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! 🙂


I added a link to glut32.dll o …

I added a link to glut32.dll on the projects page so Windows users can just download this to run the demo without downloading the file.


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 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 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.


Got rid of the link to ipstat. …

Got rid of the link to ipstat. It could be used to hack machines on dialup accounts.
IPStat can be found at