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1376  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fyre, a tool for producing computational artwork from chaotic functions on: May 19, 2006, 01:00:19 PM
Thanks, but it could be a while. Being honest my project is meant as an extension to Apophysis not a replacement. The idea was that you'd design your fractal in Apophysis as it is a really excellent tool for doing so (as is Fyre possibly, I hadn't heard of it before this so havn't tested it). Then you export the .flame file and load it into my app for rendering and output tweaking. At the end of the day though my renderer gets less and less special if you have enough RAM to throw at Apophysis as you just render a larger image and resize in any old app which will also get rid of the aliasing pretty well.

Also unfortunately I was overly ambitious with the project in the beginning, I made it completely modular so that people could rewrite the entire rendering process with plugins. I got it working but it feels a bit like a kludge, I'm sure all developers can empathize when have a program which works, but your still not happy with how it works.

I may yet go back to it, but my current project is happily occupying my time for the moment.
1377  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fyre, a tool for producing computational artwork from chaotic functions on: May 19, 2006, 12:02:15 PM
To give some background smiley this type of fractal has been dubbed Flame Fractals. It is an evolution of more classic chaotic fractals such as the Sierpinski Triangle or Barnsley's Fern. It expands on these in two key ways, first it adds shading based on the log density of plots, secondly it adds trigonometric transformations on top of the linear ones.

This technique was apparently developed by Scott Draves of Cosmic Recursive Fractal Flames but popularized among fractal artists with the release of Apophysys. There are some really lovely examples to be found in the fractal sections of DeviantArt.

I'm a big fans of these fractals myself (obvious from the above cheesy ) and have written a renderer myself called Amethyst which I believe produces technically superior images through the use of anti-aliasing, but of course different people will have their own opinions on image quality. My work on this app has currently stalled. I finished the rendering DLL and started learning WTL to design the interface but got sidetracked. Just thought I'd let ye know drinksmiley .
1378  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Speech Recognition for Programmers - Tell it what to do on: May 19, 2006, 10:12:23 AM
It looks like you can access the source through CVS on SourceForge smiley
1379  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Plasma Pong on: May 14, 2006, 10:16:26 AM
Plasma Pong is a spectacular new take on the old classic smiley
1380  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Free icons for developers on: May 13, 2006, 05:30:23 AM
Some really lovely icons there, can I also suggest the tango icons which are free to use too.
1381 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Fragmentation on: May 06, 2006, 09:41:12 PM
I feel like I'm stating the obvious here but XP, like previous versions of win before it, has a disk defragmenter. Admittedly it doesn't run in the background telling you when to defragment but do you really need that feature? It sounds a bit like a waste of resources to me.

Otherwise though sorry, I'm not being of much help.
1382 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: invisible application to update a text file on ftp server on: May 06, 2006, 11:03:04 AM
You might not need a new program, you could investigate running your current solution as an NT service which might hide it better. Not sure though.
1383  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Little Gromit Mine (teh funay video) on: April 27, 2006, 03:14:27 AM
No no, this is pure genious smiley
1384  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free tool to download a complete website on: April 24, 2006, 10:46:35 AM
I always used Spiderzilla myself.
1385  Other Software / C / C++ / Re: C++ Programming Resources on: April 19, 2006, 05:14:29 PM
Once you get going with C++ you'll want to check out the Boost libraries.

Also to confuse people with yet more options you can setup a nice console build environment with Boost Build System V2 (bjam). For my setup I use Programmers Notepad which has nice, if simple, project management, captures output from console programs like bjam and is able to nicely parse any errors and trace them back to the offending file, and has a couple of other nice touches.
1386  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hilarious spoof ... on: April 17, 2006, 05:49:43 PM
Just brilliant cheesy
1387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite computer game from when you were young? on: April 15, 2006, 06:22:19 PM
Here's one that no one has probably heard of- "Vangers One for the Road". I really enjoyed that game, I must say I was a bit disappointed when a google for it just now turned up this review;
Confusing. Off-putting. Indecipherable. Mystifying. These are just a few of the words that crept into my mind as I wrestled with what should have been a fairly straightforward game of driving, combat, and resource management.
1388  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: p eq b & b not l => p not l. proof is left as an exercise on: April 15, 2006, 02:10:41 PM
More DeCSS fun can be found at Gallery of CSS Descramblers smiley .
1389  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Boot optimisation software on: April 15, 2006, 06:18:35 AM
I use autoruns from Sysinternals its much more thorough than msconfig.
1390  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite computer game from when you were young? on: April 15, 2006, 05:26:18 AM
I really enjoyed the two Ultima underworld games. I played them on a 386 which couldn't really handle them, I remeber that nothing could jump out and surprise you because whenever the game tried you could hear the harddirve buzzing and you knew to expect what was coming.

