1999 Readers' Choice Awards
“Old hackers never die, young ones do.”
Quake2, the sequel to Quake (did you know?), is the favorite Linux game with 23.1% of the vote. Civilization: Call to Power, the excellent port from Loki (a savior of sorts for Linux gamers) is second with 13.9%, while XBill is dangerously popular at 8.4% (beating out the original Quake by 0.1%). Gruesome violence is inexplicably popular, but in other news, the hacker classic NetHack managed 5.6%, ahead of FreeCiv which had 4.3%, a good showing for our free games considering the number of entrants in this category.
“Abaci even have a n33t plural form! The abacus is the only Y2K compliant computer known to humanity!”
Compliant though it may be, the abacus lost to the Intel x86 which scored 82.4%, ahead of Alpha with 6.8% and PPC with 4.8%. There were hundreds of write-ins for AMD, and almost no one is under any delusions that Intel makes a better chip. However, the x86 is, technically speaking, for the most part Intel's fault; AMD is a clone, better than the original (as so many people wrote) but still a clone. The new IA-64 looks like it may actually be well-designed, and who knows what Transmeta (known more for hiring Linus than anything else) will come up with? Nowhere is the QWERTY syndrome stronger than in computers, but maybe we can at least get a better chip set sometime soon; otherwise, I'll see you at Abacus World Expo.
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