December 8, 2001

I got “Summoner” for the PS2 and “Chrono Cross” for PlayStation yesterday and I must say that I was very disappointed. I don’t know if it is just the XBox spoiling me for any other console or I have high expectations now but both games failed to live up to my expectations. I played them for a little while last night and resolved to return them as soon as possible today. I did so but was disappointed to find that the game I wanted to get as a replacement “Night Caster” for the XBox was not yet out – though it was supposed to be out in December. Ah well … Other good news on the gaming front was that I learnt that “Malice” for the XBox was still on, though it probably will not be out before the fall of 2002. Malice was supposed to be one of the launch titles for the XBox and the initial screenshots and demos impressed me highly. In fact, I probably would have been pretty gung-ho about the XBox at launch if Malice had been among the launch titles. Instead, it was said that Malice had been scrapped altogether, but now I hear that Sierra is working on it and that it will be released sometime in 2002- I can’t wait :-)

I did some further work on Blog because the slow down that I’d perceived some time back was still there. I had been using a filtered dataset till now but I thought maybe it was because the filtering mechanism actually loaded all the records into memory before it applied the filter – so I decided to look into queries returning live result sets. I implemented that feature today and so did away with filtering altogether but I still don’t see an improvement in the UI. So it has to be either the live spell checking or some other event driven thing … Argh, this is driving me insane! :p

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