So busy these days.. Perl and …

So busy these days.. Perl and Javascript are cool languages to work with and the project is almost finished. If you have a look at the coding link you’ll find a program called vbe-1.0.tar.gz which gives access to the framebuffer of VESA2.0 video cards. I remember someone posting a message on csipd a long time ago saying that all he wants of an OS is access to the frame buffer to code demos in it.. well, this is his chance 😉
Good things are happening in Northern Ireland.
I downloaded an intro from TG98, it’s the winning intro with lots of raytracing but runs VERY slow on my P133. I seem to recall a cool intro with raytraced bees and luminous lights released a few years ago that ran at around the same speed on my old 486DX33..
Eraser bot is cool 🙂
I just recently upped my swap partition from 32 megs to 64 megs and the difference is amazing! I have 32 megs RAM and the extra swap space made a noticeable difference.


Updates on .plan, coding and p …

Updates on .plan, coding and projects pages. Also new colours, not sure if I like them though..
Click on the following link to read about my attempts to convert people to Linux!(We were bored in the labs, and that camera was too tempting 😉 (content pasted here)

So there we were in one of the labs working on the computers. I was showing Kevin my homepage and telling him how great Linux was and how he REALLY should install it. Obvously he was impressed, but he wasn’t sure if he should install it yet. He likes his Windows you see. (Nice machine too Kev 🙂
He knew it was the right choice to make, it just felt right, but yet, it was hard on him. He wasn’t sure why it was the right decision, but he told me later, “I just felt that Linux was the way the Human race was supposed to go, but I couldn’t tell you why it was so.” He was afraid to make that bold step into the unknown. Here he is deliberating whether or not to install Linux while I show him another page with more Linux facts and impress him with Gimp graphics.

It didn’t take long for Kevin to see the light though. Here we are celebrating after Kevin decided to install Linux. Also pictured is Aidan who, although using NT for his college project, has RedHat installed at home and is very happy with it for doing other college work and the odd bit of networking. Of course he’s seen all this before so he’s not quite as excitable as me when we get a new Linux convert.


Voodoo2 is a chipset I'd like …

Voodoo2 is a chipset I’d like to see running Quake2 someday and according to there’s a page at that has a patch to let Linux glide apps use the Voodoo2! I can’t comment further because the site was down when I tried it tonight. (contacting host…)


SDL. New version of SDL (0.5) …

SDL. New version of SDL (0.5) is out! Check the SDL link on the CODE page.
Microsoft. This is not an April Fools! Telnet to for a pleasant surprise!


Mozilla. Netscape released the …

Mozilla. Netscape released the source code! Check out for more info!
Gravis. According to Gravis will release ALL GUS (Ace/Max/PnP/Extreme) driver sources within a few weeks.
They will be available to every programmer who’s interrested in working on them and agrees to certain terms.
One thing though.. Why certain terms? Are they restrictive? The sound cards are discontinued so why bother hiding secrets about them??
Long delays! Sorry about this, but my 4th year project is rolling along at full speed!
To all you HTML authors have a look at HTML 4. There are numerous extensions added to lots of tags!
My project seems to have equal amounts of Perl and Javascript now! I’m probably going to put most of the code on a page here somewhere at the end of April, along with some simple docs.
Javascript is very handy! I have tables on my pages and I allow the ability to edit each record by clicking on an edit button next to each one.
The record then appears in a new window in text boxes. Before I used Javascript I asked the server to create the editing window HTML but now I figured out how to make Javascript create the HTML! This results in very fast creation of the window.
I will mention one thing though. If you’re stuck trying to get the onSubmit function working in your “FORM” tag use onSubmit=”return func()” where func() is your Javascipt function. Make sure you return false if the function detects an error and return true if everything works! I couldn’t find this anywhere I looked until I looked at the source for the guestbook I might use, so I presume it might be useful to someone out there..
Hornet are re-introducing music ratings! I haven’t downloaded a MOD in ages now so I look forward to seeing the ratings again.
There’ll probably be an update on the openGL code on Thursday so hang on!


For the next month or so I'm …

For the next month or so I’m going to be working hard on my college project so updates may not happen that often, maybe once a week (keep an eye on web watcher). I’m enjoying doing the project though. I’m adding some neat features to the web interface by using Javascript, and I’m thinking about adding Javascript here, perhaps for a guestbook. Either that or I might put the guestbook over to the left under the site links (widening that part a bit too at the same time) and make it easy to add a comment. Try plan-example.html for an example of what I might do.
I think the Linux Open-Source philosophy may have found its way into the Quake2 community. Ridah, the author of the Eraser Bot, might be releasing the source to his bot soon. It may not have anything to do with Open-Source, but it would be nice to think it had an influence. There’s also a Linux version of the bot available, but I haven’t tried any recent versions (the zip file is 2.8 megs!) My favourite bot is still the C.R. Bot even if it only works in Windows.


I might add a guestbook under …

I might add a guestbook under the links at the left. Read the .plan for details and an example of what it would look like.
I got an email from saying they’re upgrading their equipment so you may have trouble accessing my page. It IS still here though! mentioned the Linux demoscene yesterday!
Check out the article at
I’m completely redoing my openGL demo. I’ve introduced a framing system, and I’m trying to figure out textures from the Mesa examples. I’ll also try generating textures (I have some docs here somewhere..), but if I can’t I’ll include some simple ones in the code.
Some of the links have been updated. Check the dates at the side of the page.
I’ve created a Makefile to compile my html pages! It’s really simplistic, but it should also work in college with the AIX machines there. Check out the projects page for it.
I broke 1000 hits! Thanks for visiting all of you! I still recommend you watch The Linux web watcher for updates, but bookmark here anyway 🙂


Yeah! Perl rox! :) Sorry about …

Yeah! Perl rox! 🙂 Sorry about the lack of updates. I’ve been working hard on my college project for the past week or so. There’s only a month to go. I’m creating an intranet based scheduling program using Linux, Apache and MySQL.
If anyone has any suggestions I’d be happy to hear them. The only other web calendar program I came across was wcal (err, I didn’t search too hard!) and I’d like to see what others have made for inspiration.
Oh yeah, Quake2 DM is cool over ethernet(Well, networking is part of my project! Just coz we played a ‘few’ games of Quake2 after testing my db once doesn’t mean we were wasting our time! *grin*)


Two monitors! I have a 3DFX a …

Two monitors!
I have a 3DFX at home and last night plugged a second monitor into it while my main monitor went into the 2D card. I ran my openGL demo fullscreen on the second monitor while I played away in X on the main one.
Wow! 🙂 I went on the net and started browsing etc and had the demo running on the other monitor.. ‘s cool IMO 🙂
Again from the Linux scene mailing list, the final version of Groovy is out.
Here’s the original message:

———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 13:36:16 +0100 (MET)
From: Pascal Massimino
To: “Kris.Buytaert”
Subject: Linux stuff

Hi Kris,
I’ve put the final version of my demo ‘groovy’ at the url:!.zip
DGA is working, and convertion too (if the X11 server isn’t -bpp 8)
I’ve also derived a little ‘screen saver’ from the end part
of the demo:
Just for the fun 🙂



Here are links to the two files mentioned above:


I found this little nugget on …

I found this little nugget on the LINUXSCENE mailing list – There’s going to be a Linux demo compo at
Takeover ’98! Get those entries in!
Thinking of adding frames, and a guest book.. any comments?
Thanks all of you for visiting! I got over a 100 hits yesterday! wow! 🙂