Also remember a game called Reunion, it came on something like 8 floppies and took ages to install.

Oh and finally, the grand-daddy of all RTS's; Dune 2, loved that game.
1391  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synchronisation tools on: April 13, 2006, 06:07:05 PM
mouser is correct, I was confusing terms embarassed . Incremental backup is more along the lines I was looking for and found that review very helpful, thanks.
1392  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synchronisation tools on: April 13, 2006, 02:00:57 PM
Thanks for those links, SyncBack looks nice, definitly more powerful than Synchronize It! EaseBackup looks like its just what I want, I'll give the 30 day trial a spin.
1393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synchronisation tools on: April 13, 2006, 01:15:12 PM
Thanks for the links, that Beyond Compare was on discount on bits du jour just recently. Apps that go down into the file level and check for differences are almost too powerful. I happy enough to simply backup a whole new file it there is even just a small change, what I want to avoid is re-backing up a whole directory when only a single file has changed.

What I'd like is an app which could take a daily snapshot of a folder and it subfolders say so that I could go back to previous backups if a recent one was accidently corrupted or for whatever reason I may need to go back.
1394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Synchronisation tools on: April 13, 2006, 12:17:31 PM
I thought I’d start up a discussion on available Synchronisation tools as I haven’t been able to find one which I’m happy with.

I’d better explain what I’m looking for first, I want a neat way to backup my programming projects, my ideal tool would perform incremental backups with a possibility to rollback.

Currently I use Synchronize It! It’s nice and has a number of important features which I’m looking for; with a combination of excluding certain folder names and filetypes I can get it to ignore binary files and just back up the source code for example. It doesn’t do incremental backups so currently I just backup to an empty folder which I date, 7z and copy into my backup folders.

Another possibility I’ve considered is running a subversion server on the backup computer at home, this would do the incremental backups I’d like but the current GUIs for subversion leave a lot to be desired. I use RapidSVN for other purposes but it doesn’t feel slick and certainly isn’t intuitive. I’m not prepared to install TortiseSVN as I just don’t want something which integrates with the shell. I reserve that privilege only for apps I use very VERY frequently. More importantly getting it to ignore the binary files is tedious and I don’t have the space to back up gigs of dll and import libraries (thank you Boost smiley ).

I should also point out the Microsoft have release a free SyncToy, unfortunately its very simplistic with none of the advanced features I’m looking for.

Maybe people might like to share their own experiences and post links to any little gems they’ve found.
1395  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Screamer Radio - Lightweight Music 24/7 on: April 13, 2006, 12:14:55 PM
I must say I'm very impressed by screamer, thanks for the link.
1396  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a good file transfer app on: April 13, 2006, 10:33:00 AM
Not to be disagreeing with anyone but I read a different version of WASTE's story in the uk PC Format magazine. According to them WASTE's release as an opensource projects was unsanctioned move by one (the only one?) of the original WinAMP authors to try and regain some of the community credibility he lost when Nullsoft sold out to AOL.

AOL tried to undo the damage but were too late Cool .
1397  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TyperA - test your typing skills on: April 08, 2006, 11:29:11 AM
Your score: 162 keys per minute ~ 32 words per minute
Language/mode: en
Ranking: Not bad!
Comparison: 77% of registered TyperA users using this language have typed a better result; 23% have a lower or equal result.

I can't touch type so I was damed from the start. Luckly in programming I think more slowly than I type so it doesn't handicap me.
1398  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: One-hit wonders on: April 06, 2006, 06:50:25 PM
Does Sonique count. I loved that mp3 player but internal problems (Lycos sacking the origional authors I believe) ment v2 never got out of beta.
1399  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Language for professional, sellable software? on: April 06, 2006, 08:17:55 AM
My first post here, hopefully the first of many smiley

Like f0dder, C++ is my main language. I I were to start writing a serious project I definitly go striaght for WTL. Codeproject has an excellent WTL section and there have been a number of attempts to extract useful information from the sources with documenting tools; codeproject,, Pallium and Gnomedia Codeworks are just four such examples. Between all of these resources you will usually find any help you need.
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