Archive for November, 2004

If you are playing this game, there is one link you should bookmark:

Activision Support

This one certainly needs to be patched. It crashes on some occasions, no matter what you do.

But very very special game, its worth the trouble.

The Clans are very different, so playing it again is recommended.

Once a patch is available, it can be found on this page.


Since HL² is out, I spent the most time playing (of course). :) So I intend to collect a few useful tips here.


To shorten loading time on startup, simply comment out “startupmenu” in “\half-life 2\hl2\cfg\valve.rc” using “//”… This removes the current level, which is usually shown in the background. Should be okay for most people. ;)

If you are browsing with Firefox, you will find this extension interesting – it’s a very powerful tool for working with webpages. Many useful options (for CSS, images, W3C validation…) are reachable with only one single click.

There are also settings not directly connected with “web development” – cookie disabling, etc…

I know, I know – the whole web is full with news about that. But it’s such a cool news that it doesn’t hurt to write it down again.

Every version (win32/linux/mac/sources) can be found here:

for the best possible Firefox experience add the following lines to “prefs.js” in your profile folder:

user_pref(“nglayout.initialpaint.delay”, 100);
user_pref(“content.notify.ontimer”, true);
user_pref(“content.notify.interval”, 100000);
user_pref(“content.notify.backoffcount”, 5);
user_pref(“network.http.pipelining”, true);
user_pref(“network.http.proxy.pipelining”, true);
user_pref(“network.http.pipelining.maxrequests”, 8);
user_pref(“network.http.max-connections”, 32);
user_pref(“network.http.max-connections-per-server”, 8);
user_pref(“network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy”, 4);
user_pref(“network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server”, 2);

those settings activate very useful features like “pipelining”, which can increase browsing performance drasticly.

Also searching for extensions is very recommended:

Plugins like Flash/Shockwave:

Okay, that should be enough for a good start with this great browser. :)

If you like Mozilla applications, you can also try Sunbird Calendar.