Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Free Software Magazine - Free Software Magazine

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Java 1.5 features

Monday, January 17, 2005

Sun Certified Programmer Exam

Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 exam. The costs is $49 and allows between four and five hours to complete 166 questions. The beta exam will be offered between January 13 and February 13, 2005. Here is a pdf describing how to register for the exam

MIT Video Game Programming Competition in Java

252 MIT students are spending the month of January writing Java programs to control virtual robots in a videogame environment called Robocraft. These virtual robots will battle each other for cash prizes in a tournament to see who can write the best Robocraft player. The competition is being sponsored by top tech companies including Bank of America, Electronic Arts, BBN, Schlumberger, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle. Only MIT students are eligible to compete, but anyone can read the specs, download the software, and program their own virtual robot using the Robocraft API.

Good old days...

While browsing the net I’ve found a Commodore64 emulator, and I might say a good one cause after I’ve installed it and playing with it, I had the feeling I was playing with the real thing.
I must confess that Commodore64 has a special place in my hart, since it was my fist personal computer. My parents bought me one when I was around 10 years old, and everything changed after that. I remember countless times when I would stay late in night trying to “poke” some sprites on the screen, or listing the source of the games that I had trying to understand how they were made (since I had absolutely no documentation).
There no doubt for me that I doing what I’ve doing right now , because of my Commodere64,cause once you got the “bug” you have no escape.
Therefore I salute all the Commodore64 community, because good memories die hard!

Monday, January 10, 2005

A Java Games Programming Techniques

Java Games Programming Techniques I've just found out a great online book for anyone interested in java and game developement.Check it out!

John Carmack's blog

John Carmack of id Software recently started a blog, in which his initial entry covers a number of issues including some thoughts on graphics, and the status of Quake 3's (eventual) source code release.
Of course, I've updated my links section...

Friday, January 07, 2005

In our way to dictatorship..again

The psychology of the masses, it is a big subject, but in my opinion the bottom line is:
If you put a really stupid man in the middle of a mass of people, the stupid one becomes their leader.
I wonder, what makes the stupid man so attractive?

This is what is happening in Romania right now and that’s the reason why Basescu a crazy-man, a maniac and a phony politician became the president of Romania.
He cultivated the idea that he’s the second coming of the Messiah of some sort, he will erase all the bad things in the country ,rivers of honey will flow down the Victoria boulevard and so on, and the worst thing is that the peoples believed him.
Blinded by flammable speeches and theatrical appearances, they are unable to see the fact that Basescu is on route to become the next Ceausescu. Fundamental laws of democracy are being crushed, and I will not be surprised if even multipartite will became illegal.

It’s all down hill from here….!

Monday, January 03, 2005

Some 3D

I’m always out of free time for me and for coding….and this is bad… so I’ve used this small holyday to concentrate myself on coding …3D coding to be more precise.
I’ve read 2 books (Advances 3D Graphics Rendering and Linux Game Programming) ,and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
The weird thing id that although those books covered aspects of DirectX and OpenGL hardware accelerated API programming ,after finishing reading them , a crazy thought got into my mind …to make a 3D software renderer.
What can I say…I’m crazy!
So I’ve started coding, and the craziest part is that I’ve managed to did it (although is a very basic and slow one). Of course you might say that a software renderer (especially a basic one like this) it almost useless this days, and I agree with you but I consider I’ve learn a lot of things by coding it.
Bottom line it was a fun experience.

Happy new year to everyone!

Well another year has passed…damn I’m getting old. :)
I was thinking the other day that there are 10 years( this year) since I’ve finished the high-school….and for some weird reason I keep on feeling that was yesterday.
Anyway, a happy new year for all of you!