Exams are over for a while!! : …

Exams are over for a while!! 🙂
Unfortunately during my exams I had a spurt of inspiration to change my desktop. Here it is as it is now:

**image removed, sorry!** Even more reason the demo scene should goto Linux – cool X desktops! Check out www.linuxwarez.org for some awesome X screenshots!

Now I’ve had a chance to digest what Snowman said on his announcement to accept Windows demos I find myself cringing at some of what he said.
First of all he calls them winmoes. I just wonder what exactly it was I watched on the C64 and Amiga when I loaded demos on those platforms. Were they actually 64moes and Amimoes? Stupid, and it just brings up another barrier between the different platforms. 🙁
Why is it scary to have Windows demos? Sheesh! I don’t care what platform I code for (just so long as it works in Linux;) and the openGL I’m doing is the first graphical coding I’ve done in years that I’ve enjoyed (last time was on the C64 around 1993!)
I enjoy not having to worry about drivers for different sound cards, drivers for VESA2.0, drivers for this and that… I never liked the PC architecture, but now I can code at a layer above it! Hey! My demos will even work on an Alpha machine! Now that’s a seriously cool idea. 🙂
The final issue of Demonews was a nostalgic view of an era past, now we’re in a multi-platform age where Windows 95, NT, DOS are equally viable platforms for demos. Linux is growing, with 6 million users (or so..) there’s a huge untapped audience out there for your demos. Watch out for it 🙂
There was a post in csipd about some guys who ripped code from an example coded by Statix in the PTC package and used it in their own demo. They only credited Statix in one line in their info file. I groaned when I read this. Below, you’ll find I talk about sharing demo source code, but this is what happens when code is shared in the demo scene. 🙁
‘Course, those rippers should have stated clearly how much they used of Statix’ code, and maybe released the source to their demo as well, but I fear demo coders just won’t ever have the same attitude the Linux scene has.
Perhaps if the example code with the PTC was released under the GPL it would have made those coders think twice about using the code..

See those dates next to my lin …

See those dates next to my links? Date of the last update on those pages 🙂

I had an idea last weekend, (cutting grass is so inspirational!), and I thought about expanding the .plan idea to make it more like QuakeFinger. I’d like to be able to create a list of links to people with web .plan files with something to say. If I could get a shell account somewhere I could make it an auto-update page.
(Does nether.net let you run processes “nohup”?)
Mail me if you have any ideas or opinions about this.

Two major things happened over …

Two major things happened over the weekend:
A gifted Irish comedian, Dermot Morgan, died of a suspected heart attack early on Sunday morning. He starred in the series Father Ted on Channel4 and RTE. He also co-produced an excellent satirical political radio show in Ireland for a time.
Try a search for some WAVs of him, they’re brilliant!
Also this weekend Hornet decided to accept Windows demos! I see this as a Good Thing (TM) as the demo scene seemed to be languishing and growing stale by trying to stick with DOS completely.

6 exams next week and I'm upd …

6 exams next week and I’m updating this stuff. Does anyone read this anyway eh?
This update I added a page with some of my own code, under the projects link to the left. You’ll find some stuff about openGL, graphics coding using Cross-ELF (cross-platform Linux lib.), a motif program I did a few weeks ago, and a simple UDP sockets assignment I had to do last month for college.
Nothing much else, I’m still disillusioned with the demo scene, people try and limit what a
demo ‘is’ and they alienate a large proportion of the ‘net.

Since the Quake guys have .pla …

Since the Quake guys have .plan files on their homepages I’ve adopted the idea for my page here. Mail me at the link below if you like the idea.
I’ll post observations on the demo and Linux scenes here as well as other tit-bits that catch my attention.

Little rant about the demo scene:
Many years ago before the advent of electricity and.. oh, not that long ago, but during the glory days of the C64 RAM and storage space was expensive and usually difficult to work with or incompatible with most of the applications available.
Probably because of the above constraints demos coded then had to be highly optimized works of art. Nowadays, the situation is completely different. It’s a much friendlier environment to the coder.
Maybe because of this demos nowadays appear to me to be just movies that one plays back without interaction _at all_ !!!
Demos never were interactive but older demos had scrollies and usually had options to change various effects inside the demo..
In comp.sys.ibm.pc.demos there’s been much talk about demos on various platforms and arguements about proper demo coding techniques and why Windows sucks, DOS rules etc etc.
I think that defining the demoscene by it’s platform and by the coding language you use is fundamentally wrong and harmful to the spirit of friendship the scene should have.

Enough .. I’m distracted… cya..

I moved from Indigo, my ISP to …

I moved from Indigo, my ISP to Xoom mainly for two reasons. Indigo is slow to access (fast to use though..) and also I can’t update my page unless I’m online at home. Since I’m in college most of the day this is a major no-no. 🙁

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Read my psuedo .plan for a some personal observations on demos, Linux and life in gerneral.(Life will be added later!)