Sunday, June 30, 2002

Stranger In A Strange Land

So Kirsten managed to convince me to put a windows partition on my machine (well, actually a separate drive, but whatever), so I could play Neverwinter Nights.

So I went out and bought a copy of Windows XP Pro (contrary to what the box tells you, you can upgrade from Windows 95 (the only Windows CD I had left) to Windows XP), and now I've got it up and running.

First impressions: XP doesn't seem to suck as much as previous versions of Windows. The default Look and Feel is pretty much a bad imitation of Mac OS, but once you change it back to old style windows (which is ugly, but not hideous), it's usable. I had it crash once, when starting Neverwinter Nights the first time, but I upgraded my graphics drivers and now it works fine.

Neverwinter Nights itself is damn cool. Even with my year old graphics card it looks nice, and it seems to pretty accurately recreate D&D. I'll have to see what it's like when I'm playing multiplayer, but that will have to wait a little while.

While I'm living in windows land, I decided to give the Windows build of Subversion a try. It seems to work quite nicely. The installer depends on cygwin binaries for diff.exe and diff3.exe, which is a bit irritating, since I prefer not to install such things on my Windows machine (when in rome, etc), but that will likely be solved in the near future. Other than that, it seems to work just fine.