps you publish to the web instantly -- whenever the urge strikes. Blogger is the leading tool in the rapidly growing area of web publishing known as weblogs, or "blogs," as we like to say. If you already have a web site you want to use Blogger to publish to, you simply need FTP access to it (if you're not sure if you have this, ask your web host or look at their documentation?you probably do). But if you don't already have a web site, don't worry, Blogger will create one for you."

4) Jogger
Jim Titsler posted this to tpc.internet ( the other day. "Jogger is a web log service connected to the Jabber instant messaging software. Just add to your Jabber client roster (I use Gaim on Unix, WinJab on Windows). Any message you send there ends up in your "jogger" web log."

5) Greymatter
"Greymatter is a Web-based tool for the creation of weblogs (regularly-updated news- or journal-type sites) or online journals, allowing complete control over your weblog/journal while supporting such features as: the ability for users to post comments to your entries or cast "karma" votes on them, with no database used or required whatsoever; a template-based system that allows you to fully customise every aspect of your site's look and function, great or small; support for multiple weblog/journal authors, with fully-controllable individual access; a ban system for preventing malicious users from voting or posting on your site; nearly a hundred template variables that allow for extremely flexible styles and setups; easy and complete editing of any entry (including its comments) at any time; runs completely on your own account and is thus under your full control at all times; and, of course, "more"! Greymatter is intended as a flexible "power tool" for webloggers & journal-keepers who are moderately comfortable with the HTML language (to customise Greymatter's templates). Greymatter requires a server that fully supports CGI programs with Perl 5 installed, and is optimised for 800x600 or higher."

The Web's 5 Oddest Sites

By Spa Fon

This anonymous (you'll see why) Banzuke was received from "Spa Fon".

The TPC would like to remind readers that we take no responsibility for the content of web sites linked from these pages.

Now, proceed, if you dare.

1. Cthulhusex magazine
Sex and tentacled alien beings.
What more do you want?
What more do you need?
And it has blood, too.

2. Disgruntled Housewife
Home of the My Neurosis pages. Beware of photographs of the decaying pumpkin.

3. Ebay
Lots of run-of-the-mill items. Items like kangaroo naughty bits make it worth an occasional visit.

4. University of Bums on Seats
A degree in post-rational discourse and other educational delights.
Also worth a visit for the Wankometer.

5. Pagan Humor
Humor at the expense of modern witchcraft/New Age practices.

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Algorithmica Japonica

February, 2002

The Newsletter of the Tokyo PC Users Group

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