I updated the plan with a litt …

I updated the plan with a little rant.

I read with interest a review of a beta version of Visual Studio for Windows, and was struck by the amount of fancy names and acronyms for simple computer programs/services. Active-this and Active-that.. Of course! How silly of me! It’s completely impossible to do the same thing with a bit of perl and a decent database (MySQL anyone?) because they haven’t got ActiveXXX built in. I remember listening to a classmate of mine last year about how great a MS app was because methods were exposed and you could call this or that. Dumb! Then there was the two execs at a company I overheard saying you could do a reverse query down the pipe with MS SQL Server! Fancy words! When you get down to it, what’s the best solution? Alternative solutions have been doing the same thing for years! Sockets have “exposed” services to other computers for ages! Libraries have offered functions for longer than MS has been around! How did the world get by without MS for so long?! *gasp*
Next time you hear someone talk about how great an MS or corporate product is, don’t be over-awed by the fancy terminology, just ask what it _actually_ does. Is it useful and reliable? Will it actually help the programmer be _creative_ and offer the freedom to manipulate the computer to do exactly what you want in a timely and efficient manner? Is that “component” your manager is saying you should use actually useful or are you wasting your time?

I used to think that MP3s were “just as good as CDs”. I don’t now. 🙁 Even at 128k/sec there’s that slight annoying warble, and high pitched female voices sound kinda tinny. That’s one of the side effects in investing in a decent stereo system. At least I can play my CDs without sacrificing a CDROM now!
Lots of demos released at ASM ’98. I downloaded some of them, mostly the ones mentioned on The PC Demos Fanclub homepage. They’re all big monsters but I’d only recommend one myself, the 4k demo called Mesha. Excellent stuff and blew me away with the amount of code and effects they squeezed into 4k! Have a look in the demos incoming directory of Hornet for more demos. Especially check out the 4k directory in the ASM directory. Some very good demos there.
After checking out the latest games featured on the PCW CD, I’m yet again wondering where demo coders hope to go with their huge 5-6 meg 3D demos. If they don’t use a 3DFX or any hardware acceleration demos just will not impress anymore.
Me? I want to do a scroller.. 🙂


I updated the TSN page with a …

I updated the TSN page with a new version. Check it out if you’re interested in a network project/job/task scheduling program.


Check out the new design I'm …

Check out the new design I’m working on for this page. It’s something I’m working on and this is only the first draft of the new page.
I tested Xwinallegro and unfortunetly I wasn’t impressed by graphical performance at anything above 320×200 on my P200. Hopefully more routines will be written in ASM to speed up routines and the library in gerneral.
The new version of XPTC has inline assembly (i386 only) so it should offer improved performance for demos in X.


More good news for you demo co …

More good news for you demo coders out there! A version of Allegro for X11 is out! Allegro is a very nice library for creating graphical applications, be they demos, games or whatever! It has primitives for handling graphical functions as well as sound and packaging functions too! I used it for a project last year in DOS and hopefully I’ll now be able to port the code from DOS to Linux/X! More news about this later.

On a related note, a new version of X11PTC was released recently.
The new themes page for Windowmaker is open on Make sure you give it a visit and download some of the amazing looking themes!


Following hot on the heels of …

Following hot on the heels of the Frame Buffer FAQ there’s an editorial about the frame buffer on
So, I now have PTC and midas downloaded. Now all I need is some spare time and I’ll start coding some demo effects to put up here somewhere. Anyone else want to contribute some code and maybe screenshots? Or even provide links to demos/effects in Linux? I’d like stuff that runs in an X window, but console goods are just as welcome.
Oh! And does anyone want their site linked from my selection of buttons over there on the right? Mail me if you do.


Prometheus True Colour has a n …

Prometheus True Colour has a new page for the X version of the library. Check it out on the Prometheus Truecolour for X page!
There’s FAQ for the Kernel Vesa Framebuffer. Should be interesting. Pass the URL onto your demo coding friends!
I changed the quizlet. Final results for the previous one were (Which is the best interface for coding multimedia apps on Linux?):

10% SVGALIB, it’s close to the H/W.
38% X11, it’s more compatible.
42% GGI, graphics independent API.
10% Any of the above.
(378 respondents)

X and GGI quite close there right at the end.
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I have to admit I like Java. I …

I have to admit I like Java. I’m not going to go on about it, but it’s something I’d like to code a demo in soonish.. hmm..
PC Demo FanClub made its move to Hornet today. Check out the new (DOS)demos Jer has featured there. has some interesting titbits, especially the announcement of version 7 of Simple DirectMedia Layer, a low level game development API for Linux, BeOS and win32. I’d download it but my net connection is woefully slow 🙁
‘Gratz to CPX4 for getting the Beginners Linux Guide up and running again!
As all you experimental kernel guys probably know already, version 111 of the kernel had Linear Frame Buffer (LFB to its’ friends.) support built in. This is exactly what Linux needs for fullscreen graphics programming! I can’t wait for 2.2 to come out!!!!


A new Linux gaming site has op …

A new Linux gaming site has opened at Demos and games people have always been at loggerheads over one thing or another, but keep an eye on this site. It’s good to have a major games site ( supporting Linux games.
Anyone notice that the webwatcher doesn’t seem to be watching my site anymore? It’s still listed, but updates haven’t been reported.
Now, getting those TBL demos to run in Linux..
Beware that the iXalance executable is a libc6 app.
The README file with the iXalance loader only mentions the TBL page (original authors of the iXalance loader on Win32) and I’m not sure if the Linux version can be downloaded there. Check it out at
The loader is quite small so here it is, located on my own site, the iXalance loader.
The GGI project can be found at Find the file libggi-1.3.0-1.i386.rpm if you have RPM installed and download it.
Note that you don’t have to recompile your kernel or anything. The loader only requires the libggi library.
Now look at those TBL demos in all their glory!


Right at this moment I'm look …

Right at this moment I’m looking at Astral Blur running natively in my X display! I’ll post a link to the two files I needed tommorow. (iXalance loader and ggi 1.3 rpm file.)
Wow, it looks cool! Linux not for demos anyone? 🙂
Interesting Quizlet on the PC Demo Fanclub. I voted for the 4k/64k demos. To my mind these small demos show the most skill in writing fast, efficient AND effective code (it’s fast, does its’ job properly AND does the right job).. What will you vote for?


In a recent interview with Lin …

In a recent interview with Linus Torvalds he was asked “Does Linux support multimedia better than Windows 95?”. He was pretty upbeat in his answer, saying, “There are actually game developers who prefer working on Linux and developing all their software on it. When the game is ready, they port it to Windows because that’s obviously the larger market.”
, but also practical where he stated, “There are multimedia environments for Linux too, but you don’t have the same choices you have with Windows.”
Hopefully that will change.
Very good interview.