New design! It takes a little …

New design! It takes a little longer to load but I think it’s nicer on the eye. Not sure about having all those links at the side. Same for the guest book. Seemed like a good idea at the time but now I’m not so sure. Use the guestbook to tell me if it sucks please! 🙂
Two more exams to go. I’ll be finished on the 10th. Due to a cock-up by my college they’ll go on longer than I thought 🙁 Once they’re over I have plans for more stuff here so make sure you come back often!
Have a look at the quizlet to the right. If anyone has suggestions for questions and suitable answers please mail me or drop me a note in the guestbook.
I seem to be getting a number of hits every day which is very gratifying in itself, but why not make your mark felt on the page by adding an entry to the guest book? It’s quite simple and the guest book is on this page..
A big thank you to Jer at the PC Demo Fanclub from whom I borrowed some HTML ideas and found the link to the quizlet!


Here's a nice little dos 4k d …

Here’s a nice little dos 4k demo, I like it and it runs very nicely in dosemu too!
Version 0.1.3 of the ALSA driver has been released. (I had /dev/dsp probs with it though..)
Besides that, nothing much else. I had lots of fun getting Linux to run on an 8meg 386SX16 without a harddrive. Almost got svnc to run too. No mouse though 🙁


2 down and 4 exams to go. I ev …

2 down and 4 exams to go. I even mentioned Linux in my graphics exam when asked about graphical effects in movies. I just _couldn’t_ resist Titanic and Linux 🙂
I had a slight problem compiling PTC yesterday. I downloaded instead of source.tar.gz (I was going to try it in VC5 as well..) There’s a shell script and makefile included but they wouldn’t run. That’s solved (MSDOS characters..) but even with source.tar.gz it complained. Here’s what you do:
In the source directory, before you do anything, type:

mkdir ../library

mkdir ../library/linux

mkdir ../library/linux/gcc
and then

sh ./linux
and everything should work fine!
When you’re compiling the demos and example programs make sure the path to is correct. Mine is at /usr/lib/ instead of /lib/
Hope that helps!
On a totally different note, take a look at /usr/src/linux/Documentation/memory-tuning.txt for some nice hints on fine tuning your Linux box. I have a 32 meg machine here and after trying the suggested setting I have around 3 megs of RAM left all the time and the system appears faster.
Why aren’t you all posting on news:// then, eh? The people who post there know their stuff (well, except for me, but then, you always get exceptions 😉 so let’s have some good demo coding chat.. Anyone wanna try code a scrolly and some effects on the X root ? That would be kinda cool, something along the lines of Flush by TBL and Analogue (demo on the Win95 desktop.. somewhere on but better 🙂 It can be done. Linux does multitask, and if you tune your memory as suggested above it probably won’t throw out the bckground demo in a hurry!
Back to the study.. 🙁

Not bad, I lasted just over te …

Not bad, I lasted just over ten days without updating. Only lasted a day though without the modem.. ho hum!
I added a page with a screenshot of my WindowMaker desktop. You might like to have a look at it. I’m running two demos at the same time in two xdos sessions.. 🙂
There’s a news server dedicated to demo scene discussion groups now open at They have a group called coders.os.linux which I posted a message in last week. Not many replies though even considering what I posted 😉
You all probably know that ALSA has gone up to version 1.0.2 and it works nicely with my AWE64. My fault originally, my conf file wasn’t setup properly.
If you have a 3dfx take a look at this dos demo(TG98 demo winner), Dimension. It’s over 4 megs in size and IMO not worth downloading over a modem but the last part of the demo is nice – nice use of colours in textures and light-balls. The first part is standard “flying-through-space” fare..
Clanlib, the graphics and sound lib for multimedia coding on Win32 and Linux has reached version 0.1.4 and although it doesn’t yet support sound in Linux, it could be worth keeping an eye out for.
Have you read about all the trouble MS got themselves into recently? On slashdot a comparison was made between MS and cars.. Check it out at Microsoft Car. Very good 🙂
As soon as my exams are over I’m going to implement some ideas for the page. Keep an eye on this space!
BTW – exams are on until 5th June..


I'm unplugging the modem in m …

I’m unplugging the modem in my computer at home for the duration of my exams. This means that any emails will go unanswered until I check my email in college (Wednesday week or so). This also means that I’ll go completely mad at home, but there you go 🙂
On the news front, Version 1 of the ALSA driver has been released! I want to try this because I couldn’t get the last release to work with my AWE64.. 🙁


A new page for TSN has been do …

A new page for TSN has been done up. Follow the link on the left.


Minor release of TSN. I forgot …

Minor release of TSN. I forgot one perl script, “”, in the dist package so it’s now included and the licence in each perl file was placed incorrectly. Get the new package: tsn-1.0.1.tar.gz
I’ll write up a proper page for TSN tommorow.
Wow.. my head’s spinning, I need to get some sleep.


Source code for my project, TS …

Source code for my project, TSN is now available! Click on tsn-1.0.0.tar.gz to download the 137k package. Make sure you read the INSTALL file though! Comments are very welcome at!


I should have made more of my …

I should have made more of my project during my last update, so here goes the blatant-advert for it:
My project is a web based time-sheet program running on Linux with Apache and MySQL. Users on the system can enter details of jobs done including cost, duration, date, and customer. Entries can be deleted using a pop-up window generated by Javascript. (The HTML code for the pop-up window is actually generated by the browser, not by the server). The admin can edit users, activities, special charges, passwords and create a report giving details on employee performance.
The whole thing is kept together by a Perl script running on the Linux box and since I use the DBI it should be easy to add different databases or port it to other platforms.
I have an interview next Tuesday concerning the project and I’d love to go into the interview and tell them that the ‘net community had said this or said that or even showed an interest in it.
Commercial interest would be even better from the colleges’ point of view – it might encourage them to preach the open-source philosophy to students (The rest of my class thinks I’m crazy!:)
Thanks for reading, click on this TSN link to try out the demo I’ve put here.
In the demo it’s not possible to change records. Everything is just pre-generated HTML.
I look forward to hearing your comments, they are important to me. Email me at!


Demo of my project available a …

Demo of my project available at the TSN link to the left. Docs are available on the page.
Clanlib v0.13 has been released. This is a multi-platform game development library. According to their site, the same source code can be used to compile on Win32 and Linux. Check their site for more details.

PTC has been released for Linux as you’ve all probably read on already. I searched through for the announcement and here it is:

From – Mon Apr 27 20:20:43 1998
From: “Gaffer”
Subject: PTC 0.72 released
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 00:11:03 +1000

PTC is a portable truecolor graphics system for C++ programmers. PTC handles all the platform specific details of mode setting, surface handling, pixel format conversion and display updates while providing a common interface across all supported platforms.

DOS, Win32 and Linux platforms are supported under a wide range of popular C++ compilers.

PTC is distributed as open source software under the GNU General Public License.
For more information see

cheers 🙂